Latin America

Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Dozens of Venezuelans Shot by Police Amid Crime Crackdown

Slayings have raised concerns about a recent crime-fighting initiative that aims to take back neighborhoods overrun by gangs. The program, officially rolled out in July as Operation Liberate the People, has already seen police shoot and kill more than 80 suspected criminals, according to an AP tally based on officials' statements to the media. There have been no reports of police injuries or deaths during the crackdown.

Pope Francis

Argentine Mom Hopes Pope Will Help Get Son Off Death Row

When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years. "I've prayed so much for that young man from Cordoba," she says Francis told her, referring to the hometown of Victor Hugo Saldano.

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Tax Lawyer's Claim of Fraudulent Inducement Proceeds

By Ben Bedell |

Steven Laduzinski alleged he was lured by a promise of a managerial post overseeing a high workload at consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, but that the company was actually suffering from a sharp downturn and his supervisors were more interested in exploiting his business contacts with wealthy Latin Americans.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela's Maduro Vows to Extend Colombian Border Crackdown

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to extend a crackdown on illegal migrants from neighboring Colombia he blames for rampant crime and widespread shortages, while authorities across the border struggled to attend to droves of returning deportees.

Puerto Rico Statehooders See Opportunity as Woes Deepen

Puerto Ricans have been divided over their relationship to the U.S. mainland for decades. Since 1967, most voters in three referendums have favored remaining a semiautonomous territory, which advocates say preserves the island's cultural identity and provides more local control.

At Busy Crossing, Pedestrians Need Passports to Enter Mexico

Walking into Mexico at the nation's busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners.

John Kerry

Cubans Sound Unusually Open to Kerry's Call for Democracy

By Anne-Marie Garcia and Michael Weissenstein |

The blazing Caribbean sun rose Saturday on a U.S. flag flying over Havana for the first time in 54 years and people discussing political reform with an openness that once would have been unimaginable in Cuba.

Reputed Gang Leader, Reporter, 4 Others Killed in Mexico

By Mark Stevenson |

Five gunmen burst into a bar and killed a reputed drug gang boss, a reporter and four other people in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said.

Thomas J. Pate

Lawyer's Murder Underlines Dangers of Practicing in Venezuela

By Julie Kay |

The Miami legal community and members of the Venezuelan American Bar Assocation are reeling over the death of John Pate, the father of White & Case Miami associate who was murdered at his upscale Caracas home.

US Culture Already Widespread in Cuba as Ties Resume

Far beyond the antique Chevys on its streets and the memorials to Ernest Hemingway, Cuba is a country whose language, music, literature and fashion are steeped in American influence despite a half-century of official hostility.

Judge: Lawsuit Over 'Exploding' Caterpillar Generators in Brazil Stays in Miami

By Julie Kay |

A federal judge in Miami rejects a motion by Caterpillar to move a $50 million case to Brazil, calling it a "last-ditch effort" by the company. A Brazilian power plant operator claims faulty Caterpillar generators exploded.

US Lawyer Slain in Venezuela Home

John Ralston Pate, 70, a prominent American expatriate lawyer was slain and his companion was wounded in an attack at their home in Caracas.