Brazil Will Host UN Committee on Urban Violence in Latin America

Globo reported on June 16, 2013 that two Brazilian jurists will lead a committee by the United Nations this October in Rio de Janeiro, whose mission is to control and offer solutions in regards to increased urban violence in Latin America. The committee will include representatives from 19 countries. The committee will have 18 months to discuss possible solutions to reduce crime such as robberies and homicides after protests such as the current one in Brazil in response to bus fare, and other conflicts including combating corruption and drug trafficking. Data from the UN stated that Brazil spends about US $32 billion a year on safety and that Brazil loses out in the area of tourism due to urban violence discouraging tourists from visiting. Read Article

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Brazil: Issue of Rape Raises Debate on Class Division and Gender

noticias.r7.com reported on May 28, 2013, an ongoing debate in Brazil about rape in relation to class division and gender. The current debate circulates around whether Brazilian authorities are more occupied and concerned in defending the privileged and protecting the international reputation of Rio, rather then concern for protecting women. Ongoing rapes in Rio have […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Visits U.S. to Discuss World Economy

jornalagora.com.br reported on May 19, 2013 that Brazilian Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will meet on Monday, 20, in Washington D.C. to discuss topics such as the world economy, issues pertaining to G-20, and areas in education, science, and technology. Among the issues to be discussed, is the US-Brazil […]

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Colombian – Ecuadorian Border: Shootout Leaves Young Ecuadorian Dead, Soldier Wounded

According to ElComercio.com a young Ecuadorian was willed and an Ecuadorian soldier wounded during a confrontation between the Ecuadorian military and a group of FARC guerillas located on the Colombian side of the San Miguel River. Officials say the confrontation occurred last Thursday, August 11th while a military patrol was performing control operations along the […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Alarming Number of Minors Work on Streets as Vendors

Extra.ec reports a study by the Catholic University of Quito found that out of 5,643 street vendors, 1,093 are younger than 17 years old. Also, the study found that 64.4% of the vendors are men and 35.6% are women. The basis of the study was to find out the working conditions of the traders. The […]

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Ecuador: Anonymous Begin Operation Condor Libre, Response to El Universo

According to ElUniverso.com the group of Internet hackers, Anonymous, threatened yesterday, Wednesday August 3rd, to begin attacking Ecuadorian government websites in retaliation for limiting the freedom of expression and the ruling against the Ecuadorian news company, El Universo. Anonymous announced the threat of attacks via the website, YouTube, through uploaded videos. The group is calling […]

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Santo Domingo, Ecuador: Sympathizers of Seven Council Members Take Municipality Building

According to ElComercio.com supporters of seven council member of La Concordia in Esmeraldas took the municipality building at 5:30 today, Tuesday August 2nd. The mayor, Walter Ocampo was not in the building at the time of the incident, but reported that the protesters stormed the building, broke windows and doors and attacked employees. El Comercio […]

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Ecuador: Pan-American Highway Transit Resumed Between Ibarra and Tulcan

According to ElComercio.com transit was blocked on the Pan-American Highway between the towns of Ibarra and Tulcan, a sector called Chota Valley, at 7 a.m. this morning, Monday August 1st. El Comercio reports that resident of the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Tumbatu blocked the highway with tree branches that contained thorns to protest the governments unfulfilled […]

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Ecuador: Papers Leave Opinion Section Blank in Protest of Presidential Censorship

According to America.Infobae.com the Ecuadorian newspapers El Comercio and Hoy altered their papers to protest a ruling that incarcerates three directors of the news organization, El Universo for three years and payment of a fee totaling $42 million. The ruling came after a journalist for El Universo wrote an opinion piece about Rafael Correa’s governmental […]

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Machu Picchu, Peru: 400 More Tourists Able to Enter Per Day

According to DiarioCorreo.pe after tourists were outraged about the restricted entry into Machu Picchu, officials of the Regional Directorate of Culture in Cusco have decided to allow 400 more tourists to enter the site per day through a new access route. As of Monday, July 25th the limit of visitors to Machu Picchu was raised […]

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Azuay and Tungurahua, Ecuador: More Deaths Due To Altered Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com, authorities in Azuay and Tungurahua provinces confirmed the death of four people from methanol in alcohol on Monday July 25th. Officials say this bring the total methanol-alcohol related deaths to 32. Health officials in Los Rios say they have recorded 20 deaths due to alcohol containing methanol. Cuencan health officials’ say three […]

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Lima, Peru: Police Raid Human Trafficking Network Using Foreigner Prostitutes

According to ElComercio.pe Peruvian National Police raided a club in Lima on Saturday July 9th, finding 62 women being sexually exploited as prostitutes after being lured to Peru via the Internet. Police report the majority of women were from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, while a group of them were from the Peruvian jungle. The […]

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VIDEO: Juliaca Peru, Confrontation Between Police and Protesters

According to ElComercio.pe on Friday June 24th there was a confrontation between the National Police and residents of Azangaro at the Manaco Capac Airport. Officials say the confrontation left 5 dead and 10 wounded. The protester tried to overtake the airport’s control tower while police headed them off with guns, shields and tear gas. At […]

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Santa Domingo, Ecuador: Found Methanol Contaminated Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com the Provincial Health Department in Santa Domingo has confirmed that one of the four samples sent to the National Institute of Hygiene, Izquieta Perez, in Quito, has tested positive for methanol. The provincial director says the alcohol was from Alluriquin and that officials have been notified in order to proceed with investigations. […]

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Honduras, NGOs report that every day a child is killed

Every day a child is killed in Honduras, one of the most violent countries in Latin America, according to an NGO report informed Entorno inteligente. In the last trimester, 76 children were killed, which is equivalent to one child per day, a number that has been almost constant since 1998. There has been more than […]

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Peru, the Anonymous Social Network

The hacker group known for its several attacks to government websites, Anonymous, has created its own social network on the web reported Peru21.pe. Anonymous calls this social website AnonPlus, and was made after activists of the group were banned from sites such as Facebook and YouTube. The new site contains a message from the group […]

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Peruvian Government Compensates Shining Path Victims

According to ElComercio.pe the Peruvian government began to compensate victims of the Shining Path movement, during the years of 1980 and 2000, on Saturday July 16th. Government officials say that a total of 20 million soles will be handed out in individual increments of 10,000 soles. The president of the Ministry Cabinet Rosario Fernandez says […]

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Calderon signs legal reform against human trafficking and organized crime

Felipe Calderon, president of Mexico, signed a decree that strengthens laws against human trafficking to halt the abuse of organized criminals reported El Punto Critico. Calderon is confident that the reform will help fight violence and save innocent people from the hell power of organized crime. The president also encouraged citizens to be weary of […]

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Los Rios, Ecuador: At Least 7 People Dead, Alcohol Intoxication

ElUniverso.com reports that seven people have died after purchasing bad alcohol in the Guayas province. Officials say that the two latest victims purchased alcohol in the parish of Ricaurte. Suspicion lies with the liquor purchased by all the victims, which officials’ say was altered. All seven victims have died within this past week, two people […]

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Consolation caravan plans march this September

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, head of the victims movement against violence in Mexico, stated that in September the Consolation caravan will march from the south to the center of Mexico according to EFE. Sicilia gave up poetry in April after the murder of his son, and has since organized activist movements throughout Mexico. His influence […]

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Ecuadorian Police “Polish” The Country’s New ‘Most Wanted’ List

According to RadioSucre.com.ec government authorities say that an addition of a monetary reward system for the location of criminals on the ‘Most Wanted’ list, is just one of the new strategies for the capture of the violent criminals in Ecuador. The undersecretary of Internal Security of the Interior Ministry, Javier Cordova says that rewards will […]

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Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador: Health Officials Declare Emergency, Dengue Outbreak

ElComercio.com reports that an urgent meeting was held last night, Monday July 11th that included the government of the Esmeraldas province, representatives of the Pan-American Organization of Health (OPS), Ministry of Health, and National Service of Malaria Eradication (SNME), over the outbreak of dengue in the capital of the Esmeraldas province. Authorities have declared a […]

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Mendoza, Argentina: Government Will Not Release Information on Flu Cases

According to LaVoz.com.ar the government of Mendoza will not report on the number of flu cases in their province. The Secretary of Health in Mendoza, Enrique Quesada confirmed the government’s decision on July 1st. Quesada says people should be more concerned with prevention and sanitary care than numbers of people who have fallen ill. Quesada […]

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March for Ecuadorian Kidnapped in Colombia

ElComercio.com reports that hundreds of people, including relatives and friends, marched in the streets of Tulcan, Carchi today July 7th, demanding the release of Orlando Ibarra. The marchers planned to follow the route from Tulcan, Ecuador to Ipiales, Colombia. The Ecuadorian businessman was kidnapped in Ipiales, Colombia on August 2, 2010. Officials say that his […]

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Trujillo, Peru: Tourism Police Begin Courses in English

According to LaIndustria.pe the director of the Division of Tourism and Environmental Protection, Edwin Jorge Gutierrez informed journalists of the La Industria newspaper that 18 branches of this department have begun English courses. This new training began after the Division received many complaints from tourists who said that the officers could not understand them, reports […]

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Ecuador: Correa Warns Galapagos Islands In Jeopardy, Illegal Migration

According to Cre.com.ec the administration of Rafael Correa is carefully watching the situation of illegal migration to the Galapagos Islands. On Friday June 3rd, President Rafael Correa announced that the environment of the Galapagos Islands would collapse if more illegal migration occurred. Officials announced the start of an investigation of residents in the Galapagos to […]

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Espinar, Peru: Church Alter Attacked by Robbers

Peru21.pe reports that criminals robbed the church of Santa Ana in Espinar of its precious metal-plated ornaments adorning the altar in the church. The article says that residents in the Cusco province of Peru have been disturbed by recent reports of religious theft that left the city of Lambayaque without the Cross of Motupe. The […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Protests Erupt in the Center

According to ElComercio.com today, at mid-day, Wednesday July 6th, about 50 protesters marched through different sections of Guayaquil’s center. A protest that began at the Palace of Justice consisted of several former employees of Ecuador’s National Beer Company. The former employees were asking authorities to expedite a judicial case involving the company so that they […]

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Ecuadorians Retiring in Spain

According to ElComercio.com the governments of Spain and Ecuador have signed an agreement that will allow Spanish and Ecuadorian emigrants to choose between which of the two countries to retire. The announcement was made by the president of the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS), Ramiro Gonzalez in coordination with the Spanish Ministry of Social Security. […]

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Peru, Students of Ayacucho University Protest Misappropriation of Funds

According to ElComercio.pe more than 2,500 students from the National San Cristobal University of Huamanga began an indefinite strike today, Wednesday June 28th, to denounce the suspected misappropriation of funds by university authorities. Reportedly, documents were released that revealed the embezzlement of funds by administrative workers. Sources say that revenue from tuition and admission tests […]

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Argentina, Suicide research in Córdoba to improve prevention

The Ricardo Núñez Research Center has released data from an unpublished study focussing on suicide in Argentina, specifically in the province of Córdoba, that the Department of Health hopes will lead to improved suicide prevention programs in the country, according to lavoz.com.ar. The issue of suicide is not one frequently discussed in Argentina, there are […]

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Mexico: Club Owners in Querétaro Propose Breathalyzer Alternatives

Club and bar owners in the Mexican state of Querétaro are trying to find alternatives to the use of the Breathalyzer in order to avoid heavy fines to customers and visitors to the state, El Economista reports. The president of the Association of Bars and Clubs stated that establishments are willing to strengthen programs designed […]

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