Latin America

Latin America
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.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015 - 14:41 UTC

China dependent Latin American markets and currencies plunge on Monday

Argentine stocks closed down 6.3%, Chilean shares lost 2.77% and Colombian shares shed 3.52%.

Stock markets around Latin America posted heavy losses Monday as plunging Chinese shares unleashed fresh turmoil on global markets. In Brazil, home to the region's largest stock exchange, the IBOVESPA index in Sao Paulo closed down 3.03%, after plunging 6.49% in opening trade.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:56 UTC

Guatemala president will not quit and rejects corruption allegations

”I declare categorically that I reject my link to it (the bribery scheme) and having received any money from the operation of customs fraud,” said Perez.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez said he will not resign and rejected allegations that he was one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:35 UTC

Franco-Brazilian journalist beaten-up in Ecuador leaves the country but promises to return

Picq's problems may have come about due to her relationship with a prominent indigenous leader present at the protest, Carlos Pérez Guartambel.

Detained, beaten-up and threatened with deportation: Franco-Brazilian journalist Manuela Picq experienced the rough edges of Ecuador's political system after attending an anti-government rally this month backed by union bosses and indigenous leaders.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Prosecution requests impeachment of Guatemala president Otto Perez

Prosecution said that the ongoing investigation over a customs fraud operation,  “La Linea,” revealed a strong likelihood that Perez Molina was involved

Guatemala’s prosecutor’s office said Friday that it has requested the Supreme Court's permission to start an impeachment process for President Otto Perez Molina over a sprawling corruption case that has held the country in the grip of political turmoil for months. The move came hours after the former vice president was placed under arrest for her own alleged role in the scandal.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

FARC have requested to meet Francis and want the Church to join the peace process in Havana

FARC's Ivan Marquez said in Havana that “we want to give a heartfelt greeting to Pope Francis. We hope to have this opportunity.”

Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement have asked to meet Pope Francis in Cuba in September and have requested the Catholic Church name a permanent delegate to their peace negotiations with the government.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

American Airlines charters to Cuba from Los Angeles next December

There are dozens of flights each week between Cuba and the U.S., but they are all charter flights.

American Airlines which has operated charter flights to Cuba since 1991, said on Tuesday that it plans to begin charter services between Los Angeles and Havana on Dec. 12. But by that time, the U.S. and Cuban governments may be ready to allow scheduled airline flights between the two countries, a practice not allowed for more than a half-century.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Sargassum seaweed, 'greatest single threat to the Caribbean tourism industry'

”This phenomenon is a threat to our brand and therefore we must do all we can to protect this brand,” Sir Hilary said at the UWI's symposium

It would take at least US$120 million and more than 100,000 people to clean up the Sargassum seaweed that has created “an international crisis” and “the greatest single threat” to the Caribbean, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles.

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