<a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/09/clashes-erupt-at-nicaragua-electoral-reform-protests/">Clashes erupt at Nicaragua electoral reform protests</a>

Clashes erupt at Nicaragua electoral reform protests

Riot police have clashed with protesters in Nicaragua who are demanding fair elections ahead of the 2016 ballot which is expected to return Daniel Ortega for a third term. …



<a href="http://news.sky.com/story/1515628/inside-mexicos-infamous-meth-super-labs">Inside Mexico’s Infamous Meth ‘Super Labs’</a>

Inside Mexico’s Infamous Meth ‘Super Labs’

By Stuart Ramsay

In the central mountains of Mexico lies the city of Culiacan. By rights it should be a sleepy backwater, a one-donkey rural nowheresville, but it is not. …


<a href="http://fusion.net/story/163367/with-peace-talks-in-limbo-colombias-farc-declares-unilateral-ceasefire/">With peace talks in limbo, Colombia’s FARC declares unilateral ceasefire</a>

With peace talks in limbo, Colombia’s FARC declares unilateral ceasefire

By Manuel Rueda

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group has announced it will halt attacks for one month in an effort to give a boost to peace talks with the government. …


Pope Francis’ visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

Pope Francis’ visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

By Pablo Jaramillo and Tracy Wilkinson

While probably not his intention, Pope Francis handed embattled Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa a much-needed political respite — a de-facto if temporary truce with the legions of opponents who had been staging daily protests against the government. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-07/brazil-president-faces-higher-risk-of-impeachment-eurasia-says">Brazil President Faces Higher Risk of Impeachment</a>

Brazil President Faces Higher Risk of Impeachment

By Anna Edgerton

The chances of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff being impeached has increased as investigations into a corruption scandal at Petrobras further implicate members of her party, Eurasia Group said. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-08/rousseff-impeached-in-slum-as-inflation-costlier-for-brazil-poor">Rio Favela Impeaches Rousseff as Poor Fed Up With Inflation</a>

Rio Favela Impeaches Rousseff as Poor Fed Up With Inflation

By David Biller

Brazil’s Congress hasn’t moved to impeach embattled President Dilma Rousseff, but in one shantytown named after her, she has already been ousted. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/08/markets-emerging-latam-idUSL1N0ZO1NU20150708">Brazil’s real extends slide on China, stop-loss orders</a>

Brazil’s real extends slide on China, stop-loss orders

SAO PAULO, July 8 Brazil’s real fell to its weakest level in over three months on Wednesday as concern over China’s plunging stock market sapped risk appetite and drove investors to cut their losses following the currency’s sharp fall in recent days. …


<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/07/08/actualidad/1436320750_033258.html">Un día agitado para la paz</a>

Un día agitado para la paz

Por Javier Lafuente

El proceso de paz en Colombia se ha ido cocinando a fuego lento. Tres años se van a cumplir desde que se iniciaran en La Habana las negociaciones entre el Gobierno y la guerrilla de las FARC. Hasta tal punto se ha dilatado la cocción que los comensales, los ciudadanos, se han cansado de esperar al plato final. …


<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2015/07/08/1033532">CNTE incurre en crimen organizado y terrorismo</a>

CNTE incurre en crimen organizado y terrorismo

Al oponerse a la reforma educativa, las cúpulas sindicales de los maestros disidentesse dedican a delinquir como crimen organizado y con comportamientos propios de organizaciones terroristas, denunció Claudio X. González, presidente de la organización civil Mexicanos Primero. …


<a href="http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/asset-seizure-law-unlikely-to-rid-paraguay-of-narco-corruption">Seizing Assets Unlikely to Rid Paraguay of Narco-Corruption</a>

Seizing Assets Unlikely to Rid Paraguay of Narco-Corruption

By David Gagne

Paraguay is debating an asset seizure bill that some advocates say would sever the ties between politicians and drug traffickers in the country. But the rocky implementation of these kinds of laws elsewhere in Latin America provides a less optimistic forecast. …


<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/08/uk-brazil-politics-rousseff-idUKKCN0PI17820150708">Clouds gathering, many in Brazil contemplate a Rousseff exit</a>

Clouds gathering, many in Brazil contemplate a Rousseff exit

By Paulo Prada

The economic and political crisis now engulfing Latin America’s biggest economy is prompting politicians, economists and ordinary Brazilians to consider what once seemed unthinkable: that President Dilma Rousseff, re-elected less than nine months ago, might not finish her second term, which runs to 2018. …


<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/07/08/farc-decretan-cese-del-fuego-unilateral-por-un-mes/">Farc decretan cese del fuego unilateral por un mes en Colombia</a>

Farc decretan cese del fuego unilateral por un mes en Colombia

La guerrilla comunista de las FARC anunció este miércoles que ordenará un cese al fuego unilateral por un mes a partir del 20 de julio, acogiendo un llamado de los cuatro países que acompañan el proceso de paz para Colombia. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/opinion/marco-rubio-obamas-faustian-bargain-with-cuba.html?_r=1">Marco Rubio: Obama’s Faustian Bargain With Cuba</a>

Marco Rubio: Obama’s Faustian Bargain With Cuba

By Marco Rubio

MIAMI — When President Obama announced the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, he criticized the supposed failures of United States policy toward Cuba, which, Mr. Obama said, “hasn’t worked for 50 years.” …


<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/no-argentina-isnt-a-role-model-for-greece-2015-07-07">No, Argentina isn’t a role model for Greece</a>

No, Argentina isn’t a role model for Greece

By William Watts

Members of the ever-growing chorus calling for Greece to just drop the euro and strike out with its own currency often look to Argentina to justify their claims that such a drastic move would at least see the country put the worst of its economic turmoil behind after years of crippling depression. …


<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3152345/Pictured-6-5million-cocaine-stuffed-seats-floorboards-private-jet-unsuccessfully-smuggled-Venezuela.html">$6.5million of cocaine stuffed under seats and floorboards of private jet unsuccessfully smuggled from Venezuela</a>

$6.5million of cocaine stuffed under seats and floorboards of private jet unsuccessfully smuggled from Venezuela

By Snejana Farberov

Three members of a drug-trafficking ring were sentenced to prison Monday after they admitted to smuggling into the US $6.5million worth of cocaine stashed on board a corporate jet last year. …


<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article26704663.html">On the Cuban side, talks are all take and no give</a>

On the Cuban side, talks are all take and no give

By Michael Putney

President Obama’s Cuba initiative represents, as Dr. Johnson said of second marriage, the triumph of hope over experience. …


<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33427761">Living with Venezuela’s high inflation</a>

Living with Venezuela’s high inflation

As the world watches the Greek debt crisis unfold, the economy of a country in another corner of the planet is also struggling, and some experts are even trying to draw similarities. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/07/us-brazil-ratings-analysis-idUSKCN0PH1X820150707">Brazil’s investment grade credit rating at risk again</a>

Brazil’s investment grade credit rating at risk again

By Walter Brandimarte

Concerns that Brazil may lose its coveted investment grade credit rating are again on the rise among government officials and investors who worry that President Dilma Rousseff’s austerity push won’t fully offset plunging government revenues. …


<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-07/the-pope-s-visit-won-t-cure-ecuador">The Pope’s Visit Won’t Cure Ecuador</a>

The Pope’s Visit Won’t Cure Ecuador

By Mac Margolis

No one has ever accused Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa of modesty. In his welcome to Pope Francis, who arrived in Quito on Sunday to begin a weeklong, three-country visit of the region, the Andean strongman didn’t disappoint. …


<a href="http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Vivanco-quisieron-amedrentarle-Dominicana-HRW_0_405260430.html">Vivanco dice que quisieron amedrentarle en R. Dominicana por informe de HRW</a>

Vivanco dice que quisieron amedrentarle en R. Dominicana por informe de HRW

El director ejecutivo de la división para las Américas de Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, aseveró a Efe que la retención que sufrió hoy en el aeropuerto de Santo Domingo tuvo como intención amedrentarle por un informe de la organización sobre los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana. …


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