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Pope’s Christmas Message:  Let Us Not Lose Hope for Peace

Pope Benedict XVI urged people in his Christmas Message on Tuesday to not lose hope that there will be peace in the world, saying that the birth of Christ "is a flowering of new life for all humanity." continue reading »

Burnt Bodies of Four Kidnapped Police in Mexico near Jalisco

At least six people, including five police officers, were killed in different cities on the border between the western Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacan, officials said. continue reading »

Pope Benedict to Celebrate Midnight Mass for the Millions of Faithful Around the World

Pope Benedict XVI will begin the traditional celebration of Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at 10:00 p.m. (2100 GMT) Monday in St. Peter's Basilica. continue reading »

Labor Department Funds Projects to Combat Child Labor in Ecuador and Panama

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of two new cooperative agreements to support efforts by the governments of Ecuador and Panama to combat child labor among vulnerable groups continue reading »

Latin America News:  11 Die in Truck-Bus Crash in Brazil

Eleven people died and four others were injured on Sunday in the head-on collision of a truck with a microbus in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, police said. continue reading »

Bystander Killed By Trucker Attempting to Avoid Looters in Argentina

A bystander was killed by a truck driver who tried to avoid a mob of looters in northern Argentina, raising the death toll from the wave of looting in the South American country to three, police told Efe on Sunday. continue reading »

Uruguay to Improve Montevideo’s Public Transport System with $70 Million Loan

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan for $70 million to Uruguay to support a public transport system in the eastern section of Montevideo as an alternative to individual transport. continue reading »

Brazilian Poet Ledo Ivo Dies, Age 88

Brazilian poet Ledo Ivo, a well-known figure in Brazilian letters, died early Sunday from a heart attack in the Spanish city of Seville, where he had intended to spend Christmas. He was 88. continue reading »

USCIS to Close Field Office in Panama City in February

USCIS will permanently close its field office in Panama City, Panama, on Feb. 1, 2013. The Panama City Field Office had jurisdiction over Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. continue reading »

Justice Department Agrees to Reform Puerto Rican Police Department

The Justice Department (DOJ) entered into a sweeping agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Governor Luis Fortuño to resolve its civil investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). continue reading »

Mexico Sets Oil Price at $86 per Barrel in 2013

The government has purchased options to cover crude exports at a price of $86 per barrel and ensure it meets the targets set in the Revenue Law, the Mexican Finance Secretariat said. continue reading »

Getting More Latinos in the Outdoors

This past week, a story via NPR highlighted another benefit of taking to the outdoors. The story referenced a study indicating how participation in nature activities has positive effects on cognition, specifically creativity. As the study notes: continue reading »

Spain Revokes Asylum Status for Pakistani who Directed Anti-Muslim Video

Spanish authorities have revoked asylum for a Pakistani citizen, who filmed a defamatory video about Mohammed, for "putting the security of the Spanish state at risk," Interior Ministry officials told Efe on Saturday. continue reading »

Colombian Police Seize 1,760 Pounds of Cocaine Headed for Mexico

In a new blow at the Los Urabaños crime gang in the port of Cartagena, Colombian police seized Saturday 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine chlorohydrate of the highest purity that was being shipped to the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico by way of Honduras. continue reading »

Spanish Engineering Firm to Benefit from $100 Million Loan From IDB

Spanish engineering and consulting company Isolux has received a $100 million corporate loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to finance renewable energy and energy infrastructure projects in Peru and Brazil. continue reading »

ICSID Rules Ecuador Unlawfully Seized U.S. Firm’s Investments

The World Bank's International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes has handed down a ruling against the Ecuadorian government, finding that it "unlawfully expropriated" U.S. firm Burlington Resources' investments in two oil blocks. continue reading »

Christmas Lottery Distributes $3.3 Billion in Spain

The more than 2.5 billion euros (some $3.3 billion) distributed Saturday by Spain's Christmas lottery, the most anticipated and popular of the year, provided a breathing space for many Spaniards and immigrants, many of them jobless, amid the economic crisis the country is going through. continue reading »

CO2 Emissions From Amazon Deforestation Drop 16 Percent this Year

Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere as a result of Amazon deforestation dropped to 352 million tons this year, or 16 percent less than in 2011, Brazil's state-run National Space Research Institute, or INPE, said. continue reading »

Spanish PM Says Economy Will Grow in 2014

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said here Saturday during an unannounced trip to Afghanistan that Spain's economy will improve next year and start growing again in 2014. continue reading »

Mexico Unveils Plans for High-Speed Train in Yucatan

Mexico's government has announced a high-speed rail project in the Yucatan Peninsula aimed at unlocking that region's full economic, tourist and social potential. continue reading »