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IDB Finances Program to Improve Labor Force Productivity in El Salvador

The Inter American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $20 million to El Salvador to fund a training project that will improve the labor force productivity, particularly for young people between 16 and 29 years and workers in micro- and small-scale enterprises. continue reading »

French Military to Purchase Spanish Refueling Planes

France's defense minister announced here Friday that his country will purchase 14 MRTT aerial refueling tanker aircraft from Spain. continue reading »

Pipeline Fire in Jalisco Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Roughly 400 people were evacuated early Friday from their homes in the western Mexican state of Jalisco after a gas leak at a pipeline operated by state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos triggered a fire, authorities told Efe. continue reading »

New Oil Blocks to be Actioned in Ecuador’s Amazon Region

Ecuador will auction contracts for new Amazon oil blocks believed to contain as much as 1.6 billion barrels, Non-Renewable Natural Resources Minister Wilson Pastor said Friday. continue reading »

Brazil, Ukraine to Launch Satellite in 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Ukrainian counterpart Victor Yanukovich agreed Friday on a plan to launch a jointly developed satellite from the South American nation in 2014. continue reading »

Mexican Indians Being Used by Cartels to Smuggle Drugs Across the Border

The Raramuri Indians of Chihuahua state, renowned for their ability to cover long distances on foot, are being used by Mexican drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the United States. continue reading »

Mexico Offers Higher Tomato Prices in Hopes Of Retaining Export Agreement

Mexico's government and farmers have offered to accept higher prices for tomatoes exported to the United States in a bid to avert the scrapping of a 16-year-old agreement, a senior Mexican official said. continue reading »

Venezuela Considers Offering Direct Flights to “Allies” Russia, China

Venezuela is considering investments of up to $300 million for the purchase of long-range aircraft to begin intercontinental flights to "allied" countries like China and Russia, the aquatic and air transport minister told Efe. continue reading »

As Health Rumors Linger Fidel Castro Sends Graduates Congratulatory Message

Fidel Castro's signature appeared once again in the Cuban press on Thursday when he published a congratulatory message directed to an academic institution. continue reading »

Ecuador Sentences People Smuggler With Ties to Mexican Massacre

A people smuggler convicted of organizing the trip to Mexico by Fredy Lala Pomavilla, a survivor of the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants at a ranch near the U.S. border, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Ecuador, the Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

Brazilian President Vetoes 9 Articles of Land-Use Bill

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed nine articles of a controversial land-use bill passed by Congress last month and harshly criticized by environmental groups. continue reading »

Mudslide in Northern Peru Kills 11, 10 Still Missing

Peruvian authorities recovered 11 bodies after a mudslide swept through a village in the northern Peruvian jungle region of San Martin, while 10 others remain missing. continue reading »

Mexico Arrests 7 Federal Officials for Aiding Sinaloa Cartel

Mexican authorities announced the arrest of seven federal government employees who allegedly aided and abetted the Sinaloa drug cartel, headed by notorious fugitive Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman. continue reading »

Authorities to Exhume Parents of Dead Zeta Boss to Confirm ID

Authorities will exhume the bodies of the parents of Los Zetas drug cartel boss Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano to confirm that the man killed 10 ago in a shootout with marines was the notorious kingpin, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. continue reading »

Bolivian President Thanks Queen Sofia For Spanish Aid in Education, Health

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday thanked Spain's Queen Sofia for Madrid's help in improving health and education in Bolivia, expressed confidence that this would continue in the future and reconfirmed that he will attend the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, which will be held in mid-November. continue reading »

Chevron Facing More Trouble in Ecuador, Judge Orders Seizure of Assets

In a collection victory for plaintiffs who won a $19 billion judgment against U.S. oil supermajor Chevron, an Ecuadorian judge has ordered the company to turn over its assets in the Andean nation. continue reading »

Mexican Archaeologists Discover Pre-Columbian Tombs

Mexican archaeologists discovered a group of millennium-old basalt tombs in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said. 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 »

Reporters Without Borders Hopes New Mexican Administration Will Guarantee Safety for Journalists

Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, called upon Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto to make concrete "commitments" to guarantee the safety of journalists in his country on the European tour he will wrap up later this week in Paris. continue reading »

Camisea Reveals Nearly $100M Royalties Paid to Peru Last Month

The Camisea consortium, which is producing natural gas from Peru's largest fields, said it paid $95.7 million in royalties to the government last month. continue reading »