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Top Story — Brazil’s Federal Police on Thursday revealed an ongoing investigation into a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme within CARF, a government agency concerned with the issuing of taxes and fines. Authorities believe the scheme misappropriated more money than the case involving oil-giant Petrobras — the scope of the latter having roiled the country for…

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Top Story — A strike by farm workers across Mexico’s Baja California peninsula continued on Wednesday despite the launch of talks involving workers, officials and farm operators, threatening the harvest of millions of dollars worth of produce, according to local media. The strike was launched more than a week ago in the area surrounding the…

Journalists Protest against rising violence during march in Mexico City

Top Story — Attacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s…

Colombia Drugs

Top Story — A chemical used in a controversial aerial fumigation program as part of U.S.-funded anti-drug efforts in Colombia may cause cancer, according to a new study by an agency of the World Health Organization, which one analyst called the single biggest risk to date to the program’s future. The International Agency for Research…

Alberto Nisman

Top Story — Argentina’s government on Wednesday lent its support to an accusation that the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman embezzled public funds while he was investigating President Cristina Fernández for allegedly conspiring with Iran to cover up the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Nisman’s aide Diego Lagomarsino told authorities on…

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Top Story – Top Latin American officials threw their support behind Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, denouncing the March 9 sanctions imposed by the United States on seven of the country’s officials. Cuban President Raúl Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales were among the Latin American leaders to convene in Caracas for an emergency…

Vaccari

Top Story — Brazilian prosecutors have filed corruption charges against the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party as part of a continuing investigation into state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors have described as the largest corruption case in Brazil’s history. The charges against Party Treasurer João Vaccari Neto, which allege that he disguised more than…

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Top Story — Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to protest the ruling Workers’ Party and demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. The protests were largely peaceful demonstrations, unlike the 2013 protests that erupted across the country against Rousseff, frequently leading to violence. The protests come just three months after Rousseff…