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Venezuelans find safety in Colombia

When Darlys* fled Venezuela with her two children looking for safety, she never imagined she would end up sleeping on the streets of Maicao, a Colombian city near the northern border. Venezuelan asylum-seeker Darlys and her children arrive at the new reception centre in Maicao,...

Nicaraguan Bishop Silvio Baez Sent to Rome

Nicaraguan Monsignor Silvio Jose Baez, auxiliary bishop of Managua, is transferring to Rome, by an express decision of Pope Francis, informed on Wednesday Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes, president of the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference (CEN). Nicaraguan Monsignor Silvio Jose Baez, auxiliary bishop of Managua (right) walks...

Costa Rica president wants free elections for Nicaragua

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has said Central America should not be satisfied until Nicaragua holds free elections and re-establishes a free press, democracy and human rights guarantees. In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado poses for a photo before...

Why I’m still a Chavista (and how I think the political crisis will end)

Angela Villarreal is 24 years old and comes from a professional middle-class family from a satellite city in Caracas. It is not easy for her to be a Chavista now in Venezuela. Photo Fabiola Ferrero However, Angela Villarreal, 24, remains firm in her ideas despite the economic...

Recope Can Operate With 40% Of Its Staff

According to the Minister of the Environment: "Recope can operate with 40% of its current staff".

VOA Latin America Interviews Ivan Duque

Colombian President Ivan Duque, interviewed Saturday by VOA’s Latin America Division, discussed the battle against the National Liberation Army in Venezuela and strengthening his country’s ties with Washington. Question: So, Mr. President, with a new government in Venezuela, what opportunities do you see in dealing...

Nayib Bukele Wins Presidental Election in El Salvador

Presidential candidate Nayib Bukele from the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) has won the presidency of El Salvador on Sunday with 53.1% of the vote while Hugo Martinez, from the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), was supported by 14% of the...

Colombia Probes Alleged Plot by Venezuelans to Assassinate President Duque

The Colombian government is investigating a possible plot by three Venezuelan nationals to assassinate President Ivan Duque, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a video message. Authorities are investigating a presumed planned attempt President Iván Duque in which Venezuelan citizens would be involved The trio was...

Macri’s G-20 summit showcase in Argentina now mired in social unrest

BUENOS AIRES — For President Mauricio Macri, this weekend’s Group of 20 summit was supposed to showcase a confident, booming Argentina, re-energized by his pro-market policies that put the country’s longtime economic and political dysfunction in the rearview mirror. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, and...

Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and...

Brazil’s Presidential Front-Runner Says Can’t Partake in Debates After Stabbing

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming election, who was recently stabbed at a campaign rally, said he would not be able to participate in TV debates before the first round of the vote due to his condition. "I carefully follow the...

Referendum on Proposed Anti-Corruption Laws Falls Short in Colombia

A set of anti-corruption initiatives in Colombia failed to attract the required number of votes Sunday, despite earning nearly 100 percent support of the voters. Supporters rallying for the nation’s new peace agreement with FARC hold a giant flag during a march in Bogota, Colombia,...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

US Navy Hospital Ship to Deploy to Colombia

The United States is sending a U.S. Navy hospital ship to Colombia to help treat some of the hundreds of thousands of people who have poured over the border fleeing violence in Venezuela. Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Taryn Armington and Sonar Technician (Surface) Seaman Darian...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Colombia’s defense minister on Friday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. The defense ministers of Colombia,  Guillermo Botero and the United States, James Mattis met...

Costa Rica Government Advised Not To Send New Ambassador to Nicaragua

The socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, as well as the accusations of alleged collusion by Costa Rica, the government of Carlos Alvarado is being asked to reconsider his position about sending a new ambassador to the neighboring nation. Ambassadors, career diplomats and specialists in foreign policy...

Nicaraguans fear return to civil war past

When still just 16, Alvaro Gomez fought with revolutionary forces against a US-backed dictatorship during the Nicaraguan civil war. Alvaro Gomez lost a leg fighting for Sandinista revolutionaries against the Somoza dictatorship. INTI OCON, AFP He lost comrades and a leg after he was hit by...

President Carlos Takes A Break Politics

President Carlos Alvarado has left the politics of the country in the hands of his vice-presidents while he takes a few days off work, to spend time with his son, Gabriel who is five, in the last days of mid-year school vacations. Casa Presidential announced...

Ivan Duque Wins Colombian Presidential Elections

President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation’s peace process. Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque celebrates his victory in the presidential runoff election, in Bogota,...

Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters

MANAGUA (AFP) – For days, Maria Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua’s most notorious prisons. A mother demands the release of her son captured by police and paramilitaries and held at “El Chipote” prison...

Colombia: Fajardo’s Party Leaning Towards Supporting Leftist Petro

Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic Pole (PDA) party announced it will take a new stance on Wednesday after its candidate Sergio Fajardo didn’t get enough...

Nicaragua Used ‘Lethal Strategy’ On Protesters: Amnesty International

Amnesty International issued a report Tuesday detailing the Nicaraguan government’s deadly response to recent protests that almost 90 people, many of them students, protesting in anti-government demonstrations since April. In “Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest,” the human rights group documents the use...

Colombia: Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday’s first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor Sergio Fajardo came third with 23.8%. Preliminary results of the first round of the Colombian presidential election go on display. Photograph:...

Colombia’s presidential election: another referendum on the peace deal?

On Sunday, May 27, Colombians will head to the polls to elect a new president. At play in this year’s election are a range of issues: Venezuelan migration, economic situation, rampant corruption, high levels of inequality, but above all is the country’s historic peace...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership...

How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

(Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is underway, but new criminal dynamics are presenting challenges that the next president will have to face. Although every candidate has...

Santos: Venezuela’s Maduro plans to bring in Colombians to vote for him

BOGOTA (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has been giving Venezuelan identification cards to Colombians in order to transport them over the border to vote for him in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Colombian government said on Thursday. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during...

Duque Mantains Lead in Poll for Colombia election

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque kept his lead over rivals ahead of Colombia’s May 27 presidential election, with 35 percent of voters saying they planned to back him, a survey by YanHaas showed on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque speaks...

Sergio Fajardo and his Failed Strategy of Neutrality

The ex-governor of Antioquia and former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, is trying to regain his front-runner status, which he in enjoyed in the Colombian presidential race months ago. However, in the majority of the polls, he has been unable to rise above third place,...

Government Would Form A Dialogue Table To Discuss Public Employment

In the caricature by Crhoy.com we see Costa Rica's new president Carlos Alvarado (left) and his chief-of-staff (ministro de la presidencia) Rodolfo Piza, busy assembling a dialogue table.

Colombia Considers Chemical Castration as Child Sex Abuse Soars

Colombia’s senate has approved the use of chemical castration for rapists found guilty of sex crimes against minors, as a new report warns that such violations have soared by 27 percent. Since January, there have already been 5,870 cases reported, said the Colombian Family Welfare...

Cuba is Changing Its Politicians but Not Its Politics – Observers

Instead of preaching to others about the alleged flaws in their electoral systems, Washington should focus on its own internal politics, observers said, commenting on the White House’s critical remarks towards the newly elected Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel. © REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas The U.S. State...

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