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Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Arturo Valenzuela is the new Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is a scholar who has spent almost four decades researching and teaching about Latin American politics…

U.S.- Paraguay: Ciudad del Este is a center for international illegal activities.

Paraguay and the United States have good relations, cooperating extensively on counternarcotics and counterterrorism efforts. The United States strongly supports the consolidation of Paraguay’s democracy and continued economic reforms. Following the…

War crimes complaint filed against Mexican president

War crimes complaint filed against Mexican president

Mexican activists have filed a war-crimes complaint against President Felipe Calderón at the International Criminal Court, claiming some  470 cases of human rights violations by the army or police in their war on…

Colombian president blames FARC for hostage deaths

Colombian president blames FARC for hostage deaths

FARC guerrillas are “the only ones responsible” for the death of four hostages found shot this weekend after a firefight with government troops trying to free them, according to Colombian…

Mexican massacre victims identified

Mexican massacre victims identified

Jalisco state prosecutors have identified a baker, truck driver, soft-drink vendor and dental technician among the 26 cadavers found bound and gagged in the center of Guadalajara. The names of…

Chavez bringing home the gold

Chavez bringing home the gold

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s administration began repatriating that nation’s gold reserves from European banks on Friday, with the first shipment arriving on a flight from Paris. The shipment was protected…

Starting in December, U.S. Customs wants to simplify air cargo screening.

Starting in December, U.S. Customs wants to simplify air cargo screening.

Under a new pilot program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the entry process for air cargo  is designed to reduce the number of customs holds that delay air cargo…

Anti Piracy solution for risky waters: every ship should have an armed security team aboard, says U.S. State Dept.

Anti Piracy solution for risky waters: every ship should have an armed security team aboard, says U.S. State Dept.

Specially in Somalia´s waters, pirates are increasingly turning to kidnapping and hostage-taking to generate funding to purchase weapons and continue operations. As a comment to a recent statement of the…

Cyber Monday in U.S.: How to protect yourself online from theft, fraud and abuse.

Cyber Monday in U.S.: How to protect yourself online from theft, fraud and abuse.

Next Monday is Cyber Monday! And as online shoppers take to the Web this Cyber Monday hunting for bargains and holiday deals, the U.S. Homeland Security reminds everybody about the…

TOC and Drug Trafficking undermining World Security.

TOC and Drug Trafficking undermining World Security.

Addressing today the Security Council in New York, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC Mr. Yury Fedotov today called for coordinated and concerted…

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