Latin America

Brazil Intelligence Official: Security Big Concern During Olympics in Rio

By Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press |

The head of Brazil's intelligence agency in Rio de Janeiro says many countries are voicing concern about security during the Summer Olympics after recent major attacks in the United States and Europe.

Venezuela Faces Mounting International Pressure Over Crisis

By Luis Alonso Lugo and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press |

The head of the Organization of American States added his voice to the chorus of international leaders stepping up pressure on Venezuela to address a humanitarian crisis and end a crackdown on opposition activists.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia, FARC Rebels Near Closure on Peace Deal

By Mike Weissenstein and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Colombia moved closer than ever to ending a half-century of bloodshed when its president joined leftist rebels in celebrating a cease-fire and disarmament agreement at a dignitary-studded signing ceremony in Cuba.

Nicolas Maduro

Top US Diplomat to Meet With Venezuela Officials Amid Crisis

By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press |

A senior U.S. diplomat was in Venezuela on Tuesday to meet with officials to jump-start dialogue between the normally hostile governments as the socialist-run nation is torn apart by daily food protests and a campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Enrique Pena Nieto

Open Trials Come to Mexico After Yearslong Justice Reforms

By Christopher Sherman, Associated Press |

It would have seemed routine in many places: A defendant accused of illegally possessing a gun sat across a gleaming courtroom from the judge who accepted his guilty plea and would pronounce his sentence. For Mexico, though, it was a remarkable change from a century-old judicial system of paper-shuffling court cases in which defendants rarely actually testified before the judge ruling on their fate from within a cramped, bureaucrat's office. As of Saturday, the open, oral trial will be the norm nationwide as part of a sweeping judicial reform.

Tractor spraying a field on farm

Seasonal Farmworkers Face Uphill Battle for Health Insurance

By Alejandra Cancino, Associated Press |

In the United States legally through the H-2A visa program, these farmworkers, like most American citizens and legal residents, must be insured. But reaching them is an uphill battle.

Brazil’s Pre-Olympics Emergency Declaration Raises Legal Questions

A Brazilian state governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and request for federal money to meet obligations in hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is being questioned on constitutional grounds and may lead to lawsuits, attorneys say.

No Food, No Teachers, Violence in Failing Venezuela Schools

By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press |

The soaring crime and economic chaos stalking Venezuela is also ripping apart a once up-and-coming school system, robbing poor students of any chance at a better life.

Michel Temer, Brazil's vice president, listens during an interview in New York, U.S., on Monday, April 3, 2014.

Bugging in Brazil Scandal Exposes Fear of Biggest Betrayal Yet

By Sabrina Valle and Blake Schmidt, Bloomberg News |

The tale of Brazil's political crisis is one of betrayals, and the most explosive one may be yet to come.

US Airlines Race to Cuba, Overcoming Some Major Hurdles

By Scott Mayerowitz Associated Press |

There are hundreds of challenges to be tackled as U.S. airlines prepare to resume their first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba in five decades.

US Supreme Court Rules Against Puerto Rico in Debt Case

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press |

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Puerto Rico can't restructure more than $20 billion in public debt as it tries to overcome a decadelong economic crisis.

Dilma Rousseff

Scandal-Prone Brazil Government Casts Doubt on Impeachment

By Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese Associated Press |

When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and suspended last month, her permanent ouster seemed all but certain. But the government of interim President Michel Temer may be doing more to persuade senators to rethink their stance on Rousseff than she ever could while in office.

Obama Administration Rushing to Shrink Ranks at Guantanamo

By Kathleen Hennessey and Ben Fox Associated Press |

The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference.

Mexico's Dominant PRI a Contender Even in Struggling States

By Christopher Sherman Associated Press |

It looked like party time in Veracruz. Women in feathered bikinis gyrated to bouncy dance music praising the ruling party. A bused-in crowd of voters milled beneath a tent covering a full city block, waiting to celebrate the man who, if 87 years of history held true, had a strong shot at becoming the next governor.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight Advises Bank on Colombian Road Financing

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight represents Colombia's infrastructure development bank on financing for a $1.1 billion road construction project.

Venezuela Blasts OAS as Diplomats Try to Defuse Conflict

By Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press |

Thousands of Venezuelans rallied in support of President Nicolas Maduro as regional governments seemed to back away from a threat to punish his socialist administration for violating its commitment to democracy.

OAS Chief Calls for Emergency Meeting to Evaluate Venezuela

By Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press |

The head of the Organization of American States called for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Nicolas Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.