Today in Latin America
Top Story — The bodies of a missing Mexican congressman and his driver were found by police in southern Mexico over the weekend. The remains of Moises Villanueva and his driver were discovered badly decomposed by local residents in a river in the town of Huamuxtitlan, said Guerrero state police chief Ramón Almonte. The two men had gone missing on September 4, after they left a party held by a fellow member of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the town of Tlapa de Comonfort in Villanueva’s district. As of Sunday, police said they had not determined the cause of death of the 46-year old lawmaker.
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- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and a group of immigration activists and religious leaders kicked off a campaign promoting the DREAM Act on Thursday. Andrew O’Reilly reports from New York City.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales said that U.S. officials have not briefed her on the botched gun-running operation known “Fast and Furious.”
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it has serious concerns with a deportation program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
- Around 70 Protestant Christians living in the Mexican town of San Rafael Tlanalapan were allegedly told to leave or be crucified.
- Haitian lawmakers approved the nomination of U.N. development expert Garry Conille to serve as Prime Minister.
- Protesters blocked the docks at the tiny island Culebra off the coast of Puerto Rico to demand improvements to Puerto Rico’s Maritime Transport Authority.
- Pedigree dog shows are making a comeback in Cuba, after being abandoned as a bourgeoise hobby following the Revolution.
- Four people were wounded in a grenade attack at a bus station in the northern Guatemalan town of Poptún.
- A Honduran general blamed “guerrillas” for an attack that killed a soldier and a policeman in a region wracked by land disputes.
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez called the Inter-American Court of Human Rights “worthless” after it ruled that political opponent Leopoldo López should run for president in 2012 despite his involvement in a corruption investigation.
- Peruvian police said they have arrested a suspect in the Wednesday shooting of TV journalist Jose Oquendo Reyes, the second journalist in Peru killed this month.
- A police station in Las Mercedes, Colombia, was reportedly attacked Sunday by members of the FARC guerrilla movement.
- In a case that is inviting comparisons to WikiLeaks, Colombia’s intelligence service has lost control of an unprecedented amount of classified information.
- Brazilian police on Sunday apprehended two brothers suspected in the May killing of activist couple Maria and Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva in the state of Pará.
- No Brazilian government officials attended the Dalai Lama’s speaking engagements during his 3-day visit to São Paulo, Brazil. At the Tibetan leader’s previous stop in Mexico City, he was able to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderón.
- The mayor of Cabo de Hornos in southern Chile caused outrage in Argentina when he said he planned to visit the Falkland Islands instead of the Malvinas Islands.
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