Category: Today in Latin America

Ingrid Betancourt Withdraws $7 Million Compensation Claim Against Colombian Government

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt withdrew her claim for nearly $7 million dollars in government compensation on Tuesday following intense criticism that she […] Read More >

Fidel Castro Makes First Television Appearance in 11 Months; Discusses Middle East and North Korea

Today in Latin America Top Story — Cuba’s former leader, Fidel Castro, made his first television appearance in 11 months on Monday when he was interviewed on the Cuban talkshow […] Read More >

Ingrid Betancourt’s Request For Millions In Damages Sparks Controversy In Colombia

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former hostage to Colombian rebels Ingrid Betancourt has asked for compensation from the Colombian government, alleging that her kidnapping resulted from state negligence, […] Read More >

Cuban Dissident Guillermo Fariñas Ends Hunger Strike After 130 Days

Today in Latin America Top Story — Cuban doctor and political dissident Guillermo Fariñas ended his hunger strike after refusing food for over 130 days. Fariñas, who began his hunger […] Read More >

Cuban Government To Release Up To 52 Political Prisoners, Catholic Church Official Says

Today in Latin America Top Story — Cuba’s Catholic Church announced Wednesday that the communist government has agreed to release up to 52 political prisoners that were arrested in 2003, […] Read More >

Obama Administration Files Lawsuit Against Arizona’s Immigration Law

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Department of Justice Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Arizona arguing that the state’s new immigration law undermines federal government’s work to pursue […] Read More >

Mexican Election Results Split; PRI Wins Majority But Does Not Sweep The Board

Today in Latin America Top Story — Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won the majority of the seats up for grabs in Sunday’s elections, but lost positions in three key […] Read More >

Mexico Holds Elections In 14 States In Wake Of Violence

Today in Latin America Top Story — Mexicans went to the polls Sunday in 14 of the country’s 31 states to elect governors and mayors after a campaign season marred […] Read More >

Obama Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Today in Latin America Top Story —President Barack Obama gave a speech Thursday in which he pressed the U.S. Congress to pass a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. The White House […] Read More >

Brother Of Murdered Mexican Gubernatorial Candiate Rodolfo Torre Cantú Will Run In His Place

Today in Latin America Top Story — The brother of a murdered Mexican gubernatorial candidate was named Wednesday his replacement in this weekend’s upcoming election. Rodolfo Torre Cantú’s brother, Egidio Torre, […] Read More >