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Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

(AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus...

All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

Insightcrime.org - US authorities alleged in 2016 that Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators,” with clients ranging from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to Colombia’s FARC rebels. But...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

Costa Rica tells Panama that it will not receive the inter-continental migrants stranded by Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The director immigration, Raquel Vargas, clarified to Panama that she will not receive on Costa Rican soil some 1,900 inter-continental migrants who were stranded in that country by Covid-19, after crossing the Darien jungle. Vargas held a virtual meeting this Saturday with her Panamanian...

Displaced Venezuelans face poverty and pandemic in Colombia

According to official statistics, there are more than 3,200 cases of COVID-19 in Colombia and there have been at least 144 deaths. As the number of cases rises, President Ivan Duque has extended a nationwide lockdown to at least April 26. He has pledged...

Colombia’s ‘webcam’ models reinvent themselves in the face of pandemic demand boom

Eroticism and sex online are no longer enough. In isolation due to the pandemic, Colombian webcamers now spend more time listening and offering advice of all kinds to clients who do not know how to deal with quarantine. The demand for its services has not...

Why does Panama have many more cases of coronavirus than Costa Rica?

Panama registered its first case of the new coronavirus three days after Costa Rica, on March 9, but as of Friday, April 3, the neighboring country has four times more cases and 20 times more deaths. Why so much difference between the two countries? In Costa...

Costa Rica organizes virtual cheer tournament for Latin America

Sports has been hit by the coronavirus as all kinds of tournaments in gyms or open venues have been canceled for the moment. For this reason, the challenge of competing through virtual cheerleading was launched, a modality that arises as an option for athletes from...

Coronavirus exposes Latin American tourism to an economic earthquake

The llamas of Machu Picchu will be able to graze freely and without fear of selfies for at least 15 days. The coronavirus crisis has reached the heights of the busy Inca citadel, which this week has hung the closed sign. The tranquility of animals...

Colombia Closes All Land, Sea and River Borders!

All Colombian land and sea borders will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17 and until May 30, by order of President Iván Duque. The decision is another of the measures that the National Government takes to contain the advance of the coronavirus in...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Coronavirus: What are the Impacts for the Region?

Business people in Central America agree that because of the Coronavirus that has been spreading from China, global supply chains have been disrupted and commodity prices have fallen. An analysis by the Guatemalan exporters' union states that among the risks identified as a result of...

Warren Buffett’s Son Is Spending $200 Million to Help Colombia Kick Its Cocaine Curse

(AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth. In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, Howard Buffett receives presents during a visit, with Colombia’s President...

Uber’s Success: The Real Story

Since it went public last May, much of the investor debate surrounding Uber has understandably revolved around how quickly the company can pare its still-massive losses. Less attention has been given, however, to Uber's ride-hailing share losses in the U.S. and Latin America, where Lyft...

Colombia’s loathed tax reform passed Congress

A widely rejected tax reform that was approved by Colombia’s Congress in December may become President Ivan Duque‘s latest humiliation in court. Several senators and jurists have announced they will challenge the so-called “Economic Growth and Job Creation Bill” that has been rejected by economists...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

First female mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

The first female mayor to be elected in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota has married her female partner just ahead of taking office. Claudia López will become the first openly lesbian mayor in the traditionally conservative, Catholic country Claudia López, who will be sworn into office...

It’s snow joke: Colombia threatens to sue Walmart over sweater

The Colombian government agency, Agencia Jurídica de Defensa (Legal Defence Agency) has threatened to sue Walmart over a Christmas sweater that associated the country to cocaine. The sweater, offered by a third-party seller on Walmart’s Canadian website featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus...

Surge in prices of top quality coffee

A shortage of high-quality arabica coffees has boosted spot prices in Central America, Colombia, and Brazil, catching speculators who bet on falling futures prices by surprise. Traders and analysts say the shortage is a major factor behind the surge in arabica prices on ICE Futures...

Brother Of Pablo Escobar Has Made a Folding Smartphone And Says It’s Unbreakable

The brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has launched a foldable gold smartphone, the "Escobar Fold 1" and is aiming his sights on Samsung and Apple. Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Escobar Fold 1 features a flexible screen that allows users to fold...

Tens of thousands march in third strike

Tens of thousands of protesters across Colombia took part in anti-government demonstrations Wednesday during the country’s third general strike in two weeks. Thousands of people — trade unionists, students, teachers, farmers and indigenous people among them — gathered to dance and sing in Bolivar Square...

Why Latin America Should Go All In On The Sharing Economy

(Bogota, Colombia) While we tend to think of the so-called sharing economy as a new concept — a product of the fourth industrial revolution — its origins are far older, as old as the economy itself. What’s happening now, rather, is that due to the...

3 Dead, 122 Injured In Protests Against Colombian President Ivan Duque

Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday confirmed that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350...

Uber pulls $40 million Colombia investment

(Reuters) – Ride-hailing mobile application Uber said on Thursday it will not be basing a $40 million support and safety center in Colombia after all, because of a lack of regulatory stability in the Andean country. Ride-hailing apps have drawn the ire of authorities in...

Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica Lead Latin America In Doing Business

The ease of doing business in Latin America has improved over the past 15 years, by halving the number of days it takes to start a business a little more than a month on average, according to the World Bank's Doing Business annual report. Brazil...

JetSMART Adds Colombia

Chilean low-cost carrier JetSMART this week announced new service launch to Colombia, enterting the market for the first time, with scheduled non-stop service between the country and Chile. JetSMART is owned by the same investment fund that owns Volaris and Frontier, currently has a presence...

Air Europa Looking To Costa Rica in 2020

Air Europa, a member of the Spanish group Globalia, began processing the permits to fly to Costa Rica. The request was made officially on Monday, October 7, as confirmed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The request is specifically to obtain the Certificado...

Colombia Gets Simpsonized!

Continuing with the #TravesíaSimpson through Colombia??, the unruly yellow family visited Colombia recently, here are their memories… In Bogota In Cali In Medellin Marge enjoying delicious Colombian coffee

Amazon Leaders Agree To Protect The Rainforest

Seven South American countries - Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname - on Friday signed the "Pact for the Amazon" to protect the world's largest tropical forest, which has been been burning in its Brazilian region for weeks. "What happens in the Amazon...

Colombia the Silicon Valley of Latin America?

Colombian President Ivan Duque was present in Cartagena on Thursday, September 5,  to give the opening address to Colombia’s largest and most important ICT (Information & Communications Technology) event, ANDICOM. Duque announced the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem initiative led by Innpulsa Colombia, with the...

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