Latin America

Panama Suspends High Court Judge for Corruption

Alejandro Moncada has for weeks been battling accusations he profited from his ties to the former conservative leader after documents emerged showing he paid mostly in cash for two luxury apartments valued at over $1.7 million.

Venezuela is Jubilant Over UN Security Council Win

The South America nation is celebrating its new seat on the United Nations' most powerful body as a global ratification of the country's socialist revolution.

Long Neglected, Disabled Make Gains in Caribbean

Jamaica last week passed a watershed law that will prohibit workplace discrimination and create a special tribunal to rule on complaints made by disabled citizens. The adoption of the law follows similar actions taken in Bahamas and Guyana.

Alleged Capo Kills Self to Thwart Mexican Forces

The alleged leader of a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 college students killed himself during a confrontation with Mexican security forces Tuesday, a day after protesters demanding a probe into the students' whereabouts burned government buildings.

U.S. General: Island Vacation Season Spawns Ebola Fears

The coming winter vacation season is raising worries about the potential for Ebola cases in Caribbean and Central American countries, the top U.S. military commander in South America says.

Juan Manuel Santos

Bodyguard Scandal a Threat to Peace in Colombia

President Juan Manuel Santos has promised leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that it will protect them and their fighters once they've laid down their weapons.

Manuel Noriega is suing for using his image without permission in the

Giuliani to Argue Activision's Case Versus Noriega

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will argue a case against Activision filed by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against the "Call of Duty" franchise, the video game maker said Thursday.

Gunshots Sowed Panic Before Killings in Mexico

Federal officials say they still have no explanation for the Sept. 26 violence that killed six, wounded at least 25 and left many missing.

New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism

Officials say that the facility, billed as a temporary place to house women and children from Central America who were among a wave of immigrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally this year, could remain open until next summer.

Demonstrators with Witness Against Torture, a network of anti-torture activists, stand outside the Supreme Court

Obama Goal of Gitmo Closure Is Stalled at Pentagon

The slow pace is the result of the law that gives Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel—not the commander in chief—the final authority to transfer any of the 149 terror suspects being held at Guantánamo. Pentagon officials say they must carefully consider the risks before signing off, given that others have returned to terrorism.

Cuba Hands Canadian Businessman 15-Year Sentence

Ontario-based Tokmakjian Group said the charges against its president, Cy Tokmakjian, 74, were concocted as an excuse to seize the automotive firm's $100 million in assets in Cuba.

Graffitti in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Neighborhood is Reborn Amid Puerto Rico Decline

While tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have left to seek better opportunities abroad, a few entrepreneurs have tried to make a go of it within San Juan.

Under Obama Plan, Most New Illegal Immigrant Families Fail To Report

For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.