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Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

January, 13 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers. Carlos Dominguez was murdered Saturday afternoon in the city of Nuevo Laredo, state officials said in a [...]

EU likely to hit Venezuelan officials with sanctions: diplomats

January, 17 2018 (Reuters) BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Seven senior Venezuelan officials are likely to face European Union sanctions from next week, including the country’s powerful chief justice, diplomats said, as the EU seeks to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to resolve a political crisis. The travel bans and asset freezes, which EU ambassadors are set to [...]

Source: Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot killed by police

January, 15 2018 (CNN) Oscar Perez, a Venezuelan police pilot accused of stealing a helicopter and using it to attack the country’s Supreme Court in June, was killed Monday in Caracas, a government official told CNN. The high-ranking member of the Venezuelan government asked to remain anonymous. CNN has not been able to independently confirm [...]

Mexico leftist leads presidency race, PRI hopeful struggles: poll

January, 17 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The leftist front-runner for Mexico’s presidency has retained his lead ahead of this year’s election while the ruling party hopeful failed to gain traction during the festive season and slipped back slightly, a poll showed on Wednesday. Former Mexico City mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the [...]

Ex-gang members in El Salvador fear more crime if TPS ends

January, 17 2018 (CNN) San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN)It’s not every church service that includes homilies about Pablo Escobar and Al Capone. But at a church in El Salvador, the message of sin and redemption is tailored to a different kind of parishioner: reformed members of the notorious gangs in the Central American nation. “Did [...]

Controversy in Peru over Fujimori Pardon Continues: Prime Minister Accused of “Secret Deal”

January, 10 2018 (Panampost) Controversy continues in Peru following the pardon issued by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to former President Alberto Fujimori, who was charged with crimes against humanity in 2001. The opposition party Nuevo Perú has since presented a constitutional accusation against Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz. The leftist caucus said that both Aráoz and [...]

News Venezuela’s Congress declares ‘petro’ cryptocurrency illegal

January, 9 2018 (Reuters) CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament on Tuesday outlawed a “petro” cryptocurrency promoted by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, calling it an effort to illegally mortgage the cash-strapped country’s oil reserves. Maduro on Friday said his government would issue nearly $6 billion of petros as a way to raise hard currency and [...]

Mexico’s interior minister steps down

January, 10 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Wednesday he was stepping down from his post in which he oversaw government responsibilities including security, migration and human rights. Osorio Chong made the announcement, which had been widely expected, at a speech in Mexico City attended by [...]

Colombia recalls peace negotiators after ELN attacks

January, 11 2018 (BBC) Colombian President Juan Manual Santos has recalled the head of his negotiating team from peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN). A fresh round of peace negotiations was due to start on Wednesday in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. But after the rebels carried out attacks on an oil pipeline and [...]

Release of FARC Leader Who Kidnapped 12 Congressmen Causes Stir in Colombia

January, 4 2018 (Panampost) A judge has ordered the conditional release of Martin Leonel Pérez Castro, the former head of the 30th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He is responsible for leading a 2002 kidnapping of members of the Valledel Cauca parliament. Officials in the United States have called for his [...]