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Brazil’s Politicians Often Play the Clown in Ads

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:46:18 GMT

Before the Oct. 5 elections in Brazil, candidates are creating jaw-dropping campaign advertisements to grab hold of voters’ attention and to stand out.






U.S. Travelers to Cuba Face Stricter Rules on Imports

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:39:26 GMT

Cuba has imposed stronger restrictions on goods being brought into the country by relatives of its citizens, meaning some Americans will not be able to deliver as many gifts to their families as they have in the past.






Memo From Mexico City: Billboard Drives Home Extent of Corruption as Schools Suffer

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:46:29 GMT

In Mexico, which despite a healthy education budget has dilapidated schools, a billboard shows how much money goes to no-show teachers who collect pay without working.






International Education: Illinois Revoked Job Offer After Professor Criticized Israel

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:03:00 GMT

Thousands of scholars and others are objecting after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revoked the offer following Twitter posts about Israel.






The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:36:37 GMT

Some activists like Rebecca Gomperts are now imagining the unthinkable: a future where most abortions happen at home.






John Edwin Mroz, an Envoy to Arafat, Dies at 66

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:39:45 GMT

Mr. Mroz was a co-founder and the chief executive of the EastWest Institute, a New York-based group specializing in international conflict resolution.






22 Miners Freed in Nicaragua as Rescue Efforts Continue

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:27:33 GMT

Rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 miners trapped after a gold and silver mine collapsed on Thursday.






World Briefing: Central America Hit by Severe Drought

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:19:22 GMT

A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America, and as many as 2.8 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Program said Friday.






World Briefing: Nicaragua: Landslide Traps Miners

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:39:47 GMT

Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua but were not immediately able to extract them safely.






World Briefing: Colombia: Assassin for Escobar Released

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:53:24 GMT

A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as the lead assassin for the drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been freed from a maximum-security prison under heavy police guard.






Rio De Janeiro Journal: From a Compound in the Brazilian Hills, Excellence in Math Emerges

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:47:01 GMT

The National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio is gaining attention as a hidden gem in a country with few world-renowned educational institutions.






Proposing New Capital Is Old Idea in Argentina

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:23:23 GMT

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s suggestion to consider making Santiago del Estero the nation’s capital reflects longstanding tension between Buenos Aires and Argentina’s provinces.






Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Where Are the Brazilian Introverts?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:44:09 GMT

We’re known for being vivacious and kissing strangers. But some of us are shy.






Enrique Zileri, Stalwart Publisher in Peru, Dies at 83

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:58:16 GMT

Mr. Zileri was the former publisher of the nation’s top newsmagazine, and was deported several times for his criticisms of the government.






Mexican Leader’s Approval Ratings Fall Amid Economic Concerns

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:02:28 GMT

Two-thirds of Mexicans disapprove of the way the President Enrique Peña Nieto is handling the economy, and of the situation in the country, according to a poll by Pew.






Brazil Prison Revolt Ends After Deal Is Reached

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:36 GMT

The deadly uprising at the penitentiary in Cascavel was halted after the authorities agreed to transfer hundreds of inmates to other prisons.






At Least 4 Inmates Are Killed During Bloody Prison Uprising in Brazil

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:57:34 GMT

Masked prisoners on the roof tied the hands of other inmates behind their backs, beat them and held them aloft from the roof’s edge by their feet.






Ex-Diplomat for the Vatican Could Be Tried

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:53:25 GMT

The former ambassador to the Dominican Republic is accused of paying boys there to engage in sexual acts, and his diplomatic immunity has been revoked.






An Intensifying Presidential Campaign Brings Tension to Brazil’s Markets

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:10:25 GMT

Some banks, hedge funds and other big investors are raising their bets against President Dilma Rousseff ahead of an October election.






For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:37:39 GMT

A top Vatican ambassador, or nuncio, was accused of child sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic, but the Vatican has stirred an outcry because it helped him avoid prosecution there.






A Familiar Figure on the Santo Domingo Waterfront

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:36:44 GMT

The Vatican ambassador who serves as a personal envoy of the pope has been accused of sexually abusing minors in the Dominican Republic






Elite Mexican Police Corps Targets Persistent Violence, but Many Are Skeptical

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:49 GMT

President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the new unit, aiming to stamp out violent crime and reassure business interests, but his was not the first such effort.






Terence Todman, an Envoy to 6 Nations, Is Dead at 88

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:53:22 GMT

Mr. Todman became the senior African-American member of the Foreign Service during his four decades in diplomacy.






A New Entry Is Shaking Up Brazil’s Vote

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:51:42 GMT

Marina Silva is emerging as one of the most disruptive figures in Brazilian politics in a generation, with a chance to be elected president.






World Briefing: Guatemala: General Dies in Crash

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:36:34 GMT

A top Guatemalan general and four other officers were killed on Wednesday when the helicopter they were in crashed near the country’s northern border with Mexico, Guatemala’s government said.