Category: Southern Cone

Obama Kicks Off Latin America Visit In Brazil As Attacks Against Libya Begin

Today in Latin America Top Story — President Barack Obama arrived in Brazil Saturday to kick off a five-day, three-country visit to Latin America. Obama hopes to increase economic ties […] Read More >

Videla And Bignone On Trial For Baby Thefts In Argentina’s “Dirty War”

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former Argentine dictators Jorge Rafael Videla and Reynaldo Bignone are on trial on charges they presided over a plot to steal babies from political prisoners […] Read More >

Rio de Janeiro’s Former Police Chief Accused of Leaking Information About Corruption Bust

Today in Latin America Top Story — Rio de Janeiro’s former commander of police has been accused of leaking information about the arrest of 30 cops, The Associated Press reports. […] Read More >

Security Forces In Brazil Raid Favelas In Rio de Janeiro; Seize Weapons And Drugs

Today in Latin America Top Story — Hundreds of Brazilian police officers and military troops occupied nine favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro that had been in the […] Read More >

Judge Opens Investigation Into Death Of Salvador Allende

Today in Latin America Top Story — A Chilean judge opened the first official investigation into the death of former President Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist leader who died […] Read More >

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Twitter Becomes a Political Battleground in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — Last July an Argentine citizen told his local congresswoman: “What a pity you are using your position to defend a media group that collaborated with the dictatorship.” […] Read More >

Suspect Arrested In Salvador Cabañas Shooting; Paraguayan Not Expected To Testify

Today in Latin America Top Story — Mexican police arrested the man who allegedly shot Paraguayan soccer player Salvador Cabañas in the head after an argument in a Mexico City […] Read More >

Flash Flooding In Brazil Claims More Than 470 Lives And Shines Spotlight On Brazilian Housing Policy

Today in Latin America Top Story — Flash floods and mudslides devastated the mountain towns north of the city of Rio de Janeiro beginning early Wednesday morning, bringing the death […] Read More >

Former Junta Leader of Argentina Jorge Rafael Videla Sentenced To Life In Prison

Today in Latin America Top Story — The former leader of the Argentine military dictatorship Jorge Rafael Videla was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the […] Read More >

Grandson Of Former Chilean President Allende Commits Suicide

Today in Latin America Top Story — The grandson of former Chilean President Salvador Allende killed himself Wednesday, according to a statement. Gonzalo Meza Allende, son of Chilean Sen. Isabel […] Read More >