<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/days-pope-visit-ecuador-protests-aim-president-32197546">3 Days Before Pope Visit, Ecuador Protests Aim at President</a>

3 Days Before Pope Visit, Ecuador Protests Aim at President

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. …

 

<a href="http://ntn24.com/noticia/fiscalia-colombiana-cree-que-explosiones-en-bogota-fueron-causadas-por-grupos-terroristas-58131">Fiscalía colombiana cree que explosiones en Bogotá fueron causadas por la “guerrilla”</a>

Fiscalía colombiana cree que explosiones en Bogotá fueron causadas por la “guerrilla”

La Fiscalía colombiana afirmó que los primeros indicios de la autoría de las dos explosiones que sacudieron sendas oficinas del fondo de pensiones Porvenir en Bogotá apuntan a la “guerrilla”, si bien no especificó si se trata de las FARC o el Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/colombian-coca-crop-increases-in-2014-raising-concern-about-resurgent-cocaine-trafficking-1435858661">Colombian Coca Crop Increases in 2014, Raising Concern About Cocaine Trafficking</a>

Colombian Coca Crop Increases in 2014, Raising Concern About Cocaine Trafficking

By RYAN DUBE

Colombia posted a sharp increase in coca cultivation for 2014, the United Nations said on Thursday, raising concerns about a resurgence in cocaine trafficking after years of steady declines backed by billions of dollars in aid from Washington. …

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article26173117.html">Maduro deja plantado a influyente senador estadounidense</a>

Maduro deja plantado a influyente senador estadounidense

Por Antonio Maria Delgado

Disgustado por la filtración de información sobre el encuentro, el gobernante venezolano Nicolás Maduro rehusó recibir al senador Bob Corker pese a que la inusual visita del influyente legislador estadounidense constituía un gran logro del equipo encargado de gestar un acercamiento con Estados Unidos. …

 

Senator Corker’s Statement on Trip to Venezuela

Senator Corker’s Statement on Trip to Venezuela

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statementupon returning from Venezuela where he met with members of the opposition party, the families of political prisoners, business leaders and some government officials during a two day trip.

“Venezuela is a country with great unrealized potential and abundant resources,” said Corker. “However, it is very sad to see that the country’s flawed economic policies and political system have put Venezuela on such ...  

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/07/02/carlos-alberto-montaner-las-embajadas-y-el-dinosaurio-al-pie-de-la-cama/">Las embajadas y el dinosaurio al pie de la cama</a>

Las embajadas y el dinosaurio al pie de la cama

Por Carlos Alberto Montaner

El primer paso fue sacar a Cuba de la lista de naciones que auspician el terrorismo. Era sólo el comienzo. El 20 de julio próximo está previsto que las oficinas de representación recíproca que hay en Washington y en La Habana eleven la jerarquía de sus relaciones diplomáticas. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-petrobras-executive-seeking-plea-deal-with-prosecutors-1435787675">Former Petrobras Executive Seeking Plea Deal With Prosecutors</a>

Former Petrobras Executive Seeking Plea Deal With Prosecutors

By LUCIANA MAGALHAES SÃO PAULO—A former high-ranking Petrobras executive serving five years in prison for his role in a massive corruption scandal has begun talks with prosecutors in a bid to shorten his sentence, according to two people familiar with the talks. …    

<a href="http://ntn24tvinforma.info/noticia/farc-advierten-que-pronto-la-gente-va-a-ver-que-la-guerra-esta-en-su-ultima-fase-y-va-a-ver-el-57964">FARC advierten que “pronto la gente va a ver que la guerra está en su última fase y va a ver el número de soldados que mueren”</a>

FARC advierten que “pronto la gente va a ver que la guerra está en su última fase y va a ver el número de soldados que mueren”

El grupo terrorista de las FARC advirtió que va a intensificar los ataques contra las fuerzas de seguridad de Colombia, según informaron este miércoles varios medios locales. …

 

<a href="http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2015/07/wapo-editorial-despite-obamas.html">WaPo Editorial: Despite Obama’s Engagement, Cuba Continues Repression</a>

WaPo Editorial: Despite Obama’s Engagement, Cuba Continues Repression

IN ANNOUNCING the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, President Obama said “nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight” by his policy of “engagement.” …

 

<a href="http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN0PB5WV20150701?irpc=932">U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony</a>

U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official. …

 

<a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/07/on-cuban-embassy-news-marco-rubio-restates-vow-to-oppose-ambassador-.html">On Cuban embassy news, Marco Rubio restates vow to oppose ambassador</a>

On Cuban embassy news, Marco Rubio restates vow to oppose ambassador

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a key voice opposing the United States’ opening to Cuba, reacted to the news that the two nations are set to establish their embassies by repeating his vow to oppose one of the next steps in the thawing process — the confirmation of an ambassador to the island nation — until certain conditions are met. …

 

Sen. Menendez on U.S.–Cuba Embassy Announcement

Sen. Menendez on U.S.–Cuba Embassy Announcement

Newark, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest announcements by the Obama administration regarding the U.S.–Cuba relationship, including the opening of embassies:

“Today’s announcement cannot be considered normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States if it fails to speak to key issues such as whether all U.S. diplomats will be restricted from moving freely throughout the island, if the U.S. government will be limited in the number of diplomats assigned ...  

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-30/here-s-what-latin-america-s-sharp-slowdown-means-for-the-u-s-">Here’s What Latin America’s Sharp Slowdown Means for the U.S.</a>

Here’s What Latin America’s Sharp Slowdown Means for the U.S.

By David Biller

Growth in most of Latin America and the Caribbean is coming to a screeching halt, dragged down by Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. …

 

<a href="LINK"> Oposición pica adelante y se reúne con senador Bob Corker antes que el Gobierno</a>

Oposición pica adelante y se reúne con senador Bob Corker antes que el Gobierno

Por José Gregorio Martínez

Pasada la página del decreto de Estados Unidos contra siete funcionarios del Gobierno venezolano, el presidente Nicolás Maduro apuesta por seguir los pasos de Raúl Castro, tendiendo puentes con Washington. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-senator-visit-venezuela-amid-diplomatic-detente-32137304">Cuba and FARC, and their Sinister Presence in Venezuela</a>

Cuba and FARC, and their Sinister Presence in Venezuela

By Jerry Brewer

Cuba maintains one of its largest intelligence networks in Venezuela (and in Mexico). The late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela preferred direct access to Cuba’s security service, as indicated by cables that were released and sent from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas to the State Department.  …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-senator-visit-venezuela-amid-diplomatic-detente-32137304">US Senator on Visit to Venezuela Amid Diplomatic Detente</a>

US Senator on Visit to Venezuela Amid Diplomatic Detente

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ

The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation. …

 

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33343365">Honduras corruption probe widens as lawmaker is held</a>

Honduras corruption probe widens as lawmaker is held

The supreme court in Honduras has ordered the arrest on Tuesday of the vice-president of Congress, Lena Gutierrez, over a corruption scandal. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-cuba-reach-deal-reopen-embassies-source-215730745.html">Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies</a>

Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies

By Andrew Beatty and Aldo Gamboa

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a breakthrough deal with Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, officials said, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold war enmity. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article25958215.html">Obama se dispone a anunciar restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba</a>

Obama se dispone a anunciar restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, anunciará este miércoles el restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba, rotas hace 54 años, lo que constituirá uno de los gestos más importantes de su mandato en política exterior. …

 

<a href="http://eluniversal.com/internacional/150630/ordenan-captura-de-vicepresidenta-del-parlamento-de-honduras">Ordenan captura de vicepresidenta del Parlamento de Honduras</a>

Ordenan captura de vicepresidenta del Parlamento de Honduras

Tegucigalpa.-  El presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, Jorge Rivera Avilés, anuncio hoy martes que ordenó la captura de la vicepresidenta del Parlamento, Lena Gutiérrez, junto a varios miembros de su familia que son acusados de fraude, delitos contra la salud pública y falsificación de documentos públicos. …

 

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