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Nearly 400,000 Cubans Take Out Personal Loans as Part of New Banking Laws

Cuba's central bank has extended 3.23 billion pesos ($135 million) in personal loans since lending to individuals began in December 2011, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday. continue reading »

Detention of Undocumented Immigrants Declines by 39 Percent Over Last 18 Months

Detentions of immigrants in the United States fell 39 percent between the end of Fiscal Year 2012 and 2014, according to data compiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and included in a study published Wednesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, research center. continue reading »

Protests Continue in Mexico Over Missing 43 Student-Teachers

Hundreds of students blocked access to the airport in this city, the capital of the state of Michoacan, to protest the disappearance of 43 teaching students on Sept. 26 in Iguala while another group of young people raided and trashed the offices of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. continue reading »

China Vows to Help Latin America Build Pacific-Atlantic Railroad

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, wrapped his visit to China on Wednesday, after securing Beijing's support for building a railroad that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans passing through Peruvian and Brazilian territory. continue reading »

REPORT:  Latin America Has Highest Rate of Female Scientific Researchers

Forty-five percent of the scientific researchers in Latin America are women, the highest for any region of the world, the head of the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division of Unesco, Lidia Brito, said Wednesday. continue reading »

Mexico’s First Lady’s $7 Milion Private Residence Under Scrutiny

First lady Angelica Rivera's Mexico City mansion is the focus of media reports this week as Mexico deals with the disappearance and presumed murders of 43 education students. continue reading »

REPORT:  Brazil’s Oil Giant Petrobras Over Paid for Contracts by Nearly $2 Billion

Excessive payments on contracts for refineries and other projects by Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras may have amounted to nearly 3 billion reais ($1.17 billion), the head of an office investigating the alleged irregularities said. continue reading »

Mexican Authorities Arrest 22 Kidnapping Rings Operating Near Mexico City

Police arrested 22 suspected kidnappers who belong to two different gangs in Ozumba and Nezahualcoyotl, two cities in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said. continue reading »

Conservationist in Mexico Release 1,000 Olive Ridley-Sea Turtles into Pacific Ocean

bout 1,000 Olive Ridley sea-turtle hatchlings have been released in the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, environmental groups said. continue reading »

Marc Anthony Marries Model Shannon de Lima in Dominican Republic

Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony married his girlfriend, Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima, on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, sources close to the artist told Efe. continue reading »

CBP Officers Deliver a Baby at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

CBP Officers Deliver a Baby at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities said Monday that a mother and the baby she gave birth to on the weekend at the Presidio crossing point on the Texas-Mexico border are both in stable condition at a nearby hospital. continue reading »

Protesters Take Over Acapulco Airport, Want Answers on Missing Students

Hundreds of students, teachers and relatives of the 43 education students who disappeared in September in the city of Iguala took over the airport Monday in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco without being stopped by authorities. continue reading »

Violent Crime Cost Brazil $100 Billion in 2013

Violent crime cost Brazil 258 billion reais (about $100 billion) in 2013, a figure equivalent to 5.4 percent of the country's GDP, according to the new Brazilian Public Safety Annual Report, in which it is stated that an average of six people died in police operations each day during the year. continue reading »

Chicago Church Providing Sanctuary to Another Undocumented Mexican Immigrant

A week after winning the suspension of a deportation order for an undocumented mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Chicago provided sanctuary for another Mexican immigrant. continue reading »

U.S. and Colombia Strengthen their Security and Defense Ties

The governments of Colombia and the United States renewed their commitment Monday to work on strengthening their cooperation on defense and security, at a working session with a delegation of congressmen from the U.S. visiting Bogota. continue reading »