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POLL: Michelle Bachelet Ahead in Chilean Presidential Race

Michelle Bachelet, a former head of state representing the center-left New Majority, will defeat the standard-bearer of the governing rightist coalition outright in Chile's Nov. 17 presidential election, a poll released Tuesday predicts. continue reading »

Gold Mining, Deforestation Ruining Jungles of Peru

The annual deforestation rate in Madre de Dios, a region in the Peruvian Amazon, has tripled since 2008 due to the rapid expansion of illegal gold mines started in response continue reading »

VENEZUELA: Six Die in Amazonas Prison Fight

Six inmates were killed and two more were injured Tuesday in a brawl at a prison in the southwestern Venezuelan state of Amazonas, Gov. Liborio Guarulla said. continue reading »

Western Mexico to be Home of New Nestle Plant

Swiss food giant Nestle plans to build a $400 million plant in Ocotlan, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, press reports said Tuesday. The company, which currently has 14 plants and employs 16,000 people continue reading »

Bolivia, Dutch Government Reach Lithium Battery Plant Deal

The Bolivian and Dutch governments have reached agreement on the future installation of a lithium battery plant in the Andean nation and technology and knowledge transfers in that industry. continue reading »

U.S. Sentences Salvadoran Linked to Massacre for Immigration Fraud

One of 15 Salvadoran military men indicted in Spain for the 1989 murders of five Spanish Jesuits in the Central American nation was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for lying on his U.S. immigration documents. continue reading »

Massive Marlin Jumps into Boat Near Dominican Republic (VIDEO)

A group of fisherman out near the Dominican Republic managed to get an interesting "catch" on video. On Thursday, Florida's Bobby Jacobsen was out on his 62-foot boat, the Marlin Darlin continue reading »

How is a Wall Cleaning in Puerto Rico Causing Controversy?

The cleaning of a colonial wall in Old San Juan has sparked controversy in Puerto Rico, since those who opposed it say it could destroy the structure's historical value. continue reading »

GUATEMALA: Angry Townspeople Kill 3 Suspected Kidnappers

Enraged residents of an Indian community in northern Guatemala lynched three presumed kidnappers while a fourth man managed to save himself and was admitted to a hospital, authorities said Sunday. continue reading »

PERU: Confrontation at Sugar Refinery Leaves 1 Dead

One person was killed in a confrontation between employees and agents of the court-appointed administrators of a bankrupt sugar refinery in northern Peru, President Ollanta Humala said Monday. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident’s Family Says Gov’t Vehicle Caused his Death

A criminal complaint filed Monday before Spain's National Court by the family of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in July 2012 in a traffic accident, says the crash was deliberately caus continue reading »

Cuba Inaugurates Second Wind Farm of 2013 in Santa Clara

Cuba inaugurated a 5,200-panel solar farm in the central city of Santa Clara this week, the second such facility installed this year on the island, the official press reported Thursday. continue reading »

BRAZIL: Plane Crash During Air Force Demonstration Kills Two

Two members of the Brazilian air force's flight demonstration squadron died Monday when their airplane crashed on a training mission, the military said. continue reading »

What Happens When You Don’t Honor Peru’s Flag?

Ruth Flores displayed her Peruvian flag at her Lima home with pride during the month of July. But there's a catch: for at least part of that time, she had to. That's because a Peruvian law, instituted in 1939, requires all establishments, continue reading »

BRAZIL: Many Protest Disappearance of Laborer Amarildo Souza

Hundreds of Brazilians once again turned out on Sunday to protest the disappearance of laborer Amarildo Souza, about whom no word has emerged since he was arrested by police in Rio de Janeiro on July 14. continue reading »

CREEPY:  Venezuelan President Maduro Admits Sleeping Inside Hugo Chavez’ Tomb

Current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may just get a prize for loyalty to his predecessor. The newly elected President has just admitted to sleeping inside the tomb of former President Hugo Chavez. continue reading »

Peru’s First White Tiger Cub to Have Exhibit in Lima Zoo

The Huachipa Zoological Park in Lima plans to put Peru's first white tiger born in captivity on exhibit next week, veterinarian Catalina Hermoza told Efe. continue reading »

MEXICO: Art Exhibition Meant to Send “Message of Hope” to Greeks

The "Partenon: Arquitectura y Arte" (Parthenon: Architecture and Art) exhibition is designed to send a "message of hope" from Mexico City to Greeks and the people of all nations mired in the economic crisis, curator Alexandros Apostolakis said. continue reading »

STUDY:  Best Latin American Countries for Female Entrepreneurs

Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay provide the best environments for female entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Women’s Entrepreneurial VentureScope continue reading »

Venezuela’s Youth Orchestras Aim to Bring Classical Music to the Masses

Giving 1 million poor children access to a rigorous musical education is the goal of Venezuela's National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras, a distinguished young conductor who emerged from "The System" said here Wednesday. continue reading »