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Valle de Bravo’s Kidnapping Problem

Valle de Bravo’s Kidnapping Problem

At least seven people have been kidnapped in Valle de Bravo, a popular tourist town in central Mexico, with three of the victims already released, state officials said Tuesday. continue reading »

Cuba’s Tourism Revenue Grows by 4 Percent

International tourism generated $1.08 billion in revenues for Cuba in the first half of 2014, an increase of 4 percent over the same period last year, the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI, said Tuesday. continue reading »

Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend Arrested for Drug Smuggling

Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend Arrested for Drug Smuggling

Chilean police arrested a girlfriend of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) on suspicion of running a group that smuggled drugs into the country from neighboring Bolivia and Peru. continue reading »

Investors to Bid on Power Projects in Mexico Valued at $4.9 Billion

Investors to Bid on Power Projects in Mexico Valued at $4.9 Billion

Investors can now bid on 16 power projects expected to draw about $4.9 billion in investment, the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, said. continue reading »

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident in Argentina's Cordoba province, police told Efe, adding that a fourth Bergoglio family member was in critical condition at a hospital. continue reading »

Christina Aguilera Gives Birth to Daughter, Names Her Summer Rain

Christina Aguilera Gives Birth to Daughter, Names Her Summer Rain

Singer Christina Aguilera, 33, gave birth to a baby girl who has been named Summer Rain, she said Monday on her Twitter account. continue reading »

Honduran Authorities Detain 16 Undocumented Cubans Heading to U.S.

Honduran Authorities Detain 16 Undocumented Cubans Heading to U.S.

Honduran authorities detained Monday 16 undocumented Cubans as they tried to travel from this Central American country to the United States, a National Police spokesperson said. continue reading »

Chile Suffering Through Rare Winter Heat Wave

Chile Suffering Through Rare Winter Heat Wave

A heat wave has scorched central Chile for several days with the highest temperatures for August - a winter month in the Southern Hemisphere - since 1973. continue reading »

Hundreds of Undocumented Central American Children Starting School as they Await Deportation

Hundreds of Undocumented Central American Children Starting School as they Await Deportation

With the attitude of "doors open to all children," hundreds of schools across the country are currently welcoming large numbers of undocumented Central American youngsters living in hopes that an immigration judge will let them stay. continue reading »

Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

A new report from the Partnership for the New American Economy and an analysis of Social Security data by MSNBC offer more evidence that immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are major contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs. Because immigrants are generally younger and healthier than the native-born continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Kidnappings in Valle de Bravo not Cartel Related but Random

Blog del Narco: Kidnappings in Valle de Bravo not Cartel Related but Random

The National Safety Commission notes that kidnappings in the town of Valle de Bravo, have not been organized by Los Zetas or La Familia Michoacana, two of the drug cartels operating in the region. According to analysis, the modus operandi of the kidnappers indicates that typically there is no prior planning or monitoring of victims to determine continue reading »

REPORT:  Faux Chinese Tourists Smuggling Tons of Peru’s Healing Maca Root

REPORT:  Faux Chinese Tourists Smuggling Tons of Peru’s Healing Maca Root

Thousands of tons of maca, the Andean root famous for its healing and energizing properties, have been smuggled out of Peru, America Television's "Cuarto Poder" news program said. continue reading »

Busy Mexico City Airport Prepares for Possible Ebola Cases

Busy Mexico City Airport Prepares for Possible Ebola Cases

The Mexico City International Airport is ready to deal with any possible cases of Ebola, a viral disease that is spreading through West Africa, aviation officials said. continue reading »

Number of Foreign Students Studying in Spain Continues to Decline

Number of Foreign Students Studying in Spain Continues to Decline

The number of foreign-born students in basic education in Spain dropped 4.2 percent in the 2013-2014 academic year to levels similar to what they were in 2008, the Education Ministry said Monday. continue reading »

Mexico’s PEMEX Looks to Foreign Alliances

Mexico’s PEMEX Looks to Foreign Alliances

State-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has had contacts with about 80 foreign energy companies about possible oil exploration and production partnerships, media reports said. continue reading »