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Venezuelan schools emptying as Chavez legacy under threat

April, 25 2018 (Reuters) Venezuela (Reuters) – It is mid-morning on a weekday yet all that can be heard in the once-bustling corridors of the Orlando Garcia state primary school is the swish of palm trees outside in the wind. The white, tin-roof building in the town of Socopo once held nearly 400 children, yet [...]

Spanish police make record cocaine bust in Algeciras port

April, 25 2018 (Reuters) Spanish police have made a record cocaine seizure, finding nearly 9 tonnes of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras, the customs office said on Wednesday. The container was imported by a Colombian company on a ship coming from the Colombian [...]

Two suspects held over lynching of Canadian in Peru

April, 24 2018 (CNN) Peruvian authorities have detained two men suspected of lynching a Canadian man in a remote part of the country’s Amazon rainforest in an apparent reprisal attack for the killing of a respected indigenous leader. The suspects were identified by a video posted to social media that purportedly showed the killing of [...]

Mario Abdo Benítez wins Paraguay’s presidential election

April, 23 2018 (BBC) Conservative former senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been elected president of Paraguay. He beat his closest rival, Efraín Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points. The result means the right-wing Colorado Party, which has dominated Paraguayan politics for decades, will maintain its hold on power. Mr Abdo Benítez, [...]

Mexico arrest over murder of reporter Javier Valdez

April, 24 2018 (BBC) Police in Mexico have arrested a man they suspect of killing award-winning journalist Javier Valdez last year. He was shot dead in May 2017 in northern Sinaloa state near the office of the news weekly he had founded, Ríodoce. Mr Valdez wrote extensively on drug-trafficking and organised crime in Mexico, including [...]

Nicaragua riots: Police free detained students and lecturers

April, 25 2018 (BBC) Nicaraguan police have released dozens of students and lecturers arrested in protests triggered by planned changes to the social security system. Some students said they had been beaten and tortured by police while in custody. The claims could not be independently verified. Images on social media showed some, visibly distressed and [...]

Peru-Odebrecht: Ollanta Humala’s Sister Received Funds in Swiss Bank Account

April, 11 2018 (Panampost) Geneva, 11 Apr (EFE) The Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has dismissed an appeal filed by the sister of the former president of Peru Ollanta Humala to prevent the disclosure of information related to their bank accounts. Former first lady Nadine Heredia is alleged to have made the transfers. The judicial [...]

Colombia investigating whether ‘archaeological find’ could be paramilitary mass grave

April, 11 2018 (Colombia Reports) Forensic investigators of Colombia’s prosecution are investigating whether a mass grave that were initially presented as an archaeological find is in fact a mass grave with more than 50 human remains. Workers constructing a highway around the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla found the remains and initially called in the [...]

Mexican independent candidate put back on presidential ballot after expulsion

April, 10 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Independent Mexican presidential candidate Jaime Rodriguez will be on the ballot for July’s vote, the country’s electoral regulator said on Tuesday, weeks after he was dramatically excluded for not reaching the required number of signatures. Mexico’s election watchdog INE said that its board would follow a court [...]

Venezuela inflation 454 percent in first quarter: National Assembly

April, 11 2018 (Reuters) CARACAS – Prices rose 454 percent in the first three months of this year in Venezuela, according to the country’s opposition-led National Assembly, whose numbers are broadly in line with those of independent economists. The country is undergoing a major crisis, with millions of people suffering from food shortages, hyperinflation and [...]

Colombian FARC leader arrested on drug trafficking charge

April, 10 2018 (BBC) ne of the top leaders of Colombia’s former rebel group, the Farc, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States. Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York. He planned to export 10 tonnes of cocaine worth $320m [...]

Brazil’s top court rules that ex-president Lula can be jailed

April, 4 2018 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court early on Thursday rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s plea to avoid prison while he appeals a corruption conviction, in a vote that likely ends his political career and deepens divisions in the country. The pivotal vote was cast by Justice Rosa Weber [...]