Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, September 3rd 2015 - 10:17 UTC

Colombia was one vote short in OAS to address the border crisis with Venezuela

Five countries voted against the request: Venezuela and its regional allies Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Brazil and Argentina abstained from voting.

Colombia on Monday was one vote short at the Organization of American States to summon a meeting of foreign ministers over the ongoing border crisis with Venezuela. Bogotá had requested the high-level meeting up as the country is seeking international support for an ongoing diplomatic crisis with its socialist neighbor.

Thursday, September 3rd 2015 - 07:38 UTC

Guatemala Attorney General confident president Perez will be convicted for corruption

“At this time we have complete freedom to investigate whatever line of inquiry we deem pertinent in the president's case,” said Attorney Thelma Aldana

Guatemala's attorney general said on Wednesday she is confident embattled President Otto Perez will be convicted of corruption, as the country's top court rejected his challenge to prosecutors' moves to try him.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 - 06:16 UTC

Guatemala's congress strips president Otto Perez of immunity

The resolution was passed unanimously by the 132 lawmakers present, making the conservative leader the first president to have his immunity revoked

Guatemala's Congress voted Tuesday to strip embattled President Otto Perez's immunity, clearing the way for him to be prosecuted over allegations he masterminded a multi-million-dollar corruption scheme.

Tuesday, September 1st 2015 - 23:52 UTC

Mexico announces postponement of deep-water oil exploration auction

Coldwell said the government will change rules that scared off potential bidders earlier last month, when it only managed to auction only 2 of 14 blocks

Mexico, which has started to open its nationalized oil industry to additional private investment, will postpone auctions for deep-water oil exploration and production contracts and adjust the terms of upcoming tenders after an inaugural oil auction failed to meet the government's modest expectations.

Tuesday, September 1st 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Guatemalan president holds on: congress to vote this week on his removal

“I reiterate yet again my position on the allegations made by the prosecution, and it is that I am completely calm,” Otto Pérez told a press conference.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez said on Monday he is calm and confident he has done nothing wrong, as lawmakers debated stripping his immunity and forcing him to face prosecution on corruption charges.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Guatemalan president summoned to appear before Congress

Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said Perez Molina had not decided how to respond.“It is very possible that he sends a lawyer with written responses”

A congressional commission considering whether to remove Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution called on him Friday to appear before the body as a corruption scandal swirls around his government.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 04:51 UTC

Maduro escalates conflict with Colombia as he looks to December's election

Maduro accused Colombia of waging “an attack on Venezuela's economy”, a reference to the rampant smuggling of heavily subsidized food and other goods

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's conflict with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns. However most political analysts believe there is a huge premeditated interest in arising strong nationalistic feelings ahead of the December legislative elections.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

US Treasury sanctions Farc members operating from Switzerland

The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US Treasury. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

The US has announced sanctions against four alleged members of Colombia's Farc rebel group, accusing them of drug trafficking and money laundering. The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US treasury department said. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 02:36 UTC

Guatemala Supreme Court approves impeachment of president Otto Perez

On Sunday, Perez angrily dismissed corruption allegations and adamantly said he would not resign despite mounting pressure on the government

The Guatemalan Supreme Court approved a request by the country’s attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez over his suspected involvement in a racket to siphon customs revenue from the government, and passed the matter to Congress for approval.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015 - 15:01 UTC

Over 700 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela have fled across to Colombia

Brandishing their diplomas, the Cuban health professionals congregated in a plaza in Kennedy, a working-class neighborhood built in the 1960s

Deteriorating conditions in Venezuela are causing increasing numbers of Cuban medical personnel working there to immigrate to the United States under a special US program launched in 2006 that expedites their applications.

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