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Dozen Armed Men Break in Rio Hospital to Rescue Wounded Gang Member

More than a dozen men armed with rifles burst into a hospital in suburban Rio de Janeiro on Monday to rescue a wounded gang boss in police custody, Brazilian authorities said. continue reading »

Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Survives 45 Minutes without Heartbeat

A woman living in Boca Raton, north of Miami, managed to survive after going 45 minutes without a heartbeat due to complications from the Cesarean section she underwent in a hospital of that city, local media reported Monday. continue reading »

Sandra Bullock in Puerto Rico Filming “Our Brand is Crisis”

Sandra Bullock is in Puerto Rico to shoot scenes for "Our Brand is Crisis," a political comedy-drama co-produced by George Clooney. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Murder Rate Plummets by 26 Percent

Puerto Rico’s Murder Rate Plummets by 26 Percent

Two months before the end of the year, Puerto Rico has managed to reduce the number of murders on the island by 26 percent compared with the same period last year, a decline that the island's police chief attributed to his anti-crime plan in an interview with Efe. Puerto Rican Police Superintendant Jose Caldero said Thursday that so far this year there have been 568 murders on the island, 200 fewer than by this time in 2013, meaning that - if the trend continues through the end of the year - 2014 will end with the lowest number of homicides in almost 15 years. continue reading »

New York Times Urges President to Take Executive Action on Immigration

The New York Times on Friday urged President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration reform as soon as possible and to "make it big" - despite recent Republican warnings against taking such steps on his own. continue reading »

First Chinese Owned Bank Allowed to Open in Mexico

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world's largest financial institution by total assets, said Saturday that Mexican authorities have approved its bank license application, official news agency Xinhua reported. continue reading »

Catalonia Hold ‘Symbolic’ Vote to Secede from Spain

More than two million citizens in the northeastern region of Catalonia participated in a non-binding vote on independence from Spain on Sunday despite a Constitutional Court ruling to suspend the voting temporarily. continue reading »

REPORT:  Former President Alberto Fujimoro Administration Had Links to Drug Cartels

Peruvian anti-drug prosecutor Sonia Medina said that there is abundant proof linking the 1990-2000 government of former President Alberto Fujimori to drug trafficking. continue reading »

Political Theivery in Northern Peru Region Assessed at $110 Million

A corruption network operated by officials in the northern Peruvian region of Ancash helped itself to about 320 million soles (more than $110 million) in recent years, Congressman Mesias Guevara, chairman of the committee investigating the case, said. continue reading »

Argentine President Released from Hospital, 10 Days More of Rest Ordered

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez was released Sunday from the Buenos Aires hospital where she was treated for sigmoiditis for a week and will have to spend 10 days resting, the Presidential Medical Unit said. continue reading »

Protesters Seeking Answers on Students Disappearance Set Fire to National Palace

About 20 masked protesters broke through the security barriers around the National Palace in Mexico City and set fire to the historic building's main door, an Efe reporter confirmed on the scene. continue reading »

5.1 Earthquake Strikes Peru, No Injuries Reported

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake rocked Peru's Amazonas region on Sunday, but no injuries or damage have been reported, the Peruvian Geophysics Institute, or IGP, said. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 111th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 111th Year of Independence

Today, all of Panama is celebrating and rejoicing its 111-year old independence when it separated from Colombia and had earlier in its history broke away from Spain. continue reading »

Picasso Art Auction Brings in Nearly $5 Million

The unusual auction session entitled "Picasso through the eyes of a connoisseur" held at Sotheby's in New York on Monday brought in $4.6 million for almost 100 works of art prepared by the Spanish painter using an assortment of techniques. continue reading »

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner Hospitalized Again

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez remains hospitalized in Buenos Aires on Monday and tests performed on her confirm that she is suffering from sigmoiditis, an inflammation or infection of the sigmoid colon. continue reading »