Today in Latin America
Top Story — A total of 104 police officers in Ecuador were given fines of up to $5,000 for misusing public funds during last year’s uprising against President Rafael Correa. A report by the Andes news agency said that of those fined, 99 officers will pay $ 2,640, and five officers will pay fines up to $ 5,280. All have 30 days to present rebuttal evidence. The uprising against Correa occurred last September when Ecuador’s president was assaulted and then held at a hospital for hours. The turmoil that day left eight dead and over 240 injured.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- A Mexican woman was arrested after she tried to sneak her boyfriend out of prison in a rolling suitcase following a conjugal visit.
- The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy are searching the Sea of Cortez in an attempt to locate seven fisherman who went missing after their charter boat sank.
- The creation of a truth commission would help promote reconciliation for Haitian victims who suffered during the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, a U.N. human rights official said Tuesday.
- Two men shot a Cuban-American couple to death in the tourist enclave of Bavaro, in the eastern Dominican Republic, and then stole items from their house, the National Police reported Monday.
- A veteran Honduran radio and television journalist has been shot to death in front of his home in the Atlantic coast city of La Ceiba.
- In a letter to the United States government, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega wished the U.S. a happy anniversary on Sunday.
- El Salvador is negotiating with Royal Caribbean to make the Central American nation one of the cruise lines stops.
- The governments of Bolivia and the United States are making progress toward a new agreement on diplomatic relations, according to Bolivia’s Ministry of Communication.
- Peruvian sol bonds advanced, trimming yields to a three-month low, on speculation President-elect Ollanta Humala will back policies designed to lure investment and spur growth.
- Venezuela’s military took center stage in the country’s bicentennial celebrations Tuesday.
- A leader of the Embera Catio Indians in the northwestern Colombian province of Córdoba was gunned down Tuesday inside his home, the country’s largest indigenous organization said.
- The Argentine government has unveiled a list of measures to aid people hit by last month’s volcanic eruption in Chile.
- The United Kingdom’s Natural History Museum canceled a trip to Paraguay’s “Gran Chaco” region after protests from human right’s groups about contacting isolated indigenous people.
- Chile’s national soccer team won its first match in the Copa America against Mexico, while Uruguay ended in a 1-1 tie with Peru.
Image: Presidencia de la República del Ecuador @ Flickr.