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Mexican troops and Federales ordered to Veracruz

Mexican troops and Federales ordered to Veracruz

The administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week ordered troops and federal police to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where 35 bound, seminude, tortured bodies were dumped on…

Cuban foreign minister calls for US relations

Cuban foreign minister calls for US relations

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday he wants to re-establish relations with the United States, with a focus on humanitarian and other issues. “The Cuban government reiterates its willingness…

Mexican government rejects call for death squads

Mexican government rejects call for death squads

The government of Mexico says it is investigating internet videos made by masked men who vow to exterminate the violent Zetas drug cartel, saying it rejects such vigilante methods. So…

Chavez cancer becomes an election issue

Chavez cancer becomes an election issue

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday accused his opposition of using his cancer treatment to depict him as incapable of governing, in order to gain an advantage in next year’s…

Ahmadinejad Venezuela visit postponed

Ahmadinejad Venezuela visit postponed

The Venezuelan government announced Friday that a planned visit from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been suspended while president Hugo Chavez recovers his “full health” after recent cancer treatment. Chavez,…

Former Bogota mayor jailed for corruption

Former Bogota mayor jailed for corruption

Suspended Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno is the latest high-profile Colombian official to be to be imprisoned for alleged corruption. On trial for accepting bribes from contractors on public works contracts, Moreno,…

Even more bodies turn up in Veracruz

Even more bodies turn up in Veracruz

The body count has continued to climb in the Mexican port of Veracruz, as at least 11 more cadavers were located two days after 35 others were dumped by presumed…

World arms sales down sharply in 2010

World arms sales down sharply in 2010

Activity in the global arms trade declined 38 percent last year, according to a report released by the US Congressional Research Service.  Sales dropped from $65.2 billion in 2009 to…

Bolivian general sentenced in Miami

Bolivian general sentenced in Miami

Former Bolivian general Rene Sanabria this week was sentenced to 14 years in prison for a drug trafficking case with possible ties to president Evo Morales. The retired chief of…

Bolivia and China sign six new accords

Bolivia and China sign six new accords

In contrast with the ongoing deterioration of relations between Bolivia and the United States, this week the landlocked Andean nation signed six pacts strengthening government and state-run business ties with…

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