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UN Praises Tolerance in Paraguay, Noting Much Inequality Remains

The United Nations independent expert on religious freedom commended Paraguay for the openness and tolerance of both the Government and society, but pointed out there is “much room” for improvement in tackling the issue of inequality. continue reading »

U.S. - Chile Sign Anti-Trust Pact to Improve Law Enforcement Initiatives Between Countries

Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, signed an antitrust cooperation agreement with the Chilean antitrust agency on behalf of the Department of Justice continue reading »

Annual Financing in Latin America’s Private Sector Expected to Exceed $3 Billion by 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) expects to more than double its annual financing to companies in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next four years, a move that will help the Group fulfill its mission to promote development though the private sector in the region. continue reading »

Argentines March Under Slogan “Memory, Truth and Justice” 35 Years Later

Thousands of Argentines marched in downtown Buenos Aires as a reminder of when the Junta ousted the government on March 24, 1976, marking one of the countries darkest periods. 35 years ago, the coup left an estimated 30,000 killed or unaccounted for. continue reading »

PepsiCo Foundation Announces $5 Million Grant to Bring Fresh Water Supply to Latin America

The PepsiCo Foundation today announced a $5 million grant to the AquaFund, a fund launched by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to facilitate investment in water continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Regions to Invest $500 Million to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico continue reading »

Van der Sloot to Plead Temporary Insanity in Peru Killing

In Peru a murder defendant can use the plea of ‘violent emotion’ in crimes of passion or when a spouse finds the other engaged in an act of adultery. continue reading »

Major Accident During Carnival in Brazil Leaves 26 Dead

A major accident occurred in Santa Catarina in Brazil during Carnival celebrations, when a truck crashed into a bus with Carnival passengers leaving half of them dead. continue reading »

Central America & Dominican Republic Secure $2 Billion in Financing for Infrastructure Improvements

Central America and the Dominican Republic is expected to obtain financing for $2 billion in 2011 from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for priority areas such as citizen security, infrastructure, continue reading »

Alleged Terrorist Supporter Extradited from Paraguay

Following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI, Moussa Ali Hamdan, a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to Hizballah. The 38-year-old is a dual citizen of the United States and Lebanon. continue reading »

Google Loses Another Exec to Facebook as the Social Networking Site Keeps Their Eye on Latin America

While Facebook may have the largest social networking presence in America, it has a way to go in Latin America, especially in Brazil. Looking to increase that presence, the social networking site has managed to entice yet another Google executive to join their team. continue reading »

U.S. and Brazil Set to Sign Extensive Science Accords When President Visits in March

The U.S. and Brazil are set to sign extensive science accords when President Obama visits Latin America next month. The science and technology agreements will help Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, i continue reading »

Priest Ordained Just One Year Ago, Murdered in Colombia

Father Luis Carlos Orozco Cardona, 26 years old, was killed in Rio Negro (Antioquia) on the evening of Saturday, February 12: the news was confirmed in a message sent to Fides continue reading »

4 killed, 120 Injured in Worst Train Collision in 15 Years in Argentina (VIDEO)

Preliminary investigations revealed that two of the four brakes in the freight train that rammed onto the other train, where "intentionally blocked," one nailed out of place, one secured with a padlock, suggesting foul play and sabotage. continue reading »

Venezuela’s Labor Unrest Expected to Disrupt Aluminum Availability to U.S. and Mexico

Primary aluminum production at Venezuela’s two state-owned producers has been hit hard by weeks of labor protests, sources said, disrupting shipments to South America continue reading »

Obama Officials Travel to Latin America in Preparation for His Regional Visit

Different White House officials and State Department officials are starting to travel to Latin America in anticipation of the President's upcoming trip in March. continue reading »

World Leaders and Great Thinkers Gather in Davos Including Large Mexico Contingency

The annual meeting of the world leaders, thinkers, CEO and basically anyone who’s important has started this week in Davos, Switzerland. continue reading »

Police in Gunfight with Drug Gangs in Rio, Mayor’s Windows Shattered, TV Helicopter Hit

Brazilian Police had a shootout with drug gangs in the center of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The mayor’s office had several windows shattered continue reading »

World Travel Strong in 2010 According to UN, 8% Increase in the Americas

Boosted by improved economic conditions worldwide, international tourism has recovered faster than expected from the impacts of the global financial crisis and economic recession of late 2008 and 2009. continue reading »

200 Dead Cows In Wisconsin, 7000 in Vietnam, Mass Animal Die-Offs Continuing.  Why?

A Stockton, Wisconsin farmer was shocked to find 200 of his cows dead in his field over the weekend when they were reportedly fine days before. continue reading »