<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/two-brazilian-lawmakers-charged-in-petrobras-case-1440106249">Brazil House Leader Charged With Graft in Petrobras Case</a>

Brazil House Leader Charged With Graft in Petrobras Case

BRASÍLIA—The powerful speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha,was charged with corruption on Thursday, intensifying a political crisis that has paralyzed the nation’s leadership and worsened a painful economic downturn. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/21/guatemala-detains-former-vp-roxana-baldetti-who-resigned-as-graft-scandal/">Guatemala detains former VP Roxana Baldetti, who resigned as graft scandal implicated aide</a>

Guatemala detains former VP Roxana Baldetti, who resigned as graft scandal implicated aide

GUATEMALA CITY –  Guatemalan authorities have detained former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned earlier this year after a corruption scandal reached into her inner circle. …

 

<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/20/oils-latest-casualty-mexico.html">Oil’s latest casualty: Mexico</a>

Oil’s latest casualty: Mexico

“Another disappointing year” looms for Mexico, with growth hit by the rout in the oil price and falling crude production, amid concerns as to the impact of the upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike. …

 

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34013557">Peru approves shooting down of drug smuggling planes</a>

Peru approves shooting down of drug smuggling planes

The Peruvian Congress has approved legislation that allows the country’s air force to shoot down small planes suspected of carrying illegal drugs. Peru produces more cocaine than any other country and anti-narcotics agents say most of it is smuggled to the US. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelan-leader-closes-colombia-border-crossing-3-days-044604427.html">Venezuelan leader sends more troops to Colombia border</a>

Venezuelan leader sends more troops to Colombia border

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the temporary closure of a major border crossing with Colombia and said Thursday he would bolster military forces there following an attack on three soldiers who were looking for smugglers. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/obamas-new-cuban-partners-my-old-jailers-1440113007">Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers</a>

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers

All Rosa Maria Payá wants is a copy of her father’s autopsy report. All her father wanted before he was murdered by Castro’s thugs was free elections. These are simple requests that those of us living in freedom enjoy without issue. …

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/20/125-killed-in-3-days-gang-violence-in-el-salvador-government-says/">125 killed in 3 days of gang violence in El Salvador, government says</a>

125 killed in 3 days of gang violence in El Salvador, government says

At least 125 people have been killed in El Salvador in the last three days, authorities said Wednesday as a wave of violence continues to plague the Central American nation. …

 

<a href="http://www.elpais.com.uy/economia/empresas/empresas-que-produciran-cannabis-seran.html">Empresas que producirán cannabis serán definidas en septiembre</a>

Empresas que producirán cannabis serán definidas en septiembre

El gobierno pretende definir el próximo 3 de septiembre las empresas que producirán, bajo el control del Estado, la marihuana de uso recreativo que será comercializada en las farmacias del país, conforme la ley aprobada en 2013, informaron hoy a Efe fuentes del Ejecutivo. …

 

<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/latinoamerica/cierre-de-la-frontera-colombo-venezolana-en-el-tachira/16259041">Maduro ordenó cierre de la frontera con Colombia por 72 horas</a>

Maduro ordenó cierre de la frontera con Colombia por 72 horas

El presidente Nicolás Maduro, mediante contacto telefónico con el canal ‘VTV’, ordenó el cierre de la frontera con Colombia por el estado Táchira, así como el despliegue de una operación en la región para detener a los autores materiales de una emboscada que sufrieron este miércoles efectivos de la Fuerza Armada. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/china-s-building-a-huge-canal-in-nicaragua-but-we-couldn-t-it">China’s Building a Huge Canal in Nicaragua, But We Couldn’t Find It</a>

China’s Building a Huge Canal in Nicaragua, But We Couldn’t Find It

Deep on the southeastern side of Lake Nicaragua, along a bumpy dirt road that climbs gently through lush-green forest, sits the tiny town of El Tule. It is quintessential rural Central America: Chickens roam outside tin-roofed homes while pigs stand tied to trees, awaiting slaughter; the sound of drunk locals singing along to ranchera music greeted visitors on a recent rain-soaked afternoon. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/18/haiti-disqualifies-14-candidates-for-violence-inciting-chaos-during/">Haiti disqualifies 14 candidates for violence, inciting chaos during parliamentary elections</a>

Haiti disqualifies 14 candidates for violence, inciting chaos during parliamentary elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  Haitian election officials on Tuesday disqualified 14 candidates for involvement in the violent disturbances that marred voting at polling stations around the country earlier this month. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-takes-on-militant-teachers-in-oaxaca-1440026579">Mexico Takes On Militant Teachers in Oaxaca</a>

Mexico Takes On Militant Teachers in Oaxaca

OAXACA, Mexico—Mexico’s government is gaining the upper hand against a militant teacher’s group in the southern state of Oaxaca, an opponent that has long proved just as hard to corral as billionaire scofflaws and powerful drug cartels. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/arrest-leads-underwater-tunnel-us-mexico-border-33191916">Arrest Leads to Underwater Tunnel Across US-Mexico Border</a>

Arrest Leads to Underwater Tunnel Across US-Mexico Border

The arrest of a drug smuggler in scuba gear led to the discovery of a tunnel from Mexico that’s partially underwater and ends in a canal. …

 

<a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-ecuador-protests-20150820-story.html">Ecuador president’s bid for fourth term faces growing opposition</a>

Ecuador president’s bid for fourth term faces growing opposition

Indigenous schoolteacher Manuel Cartuche was once an ardent supporter of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa for his stewardship of a booming economy and a road-building program that better connected the country’s once-isolated Andean cities and villages. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-08-19/maduro-s-venezuela-veers-toward-a-humanitarian-crisis">If Venezuela Implodes, Will Its Neighbors Be Ready?</a>

If Venezuela Implodes, Will Its Neighbors Be Ready?

Venezuela is slipping toward a humanitarian crisis. News of its latest economic low point, or of President Nicolas Maduro’s most recent political tantrum, tends to eclipse this slow-motion disaster. Yet the danger of a Venezuelan implosion is growing. …

 

<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/latinoamerica/caso-petrobras-podria-afectar-a-7-paises/16254175">Caso Petrobras podría afectar a 7 países de América Latina</a>

Caso Petrobras podría afectar a 7 países de América Latina

Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Panamá, Perú y República Dominicana son los siete países de América Latina que podrían estar vinculados con el caso de corrupción de Petrobras en Brasil, de acuerdo con la ONG Transparencia Internacional. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/08/19/mho-somos-el-unico-diario-que-publica-las-colas-en-los-supermercados/">MHO: Somos el único diario que publica las colas en los supermercados</a>

MHO: Somos el único diario que publica las colas en los supermercados

Miguel Henrique Otero, presidente editor de El Nacional, defendió la postura del diario y aseguró que son el único medio del país que informa sobre la situación de malestar y escasez que se vive en Venezuela, según lo reseña el-nacional.com …

 

<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/08/18/exclusivo-video-de-conversacion-de-leopoldo-lopez-con-daniel-ceballos-en-prision/">video de conversación de Leopoldo López con Daniel Ceballos en prisión</a>

video de conversación de Leopoldo López con Daniel Ceballos en prisión

Desde su encarcelamiento en febrero de 2014, son muy pocos los detalles que se saben sobre Leopoldo López y su vida en prisión. …

 

<a href="http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/ellen-bork/shortsighted-cuba">Shortsighted on Cuba</a>

Shortsighted on Cuba

On Friday, the US took another step in its pursuit of normalized relations with Cuba. Fifty-four years after President Eisenhower broke off relations with the Castro regime in 1961, the American flag was raised over the re-opened US Embassy in Havana in a ceremony attended by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Cuban officials. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-18/lula-s-bridge-to-nowhere-hints-at-global-reach-of-brazil-graft">This Bridge to Nowhere Hints at Global Reach of Brazil Graft</a>

This Bridge to Nowhere Hints at Global Reach of Brazil Graft

On the lush savanna in the upper reaches of South America looms a $1.2 billion monument to the deepening troubles of Brazil. …

 

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