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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…

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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…

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – As countries worldwide move toward reducing tobacco use among their citizens, Argentina remains one of seven U.N. member states — and the only one in South America — to have not yet ratified, after initially signing, a landmark treaty that aims to reduce tobacco consumption and advertising. Argentina’s delay…

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…