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Homicide Rates Drop 1.5 Percent in Colombia

Colombia recorded a total of 17,459 homicides in 2010, according to data released by Colombia's primary forensic science institute, known as Medicina...
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Ungoverned Spaces in the Americas, Part II

In the second part of a series on ungoverned spaces in Central and Latin America, Southern Pulse surveys cities in the region where the security forces have...
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Mexico Federal Prosecutor Fails to Investigate 95% Drug Murders

Official statistics suggest that the surge in drug violence in Mexico is overwhelming the nation’s institutions, with the justice system struggling to keep up with...
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Mexico Murder Reports Reveal Sharp Rise in Killings

According to one newspaper account, Mexico is on pace to surpass last year’s record-breaking tally of murders, though the regional distribution of bloodshed is...
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Sonsonate: El Salvador’s Most Violent Region

Sonsonate, in western El Salvador, has the highest murder rate in the country. Located on a strategic drug route to Guatemala, the province is infested with local...
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Cocaine Seizure, Murder Surge in US Caribbean

Authorities seized more than half a ton of cocaine from a house on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas, while Puerto Rico authorities reported a surge in murders...
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UN: Ecuador Threatened by Mafia-Style Homicides

According to a new investigation by the United Nations, killings committed by contracted assassins are on the rise in Ecuador. The phenomenon is just the latest...
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Exploring Guns Equals Homicides Debate in Central America

The arms trafficking industry is generally thought to be a significant contributor to drug violence in Central America. But do the region’s “rivers of steel”...
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Nexos: Army’s Presence Equals More Homicides in Mexico? (Revisited)

A look at official homicide statistics provides further evidence for the theory that violence rises in parts of Mexico where the government has sent in the military...
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Brazil: Amazon Murders Reveal Dark Pattern of Land Conflicts

Following a string of murders in a logging village in Brazil's Amazon, the government is working to increase state presence in lawless regions of the country where...
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Calderon Hails Drop in Juarez Violence

Ahead of a May 20 trip to Ciudad Juarez, Mexican President Felipe Calderon took to his Twitter account to praise the embattled border city for a 60 percent drop in...
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Medellin Mafia Dealt Second Blow With Arrest

Colombian police have arrested the alleged second-in-command of a faction of the Medellin mafia, another indication that the security forces are cracking down on...