Portillo was extradited to the United States to face money-laundering charges, just days after former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction was overturned
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Shops were shuttered and more than 5,400 children were turned away from school after traffickers, shouting from motorcycles, ordered a curfew following a shootout with police
The opposition says the recording features a top government ally accusing the deputy head of the ruling Socialist Party of corruption and conspiring against the new president.
Spanish news reports said the kidnappers identified themselves as members of the Marxist-led guerrilla group when they contacted the family of the victims to demand a ransom
The trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt has likely collapsed after the country's top court struck down his conviction for genocide, defense and prosecution lawyers said on Tuesday.
The WTO ruled in late June last year that a U.S. program for labeling imported meat unfairly discriminated against Mexico and Canada.
The Brazilian government has further lowered its primary budget surplus target for this year, according to an official document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, signaling it will continue to bolster spending to support a still timid economic recovery.
The opposition claims the recording reveals graft and conspiracy in the ruling Socialist Party, but Silva has has said his conversations were manipulated by the CIA.
During his rule, Videla launched a ferocious crackdown on leftists and suspected supporters. As many as 30,000 people were kidnapped and "disappeared" during the military regime period, which ended in 1983.
Chile's emergency office said on Twitter that the quake did not have the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami
Foreign Minister suggested that the move to name government ally Calixto Ortega as charge d'affaires in Washington could be a prelude to restoring ambassadors.
Santos took the greatest risk of his political career last year by launching peace negotiations with the nation's biggest rebel group FARC
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed a new column of ash late Tuesday, with some of the material falling on three towns while glowing rocks landed on the towering mountain's slope.
Retired General Antonio Rivero described as the first political prisoner of Maduro's government
He died of natural causes in his jail cell, a government spokesman said, where we was serving a life sentence
Alberto Reyes assumed control of all federal, state and city police forces, as well as military units in Michoacan, one of the most violent states in the country
Rafael Roncagliolo, 68, resigned "strictly because of health reasons," the office of President Ollanta Humala said in a statement.
President Juan Manuel Santos announced that 90 journalists are being given protection by the government.
Laura Chinchilla came under pressure after the government admitted she had used a private jet owned by a foreign oil company
A Guatemalan court ordered the government to apologize for atrocities committed against indigenous people in the country's civil war
The Observatory said 4,788 children were among the 34,473 civilians killed. Another 12,916 anti-Assad fighters were killed, along with 1,924 army deserters