<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/27/mexico-searches-in-3-states-seizes-planes-and-cars-in-hunt-for-fugitive-drug/">Mexico searches in 3 states, seizes planes and cars in hunt for fugitive drug lord</a>

Mexico searches in 3 states, seizes planes and cars in hunt for fugitive drug lord

MEXICO CITY – Mexican prosecutors says they have carried out search warrants in three states and seized 11 small planes in the search for escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that properties in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa had been searched, along with buildings in the State of Mexico and Puebla, near Mexico City. …

 

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/10/27/argentina-went-to-the-polls-on-sunday-here-are-7-insights-from-those-elections/">Argentina went to the polls on Sunday. Here are 7 insights from those elections.</a>

Argentina went to the polls on Sunday. Here are 7 insights from those elections.

On Dec. 11, for the first time in 4,582 days, Argentines will awaken with a president who is not a Kirchner. Neither Néstor Kirchner (2003-07) nor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015) will be running the show in the Pink House (Argentina’s White House). Elections were held Sunday for president, half of the Chamber of Deputies, one-third of the Senate, and thousands of provincial and municipal level posts, including 11 governors. …

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/10/27/guyana-rules-out-giving-venezuela-access-to-atlantic-waters/">Guyana rules out giving Venezuela access to Atlantic waters</a>

Guyana rules out giving Venezuela access to Atlantic waters

Guyanese President David Granger has ruled out giving neighboring Venezuela access to the Atlantic as part of any settlement of the border dispute over Essequibo region. “We cannot sell out. We cannot give away. We cannot offer the adversary any corridor or any passage,” Granger said on Tuesday after the successful completion of Exercise Greenheart, a tactical exercise in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni area in Region Seven. …

 

<a href="http://www.realclearworld.com/blog/2015/10/leopoldo_lopez_sakharov__venezuelas_heroic_opposition_111525.html">The World Should Support Venezuela’s Heroic Opposition</a>

The World Should Support Venezuela’s Heroic Opposition

Referring to the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, and the victory of pro-Fascist Francisco Franco, the French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus wrote: “It was in Spain that men learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense”. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-26/colombian-eln-rebels-murdered-11-soldiers-1-policeman-santos">Santos: Colombian ELN Rebels Murdered 11 Soldiers, 1 Policeman</a>

Santos: Colombian ELN Rebels Murdered 11 Soldiers, 1 Policeman

Rebels from ELN, Colombia’s 2nd-biggest Marxist guerrilla group, ambushed soldiers and police in Boyaca province today, President Juan Manuel Santos said in national address. …

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article41498871.html">Hemisphere’s ‘Super Sunday’ elections bring surprises, hope</a>

Hemisphere’s ‘Super Sunday’ elections bring surprises, hope

An anti-corruption comedian and political neophyte in Guatemala, an opposition upset in Argentina, a return to the center in Colombia, and a long tense wait in Haiti. As the hemisphere hit the ballot box Sunday in four key elections, the unifying themes seemed to be change and peace. In Guatemala and Argentina, which held presidential elections, and in Colombia, which voted for local officials, citizens bucked trends and defied polls as they pushed back against the status quo. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/world/americas/former-tv-comedian-jimmy-morales-seems-set-to-be-elected-guatemalas-president.html?_r=0">Jimmy Morales Is Elected New President in Guatemala</a>

Jimmy Morales Is Elected New President in Guatemala

MEXICO CITY — A political neophyte best known for playing dimwitted characters on his television comedy show won Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday as voters overwhelmingly turned their backs on the status quo. …

 

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/polarized-haiti-votes-in-presidential-election/2015/10/25/6e490c04-7b7b-11e5-837b-2c3f2478487e_story.html">Haiti faces long wait for results of presidential election</a>

Haiti faces long wait for results of presidential election

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Voting appeared orderly and largely peaceful in presidential and parliamentary elections that Haitians hope will help consolidate democracy in this impoverished country with a history of political turbulence. …

 

<a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/90aab78f5b804bf49ed2d7e44496d6e7/prosecutor-opposition-leaders-trial-flees-venezuela">Prosecutor in opposition leader’s trial flees Venezuela</a>

Prosecutor in opposition leader’s trial flees Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan prosecutor who tried opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has fled the South American nation and apologized for his role in what he called a political show trial. Caracas prosecutor Franklin Nieves’ arguments helped convict Lopez in September on what the politician’s supporters say were trumped up charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests last year. He was sentenced to nearly 14 years in jail. …

 

<a href="http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/drug-trafficking-top-issue-argentina-presidential-candidates-election">Drug Trafficking Top Issue for Argentina’s Presidential Candidates</a>

Drug Trafficking Top Issue for Argentina’s Presidential Candidates

Responding to public concerns over growing drug activity and violence in the country, Argentina’s leading presidential candidates have offered similar — and somewhat alarming — solutions to these issues ahead of Sunday’s elections. On October 25, Argentina will hold its 2015 general election, with voters going to the polls to elect a new president and legislative representatives. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/world/americas/us-graft-inquiries-turn-to-venezuelan-oil-industry.html?_r=1">U.S. Graft Inquiries Turn to Venezuelan Oil Industry</a>

U.S. Graft Inquiries Turn to Venezuelan Oil Industry

WASHINGTON — A top finance manager for Venezuela’s government-run oil company is suspected of taking millions of dollars in bribes to invest company pension money in an American hedge fund, according to court papers in one case. …

 

<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/riskmap/2015/10/22/5-steps-for-managing-corruption-risk-in-mexico/">5 Steps For Managing Corruption Risk In Mexico</a>

5 Steps For Managing Corruption Risk In Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Corruption has a persistent presence in Mexico, but it has generally been most entrenched—and its effects most acutely felt—at the local level. Thus it has been a bit of a change in recent months to see corruption scandals emerge at the federal level, which has in turn spurred a broader national dialog on the topic. …

 

Press Release: Venezuelan Elections

Press Release: Venezuelan Elections

The Superior Electoral Court has sought over the past months to contribute to the mission of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to the Venezuelan parliamentary elections this December so that it could complete its task of objective, fair and comprehensive observation.

The TSE has committed itself in particular to ensure that the mission of UNASUR was under the command of a public individual with extensive knowledge of electoral law. The TSE put forth to the Executive Branch the name ...  

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/manipulating-accounts-not-enough-impeach-brazil-president-speaker-211900757--sector.html">Manipulating accounts not enough to impeach Brazil president, speaker says</a>

Manipulating accounts not enough to impeach Brazil president, speaker says

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The speaker of the lower house of Brazil’s Congress said on Thursday that manipulating government accounts, the main opposition case for ousting President Dilma Rousseff, was not sufficient grounds to impeach her. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/22/peru-police-detain-army-officer-for-drug-trafficking-first-such-arrest-in-more/">Peru police detain army officer for drug trafficking; first such arrest in more than decade</a>

Peru police detain army officer for drug trafficking; first such arrest in more than decade

LIMA, Peru –  Peruvian police arrested an army lieutenant Thursday, alleging he regularly collected bribes from drug traffickers for letting small planes ferry cocaine out of the world’s No. 1 coca-producing valley. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/10/22/uk-el-salvador-corruption-idUKKCN0SG2E620151022">El Salvador rejects U.N.-backed anti-graft body, backs milder plan</a>

El Salvador rejects U.N.-backed anti-graft body, backs milder plan

The United States tried and failed to convince El Salvador to set up an international commission to fight corruption like the one that helped bring down the president of neighbouring Guatemala, a Salvadoran government official said. …

 

<a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/major-drug-tunnel-found-on-us-mexico-border-in-california/ar-BBmkTJI?li=AA54ur&ocid=HPDHP">Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California</a>

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

SAN DIEGO — Mexican authorities said Thursday they seized about 10 tons of marijuana in an elaborate tunnel with a rail car system that extended well into San Diego and was designed to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Tijuana. The discovery on Wednesday marks one of the longest and more sophisticated clandestine tunnels found on the U.S.-Mexico border. …

 

<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21676825-michelle-bachelets-reluctant-retreat-towards-centre-damage-control-chile">Damage control in Chile</a>

Damage control in Chile

LIKE the rest of South America, Chile has been badly hit by the end of the commodities boom. But it has also gone further than most of its neighbours in adjusting to a harsher world. The peso has depreciated by around 45% since January 2013, helping to extinguish a big current-account deficit. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/guatemalan-comic-holds-big-lead-ahead-sunday-election-173004427.html">Guatemalan comic holds big lead ahead of Sunday election: poll</a>

Guatemalan comic holds big lead ahead of Sunday election: poll

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan comic Jimmy Morales should triumph easily in a second round run-off on Sunday to elect the country’s next president after the arrest of the previous leader in a massive corruption scandal, a poll showed on Wednesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.abc.es/internacional/20151022/abci-eeuu-investiga-pdvsa-ramirez-201510221512.html">Fiscalías y agencias de EE.UU. estrechan el cerco sobre PDVSA y Ramírez</a>

Fiscalías y agencias de EE.UU. estrechan el cerco sobre PDVSA y Ramírez

La investigación sobre Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) y sus directivos que se lleva a cabo en Estados Unidos ha dado un estirón con la coordinación establecida por las fiscalías que se ocupan del caso (Nueva York, Washington, Missouri y Texas), el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, la Administración de Control de Drogas (DEA) y el Buró de Investigaciones Federales (FBI), entre otras agencias. Según informa «The Wall Street Journal», a comienzos de octubre se produjo un encuentro de representantes de cada ...  

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