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Colgate is glorified as the toothpaste supplier for more than half of the world’s households. Yet the multi-billion dollar company shocked the world when it recently announced lagging sales in Venezuelan markets.
Peace talks between the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional) will now take place in Cuba after Ecuador pulled its support as the original host country.
So far 42 gymnasts claim that they experienced a wide range of sexual abuse at the hands of Lopez when they were minors.
The Suriname's Coast Guard reported Monday that 16 fishermen have gone missing after their boats were attacked by pirates off the coast of Suriname, late Friday night.
Former President of Guatemala and mayor of Guatemala City, Álvaro Arzú, has died at the age of 72.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas had numerous documented incidents of human sacrifice, yet the scale and magnitude of the Chimú sacrifice are unprecedented, not only for the western hemisphere but for the entire world.
Over the weekend, violent protests erupted across Nicaragua, resulting in the deaths of over 25 protesters. The citizens of Nicaragua have taken to the streets of Managua to protest their discontent with social security revisions implemented by President Ortega’s administration.
Díaz-Canel enters office at a critical time for Cuba.
On April 15, Guatemalans voted to file a claim that seeks to recover over 53 percent of Belize’s territory. The ballot asked whether voters agreed to send the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) located in the Hague, Netherlands.
On April 5, the Supreme Court of Colombia made a historical move by recognizing Colombia’s share of the Amazon Rainforest as an “entity subject of rights,” signifying that the rainforest possesses the same rights as a human being.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has confirmed the murders of three members of a journalism team who were kidnapped last month at the Ecuador-Colombia border. Over the weekend, President Moreno confirmed their deaths via Twitter: “With deep pain I lament to inform that the assassination of our compatriots is confirmed. I have arranged immediate action. The country is in mourning.”
The Pope invited several of the victims to Rome in order to beg their forgiveness and “repair the scandal as much as possible.”
The eighth Summit of the Americas is scheduled to begin on April 13, 2018 in Lima, Peru. The summit is a conference, which brings together leaders from all over the Americas. According to Al Jazeera “at least 20 heads of state had committed to attending the summit.”
“Before [the villagers of San Jose Calderas, Guatemala] started leaving for the States, all the houses were made out of canes and wire,” recalls villager Maria Lopez Santos. “But thanks to the United States, those who knew how to think and manage their money began to build houses and buy vegetable plots.”
Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his Defense Minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, were found responsible for the extrajudicial killings of 58 unarmed civilians (estimates vary) during protests in 2003.
On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.
On March 25, a group of Central American men, women, and children began marching towards the U.S.- Mexico border. The 2,000 mile march, which started in Tapachula, Honduras has picked up more than 1,500 migrants along the way.
Costa Rica will undergo a second round of presidential elections after neither candidate managed to amass 40% of the votes needed to win the election in the first round.
In 2003, a mummified “alien” was discovered by amatuer collector Oscar Munoz in the abandoned nitrate mining town of La Noria, Chile.
The rates of electronic waste globally have quickly increased as the amount of developing nations join the global information society in rising numbers.
José Abreu, founder of El Sistema, a project which brings free music education to thousands of children in low-income neighborhoods across Venezuela, died at the age of 78 on Saturday.
Kuczynski was to face his second impeachment trial on Thursday and had previously vowed not to resign.
On Wednesday March 21, an independent journalist was shot dead in Veracruz, Mexico. Leobardo Vázquez Atzin, 42, is yet another victim of the continual assault of journalists in Mexico. According to Al Jazeera News, Vázquez was the fourth journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2018.
This month, Christos Stylianides, the European Union’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, took a trip to Colombia to witness the country’s current upheaval and the overflow effects of its neighbor, Venezuela’s sunken economy.
Over the weekend, the death of Marielle Franco, 38, a well known human rights activist and politician caused uproar as tens of thousands of Brazilians mourned the passing of a champion.
Rusty tracks are hidden underneath a layer of weeds on Brazil’s unfinished railroads. The ambitious Transnordestina railway project had a goal of connecting the nation’s northeastern farms to the ports of Ceará and Pernambuco for trade with Brazil’s main export market, China.
The landlocked country of Bolivia has found itself embroiled in yet another dispute with neighboring Chile over lost territory.
A statement given by the Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that Pope Francis has signed decrees to canonize Romero as a Roman Catholic saint.
Four police officers in Mexico were arrested and accused of the forced disappearance of three Italian citizens who went missing on January 31. According to reports, the abductees were handed over to a local drug cartel known as the Jalisco New Generation.
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