<a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-drug-lord-escapes-mexico-prison-20150711-story.html#page=1">Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece</a>

Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

By Tracy Wilkinson

The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand upright as he made his escape. …

 

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/john-bolton-obama-outrageous-cuba-capitulations-article-1.2288591">Obama’s outrageous Cuba capitulations</a>

Obama’s outrageous Cuba capitulations

By John Bolton

President Obama’s decision to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba on July 20 represents the purest form of ideological diplomacy. By exchanging ambassadors, reopening embassies and calling for Congress to lift decades-old trade and travel restrictions, Obama has untethered our foreign policy from any discernible American interests. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/who-is-el-chapo-and-how-did-he-become-a-dark-legend-in-mexico/ar-AAcUkuF?ocid=HPDHP">Who is ‘El Chapo’ and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?</a>

Who is ‘El Chapo’ and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?

By Tracy Wilkinson

MEXICO CITY — Chicago compared him to Al Capone. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the richest men in the world. And in Mexico, he was a renegade outlaw whose exploits were the stuff of legend and song. …

 

Escandalo de Odebrecht amenaza a presidente dominicano

Escandalo de Odebrecht amenaza a presidente dominicano

Por Roger F. Noriega

13/07/15

Informes publicados recientemente sugieren que el escándalo de corrupción que involucra a la multinacional brasileña Odebrecht puede haber llegado a la República Dominicana. También, un mes después de que partidarios del presidente Danilo Medina elaboraran una enmienda constitucional que le permite buscar la reelección, la popularidad del presidente Danilo Medina ha sufrido una caída.

Como parte de la investigación por corrupción y malos manejos en la compañía petrolera estatal de Brasil, Petrobras, Odebrecht ha sido acusada de sobornar ...  

Odebrecht scandal threatens Dominican president

Odebrecht scandal threatens Dominican president

By Roger F. Noriega

Recently published reports suggest that the public corruption scandal involving Brazilian multinational Odebrecht may have reached the Dominican Republic. President Danilo Medina’s popularity already has suffered, a month after his supporters engineered a constitutional amendment to allow him to seek reelection.

As part of the investigation into Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras, Odebrecht has been accused of bribing public officials to obtain government contracts. In a dramatic development, the powerful president of ...  

<a href="http://www.canalntn24noticias.info/noticia/presidente-santos-descarta-paz-en-colombia-a-cambio-de-amnistia-general-a-terroristas-de-las-farc-59129">Presidente Santos descarta paz en Colombia a cambio de “amnistía general” a terroristas de las FARC</a>

Presidente Santos descarta paz en Colombia a cambio de “amnistía general” a terroristas de las FARC

El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, descartó este jueves la posibilidad de que haya paz en el país tras medio siglo de conflicto armado a cambio de una amnistía general a las FARC como resultado de las negociaciones que tienen lugar en Cuba.  …

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/money/2015/07/09/investigators-probing-kickback-scandal-at-brazil-petrobras-find-172b-in/">Investigators probing kickback scandal at Brazil’s Petrobras find $17.2B in ‘suspicious’ activity</a>

Investigators probing kickback scandal at Brazil’s Petrobras find $17.2B in ‘suspicious’ activity

Investigators with Brazil’s Finance Ministry say they have identified as much as $17 billion worth of suspicious activity that may be part of a kickback scandal engulfing the state-owned oil company Petrobras. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/francisco-garfias/2015/07/10/1033917">¿Qué pasa en el Gabinete de Seguridad?</a>

¿Qué pasa en el Gabinete de Seguridad?

Por Francisco Garfias

El General Cienfuegos no simula la irritación que le produce el pasmo del gobierno federal frente a las críticas que se le hacen a las Fuerzas Armadas y la cómoda actitud de gobernadores que piden el apoyo de soldados y marinos para combatir la delincuencia. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/10/uk-guatemala-corruption-idUKKCN0PK06B20150710">Guatemala arrests official close to president in graft probe</a>

Guatemala arrests official close to president in graft probe

By Sofia Menchu

Guatemalan police arrested a former close aide to President Otto Perez on suspicion of corruption on Thursday, widening the circle of arrests that have battered his administration during its final months. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-09/venezuela-s-largest-bill-buys-17-u-s-cents-after-30-plunge">Venezuela’s Largest Bill Buys 16 U.S. Cents After 30% Plunge</a>

Venezuela’s Largest Bill Buys 16 U.S. Cents After 30% Plunge

By Nathan Crooks

Venezuela’s largest bank note of 100 bolivars is now worth about 16 U.S. cents on the black market, following a 33 percent plunge in the past month. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-stop-buying-rice-guyana-amid-dispute-32341974">Venezuela to Stop Buying Rice From Guyana Amid Dispute</a>

Venezuela to Stop Buying Rice From Guyana Amid Dispute

Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana’s rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the South American neighbors, the Guyanese finance minister said Thursday. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/fastft/356181/venezuelas-currency-collapse-picks-up-speed">Venezuela’s currency collapse picks up speed</a>

Venezuela’s currency collapse picks up speed

The (now ironically named) bolívar “fuerte” – or strong bolivar – has plunged nearly 16 per cent this week, hitting a new low of 580.20 per dollar on the black market on Thursday, according to dolartoday.com, the rate tracking website that has become the unofficial reference for checking the Venezuelan currency. …

 

<a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/papal-truce-over-ecuador-protesters-return-streets-024234906.html#Zn64x9Q">Papal truce over, Ecuador protesters return to streets</a>

Papal truce over, Ecuador protesters return to streets

By By Girish Gupta 

QUITO (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Ecuador ended a moratorium during Pope Francis’ visit on Thursday and returned to the streets in a rally against recent tax hikes and alleged corruption and autocracy. …

 

<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247422-dnc-chairwoman-criticizes-cuba-thaw">DNC chairwoman criticizes Cuba thaw</a>

DNC chairwoman criticizes Cuba thaw

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) believes that Cuba must improve its human rights before receiving warmer ties with the U.S. …

 

<a href="https://twitter.com/noticiasvenezue">Humala respalda visitas de líderes políticos a Venezuela</a>

Humala respalda visitas de líderes políticos a Venezuela

El presidente de Perú, Ollanta Humala, expresó el pasado miércoles 8 de julio, su preocupación por la situación política y económica de Venezuela y apoyó las visitas de políticos que han intentado dar apoyo en materia de Derechos Humanos como la del expresidente del gobierno español Felipe González. …

 

<a href="http://es.panampost.com/panam-staff/2015/07/09/peso-mexicano-se-devaluo-20-en-dos-anos-y-medio/#.VZ7Bluaiyzs.twitter">Peso mexicano se devaluó 20% en dos años y medio</a>

Peso mexicano se devaluó 20% en dos años y medio

En los 2 años y medio de mandato que lleva Enrique Peña Nieto como presidente de México, el peso se ha devaluado 20% frente al dólar, cayendo de MEX$12.93 en Diciembre de 2012, a MEX$16 las últimas dos semanas. …

 

<a href="http://www.rcnradio.com/nacional/noticias/tengo-pruebas-de-que-hay-un-complot-del-gobierno-y-las-farc-para-sacarme?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter">Tengo pruebas de que hay un complot del Gobierno y las Farc para sacarme: Procurador</a>

Tengo pruebas de que hay un complot del Gobierno y las Farc para sacarme: Procurador

El procurador General de la Nación, Alejandro Ordónez aseguró que tiene pruebas que desde el Gobierno y las Farc hay un complot para sacarlo de su cargo desde hace varios meses. …

 

<a href="http://www.wdsu.com/money/the-next-domino-to-fall-latin-america/34069370">The next domino to fall: Latin America</a>

The next domino to fall: Latin America

By Patrick Gillespie

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —Greece needs a bailout and China’s stock market is in meltdown mode. But the global economy has another rising red flag: Latin America. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/07/09/1033736">México-El general tiene la palabra</a>

México-El general tiene la palabra

Entrevistar, sin agenda previa, durante más de una hora, al secretario de la Defensa Nacional, el general Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, es una oportunidad casi única para repasar, desde el punto de vista de la institución que mayor penetración tiene en la sociedad mexicana …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-military-helps-cut-honduras-murder-rate-but-abuses-spike-2015-7">Police militarization in Honduras has helped cut violence, but soldiers are being accused of murder and torture</a>

Police militarization in Honduras has helped cut violence, but soldiers are being accused of murder and torture

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The militarization of Central America’s violent Honduras has helped to stem gang bloodshed in a land known for the world’s highest murder rate, but it has created another problem — an apparent spike in abuses blamed on soldiers. …

 

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