Category: News Briefs

Cuba Declares 3-Day Mourning Period For Kim Jong Il

The Cuban government will observe a three-day mourning period beginning Tuesday to honor the death of North Korean autocrat Kim Jong Il. For the duration of the mourning period, public […] Read More >

Paraguay Cattle Health Scare Blamed On Human Error

Paraguayan health officials said this month “human error” led to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has seriously hurt the country’s vital cattle industry. “After the most recent laboratory […] Read More >

Latin American and Caribbean States Back Palestine UNESCO Vote

Palestine was granted full membership into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday, with most Latin American countries either supporting the measure or abstaining from the […] Read More >

Brazil: Lula da Silva Diagnosed With Throat Cancer, Begins Chemo Monday

Ex-President of Brazil Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, 66, was diagnosed with malignant throat tumor on Saturday, after undergoing medical examinations at a São Paulo hospital. The Hospital Sírio-Libanês — an […] Read More >

Mexico President Signs Safety Law For Nurseries

Over two years since a fire claimed the lives of nearly fifty children in Mexico, President Felipe Calderón signed into law a landmark proposal to regulate the country’s day care […] Read More >

Mexico City Legislators Push To Ban Bullfighting

Mexico City may soon follow the lead of the Spanish province of Cataluña and ban all forms of bullfighting. A pair of opposition politicians representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, […] Read More >

Mexico Arrests Zetas Leader Suspected Of Ordering Monterrey Casino Attack

Mexican defense officials said Thursday that they captured a top member of the Zetas drug cartel, who allegedly ordered the arson attack on a casino in Monterrey that killed 52 […] Read More >

Conjugal Visits For Gay Couples Legalized In Costa Rica

Costa Rica has overturned a rule prohibiting conjugal visits for gay prisoners, the Supreme Court announced Thursday. Article 66 of Costa Rica’s Technical Penitentiary Regulations guaranteed the right to “intimate […] Read More >

Abortion Ban Rejected By Colombian Senate

A congressional committee defeated a proposal on Wednesday that would have modified the Colombian constitution in order to ban all forms of abortion. The bill, which was submitted by Conservative Party […] Read More >

Cuban 5: Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Other Celebrities Ask Obama To Send René González Home

A group of U.S. celebrities including Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon and Pete Seeger called on President Barack Obama Monday to send a Cuban agent who was released from prison on […] Read More >