New threat to Colombia peace talks as ELN claims bombing

Clouds gathered Monday over peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half-century conflict after the ELN rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at a bullring in Bogota.

The costs of Latin American crime

Many governments are failing in their most basic task. A casual scan of newspapers in Latin America and the Caribbean in any week reveals a grave problem: violent crime has become an epidemic.

Colombia prosecutors seize $98M in FARC assets

Colombian authorities seized $98 million worth of assets belonging to the demobilizing FARC rebel group, the country’s chief prosecutor said

Ecuador will hold run-off poll to choose new president

Ecuador's presidential election is set for a second round on 2 April, the electoral commission has announced.

Countdown begins for Raúl Castro’s retirement next year

A year from now — on February 24 — something is expected to occur in Cuba that hasn’t happened in more than 40 years: a non-Castro will occupy the presidency.

Protests over Morales expose divisions among Bolivians

Some fear Evo Morales will try to seek a fourth, unconstitutional presidential term in 2019, after a referendum on changing the constitution to enable President Evo Morales to seek a fourth re-election, where the "No" vote won by a small margin

Colombia rebels to start disarmament

Colombia's FARC rebels should have all their weapons turned over by June after almost 7000 of them reached demobilisation zones across the country.

Delay in releasing electoral results triggers turmoil in Ecuador

Tension mounted as vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day on Tuesday, with supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations

UN suggests pushing back date for FARC to lay down Its arms

The head of the UN mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, proposed Saturday that a later date be set for the FARC to hand over its arms, due to the delay in constructing facilities for the guerrillas’ demobilization.

Bolivian coca growers protest plan for production quotes

Though coca is the raw material of cocaine, Bolivia – like neighboring Peru – allows cultivation of the leaf for legal use in Andean religious rites and as a folk remedy for altitude sickness.

Ecuador election: Moreno facing runoff as 40% vote looks out of reach

With almost 90% of votes counted, candidate for incumbent party just short of 40% required for outright victory

Ecuador votes Sunday for a new president

The race in Ecuador is being watched throughout the region. At stake is the legacy of President Rafael Correa and his “Citizens Revolution”

CNN, RCTV, NTN24, TV Azteca go dark in Venezuela

In a move verging on censorship, Venezuela’s TV authority Conatel has switched off CNN’s Spanish feed, Colombia’s RCTV and NTN24 and Mexico’s TV Azteca.

Prosecutors from 11 countries agree to cooperate on Odebrecht case

The meeting was organized by the Brazilian Attorney General’s Office and attended by chief law enforcement officials from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela

Colombian Gov seeks to increase presidential term to five years

The Government of Colombia will present a political reform to the Congress seeking to increase the presidential term to five years, as well as the posts of Attorney, Public Prosecutor, mayors and governors.

Colombia aims to rid country of landmines by 2021

Colombia, one of the most mined countries in the world, aims to remove all landmines and other explosives by 2021 after the government and FARC rebels signed a peace deal last year, a top government official has said.

Colombia keeps cocaine from spoiling Valentine's Day Flowers

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses.

Maduro kicks CNN out of Venezuela for report on "School Food Shortages"

President Nicolás Maduro has expelled CNN after accusing the international news outlet of “manipulating” information about Venezuela.

OAS is in Ecuador for general elections

The Organization of American States Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) to the general elections and referendum that will be held in Ecuador on February 19 began its deployment this week.

Migrating North, but to Mexico, Not the U.S.

The United States has long been the dream destination for many Latin American migrants, whether fleeing poverty, political unrest, natural disaster or violence. But now a growing number of migrants are putting down roots in Mexico

Banks take bigger role in Latin America fight against tax evasion

Brazil, Chile and Colombia signed on in 2014, and have reciprocity agreements in which U.S. authorities send those governments information on their citizens' assets in the United States. Argentina has taken steps to follow.

Judge orders arrest of Peru ex-president Alejandro Toledo

A Peruvian judge has ordered the arrest of the country's former president Alejandro Toledo over allegations that he took $20m (£16m) in bribes.

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