Top Story — Nicaraguan music promoter Henry Fariñas was found guilty of money laundering and drug trafficking by a judge on Thursday. Fariñas was the alleged target of the attack that killed Argentine singer Facundo Cabral last year as the two men rode together to the Guatemala City airport. Fariñas and 21 others — including Alejandro Jiménez, the man who allegedly ordered the attack — were linked to a Colombian drug trafficking ring with ties to Mexico’s La Família cartel.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Mexican marines captured the leader of a Zetas faction, “El Taliban,” using U.S. intelligence on Thursday.
- The U.S. Department of Commerce said they may end a trade agreement with Mexican tomato farmers on Thursday.
- A Puerto Rican jury rejected the death penalty on Thursday.
- A promoter of Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne was detained in Guatemala for attempting to leave the country with $50,000 in cash.
- Panama’s legislature approved a law that allows fines of up to $100,000 for copyright infringements without trial.
- Some former Chávez supporters are shifting their votes to the opposition, disappointed by lack of change.
- Colombia’s Ecopetrol, the country’s largest oil producer, said on Thursday that guerrilla attacks have decreased as peace talks develop.
- Peru’s number of coca crops has continued to rise despite U.S.-backed measures to eradicate coca production.
- The arrest of Google’s head in Brazil revived debate about modernizing laws that manage offensive user-provided content on the Internet in Brazil.
- Argentina and Iran agreed on Thursday to continue talks about the 1990 attacks on Argentine Jews in Buenos Aires, allegedly sponsored by Tehran.
- Thousands of Paraguayan teachers went on strike Thursday for improved labor conditions and higher wages.
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