Today in Latin America
Top Story — The motive behind the killing of two female Mexican journalists found naked and bound back in September was ruled a robbery by Mexico City’s chief prosecutor. The two men who were detained in connection with the killings will be placed under house arrest as investigators gather more evidence to charge them with the deaths of Marcela Yarce and Rocio González. Chief prosecutor Miguel Mancera said that the two men had taken one million pesos, or about $71,800, in cash from the two women. Prosecutors said that the fingerprints of one of the men were found inside the vehicle of one of the journalists. Yarce was the founder of a political magazine and González was a freelance journalist who owned a money-exchange business.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Mexico’s ambassador to the United States said that his country will not accept U.S. troops to help battle the nation’s drug cartels.
- Mexico’s navy found nine escaped inmates, allegedly working for the Zetas drug cartel, at a camp suspected to be operated by the group near the port city of Veracruz.
- A mother and her son – both U.S. citizens – were killed in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez.
- Cook County, home of the city of Chicago, released from custody more than 40 suspected undocumented immigrants arrested on felony charges.
- Haiti’s Senate approved Gary Conille as prime minister on Tuesday.
- Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuño is facing one of his toughest moments since taking office in Jan. 2009, with a looming truckers strike and controversies over planned overhauls of the island’s health care system and police department.
- Rising Dominican baseball star Angel Villalona said Tuesday he is withdrawing his lawsuit against the San Francisco Giants, after the team decided to reinstate him to its farm system.
- The killing of 23 Honduran farmers in a dispute with the owners of UN-accredited palm oil plantations has harmed the integrity of the EU’s emission trading scheme (ETS).
- Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains in Honduras have killed at least four people in the last week.
- Dole Food C. has settled 33 lawsuits in Nicaragua with farm workers who alleged injury from exposure to the pesticide DBCP.
- The body of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez is set to be flown back to Caracas from Miami on Tuesday.
- The evangelical mayor of the Peruvian town of Balsa Puerto is implicated in the murder of fourteen Shawi Indian healers since 2011.
- A Bolivian judge reversed his decision to release on bail an American businessman suspected of money laundering.
- Oil World reported that droughts in part of Brazil and Argentina is threatening agricultural production.
- Brazil and FIFA are struggling to work out disagreements over delayed construction, ticket prices, and other details of the 2014 World Cup.
- Chile has contracted BAE Services to upgrade its U.S.-made M109A5 howitzers in an effort to modernize the country’s defense forces.
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