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NGO Reports Gunmen Threaten Indians in Brazil

NGO Reports Gunmen Threaten Indians in Brazil

A group of Guarani Indians that two months ago occupied ancestral lands in the southern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul is being threatened by gunmen working for big landowners, Survival International said Tuesday. continue reading »

Mexican Vigilantes Strike Deal with Government

Mexican Vigilantes Strike Deal with Government

The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said. continue reading »

Separate Shootouts throughout Veracruz Leaves 4 People Dead

Separate Shootouts throughout Veracruz Leaves 4 People Dead

At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. continue reading »

Paraguayan Authorities Take Down Major International Drug Trafficking Ring

Paraguayan Authorities Take Down Major International Drug Trafficking Ring

Paraguayan police, in coordination with authorities in Israel and Brazil, took down an organization that was smuggling cocaine to the Middle East and Africa, Paraguay's Senad counternarcotics agency said Tuesday. continue reading »

FARC Guerrillas Blow Up Highway Conneting Colombia and Ecuador

FARC Guerrillas Blow Up Highway Conneting Colombia and Ecuador

Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas blew up a portion of the main road linking their country with neighboring Ecuador, authorities said Tuesday. continue reading »

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. continue reading »

From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope dragged the hidden problem of human slavery into broad daylight. He held annual open-air Masses in the city's Constitution Square for and with victims of human trafficking -- many of them children accompanied by their enormous burlap sacks stuffed with recyclable cardboard. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Leader Claims to Operate Under Code of Honor but Little Proof

Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Leader Claims to Operate Under Code of Honor but Little Proof

One minute La Tuta speaks of the Knights Templar leading with dignity and respect then he gives a contradictory interview. "If things go wrong with a person, I have to kill all the family" said "La Tuta" cynically to foreign journalist who asked continue reading »

Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

The student government at the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico has requested a meeting with the island's government about a possible budget cut at UPR. continue reading »

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Urges President to Halt Deportations

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Urges President to Halt Deportations

The Obama administration should change its deportation policy to protect undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says. continue reading »

REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

Thirty-nine percent of Brazilian children are either obese or overweight, a 1,000 percent increase over the past 40 years, Brazilian researcher and physician Victor Rodriguez Matsudo, one of the authors of the International Study of Child Obesity being carried out in several countries, said Monday. continue reading »

2,200 Homes Destroyed in Massive Fire in Valparaiso Chile

2,200 Homes Destroyed in Massive Fire in Valparaiso Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet promised on Monday to rebuild "with all the resources necessary" the Pacific port city of Valparaiso, which was devastated by a huge and still active fire that has killed 13 people and destroyed 2,200 homes. continue reading »

REPORT:  Cuba has Over 16,000 Cases of AIDS

REPORT:  Cuba has Over 16,000 Cases of AIDS

The number of people in Cuba with HIV/AIDS currently stands at 16,479, according to figures published Monday in the official weekly Trabajadores. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Threaten Tamaulipas to” Become Hell Itself ”

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Threaten Tamaulipas to” Become Hell Itself ”

The criminal organization Los Zetas today released a message on the Internet that threatens to intensify violence in Tamaulipas state, which in the last week has killed 28 gunmen, according to official figures. Through an anonymous email, various blogs received the image of a card with a text supposedly written by Los Zetas, in which calls continue reading »

Denver Schools Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers

Denver Schools Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers

A Colorado school district has become the first in the nation to actively seek out qualified undocumented immigrants who want to be teachers, 9 News, NBC’s Colorado affiliate first reported. The Denver Public School (DPS) system has joined with continue reading »