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Puerto Rican Senator Defends Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

The bill introduced last week by governing Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, Sen. Miguel Pereira to decriminalize the use of marijuana has created a controversy in Puerto Rico. continue reading »

IACHR Condemns Murder of Colombian Activist

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) laments the murder of Ever Cordero, who chaired a participatory dialogue process for victims of displacement in the department (province) of C√≥rdoba, Colombia. continue reading »

6 Bodies Discovered in SUV in Northern Mexico

The bodies of six men were found inside an SUV near the industrial zone in Ahome, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police said. continue reading »

General Elections Underway in Paraguay

Paraguay is holding general elections on Sunday, with the presidency, vice presidency, congressional seats, governorships and other posts up for grabs. continue reading »

Spanish Economy Causing Less Concern Than a Year Ago, Says Finance Minister

Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos said Saturday that the Iberian nation's economic situation is less worrisome to the IMF and G20 than it was a year ago. continue reading »

Hemorrhagic Dengue Leads to 2 Deaths in Honduras

Two people have died so far this year from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras, Health Minister Roxana Araujo said. The cases occurred in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, a city in northern Honduras, Araujo said, without providing additional details. continue reading »

Police Foil Animal Trafficking Scheme in Bolivia, Seize 5,000 Caimans

Bolivian police seized 5,000 live baby caimans in an operation against animal trafficking in the oriental province of Santa Cruz, which borders on Brazil and Paraguay, the provincial government said Saturday. continue reading »

Death Toll of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Stands at 14

After two days of speculation, Texas authorities confirmed that the number of people who died in the explosion of a fertilizer plant in the town of West stands at 14 as the work of searching the ruins comes to an end. continue reading »

Pemex Brings Cogeneration Power Plant Online in Mexico

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos said it has brought a cogeneration power plant online in the southeastern state of Tabasco, a facility it says is the largest of its kind in Latin America. continue reading »

Nadal Going After 9th Straight Monte Carlo Title Against Djokovic

Spain's Rafael Nadal topped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on Saturday and will attempt to win his ninth consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title when he takes on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final. continue reading »

After Following Ponce de Leon’s Footsteps, Spaniard Wants to Cross Pacific With Jet Ski

After a solo crossing of 21 days by jet ski, Spanish navigator Alvaro de Marichalar completed the route sailed by explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon when he discovered Florida 500 years ago, and now plans a four-month crossing of the Pacific Ocean, which will be his longest and perhaps last important feat. continue reading »

Brazilian Fines Rita Lee for Insulting Cops at Music Festival

A Brazilian court sentenced Brazilian rocker Rita Lee to pay a fine of 5,000 reais ($2,500) for insulting two police at a concert in 2012. continue reading »

Russia Sends Mice, Gerbils into Orbit

A Soyuz 2.1 rocket topped by a capsule carrying mice, gerbils and other small creatures was launched into space Friday from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

Pope Francis received Friday Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and the two men discussed the situation in Latin America, respect for indigenous populations and the importance of a permanent dialogue between church and state. continue reading »

Honduran Prosecutor’s Murder Shakes Country

Even in a country that suffers an average of 20 murders a day, the assassination of a veteran prosecutor has left Honduras stunned. continue reading »

Brazil Partners With Japan to Map the Genome of Amazonian Manatee

Brazil's INPA research institute and Japan's Kyoto University have reached an agreement to map the genome of the Amazon manatee. continue reading »

More Than One-Third of Brazilian Indians Live in Cities

Just over 36 percent of the 896,917 Brazilians who declared themselves indigenous people in the 2010 Census live in cities, and only 37.4 percent of them speak an Amerindian language, according to a study released Friday by the government. continue reading »

Venezuela Agrees to Election Recount

Amid persistent political tension in Venezuela, the CNE election authority accepted opposition candidate Henrique Capriles's request for a review of 100 percent of the ballots cast in last weekend's special presidential election. continue reading »

Chicago Detectives Invited to Join Boston Manhunt for Marathon Bombing Suspect

The Chicago Police Department has just announced they have been invited to join the investigation into the bombing at the Boston Marathon. continue reading »

Former Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s Genocide Trial is Suspended

A court in the Guatemalan capital decided on Friday to suspend the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt while vowing to fight another court's "illegal" move to quash the case. continue reading »