Latin America News Dispatch

Colombian Intelligence Agency Ex-Deputy Chief Is Convicted of 1999 Murder of Popular Comedian Jaime Garzón

Colombia’s top administrative court found the state responsible for Garzon’s killing in 2016.

  • Aug 15, 2018
  • 12:27 pm

Former Argentina President Cristina Fernández Testifies in Court, Denies Wrongdoing

She says that Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio is a politically motivated “enemy judge.”

  • Aug 14, 2018
  • 1:05 pm

Venezuelan Government Releases ‘Confession’ Video of Jailed Lawmaker Who Still Hasn’t Seen Lawyers

Juan Requesens was taken into custody without an arrest warrant on accusations of being involved in a drone attack.

  • Aug 13, 2018
  • 12:46 pm

Brazil Suffered Record Number of Murders in 2017, Says New Independent Data

Gender-based violence also increased.

  • Aug 10, 2018
  • 12:51 pm

Argentina Senate Rejects Controversial Bill to Legalize Abortion

The current law dates from 1921 and allows abortion only when pregnancy is the result of rape or when it poses grave risks to the woman’s health.

  • Aug 9, 2018
  • 1:16 pm

New Colombian President Iván Duque Takes Office Amid Polarization

Thousands gathered at public squares around the country to call for the preservation of the peace deal 

  • Aug 8, 2018
  • 1:25 pm

Brazil Closes and Then Reopens Its Northern Frontier to Venezuelan Migrants

Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber said that the closure was unconstitutional.

  • Aug 7, 2018
  • 1:59 pm

Venezuelan Government Says Two Drones Exploded During Maduro’s Speech at Military Parade

One of the drones exploded near the podium were Maduro was speaking.

  • Aug 6, 2018
  • 1:55 pm

Venezuela Relaxes Foreign Currency Exchange Controls

The unanimously approved bill will decriminalize the holding and sale of foreign currency allowing exchange offices to be reopened, but the government will continue to control the exchange rate with two different rates.

  • Aug 3, 2018
  • 1:09 pm

A Federal Judge Ordered Former Argentina President Cristina Fernández to Testify on Alleged Corruption

Fernández, who was called to testify on August 13, is currently a senator, which grants her immunity from prosecution

  • Aug 2, 2018
  • 2:35 pm

Federal Control Board Overseeing Puerto Rico’s Finances Predicts ‘Tepid’ Economic Growth

Chairman José Carrión said the board has made progress on its objectives of achieving fiscal balance and resolving the debt crisis, but the report criticizes Puerto Rico’s government for refusing to eliminate labor protections.

  • Aug 1, 2018
  • 2:00 pm

Mexico’s Murder Rate Surpasses Peak Levels of 2011

The new data breaks the record for the highest number of murders since comparable records began being kept in 1997.

  • Jul 31, 2018
  • 2:51 pm

In Nicaragua, Peaceful and Massive Opposing Marches Took to the Streets on Saturday

There have been complaints for weeks that anti-government protesters were being turned away from public medical facilities.

  • Jul 30, 2018
  • 2:14 pm

Trump Administration Failed to Reunite All Separated Migrant Children Before Court Deadline

711 children remain in federal custody and have been deemed “ineligible” for reunification.

  • Jul 27, 2018
  • 12:32 pm

Watchdog Group Says Killings of Environmental Activists Rose Worldwide With Spikes in Mexico and Brazil

The group linked the spike in Mexico to organized crime and a generalized climate of impunity.

  • Jul 26, 2018
  • 1:37 pm

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Quits Senate Amid Criminal Investigation

Colombia’s Supreme Court ordered him to testify on a case against him for alleged witness tampering.

  • Jul 25, 2018
  • 1:43 pm

Argentina President Announces Controversial Military Participation in Internal Security

The role and size of the military had been limited since the return to democracy after the dictatorship of 1976 to 1983.

  • Jul 24, 2018
  • 1:44 pm

Cuba Presents Draft for New Constitution That Eliminates References to Communism

The National Assembly is expected to pass the new constitution in the coming days.

  • Jul 23, 2018
  • 1:56 pm

Crisis in Peru’s Legal System Deepens

The head of Peru’s judicial branch, Judge Duberlí Rodríguez, resigned yesterday in the wake of the corruption scandal.

  • Jul 20, 2018
  • 2:51 pm

Puerto Rico Names Third Power Company CEO in a Week

Last week there was a controversy when CEO Walter Higgins, who was supposed to be making a $450,000 salary plus bonus, resigned.

  • Jul 19, 2018
  • 1:25 pm

Nicaraguan Government Takes Back Rebel City of Masaya by Force

Bombs rained for hours on the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbó.

  • Jul 18, 2018
  • 1:44 pm