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Former El Salvador Guerrillas Continue Occupation of Main Cathedral in Country

One day to go to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 20th "Peace Accords" in El Salvador and the main church of this country, the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Salvador continues to be occupied by former veterans of the previous armed conflict. continue reading »

Los Aztecas Gang Members Arrested by Mexican Army

A leader and seven other members of the Los Aztecas gang, which is allied with the Juarez drug cartel, were arrested by Mexican army troops in Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, Defense Secretariat sources said on condition of anonymity. continue reading »

Italian Cruise Ship Victims Include 68-Year Old Spanish Tourist and Peruvian Crew Member

One of the two bodies found Sunday in the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which sank off Italy's Giglio Island earlier this weekend, is that of a Spaniard, officials said. continue reading »

Chile:  Top Latin American Country on 2012 Index of Economic Freedom

Chile is the only Latin American country to make the top 10 in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, coming in 7th place. continue reading »

Dominican Reports 5-Year, $500 Million Investment to Combat Cholera is Paying Off

Following up on a government announcement that US$500 million would be spent to rid the country of cholera in the next five years, Listin Diario reports that during a visit made to specialized cholera centers early this week there were practically no patients. continue reading »

Latin America’s Renewable Energy Projects Get $30 Million in Funding

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $30 million loan for the Emerging Energy Latin America Fund II, designed to boost the private sector continue reading »

Natalee Holloway Suspect Joran Van der Sloot Gets 28-Years in Peruvian Prison

Joran Van der Sloot has been sentenced to 28-years in a Peruvian prison for the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. The sentence came after the Natalee Holloway suspect pleaded guilty. continue reading »

No Nukes for Guatemala,  Ratifies UN-Backed Treaty Banning Nuclear Testing

Guatemala has ratified the United Nations-backed international treaty banning nuclear tests, bringing the number of State parties to 156. continue reading »

2011 Food Prices Highest on Record According to UN

Global food prices declined in December, but the overall annual average was the highest ever on record, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. continue reading »

Cop in Violent & Drug Plagued Ciudad Juarez Busy Issuing 6-Year Traffic Ticket for Toy Motorcycle?

The incident occurred on Dec. 27, when the boy, identified only as Gael, was riding his toy motorcycle in the gated subdivision where his family lives and collided with an SUV that had blown a stop sign continue reading »

Dominican Republic Repatriates 1st Group Deported from U.S. in 2012, 132 Ex-Convicts

The Dominican Republic repatriated the first group of Dominican citizen’s deported from the U.S. – 132 criminals. This first group arrived yesterday at Las Americas Airport on a special plane chartered by Immigration and Naturalization Service. continue reading »

Iran’s Nuclear Program Gets Boost from Nicaragua’s President Ortega

Daniel Ortega began his second consecutive five-year term as president of Nicaragua with a speech substantially devoted to defending the Iranian nuclear program. continue reading »

Lawyer Recognizes His Client During Armed Robbery Proceeds to Shoot him Dead

A lawyer in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic apparently shot three robbers, one of which was his client. continue reading »

Allegations of Amazon Indian Child ‘Burned Alive’ by Loggers Surfaces

Loggers have invaded the Amazon home of uncontacted Awá Indians, one of whom has reportedly been ‘burned alive’. continue reading »

Speaker John Boehner Leads Delegation to Latin America, Brazil First Stop

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday praised the pacification program being carried out in "favelas," the shantytowns de Brazil's second-largest city, during a visit to one of those neighborhoods. continue reading »

Chile Tries to Rewrite Its History: Eliminates “Dictatorship” Term from School Curriculum

The public school curriculum of Chilean children in first through sixth grade will no longer include the term ‘dictatorship’. Now that word will be replace with the term ‘military regime’. continue reading »

Bloody Weekend for Guatemala - 19 Murders in 24 Hours

At least 19 people were murdered in Guatemala over the past 24 hours in different acts of violence, police and emergency services officials said Sunday. continue reading »

117 Children Murdered in Colombia in 2011, Over 40% Under Age of 5 Years-Old

In 2011 117 children were murdered in Colombia, 41 of them under 5 years of age. This is what emerges from the statistics, sent to Fides, on the toll statements released at the end of 2011 concerning violent deaths in America. continue reading »

Colombia, Followed by Mexico Lead in Number of Religious Workers Killed in 2011

Once again this year, Fides publishes an annual document of all the pastoral workers who lost their lives in a violent manner over the course of the last 12 months. continue reading »

Fuel-Tanker Accident in Venezuela Leaves 14 Dead, Many Injured

Fourteen people were killed and 16 others injured Thursday when a tanker-truck carrying gasoline flipped over and burst into flames on a busy highway in the Venezuelan capital, authorities said. continue reading »