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MEXICO – Kidnapped!

MEXICO – Kidnapped!

MEXICO CITY— The son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be among the half-dozen men abducted by gunmen at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Tuesday. Jalisco state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer told Radio Formula that “it is presumed”, though not yet certain, that Ivan Archivaldo […]

Drug-resistant ‘super bacteria’ found in Rio

Drug-resistant ‘super bacteria’ found in Rio

RIO DE JANIERO –– A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the “super bacteria” entered the city’s waterways when sewage coming from local […]

MEXICO – Deadly clashes between police and teachers

OAXACA — Violent clashes between police and members of a radical teachers’ union who had blockaded roads in southern Mexico on Sunday left six people dead and more than 100 injured, officials said. The teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are opposed to the mandatory testing of teachers as part of […]

BRAZIL – Impeached!

BRAZIL – Impeached!

BRASILIA — Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff vowed Thursday to use “all legal means” to fight permanent ouster in an impeachment trial, raising the specter of continued political turmoil as interim leader Michel Temer tries to rescue a sinking economy. Speaking hours after the senate voted to impeach her, in what might prove her last […]

Brazil’s senate debates impeachment

Brazil’s senate debates impeachment

BRASILIA –– The Brazilian Senate was expected to suspend President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday in a vote to put her on trial for breaking budget laws, pushing a deeply unpopular leader from power and ending 13 years of rule by her leftist Workers Party. If her opponents garner a simple majority in the 81-seat Senate in […]

BRAZIL – Vote annulled

BRAZIL – Vote annulled

BRASILIA –– A Brazilian lawmaker’s surprise announcement Monday sent the country’s scandal-plagued government spinning as a key question looms: Will a Senate vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff go forward as expected this week? So far, there are more questions than answers. The confusion began Monday when Waldir Maranhao, acting speaker of Brazil’s lower house, […]

VENEZUELA – Power crisis

VENEZUELA – Power crisis

CARACAS –– About the only thing that can be counted on around the clock at Gustavo Diaz’s home these days is the gas stove. The food in the fridge is spoiling. The microwave oven sits unused. The television is dark and the stereo system silent. It’s sweaty and uncomfortable inside, thanks to government-imposed electricity blackouts […]

Venezuela cutting power supplies

Venezuela cutting power supplies

CARACAS –– Venezuela will begin cutting electricity supplies amid a prolonged drought that has limited power generation, the electricity minister said on Thursday, an unpopular measure for a population already struggling to obtain food and medicine. The rationing effort adds to the woes of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist administration is facing chronic problems in […]

MEXICO – 13 die in oil plant blast

MEXICO – 13 die in oil plant blast

MEXICO CITY –– The death toll in an explosion that struck a Mexican oil plant on Wednesday has reached 13 and could rise further. The head of Mexico’s emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, said ten bodies were found when his staff entered the site. Three workers had already been reported dead. The blast hit a […]