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Mexican Army Charges 13 Troops with Drug Possession

Mexican Army Charges 13 Troops with Drug Possession

The Mexican Army has ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges. continue reading »

’96 National Book Award Winner Victor Martinez Dies at 56

’96 National Book Award Winner Victor Martinez Dies at 56

“Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida” Martinez’s novel about a 14-year-old Mexican American boy growing up in California’s Central Valley, earned him the 1996 National Book Award for young people’s literature. continue reading »

President Pinera of Chile Meets with Pope Affirming Right to Life

President Pinera of Chile Meets with Pope Affirming Right to Life

Pope Benedict XVI met yesterday at the Vatican with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera, for a 30-minute discussion that covered the general state of affairs in Latin America and specifically on Chilean policies. continue reading »

Gatorade Bottling Facility Opens in Dominican Republic to Serve Caribbean Region

Gatorade Bottling Facility Opens in Dominican Republic to Serve Caribbean Region

President Leonel Fernandez attended the inauguration of a $20 million Gatorade modern bottling factory this week. The plant, which has a capacity for filling 500,000 bottles a day will supply the Dominican Republic (DR), Puerto Rico and other Caribbean markets. continue reading »

6 Killed in Colombia Helicopter Heist  for Cash (VIDEO)

6 Killed in Colombia Helicopter Heist for Cash (VIDEO)

Six people were killed in Colombia after hostile armed forces attacked a helicopter carrying money to a local bank. continue reading »

Good News for Immigrant-Owned Businesses in NYC with Mayor Bloomberg’s Recent Announcement

Good News for Immigrant-Owned Businesses in NYC with Mayor Bloomberg’s Recent Announcement

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced three new steps to make it easier for immigrant-owned businesses to start and grow in New York City: a business plan competition for innovative strategies continue reading »

PBS NewsHour Honors Inter’l Women’s Health Day with Compelling Show on Women of Guatemala

PBS NewsHour Honors Inter’l Women’s Health Day with Compelling Show on Women of Guatemala

PBS NEWSHOUR marks International Women’s Health Day (March 8) with a two-part series from Guatemala focusing on two major struggles women face in that country. continue reading »

Utah Bill Proposes State, Federal and Mexico Involvement

Utah Bill Proposes State, Federal and Mexico Involvement

The bill, HB466, is sponsored by immigration foes Rep. Stephen Sandstrom and co-sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble and would allow businesses in Utah who need labor to directly solicit it through Nuevo Leon. The approach would work within federal guidelines where legal visas are distributed by the federal government with the state acting essentially as middleman. continue reading »

Email Immigration Scam: Avoid Green Card Lottery Fraud

Email Immigration Scam: Avoid Green Card Lottery Fraud

Have you or someone you know recently received an e-mail claiming you’ve won the Green Card lottery and asking you to send or wire money? continue reading »

Central America & Dominican Republic Secure $2 Billion in Financing for Infrastructure Improvements

Central America & Dominican Republic Secure $2 Billion in Financing for Infrastructure Improvements

Central America and the Dominican Republic is expected to obtain financing for $2 billion in 2011 from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for priority areas such as citizen security, infrastructure, continue reading »

WATCH:  World’s Wealthiest Man’s Brand New Museum in Mexico (VIDEO)

WATCH:  World’s Wealthiest Man’s Brand New Museum in Mexico (VIDEO)

Carlos Slim, the world's richest man has inaugurated his gorgeous Soumaya Museum, to house his impressive art collection. It will open later this month. continue reading »

Hugo, Fidel and The Other  Latino Friends Of Moammar Gadaffi

Hugo, Fidel and The Other Latino Friends Of Moammar Gadaffi

The Venezuelan Information Minister said on Wednesday, that president Hugo Chávez has held conversations with Moammar Gadaffi about establishing a group of friendly nations that would help mediate a solution to the conflict in Libya. continue reading »

Innovadores de America - Latin America’s Noble Prize for Innovation

Innovadores de America - Latin America’s Noble Prize for Innovation

CNN en Espanol star journalist Patricia Janiot is in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to promote the Innovadores de America Prize. The award seeks to recognize innovative Latin American projects that have changed the world. continue reading »

Students, Law Enforcement Join to Testify Against Anti-Immigration Bills in Texas

Students, Law Enforcement Join to Testify Against Anti-Immigration Bills in Texas

This week, over two dozen Hispanic Texas students arrived at the state capital to testify against a number of new anti-immigration bills that mirror Arizona’s. The students met at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus’ offices continue reading »

Peru Admits Timber Certificates Faked in Secret Cable Revealed by Wikileaks

Peru Admits Timber Certificates Faked in Secret Cable Revealed by Wikileaks

Peru’s government has secretly admitted that 70-90% of its mahogany exports were illegally felled, according to a US embassy cable revealed by Wikileaks. Furthermore, Peru’s government is aware that the illegal timber is being ‘laundered’ using ‘document falsification, timber extraction outside the concession boundaries and links to bribes’. continue reading »