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Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Odebrecht Scandal Just Keeps Growing

In our March 29 Facebook Live session, Managing Editor Josefina Salomón and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed recent developments in a seemingly never-ending...
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Venezuela President Traded Contracts for Campaign Cash From Odebrecht

New evidence suggests Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro gave multimillion-dollar public contracts to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for...
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Latin America Falls Short on Anti-Crime Efforts: US State Department

An annual US report on international drug trafficking suggests that Latin America continues to struggle with developing effective strategies to combat drug...
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How Will US State Department Shake-Up Impact LatAm Crime Fighting?

US President Donald Trump has announced that current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a move that may be aimed at...
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Venezuela’s New Digital Currency: Economic Gamble or Criminal Scam?

Venezuela is planning to launch a new digital currency called the "petro," which officials in the South American country have billed as a way to ameliorate a dire...
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Why Latin America Dominates Global Homicide Rankings

Year after year, Latin America and the Caribbean dominate global city and country homicide rankings. But what sets this corner of the world apart from the rest? And...
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Battle Over Venezuela Gold Behind Killings of Miners

Ten days after another massacre perpetrated by the army in Venezuela's mining region, its parliament has announced that it will bring the case to international...
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Belligerent ELN Front Kills Five Colombian Soldiers Near Venezuela Border

A deadly ambush against Colombian soldiers blamed on the ELN shows the rebel group's internal divide around its ongoing peace negotiations, and is a reminder of its...
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Video Shows Notorious ‘Colectivo’ Leader Greeted by Venezuela Officials

A video showing a notorious colectivo leader and alleged criminal embracing high-ranking officials in public provides further credence to the idea these...
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US Mulls Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Diosdado Cabello

The United States government could impose sanctions on the second most powerful person in Venezuela, according to a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in the country....
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Corruption Survey Shows Latin America Still Struggling to Tackle Graft

A new survey says that despite some advances made in recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean continue to score poorly for corruption, underscoring ongoing...
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Brazil’s PCC Expands Criminal Activity, Trafficking Arms From Venezuela

A criminal group has been reported smuggling weapons of war out of Venezuela to expand their illegal activities, taking advantage of the country's economic crisis,...