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Blog Entries by HS News Staff

Odebrecht-Led Consortium Wins Colombian River Contract

Colombia's government has awarded a consortium led by Brazilian engineering giant Odebrecht a 3.5-trillion-peso ($1.3-billion) contract to improve the navigability of the Magdalena River, the Andean nation's longest. continue reading »

Biologists Discover New Bat Species Native Only to Bolivian Savannas

Brazilian biologist Ricardo Moratelli discovered in Bolivia a new species of golden bat that only lives on the savannas of that country, the director of the Biodiversity and Genetics Center of Cochabamba, Luis Fernando Aguirre, told Efe. continue reading »

4 Children Rescued From Mexico Shelter Allegedly Committed Suicide

The Mexican agency attending to children who were rescued last month from a squalid shelter in the western state of Michoacan called on prosecutors to investigate reports that four of the minors committed suicide in recent weeks. continue reading »

Mayor Running for Re-Election Killed in Peru

Authorities are investigating the murder of the mayor of the central Peruvian municipality of Amarilis, a senior police officer said Friday. Marzony Vasquez, who was seeking re-election in October, died en route to the hospital Thursday night after two assailants on a motorcycle shot him as he was driving to his home, Col. Juan Albarracin told the media. continue reading »

Deferred Action Sparks Debate In Light of Immigration Reform Failure

With more than 500,000 young people enrolled, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has not only been in force for two years this Friday but its importance looms ever larger in debates about immigration policy, in which some seek its repeal and others want to expand it. continue reading »

Following Death of Presidential Candidate Brazil Party May Turn to Marina Silva

Environmentalist Marina Silva appeared on Friday to be the Brazilian Socialist Party's most likely choice to fill the void left by the death of presidential nominee Eduardo Campos in a plane crash earlier this week. continue reading »

Chilean Police Defuse Bomb Planted at Bank

Chilean police defused an explosive device before dawn Friday that had been planted in a branch office of the Banco del Estado, located several blocks south of downtown Santiago. continue reading »

Guatemala Records Over 80,300 Homicides Between 1997-2013

Guatemala had a total of 80,303 homicides between 1997 and 2013, the Mutual Aid Group, or GAM, an independent human rights monitor, said Friday. continue reading »

Southern Brazil Restores River’s Flow, Settling Water Dispute

Authorities in Sao Paulo state, Brazil's wealthiest and most heavily populated, have restored the water flow of the Paraiba do Sul River to normal levels, bringing an end to a dispute with the neighboring states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. continue reading »

3 Killed, 5 Wounded During Home Invasion Outside of Mexico City

Three members of a family were killed and five others wounded Friday when gunmen burst into a home in the capital suburb of Ecatepec and started shooting, Mexican authorities said. continue reading »

Cuba Calls On Retired Professors to Cover University Deficit

The Cuban government has authorized universities to hire professors already retired in the same positions they had before retiring, in order to cover the existing deficit of educators. continue reading »

Mexican Authorities Find Bodies of 5 Kidnapped Men

Five young men kidnapped last weekend in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa were found slain in the northern state of Durango, authorities said Friday. continue reading »

Brazil’s Economic Activity Index Down 1.2 Pct in 2nd Quarter

Brazil's central bank said its economic activity index, a leading indicator for gross domestic product performance, declined by 1.2 percent in the second quarter relative to the previous three-month period. continue reading »

Broadcast Journalist Slain in Honduras

A broadcast journalist was murdered in northern Honduras, becoming the seventh journalist to be slain in the Central American country this year, a police source told Efe Friday. continue reading »

Paleontologists Reconstruct Giant Dinosaur With Fossils Found in Spain

Fossils discovered in the east-central Spanish province of Cuenca have enabled experts to reconstruct the dermal armor of the titanosaurs, the last of the giant dinosaurs, for the first time. continue reading »