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Wikileaks reports heavily armed police outside Ecuador’s embassy in London

zerohedge.com reported as pressure from the Obama administration mounts on the Ecuadorian government and Assange to halt the flow of Hillary’s emails, Wikileaks just posted the following tweet revealing heavily armed “police” outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London/The “police” presence apparently began to amass earlier this week just as Wikileaks confirmed that the Ecuadorian had agreed to cut Julian Assange’s internet access after a little political pressure from John Kerry… Read Article

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Confirmed Assange Internet Access taken down by Ecuador after release of Clinton emails

theguardian.com reported Group says access was shut down soon after the publication of Hillary Clinton’s speeches and it has ‘activated appropriate contingency plans’ Julian Assange’s internet was cut off by Ecuador, WikiLeaks has said, deflecting blame from the US and British governments, which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material. Ecuador has reiterated its […]

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Where is Julian Assange? No one seems to know

Roger Stone ‏@RogerJStoneJr 16h16 hours ago Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized Roger Stone ‏@RogerJStoneJr John Kerry has threatened the Ecuadorian President with “grave consequences for Equador” if Assange is not silenced ROGER STONE TWITTER ACCOUNT ———————————- FROM ELUNIVERSO.COM/AP […]

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Russia makes inroads into Latin America

Ciccarillo, Simon Gaetano, “The Russia-Latin America Nexus: Realism in the 21st Century” (2016).Student Scholarship & CreativeW Recent Events in Latin America Within the past 15 years, the Russian government has made inroads to Latin America, highlighting the nature of the depth of the relationship between the two. Under the Putin and Medvedev Administrations, high-level visits […]

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Denmark Development Relations with Latin America

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK um.dk reported Denmark has had long-standing development cooperation in Latin America with a focus on rural development, environment and access to justice/human rights. In Latin America, Denmark has supported the efforts of the various countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala) to combat inequality and poverty contributing to the […]

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Ecuador criticizes British Security for intrusion attempt at embassy in London

mirror.co.uk reported Ecuador blasts British security forces after intruder scales walls of London Embassy in ‘Julian Assange assassination attempt’ Fans of Wikileaks founder blame America following security breach after site said it would release “a lot more” documents to surprise voters ahead of election WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy […]

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UK: Man confronted scaling Ecuador Embassy, where Julian Assange is housed

WikiLeaks Verified account ‏@wikileaks 16 mins ago at 2:47am a “cat burgler” scaled the side wall+window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London; fled after being caught by security. Home / Rebounds / ‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks chief ‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks […]

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Russia: Putin/Panama Connection

dailymail.co.uk reported / President Putin is the victim of a Western plot designed to topple him through allegations members of his inner circle used an offshore tax haven, the Kremlin has claimed. It insisted that ‘Putinophobia’ has become so great in the West that if there is nothing bad to say about the country it […]

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Ecuador on mission in Europe to share its philosophy of “good living”

france24.com reported…The pursuit of happiness is not a new idea, but Ecuador has adopted a new, aggressive approach on the matter and wants to share it with the world. Ecuador is on a mission to confound Western governments. President Rafael Correa has sent one of his most popular cabinet members on a two-week European tour […]

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Ecuador bans German PM’s into country, claim delegates visit would create skewed image of country’s reality

DW.DE reported Ecuador’s government has banned a group of German MPs from entering the country. The official reason: miscommunication – but the government is also unhappy with the politicians’ plans to meet anti-government activists. Environment MPs’ Ecuador trip canceled over drilling row The Ecuador government has banned a group of German MPs from entering the […]

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German Diplomats denied entry to Ecuador, wanted to discuss environment before meetings in Peru

sueddeutsche.de/news-round.com (Machine Translation from German to English) German deputies may not enter Ecuador. The Government of the Latin American country was disturbed on the itinerary of the group. Including climate protectors wanted to meet parliamentarians. Ecuador has approved oil drilling in the National Park Yasuní 2013. Ecuador’s Ambassador in Berlin, Jorge Jurado, should be appointed […]

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Venezuela: Spanish clothing company restricts purchases due to demand

thelocal.es reported Spanish clothing giant Inditex, which owns Zara, has restricted customer purchases to five items per month in its stores in Venezuela as it struggles with a massive upswing in demand. An “avalanche” of clients has descended on the shops in recent weeks according to Spanish daily 20 Minutos, causing crowd problems. Months of […]

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Spain: Nearly third of new citizens are from Ecuador

thelocal.es reported Spain sees steep fall in number of new citizens The number of foreigners taking out Spanish citizenship fell by nearly a fifth from 2011 to 2012, bucking Europe-wide trends, official figures released on Tuesday show. Spain granted citizenship to 94,100 foreigners in 2012, down 17,8 percent on 2011 figures when 114,600 people took […]

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Leaked Diplomatic Cables Between Ecuador, EU reignites public debate over FTA

globalvoicesonline.org reported leaked diplomatic cables between Ecuador and the European Union, which were released on October 8, have reignited public debate over the merits of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two. The cables refer to recent negotiations between the Latin American country and the EU over a commercial treaty that is currently […]

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Ecuador to receive 10,000 archeological pieces from Italy

telesurtv.net reported 3,858 archeological pieces and a bit more than 1,000 copies will arrive in Ecuador from Italy in mid-November. Sebastián González, head of the Technical Commission Against Illegal Trade of Goods, informed that before December they expect to have recovered at least 10,000 ransacked archeological treasures. To accomplish the 10,000 goal, the Ecuadorian government […]

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Colombia: Farmers sue oil giant BP in the UK

theguardian.com reported more than 100 Colombian small farmers are taking on oil giant BP in the UK high court on Wednesday in one of the largest cases in environmental legal history. The farmers say the British company Equion Energia, formerly BP Exploration (Colombia) Ltd or BPXC, was negligent in the construction of the Ocensa oil […]

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Members of money laundering scheme in Spain detained, working for Mexican cartels

plazadearmas.com.mx reported The national police of Spain arrested nine members of an “office” of Mexican drug money laundering, who seized 385,000 euros in cash and nine vehicles. While California reported an investigation by customs agents from the United States that led to identify to a Mexican company of snacks that served as a facade to […]

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Vatican places former envoy to Dominican Republic under arrest for sex abuse

bbc.com reported the Vatican has placed its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children. The former archbishop was defrocked in June after a Church tribunal found him guilty of abusing Dominican boys. Read Article

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Argentina: Italian Mafia Capo arrested, wanted by INTERPOL

lainormacion.com reported an Italian citizen accused of being a capo of the Calabrian mafia, known as Ndrangheta, and wanted by Interpol was arrested today in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones province (to 1,300 miles from Buenos Aires), sources of the national gendarmerie. The detainee, identified as Pantaleone Mancuso, 47 years old, was caught when he tried to […]

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Spain: Woman on flight from Bogota found with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in breast implants

According to latinonewsonline.com a female passenger on a flight from Bogota, Colombia was detained at the Madrid Spain airport for possession of 1.7 kilos of cocaine on August 29, 2014. The passenger age, 43 a Venezuelan national acted in a suspicious matter to agents and her luggage was screened and deemed not to contain contraband. […]

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Peru: Detained Serbians connected to drug trafficking organization

elcomerco.pe reported this newspaper revealed last Sunday that 95% of the narcovuelos coming out of the country are directed to Bolivia, where, in addition, two Peruvian families would be on road to become the drug cartels. The police does not rule out that Radojicic and Uros have connection with the case of the Serbian Frederik […]

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German NGO to leave Ecuador after fifty years

ecuavisa.com reported the Ecuadorian Government said on Wednesday that the FoundationKonrad Adenauerlinked to the party of German Chancellor Angela Merker, decided to leave the country because he did not want to adhere to the controls imposed by Quito to the NGO’s foreign. The Organization announced that it will close its office in September on the […]

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Complaint lodged against Swedish TV show using Costa Rica National Anthem

theguardian.com reported Swedish TV apologies to Costa Rica for using national anthem for gameshow Costa Rica lodges diplomatic protest, describing TV4′s use of anthem in trailer as ‘grave disrespect to our national symbol. A Swedish TV network has apologised to Costa Rica for using the Central American country’s national anthem to promote a comedy show. […]

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Assange Suggests in remarks he may soon be leaving Ecuador’s Embassy in London

latimes.com reported WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange suggested at a news conference Monday that he could soon be leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for two years to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange did not explain, however, under what circumstances he thought he could go. Related story: WikiLeaks cheers Snowden […]

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Ecuador claims not to need permission of EU to export agricultural products to Russia

rt.com reported Ecuador doesn’t need anybody’s permission to export agricultural products to Russia, which now has a big gap that needs to be filled after it banned supplies from a number of western countries, said President Rafael Correa. “I want to immediately say that we don’t need to get anybody’s permission to sell products to […]

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Spain Minister Issues alert if Russia Replaces agricultural purchases from Spain with Latin America

elperiodico.com reportedThe ‘minister’ of Agriculture of the Government of Catalonia, Josep Maria Pelegri has warned of the risk that Russia replace product purchases in Europe and Catalunya with the production of Latin American countries if a “fast” solution is not found the As approved by the Russian Government to prevent the export of European goods […]

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Russia Plans Increased Imports of Agricultural Products from Latin America

ria.ru reported Russia’s agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, said it will hold consultations on Thursday with several Latin American countries on expansion of their food supplies to Russia. “Meetings with diplomats from Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Argentina will be held on August 7. They will focus on possibility of expanding food supplies from these countries to the […]

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Beef from Costa Rica approved for sales to Russia

ticotimes.net reported Costa Rica’s cattle industry meets all health requirements for exporting to Russia, according to Russia’s Federal Administration of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control.The approval, currently granted only for meat and milk powder, was issued after Russian experts conducted evaluations of infrastructure at local export companies and investigated the country’s vigilance of animal diseases, Costa […]

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Ecuador: Serbian responsible for drug trafficking extradited to Russia

itar-tass.com reported detectives believe that during loading in Ecuador a port employee had been hiding packs with cocaine in service spaces of the ship. Serbian citizen Ivan Savkic accused of launching a large-scale drug trafficking channel was handed over to Russian law enforcement agencies at the airport of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, the press centre of […]

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Ecuador joins other Andean Nations in free-trade deal with European Union

voanews.com reported Ecuador sealed a free-trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, giving the Andean nation greater access to the EU’s 500 million consumers and offering the EU’s fragile economy another market for its cars, whiskey and luxury goods. Ecuador joins Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru in the group of Latin American economies that […]

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Germany: Arms maker SIG banned from exports after guns found in Colombia

bbc.com reported Germany has imposed an export ban on arms maker SIG Sauer after guns manufactured by the German company were found to have been sold to the Colombian police, German media report. Under German law, arms exports require a special licence which is not normally granted for countries where there is armed conflict, such […]

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Latin America promising market for Russian Military Aviation Sales

en.itar-tass.com reported Latin American countries are keen to strengthen their air forces and aviation industry and are one of the most promising markets for Russian military aviation over the medium term, head of the department on exports of special property and services at Russian Rosoboronexport intermediary agency, Sergey Kornev, told journalists on the opening day […]

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Russian President Putin heads to Latin America

channelnewsasia.com reported Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Friday begin an ambitious Latin America tour that will take him to Cuba, Argentina and Brazil as he seeks to shore up support for his policies amid a showdown with the West. During a six-day tour, Putin will meet with the father of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel […]

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Ecuador, UK: Assange case at stalemate, may be there for years

UK: Julian Assange, hiding inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost two years, may remain there indefinitely, the Ecuadorean ambassador said, adding “it’s a pity” that UK citizens have to cover the growing policing bill. The 67 year old diplomat, Juan Falconi Puig said that Assange was “suffering” in custody but could remain there […]

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Russia largest arms supplier to Latin America

thestar.com reported Russia’s push into Ukraine has put many on edge. But less known is that Russia is also strengthening its military links south of the Rio Grande. Russia’s push into Ukraine has put many on edge. But less known is that Russia is also strengthening its military links south of the Rio Grande and […]

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Peru: convicted Drug Mule in Peru may return to Scotland to serve sentence

dailymail.co.uk reported that Drug mule Melissa Reid is set to be sent back to Scotland to serve her sentence for cocaine smuggling. In a shock development, the Peruvian government has just written to the Scottish authorities seeking clearance to let the 20-year-old complete her seven year jail term in her home country. And Scotland’s justice […]

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Italy: 215 kilos of cocaine seized hidden in banana shipment from Ecuador

ansa.it reported that authorities seized 215 kilos of “extremely” pure cocaine at the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy. The cocaine was located in hidden bags that were hidden in a banana shipment aboard a container ship from Ecuador. estimated street value of the booty is 43 million euros. The find was a result of cross-checking […]

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Bolivia: Danish foundation expelled for alleged meddling in Indigenous issues

Edmonton Journal AP reported that a Danish foundation is being expelled from Bolivia for taking sides in a leadership struggle for control of one of the nation’s biggest indigenous organizations, the government announced Friday. Presidential aide Juan Ramon Quintana said that Copenhagen-based IBIS “abused” the government’s hospitality and has been intervening in the nation’s internal […]

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Colombia expects to receive Schengen visa approval for Europe

shanghaidaily.com reported that Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin has expressed confidence European visa requirements for the country’s citizens may be removed soon. She said Tuesday she expected the EU Council to approve the Schengen visa move thanks to an initiative promoted by Spain and supported by other European nations. Read Article

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Snowden offers to help Brazil in regards to U.S. spying, in return for aslyum

nz.news.yahoo.com reported that Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazil’s inquiry into US spying – in return for asylum. In an open letter, the NSA whistleblower says he can help the country with its inquiries into alleged spying into its Government leaders. But he says he can’t speak freely until a country grants him asylum, […]

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Air France Flight from Caracas Venezuela to Paris grounded, possible target of terrorist plot

independent.co.uk reported that an Air France flight bound for Paris has been grounded following reports that it may have been the target of a terrorist plot. The plane was scheduled to leave Venezuela at 7.25pm on Saturday night, but was prevented from taking off after French intelligence services received a tip-off about plans to blow […]

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Spain dismantles large cocaine operation with links to South America

The Spanish Civil Guard dismantled a network dedicated to introduce cocaine into Spain and elsewhere in Europe from South America, in an operation in which were arrested 43 people and seized more than 62 kilos of this drug and more than USD 1.2 million fake. As reported today by the General Directorate of the Civil […]

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British woman’s Ecuadorian husband denied permission to enter UK

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK reported A British woman is being forced to bring up her daughter alone after her medic husband was denied permission to join her in the UK. Elizabeth Celi Parr met Ramiro Alexander Celi Moreno in his native Ecuador – the couple have been married for two years and had their first child, Olivia, 21 […]

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Ecuadorian Bboy Chucho interviewed on Spanish television

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Ecuador, Belarus consider lifting visa requirements

Belarus and Ecuador will consider lifting visa requirements for owners of regular passports. The idea was discussed during talks between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Ecuador President Rafael Correa Delgado in Minsk on 31 October, the press service of the Belarusian leader told BelTA. Members of the Ecuadorian delegation voiced concrete proposals to expand […]

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Ecuador: Russia to invest up to 1.5 billion in domestic energy projects

Russia plans to invest up to $1.5 billion into new domestic energy projects in Ecuador, making the South American country a key partner in the region, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in Moscow. The two countries have several ongoing energy projects, including state-owned Gazprom’s alliance with Ecuador’s state-run […]

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Ecuador to sue UK over Assange matter

presstv.ir reported that Ecuadoran foreign minister has announced his government’s plan to take legal action in an international tribunal against Britain for denying Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, safe passage to Ecuador. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino declared on Tuesday that Ecuador is considering to sue London in the International Criminal Court at The Hague for its […]

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Drug Expert says Scotland should emulate Medellin Colombia progess in drug war

Ioan GrillHe points to successful projects in cities such as Medellin in Colombia. It was once the stronghold of former drug warlord Pablo Escobar, whose cartel controlled 80 per cent of cocaine sold in the US. After Escobar was shot dead in 1993, Medellin was transformed from a battlefield for drug warlords into one of […]

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Colombia’s Ambassador to Russia resigns after allegations of child sexual abuse

Colombia’s ambassador in Russia, Rafael Amador, today resigned his position following a scandal of alleged child sexual abuse which has been involved with the senior official who denied any involvement. “I have decided to resign my position as ambassador of Colombia in Russia for the malicious comments do not affect the country’s image,” said Amador […]

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Argentina to purchase used French Mirage jets from Spain

UPI.com reported… As compromises go, Argentina is buying used French Mirage jets from Spain rather than pour scarce cash into an ambitious but more desirable acquisition of new aircraft. It’s money that Argentina cannot spare, with mounting energy bills that eat up its export earnings, high inflation and slow growth. Read Article

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Ecuador pushing to increase exports to U.K.

Ecuador is seeking to increase exports to the United Kingdom with the active participation of its commercial office in London. There is a high demand for fair trade, organic, sustainable production labelled products but there is also a strong entry for chocolate, snacks and dried fruit. Juan Diego Stacey, head of Ecuador’s Commercial Office in […]

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Kazakhstan – Ecuador establish 30 day visa free travel for citizens of both countries

timesca.com reported that Kazakhstan and Ecuador have established a 30-day visa-free travel for the citizens of both states, KAZINFORM reported. The agreement was reached during a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov with his Ecuadorian counterpart, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan reports. The signing of the document has […]

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Iberia Airlines Reducing number of flights to and from Ecuador/Spain

routesonline.com reported that IBERIA from 27OCT13 is changing operations to Ecuador. Existing Madrid – Quito – Guayaquil – Madrid is being reduced from 7 to 4 weekly, while Madrid – Quito sector will maintain overall 7 weekly operation. Madrid – Quito – Guayaquil – Madrid IB6463 MAD1235 – 1805UIO1925 – 2025GYE 340 x156 IB6464 GYE2145 […]

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Dover UK: 47 kilos of cocaine seized on banana boat from Ecuador

dover-express.co.uk reported that MILLONS of pounds worth of cocaine was seized on a banana ship in Dover on Sunday. Officers seized 47 kilos of Class A drug from the cargo vessel at the port. Two men from Ecuador have been charged with attempted importation after the cocaine was found in the hold by the Border […]

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Brazilian Couple Detained in Spain for International Drug Trafficking Charges

On August 22, 2013, Terra reported that a Brazilian couple was detained in Ibiza, Spain for international drug trafficking. The couple, who acted as “mules”, was part of a gang that transports cocaine and ecstasy from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and to Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Interpol with the help of the […]

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Brazilian Companion of Glenn Greenwald Detained at London Airport

Globo reported on August 19, 2013 that Brazilian man David Miranda was arrested on anti-terrorist laws on Sunday (18) by Scotland Yard officers at the Hearthrow Airport in London after being interrogated by officials for 9 hours. Miranda was attempting to return back to Rio de Janeiro as he is the companion of Glenn Greenwald; […]

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Lima, Peru: Missing Irish Woman Arrested with 5 Kilos of Cocaine, Attempted to Deliver to Madrid

From lainformacion.com on August 11, 2013- Peru’s anti-drug police detained an Irish girl at the Jorge Chavez International Airport for attempting to carry six kilos of cocaine to Spain. She was arrested alongside a British woman who had five kilos of cocaine in her possession. According to the Peruvian press, the Irish woman had been […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: 32 Sex Trafficking Victims Rescued in Upscale Zona Rosa Neighborhood

On August 10, 2013 Zócalo Saltillo Noticias reported the rescue of 26 foreign women and six Mexican women, the apparent victims of sex trafficking, from the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City. The rescued foreign victims include Russian, Ukrainian, Venezuelan and Colombian nationals. Police also arrested three of the suspected traffickers, while not ruling out […]

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U.K. Drug ring with strong ties to Colombia through Ecuador taken down

British and Colombian authorities have seized nearly £4.4 billion (US$7bn) in US securities from an alleged international drug and money-laundering ring, officials said last night. The stocks and bonds were seized in London, along with about £7 million (US$11 million) in cash and drugs such as ecstasy and speed, a Colombian official revealed. The National […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Italian Drug Dealer Detained

Terra reported on July 26, 2013 that Civil Police in Mata de São João, Bahia, detained an Italian drug dealer, who has been living illegally in Brazil for 12 years. Police confiscated 400 grams of cocaine known as “nine-nine” as the purity of the drug is 99%. In addition, police as well arrested an accomplice […]

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Pernambuco, Brazil: Owner of Travel Agency Detained for Trafficking Women to Europe

On July 25, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Police arrested the owner of a travel agency, Claudette Birth Banner in Olinda, Pernambuco, for human trafficking. According to police, the woman was sexually exploiting women with low education and no experience in tourism, to Europe, where they were harassed and forced into the prostitution sector. […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Foreign Passengers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

Terra reported on July 20, 2013 that the Federal Police detained two passengers at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, for attempting to transport drugs to Europe and Africa. A Dutch passenger was arrested for smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine destined to Lisbon, Portugal and eventually Amsterdam. The other man, a Russian […]

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 33.8 Kilos of Drugs Seized that were Destined for Germany

From lainformacion.com on July 10, 2013- Dominican authorities seized 33.8 kilos of drugs, presumably cocaine and heroin, in a plane that was bound for Germany. The seizure took place at the Punta Cana International Airport in the province of Altagracia. The cache was divided amongst 30 packages hidden inside luggage of the crew on an […]

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Lima, Peru: 3 Spanish Citizens, 2 Peruvians Detained for Attempting to Carry Drugs to Madrid

From lainformacion.com on July 10, 2013- The anti-drug police of Peru (Diandro), arrested 3 Spaniards and 2 Peruvians last week in Lima’s international airport for attempting to smuggle drugs to Spain. Francisco L.C. and Fernando A.G. of Spain were detained with 1 and 2.5 kilos of cocaine respectively. Another Spaniard, Angel G.B. was arrested with […]

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Brazil: Federal Police and Spanish Police Conduct Joint Anti-Trafficking Operation

On July 9, 2013 Folha de S.Paulo Jornal reported that the Brazilian Federal Police, with the support of the Spanish police, have carried out an operation targeting a gang engaged in trafficking women for prostitution. The police operation, known as Operação Ninfas (Operation Nymphs) was performed simultaneously in Brazil (Goiás and the Federal District) and […]

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Mexico to Italy: Drug Traffickers Used Dogs to Transport Drugs

From El Comercio on July 10, 2013- Italian police detained 49 people in Milan in relation to a drug smuggling operation that was using dogs to transport the drugs. According to authorities, 48 dogs were forced to swallow packets of cocaine in Mexico and would later be killed in Italy for the drugs to be […]

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Bolivias President’s plane forced to land in Austria, suspected of carrying Snowden

Bolivia has said President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to land in Austria after France and Portugal refused air permits, apparently because they suspected it was carrying Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor wanted by Washington on espionage charges. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca on Tuesday furiously accused France and Portugal of putting […]

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Costa Rica: Organ Trafficking Network Dismantled

On June 18, 2013 El Mundo reported that the Attorney General and the Judicial Investigation Office of Costa Rica have dismantled a transnational organ trafficking network. The criminal organization operated primarily in Costa Rica, with branches in Eastern Europe, while receiving its direction and financing from Israel. During the operation, police also arrested Dr. Francisco […]

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Mar del Plata, Argentina: Gang Trafficking Women to Spain Disbanded

On June 20, 2013 Télam reported that authorities have broken up a gang suspected of trafficking women to Spain for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Last November, six women from Mar del Plata traveled to Spain while pursuing a lucrative job offer. Once there, they discovered the real nature of their situation but managed to […]

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Lima, Peru: Authorities Detain Spanish, Mexican, Bolivian, and Peruvian Traffickers in International Airport

From lainformacion.com on June 18, 2013- Last week Peruvian authorities arrested a Spaniard, a Mexican, a Bolivian, and three Peruvians for attempting to smuggle 11.9 kilos of cocaine to Spain. All six traffickers were detained at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. The Spaniard was arrested with 2.4 kilos of cocaine hidden in handicrafts […]

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Support for Protests in Brazil Against Increased Bus Fare Spreads to Europe

Terra reported on June 16, 2013 that about 600 people gathered together in Berlin, Germany to support protests in Brazil against the increased bus fares; especially in São Paulo. Social networks organized the demonstration. Other acts of support took place in Dublin, Ireland. It is reported that other acts of support will take place in […]

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Paraguay: Europeans Detained with 6.1 Kilos of Bolivian Cocaine

From Lainformacion.com on June 11, 2013- Agents of the Paraguayan counternarcotics brigade arrested a 26 year old Spanish, and a 50 year old Italian who were attempting to smuggle 6.1 kilos of cocaine to Amsterdam. The drugs were detected by a police dog during a routine check at the cargo area of the Silvio Pettirossi […]

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Ecuador’s Ambassador to U.K. sent home, reported failure to bring Assange matter to end

Independent.co.uk reported that Ana Alban, Ecuador’s ambassador to Britain, is being recalled to Quito over her failure to bring an end to the Julian Assange asylum saga, in which the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in her west London embassy for nearly a year. Ms Alban, whose relations with the Government are said to […]

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Brazil: International Drug Traffickers Detained After Federal Police Operation

On June 4, 2013, Terra reported that the Federal Public Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Federal Police and the IRS, concluded a United Nations operations intended to combat a group of 15 suspects; Brazilians, Colombians, Spaniards, and Portuguese, accused of international drug trafficking and money laundering. One investigation included that of […]

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Brazil: 10 Arrested in Operation against Multinational Drug Gang

From lainformacion.com on June 4, 2013- An operation coordinated by Brazil, with the cooperation of Interpol, the United States, Spain, Colombia, and Uruguay, led to the dismantling of a drug gang accused of shipping cocaine from Brazil to Europe. Eight people were arrested in Brazil, one in Portugal, and one in Switzerland. The operation came […]

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Italian Drug Mule Detained in Dominican Republic

From lainformacion.com on June 3, 2013- The National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) of the Dominican Republic reported that it detained Bruno Fracasso, an Italian citizen, for attempting to transport drugs to Spain via small bags he had previously ingested. The arrest occurred at the International Airport of the Americas after authorities, suspicious of Fracasso, had […]

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Colombian Drug Trafficker Arrested in Brazil

From lainformacion.com on June 3, 2013- According to Brazilian authorities, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested a Colombian citizen, who was convicted of drug trafficking in Colombia, while he was attempting to enter Brazil with a false passport. Although authorities did not release the name of the Colombian, Globo TV claimed it was Freddy Manco Torres, […]

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Increasing Amounts of Spanish Traffickers Arrested in Peru

From lainformacion.com on May 30, 2013- According to the Spanish Consul General in Lima, Andrés Collado, the number of Spanish citizens arrested in Peru for drug trafficking has doubled over the past five years. Currently 304 Spanish are detained in Peruvian prisons on charges of drug trafficking. Collado believes that the rate could double again […]

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Lima, Peru: 5 Drug Traffickers Detained, 16 Kilos of Cocaine Seized. Final Destination: Spain

From Lainformacion.com on May 27, 2013- Antinarcotics police in Lima detained 5 people from Spain, Peru, and Macedonia for attempting to transport 16 kilos of cocaine from Peru to Spain. The arrests occurred at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. Two Spanish citizens were arrested; Antony C.M. with 3.8 kilos hidden in 1,200 buttons and André […]

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Cali, Colombia: Spain Urges the Pacific Alliance to Cooperate on Anti-narcotics Efforts

From rtve.es on May 24, 2013- During the VII Summit of the Pacific Alliance, Spanish representative, Mariano Rajoy, urged the member states of the Alliance (Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile) to cooperate on a wide range of issues including the fight against drug trafficking. As a representative from an observer state, Rajoy offered the Spanish […]

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Caaguazú, Paraguay: Police Capture Four Sex Traffickers

On May 22, 2013 ABC Color reported that four suspected members of an international sex trafficking network were arrested yesterday in an operation conducted in Caaguazú. The suspects are accused of capturing Paraguayan females to send them to Spain, where they were forced into prostitution. 14 suspects in the same case were captured last April […]

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Drugs Seized in Venezuela, Destination: Holland and Australia

On May 21, 2013 Prensa Latina reported that members of the Venezuelan National Guard seized several kilos of cocaine at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, Vargas. The National Anti-dug Office stated that 13.6 kilos of cocaine were hidden in clothing packages, and 1.29 kilos were found hidden in bathroom accessories, both packages were […]

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Lima, Peru: Traffickers Using Books and “Burriers” to Send Drugs to Europe

Correo reported on May 21, 2013 that Peruvian authorities, under the command of Walter Castillo Muñoz discovered suspicious packages in the Jorge Chávez Airport. Among these packages were cookbooks filled with drugs, and another package that was wrapped in paper and covered in kerosene to prevent discovery by drug dogs. Traffickers have also been using […]

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Colombia: major mafia member from Italy arrested

Euronews.com reported that Colombian police have announced the arrest of one of Italy’s most wanted men. Domenico Trimboli, an alleged member of the Ndrangheta criminal organisation was found in the city of Medellin. Interpol believes he has been heavily involved in hashish and cocaine smuggling across Italy. Read Article – Video

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Ecuadorian, Colombian immigrants leaving Spain

bbc.co.uk reported that Spain’s population fell last year for the first time in decades, as immigrants left the country amid a major economic crisis, officials say. The National Statistic Institute (NSI) says the number of residents dropped by almost 206,000 to 47.1m – the decline entirely accounted for by foreigners. Immigrants from Ecuador and Colombia […]

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Remittances down sharply from Ecuadorians abroad

Andes.info.ec reported that… Saturday, in the name of 600,000 Ecuadorian migrants living in Spain (the most prominent South American group of people in the Iberian country), the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, thanked the Spanish government for its decision to refrain from executing evictions for two years to those who earn less than 19,000 euros a […]

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Argentines’ upset over call to rename Falkland Islands capital, “Port Margaret”

Argentina reacted with fury last night at calls for the capital of the Falkland Islands to be renamed Port Margaret in honour of its liberator. The country’s foreign minister Héctor Timerman insisted a move to rename Port Stanley, also known simply as Stanley, would be in breach of United Nations resolutions and would not be […]

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Spain intercepts Venezuelan ship with two tons of cocaine headed to Portugal

The National Police boarded at sea, north of Cape Verde, a ship from Venezuela bound for the European continent and in their warehouses carrying 2 tons of cocaine. The ship was bound for somewhere in the north of Portugal. “It is the biggest operation so far in 2013 in regard to the fight against drug […]

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Costa Rica: Italian detained with liquid cocaine in bottles of vodka

Authorities in Costa Rica today reported the arrest of an Italian carrying liquid cocaine in bottles of vodka and a Guatemalan with 80 capsules of heroin in his stomach, both at the airport Juan Santamaría, on the outskirts of San Jose. The Italian had the flight route San Jose, Madrid, Touluse (France) and the authorities […]

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Cancun – Italy drug trafficking route

The arrest of two subjects in the Cancun International Airport who swallowed 60 capsules of drugs, (which until last night had driven) uncovered what could be a new drug trafficking route between Cancun and Italy. Christian Dante López Cordero and Alvarez were arrested by elements Fraire Federal Police before boarding a flight to Milan, Italy. […]

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Falkland (Malvinas) islanders to vote on sovereignty

Xinhuanet.com reported that inhabitants of British origin on the Malvinas Islands, known to the British as the Falklands, will vote on Sunday and Monday to decide whether to keep the islands as a “British Overseas Territory.” There will be six polling stations for 1,649 registered residents and a small airplane will carry people in remote […]

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Peru: German tourist cycling through Amazon area found shot to death on road

Rudolf Hilmer, age 50, a tourist from Germany was discovered laying face down near his bicycle with a bullet wound in the rib cage and numerous bruises to his head near Alto Tajakusa. According to elcomercio.pe. No motive has been determined for the murder. Members of the Indigenous group awajun-wampis found the body on the […]

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Argentina accuses Britain of sending nuclear ships to Falklands

Argentina accuses Britain of sending nuclear ships to the Falklands The government Tuesday accused England of carrying nuclear weapons submarine to the Falkland Islands and violating international treaties that prohibit the use of these materials in the area. The ausación was made by Eduardo Zuain, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, during the Conference on […]

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Brazil, Russia sign agreements including defense, energy, agriculture matters

Brazil and Russia signed several agreements in different fields geared to increase trade and to advance in defense, energy and agriculture cooperation, including the purchase of Russian anti aircraft missile batteries on condition that Moscow agrees to transfer technology. Brazil is beefing up its air defenses before the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the […]

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Ape woman returned from Oslo University to her homeland of Mexico

thelocal.no reported that the remains of the 153-year-old so-called “ape woman” have been returned by Oslo University to her homeland of Mexico. The remains of the 153-year-old so-called “ape woman” have been returned by Oslo University to her homeland of Mexico. Born in 1860, Julia Pastrana, who measured just 1.34 metres (four feet, five inches), […]

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British tourist may have committed suicide in Cuzco Peru at hotel

noticias.yahoo.com reported that a British tourist, Alison Meldrum, age 57, was found dead in a room at a luxury hotel in the city of Cuzco in southern Peru, reported the official news agency Andina. The body of the British Alison Meldrum was found Tuesday afternoon and remains today at the mortuary of Cuzco, where forensic […]

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Drug distribution link between Mexico and Italy

Italian police dismantled a network that trafficked Italian-Mexican cocaine, importing it from Mexico to Italy as part of an operation called “Cancun” and in which agents of the country worked from 2011, official sources confirmed to Reform. As part of the police operation, three people, all of Italian nationality and one of them a Roman […]

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Guatemala: German tourist dies at Pacaya Volcano

Marian Christa Elizabeth Theaelsbeph (sic) age 62 a German tourist died of a heart attack while visiting the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala as reported by prensalibre.com. She had arrived at the National Park along with other tourists from Antigua Guatemala at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Because of her age she decided to ascend on […]

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Colombia: ELN wants proof that German detainees are retirees

elcolombiano.com reported at 11:00 am, the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, began meeting with delegates of the International Red Cross to arrange the release protocol of three soldiers kidnapped by the FARC and the ELN kidnapped German . On the other hand, the ELN called on Monday to the German Government to appoint a […]

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Colombia: two German tourists held captive by leftist group ELN

Two German captives in Colombia by the leftist ELN are retirees who were in this country as tourists, said Tuesday the German Embassy in Bogotá, indicating that the German Foreign Ministry activated a crisis unit. German captives are: Uwe Breur y Gunther Otto Breuer According to elnuevoherald.com, Two German citizens are currently deprived of their […]

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