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Crackdown on Illegal Mining Won’t End Ecuador’s Gold Rush

Thousands of police and military have swept through the north Ecuador district of Buenos Aires in an attempt to control the illegal mining boom that has ravaged the...
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Serious Doubts Surround Alleged EPP Attack in Paraguay

Paraguay’s Attorney General’s Office has attributed the recent murder of a farmhand to the country’s main guerrilla group, the Paraguayan People’s Army, but...
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Death From Above: The Use of Police Helicopters in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro police are increasingly using helicopters to fire on suspected criminals in what is another representation of Governor Witzel’s hardline crime...
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El Salvador Inmates Defy Phone Ban With Toilet Paper, Toothpaste

A government crackdown on phone use in prisons has led inmates in El Salvador to adopt desperate measures to communicate with the outside world, including using...
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Samark López Bello

Samark López Bello is a Venezuelan businessman and currently a fugitive from American justice facing charges of laundering drug...
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Despite Recent Arrests, Rio’s Militias Are Here to Stay

Police in Rio de Janeiro have targeted one of the city's oldest and largest militias, but the conditions that first gave rise to these groups decades ago and...
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Resurgence of Coca in Putumayo Reflects Colombia’s Failed Strategy

The south of Putumayo has re-emerged as Colombia’s second-largest coca producing center, following a period of demobilizations and crop substitutions that had led...
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Is the Jalisco Cartel Winning the Battle for Mexico’s Caribbean?

The brazen slaying of a trusted Sinaloa Cartel operative may look like just another symptom of rising violence along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, but a closer look...