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Russian Social Network Looking to Surpass Facebook in Latin America

Russian social-networking Web site VK aims to displace Facebook as the Peruvians' favorite in the medium term as a first step toward establishing its presence throughout the Latin American market, its representatives said. continue reading »

J.Lo to Star in Blum Thriller “The Boy Next Door”

Jennifer Lopez will star in an upcoming Jason Blum-produced thriller titled "The Boy Next Door," in which a divorced mother gets in hot water after embarking on an affair with a teenage neighbor, Variety reported. continue reading »

Nostalgia for Cuba’s Past, A Difference of Generations

A Cuban-American friend of mine recently e-mailed me a PowerPoint presentation containing slides of pre-1959 Cuba. To put you in the right frame of mind, it came with a soundtrack from that era. I had just finished a book that another friend gave me, Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.” This is not the first time that I have received these e-mails. In fact, there is vibrant cottage industry that generates similar presentations ad nauseam. continue reading »

Obama Must Respond to Spying Accusation If Rousseff to Visit U.S.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that whether she makes a planned state visit to Washington next month depends on Barack Obama's response to revelations the United States monitored her communications. continue reading »

Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

Florida authorities have decided not to enforce a law that bans the state and local governments from hiring companies that have business ties with Cuba, The Miami Herald reported. continue reading »

Chilean Students Call For an End to Pinochet Education Model

Tens of thousands of students marched here Thursday to demand an end to the educational system inherited from late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet as Chile prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought him to power. continue reading »

Top 10 Latin American Restaurants According to “World’s 50 Best” Organization

Recently, the World's 50 Best organization announced Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants in Lima, Peru. The list is internationally recognized as the most credible indicator of the best places to eat on Earth and is the trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine. continue reading »

Librarians Discover Unpublished Borges Manuscript in Argentine Library

Researchers combing the archives of Argentina's National Library have found an unpublished manuscript written by literary giant Jorge Luis Borges. Librarians Laura Rosato and German Alvarez found an alternate ending to the Borges short story "Tema del traidor y del heroe" (Theme of the Traitor and the Hero), which was first published in 1944. continue reading »

Teachers Shut Down Major Road Leading to Mexico City Airport

Around 1,000 Mexican teachers unhappy about aspects of a wide-ranging schools overhaul blocked the main road into the capital's international airport on Thursday, forcing outbound passengers to abandon vehicles and walk to the terminal. continue reading »

Obama Vows to Investigate Spying on Mexican President

U.S. President Barack Obama assured Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto he will investigate reports that Washington's spy apparatus monitored his communications, officials here said Thursday. continue reading »

Spanish PM Boasts of Economic Recovery at G-20 Summit

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he plans to convey a message of confidence in Spain's economy to other leaders attending the G-20 Summit. continue reading »

Brazil’s Rousseff is One Step Closer to Canceling U.S. Visit

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has canceled a planned trip to Washington this weekend by members of her staff, who were to have made advance preparations for her scheduled Oct. 23 visit to the United States, the official Agencia Brasil news service said Thursday. continue reading »

U.S. Senate Panel Backs Authorization for Strikes in Syria

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Wednesday a bill that would authorize President Barack Obama to order attacks on Syria to punish Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels. continue reading »

Cuban Judoka Claims Someone Bribed Him to Throw World Championship

Cuban judoka Asley Gonzalez, the champion in the 90-kilo weight class at the recently concluded World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, said someone offered him a bribe to throw the gold medal match, official media reported Wednesday. continue reading »

Sofia Vergara is Highest-Earning Actress on Television

Sofia Vergara was the highest-earning U.S. television actress for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $30 million during the 12 months that ended June 30, Forbes magazine said Wednesday. continue reading »

What Are These Curious Structures Discovered in Peruvian Amazon?

Mysterious little structures found in the Peruvian Amazon are stumping some of the top scientists in the world. Troy Alexander, a graduate student at Georgia Tech, first spotted the structure on June 7 on a blue tarp near the Tambopata Research Center, in southeastern Peru. continue reading »

Cuba Launches Yellow Ribbon Campaign on Fifteenth Anniversary of Cuban Spies’ Arrest

Cuba's Communist government is urging a display of yellow ribbons on Sept. 12 in an appeal to the United States to release four Cuban intelligence agents who have been in custody since 1998, official media said Wednesday. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Stop Group Supplying Guns to Drug Gangs

Brazilian police dismantled a ring that supplied U.S. rifles to drug traffickers, authorities said Wednesday. The operation, carried out with support from Interpol and U.S. authorities, involved the arrest of five people in Brazil and two others in the United States, Federal Police said in a statement. continue reading »

Juarez Cartel Boss Responsible for “Good Part” of Violence in Northern Mexico

Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, the brother of the leader of Mexico's Juarez drug cartel, was behind much of the violence in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said. continue reading »

Thirteenth Century “Vampire” Remains Discovered in Bulgaria

The skeleton of a man who lived between the 13th and 14th centuries, and had an iron stake driven into his chest to prevent him from becoming a vampire was found in Bulgaria, archaeologists said. continue reading »