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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison in 2009

Today in Latin American history, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces in 2009. continue reading »

Guatemalan Authorities Dismantle 2 Gangs, Arrest 34 Members

Two criminal organizations run by the Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs have been dismantled and 34 people arrested in Guatemala, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said. continue reading »

Men Confess to Raping Spanish Tourists

Mexico's attorney general said Wednesday that six detainees have "fully confessed" to raping six Spanish women in the Pacific port of Acapulco and that one other suspect is being sought in the case. continue reading »

Police Question 8 in Connection with Tourist Rapes in Acapulco

Investigators have questioned eight people in connection with the rapes of six Spanish tourists earlier this week outside the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, a police commander said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Deploys National Guard to Combat Drug Trafficking, Crime

U.S. federal authorities have expressed support for newly inaugurated Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's decision to deploy National Guard troops to help fight crime and drug trafficking on the island. continue reading »

500 Brazilians Have Fallen Prey to Human Trafficking Since 2005

Some 500 Brazilians have been the victims of people trafficking networks since 2005 and the main destinations of these criminal groups operating in the country are The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Ministry. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

With daily reports of homicides, violent crimes, and corruption occurring in Latin America it is obvious that Latin America is struggling with peace. Check out Hispanically Speaking News's Infographic to see the global rankings and scores of Latin American countries in terms of peace. continue reading »

15 Colombian Soldiers to Stand Trial for Murdering 6 Civilians

A former battalion commander and 14 of his men will be tried for murder in the deaths of six civilians falsely reported as rebels killed in combat, the Colombian Attorney General's Office said Thursday. continue reading »

2 Power Company Guards Arrested for Killing Guatemalan Peasant

Two employees of Spanish hydroelectric power company Hidro Santa Cruz were arrested for the murder of a peasant, a crime that sparked disturbances and the declaration of a state of siege for 18 days in the Indian town of Santa Cruz Barillas in western Guatemala. continue reading »

701 Pound of Pot Found in Gas Tank of Bus Carrying 22 Passengers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning discovered 701 pounds of marijuana in the gas tank of a commercial bus. continue reading »

Chilean Voting Rolls Still Contain 1,000 Who “Disappeared” During The Pinochet Era

One thousand people who disappeared in custody during the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship remain on Chile's voting rolls, the head of the electoral authority said Tuesday. continue reading »

Body of Kidnapped Journalist Found in Mexico

Mexican authorities found the dead body of kidnapped journalist Marco Antonio Avila Garcia on a road in the northwestern state of Sonora, officials told Efe. continue reading »

80 Tons of Drug Precursors Confiscated by Guatemalan Police

At least 80 tons of drug precursors were seized in two separate operations in Guatemala and one person was arrested, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said. continue reading »

Lebanese Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Arms to FARC in Exchange for Cocaine

A Lebanese citizen has pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Manhattan to conspiracy to provide weapons to Colombian guerrillas in exchange for more than a ton of cocaine, prosecutors said. continue reading »

Murders of Hispanics 10 and 24 in California in 2010, 5X that of Whites

Murders of Hispanics between the ages of 10 and 24 in California in 2010 were five times more frequent than those of their white peers, according to a study presented Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center. continue reading »

Wife of Uruguay Soccer Coach Sprayed With Acid

Not far from her own home, Silvia Martínez (62), wife of Uruguayan soccer coach Oscar Tabárez was attacked by two men who sprayed a corrosive liquid on her face. continue reading »

Could a Latino Man be Gumby’s Crime Mentor? (VIDEO)

Surveillance cameras from a San Diego 7/11 prove that a few minutes before 8pm on Labor Day, an unusually tense Gumby entered a 7-11 followed by a Latino man. Police said they are investigating this unidentified male who entered the store seconds before Gumby attempted to rob it. continue reading »

Leader of “Pig Head” Extortion Gang Arrested in México

Federal Police in the municipality of San Vicente Chichester, State of Mexico arrested Eduardo Zúñiga Sánchez, alias El Bla Bla, the alleged leader of a gang called “The Pig Head”. continue reading »

Miss Brazil Got Robbed in Front of her Own Home, Beauty Pageant Prize Stolen!

Debora Lyra, Miss Brazil, was held at gunpoint in front of her own home in Sao Paulo authorities are reporting. continue reading »