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Latin American Families Challenged by Poverty, Violence, Social Norms

Latin American Families Challenged by Poverty, Violence, Social Norms

Poverty, violence and changing social norms are causing the disintegration of the family structure across Latin America, church workers in the region said in advance of the October gathering of bishops in the Vatican to discuss pressures families face. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: The Power of the U.S. Latino Market

INFOGRAPHIC: The Power of the U.S. Latino Market

According to an infographic by Smartling, the states with the fastest-growing Hispanic populations are South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. All of which have more than doubled their Hispanic populations over the past decade. continue reading »

Colombian Economy Grew 5.4 Percent in First Half of 2014

Colombian Economy Grew 5.4 Percent in First Half of 2014

Boosted by a construction boom, Colombia's gross domestic product grew 5.4 percent between January and June, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent during the same period of 2013, the National Statistics Department said Tuesday. continue reading »

Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling Welcomed Baby Girl Last Friday

Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling Welcomed Baby Girl Last Friday

Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling became first-time parents last week when the Latina gave birth to a baby girl, US Weekly reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Gerard Pique Stands By Referendum in Catalonia

Gerard Pique Stands By Referendum in Catalonia

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said Tuesday that he does not understand the criticism he has received in social media for attending a rally in favor of a referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain. continue reading »

Venezuela Charges Ex-Bank President with Embezzlement

Venezuela Charges Ex-Bank President with Embezzlement

The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office on Tuesday formally accused the former president of Banco Canarias, Alvaro Gorrin Ramos, with embezzlement and criminal conspiracy. continue reading »

Ecuador and China Strengthening Military Ties

Ecuador and China Strengthening Military Ties

Ecuadorian Defense Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa and her Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, agreed during a meeting Tuesday in Beijing to strengthen bilateral military ties. continue reading »

Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities continue reading »

REPORT: 10 Million People Living in U.S. Living on $2 or Less a Day

REPORT: 10 Million People Living in U.S. Living on $2 or Less a Day

Almost 10 million people in the United States live on less than $2 a day and outside the money economy, surviving on food stamps, welfare and free meals provided by public schools and charities, Brookings Institution researcher Laurence Chandy said. continue reading »

Evictions in Sao Paulo Spark Riots

Evictions in Sao Paulo Spark Riots

The eviction of some 200 families that had invaded a building in downtown Sao Paulo sparked conflict Tuesday between homeless activists and police on the streets of the principal business district of Brazil's largest city. continue reading »

Mexico’s Xochimilco Tourist Site to Become Eco-Friendly

Mexico’s Xochimilco Tourist Site to Become Eco-Friendly

Mexico City's government plans to provide the tourist zone of the Xochimilco canals with environmentally friendly boats and barges and to gradually substitute the usual wooden ones, which have very high maintenance costs, officials said. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 204th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 204th Year of Independence

Today, all of Mexico is celebrating and rejoicing its 204-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, destroyed the Azteca empire while enslaving native populations and decimated indigenous tribes as they were being converted to Catholicism. The fight for independence started in 1810 and lasted for 21 years as Mexican’s fought Spain led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and many other heroes of the revolution. continue reading »

Chilean Government Imposed Mandatory Jail Time for Anyone Involved in DUI Accidents

Chilean Government Imposed Mandatory Jail Time for Anyone Involved in DUI Accidents

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law on Monday a measure mandating at least one year of prison time for anyone convicted of driving under the influence in an accident that resulted in death or serious injury. continue reading »

Bolivian Prison Uprising Leaves 4 Dead, 11 Wounded

Bolivian Prison Uprising Leaves 4 Dead, 11 Wounded

At least four inmates were killed and 11 were wounded in an armed clash between foreign and Bolivian prisoners at a jail in the central city of Cochabamba, authorities said Monday. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 193rd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 193rd Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 193-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. Thirty-two years after Columbus come to the Americas, Guatemala’s population went from 800,000 to 100,000. Independence came in 1821 when Guatemala declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. continue reading »