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US Corruption List Omits Key Central American Officials

Senior officials named in a US government list of corruption suspects in Central America have all been sentenced for their crimes -- a fact critics say raises...
Former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte
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Cronies of Disgraced Veracruz Ex-Governor Walk Free in Mexico

Six officials linked to disgraced Veracruz ex-governor Javier Duarte's cabinet have been cleared of all charges or secured early release from jail, prompting...
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Mexico’s New Airport Boss Aiding International Drug Trafficking: Report

A new report says Mexico’s recently appointed supervisor of the country’s airports and ports is suspected of facilitating drug trafficking through...
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Peru’s Narco-Candidates Under Spotlight Due to Profligate Governor

The governor of Peru’s Loreto province has come under investigation for receiving campaign funds from drug-traffickers, suggesting that Peru’s lauded fight...
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The Confusing Anti-Corruption Fight of El Salvador’s Attorney General

El Salvador Attorney General Raúl Melara has called for evidence and witness statements to be unsealed in all corruption cases, and for such information to be made...
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Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Crusader Faces Arrest

A Guatemalan judge has issued an arrest warrant for former attorney general and current presidential candidate Thelma Aldana, who previously led several...
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Cuban Doctors Used in Extortion Scheme by Venezuelan Gov’t

A new investigation has revealed how Cuban doctors are used by the Venezuelan government in an extortion scheme to remain in power, revealing new forms of criminal...
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How Venezuela’s Stolen Gold Ended Up in Turkey, Uganda and Beyond

What do such distant countries as Venezuela, the Bahamas, Ireland, Morocco, Dubai and Turkey have in common? They were all part of the trade routes for illicit...
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Mexico’s Eternal Union Boss May Finally Fall

Allegations of stunning amounts of corruption are mounting against Carlos Romero Deschamps, leader of the Mexican Oil Workers’ Union for 25 years, threatening to...
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Marielle Franco Arrests Raise Suspicions About Brazil Militia Ties to Bolsonaro Family

Two former police officers with links to a militia group have been arrested in the high-profile killing of a Brazilian human rights activist. The same militia may...
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Maduro Relies on ‘Colectivos’ to Stand Firm in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro’s recent call for armed civilian groups to "resist and stand firm" amid Venezuela's ever-worsening social crisis, confirms his reliance...
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US Piles on the Pressure Against Venezuela’s El Aissami

The United States has charged Tareck El Aissami, one of the most powerful men in Venezuela, and five of his collaborators for violating sanctions imposed in 2017...