BRASILIA, 27 August 2009 (AFP) - Brazil will begin building its first nuclear submarine in 2016 and complete it in 2021, the Brazilian Defense Minister announced on Thursday. The submarine will be an adaptation of the Scorpene conventional submarine purchased from France in a multi-million-dollar deal to be sealed in September with the visit of President Nicolas Sarkozy.
SÃO PAULO, 28 August 2009 (AFP) - Tick saliva contains a protein that could cure skin, liver, and pancreatic cancer, according to Brazilian researchers.
A new blog launched by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva became inaccessible within hours after aides sorely underestimated the number of Internet readers it would attract.
Brazilian police said they have dismantled a vigilante militia that operated in the shantytowns ringing this metropolis and is suspected of more than 100 homicides.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has the swine flu and officials have advised other South American leaders who met with him at a summit of the infection, authorities said Sunday.
LIMA, 27 August 2009 (AFP) - American actress Lucy Liu, a star of the film Charlie’s Angels, launched a social-mobilization and fundraising campaign for Peruvian children in Lima on Thursday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced.
8/26/2009 - GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Col. Douglas Galipeau, 474th Air Expeditionary Group commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., visited the men and women currently deployed to Georgetown, Guyana, in support of New Horizons Guyana 2009.
Bogotá, 26 August (EFE).- The Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than four tons of cocaine and detained nine members of an alleged international drug-trafficking ring during an operation in international waters, official sources told EFE today.
Panama City, 24 August (EFE).- One hundred years after the first cement blocks were put in place for the Panama Canal, in 1909, the interoceanic canal, which has been traversed by 983,000 vessels over the course of a century, is getting ready for new locks that can be used by the new ships of the twenty-first century.
San Salvador, 27 August (EFE).- The National Civil Police (PNC) of El Salvador reported the arrest of twenty-eight gang members suspected in various cases of homicide and extortion that have taken place in three departments in recent months.
LIMA, 26 August 2009 (AFP) - At least two soldiers died on Wednesday in an attack on a military patrol in southeastern Peru by presumed members of the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path (SL), the army announced.
LA PAZ, 26 August 2009 (AFP) - Bolivian and Paraguayan anti-drug police seized around two tons of cocaine during joint operations along the border between the two countries, according to a high-ranking Bolivian anti-narcotics official quoted in the local press on Wednesday.
BOGOTA (AP) 8-22-2009 — Colombian police have captured a guerrilla suspected of killing a U.S. military contractor and a Colombian soldier after their surveillance plane crashed in the jungle in 2003, authorities said Saturday.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) 8/24/2009 — Federal police on Monday uncovered four tons (4,200 kilograms) of ephedrine in oil drums and boxes to be sent to Mexico and the United States. The lead investigator called it the largest illegal shipment of the methamphetamine precursor ever seized in Argentina, worth millions.
Mexico City, 24 August (EFE).- The Mexican authorities will exhibit more than a hundred works by Mexican painters like Rivera, Siqueiros, Velasco, Goitia, Tamayo, and Chávez Morado, among others, saved from fire by Mexican museologist Fernando Gamboa in Colombia in 1948 during the “Bogotazo,” official sources announced today.
Mexico City, 24 August (EFE).- A second-ranking leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, one of the most active and violent groups in Mexico, was captured by soldiers and law-enforcement agents in the western state of Colima, together with five of his bodyguards, the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced today.
Around thirty rescue personnel and a helicopter from the United States are searching for American tourist David Gimelfarb, who has been missing for a week in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, in northern Costa Rica.
The man Iran's president has named to be defense minister is wanted in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, and his nomination drew an outcry Friday from Argentina and Jewish groups.
The Brazilian Tourism Ministry has announced that it will give classes in English and Spanish to 300,000 tourism professionals as part of the preparations to host an increased influx of tourists during the 2014 soccer World Cup.
The presidents of Mexico and Brazil, Felipe Calderón and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, called for a “new era” in relations between the two Latin American giants, with an effort to increase trade and possible cooperation agreements in the oil sector.
Leftist Colombian guerrillas released videos of a police officer and a soldier who are among a group of 23 hostages held deep in the jungle.
Peru could displace Colombia in 2011 as the world's biggest producer of coca, the raw material of cocaine, according to experts quoted by La Republica newspaper.
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The Honduran attorney general’s office is investigating allegations that the human rights of followers of ousted president Manuel Zelaya have been violated, but is also looking into whether Zelaya’s supporters are receiving financing from the FARC Colombian guerrilla group, officials said.
Ivonne A-Baki, former president of the Andean Parliament and a candidate to be director-general of UNESCO, pointed to education, public health, and new technologies as keys to reducing poverty in the region and in the rest of Latin America.
Leaders of the K’iche’ indigenous community, one of the twenty-two Maya communities in Guatemala, have activated an educational internet portal with content in Spanish and in their native language, with support from a U.S. company and the U.S. government.
An expert on Pablo Neruda’s poetry and the editor of his complete works, Hernán Loyola, believes that the continuing vigor of the Chilean poet’s legacy makes him a classic “on a level with Cervantes, Shakespeare, or Dante.”
Argentine scientists have discovered the mechanism that blocks the human immune system, a “key” to developing treatments for cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, official sources announced.
A suspected Shining Path guerrilla leader has been captured in the jungles of Peru's Upper Huallaga Valley, the La Republica newspaper reported.
Spain's deputy prime minister said that Madrid respects Colombia's decision, "in the exercise of its sovereignty," to reach an accord with Washington on allowing U.S. troops to be stationed at bases in the Andean nation.
Warming waters, overfishing, the use of unsuitable nets, and poaching are threatening the fishing industry in Central America, where around 100,000 families earn their living from this activity, an official said in Panama City.
Latin America is headed towards the decriminalization of drug possession for personal consumption, according to experts and officials who took part in a regional conference in Buenos Aires.
Colombia will send 84 infantry soldiers to join the NATO-run International Security Assistance Force under Spanish command, officials announced.
Former world boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya will fight in an exhibition bout in Panama City in September, the organizers of the event announced. Proceeds from the bout will go to the fight against cancer.
Managua, 5 August (EFE).- The U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, Robert Callahan, said today that the use of Colombian bases by military personnel from his country will not represent a threat to Latin America, but only to “drug traffickers.”
Santiago de Chile, 5 August (EFE).- The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, today communicated to her Colombian counterpart, Álvaro Uribe, who is traveling in the region, her country’s “respect” for the military accord that Colombia is negotiating with the United States.
Peru's interior minister said the Shining Path guerrilla group's remnants remain a threat to public safety in the jungles of the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE region.
Managua, 4 August (EFE).- Delegations from fifteen invited countries, including one from the United States, will attend the ceremonies celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Nicaraguan Army on 2 September, an official source announced today.
Drug trafficking has grown in Peru to the extent that revenues from cocaine exports total some $22 billion, equivalent to 17 percent of gross domestic product, the business daily Gestion reported.
Colombian rocker Juanes wants to hold his second "Peace Without Borders" concert in Havana's storied Revolution Plaza next month with a host of regional stars — and says he has met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in hopes that American musicians can join the extravaganza.
Brazil is expecting a visit this year by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and will question him over Tehran's nuclear program, an aide to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The Itaipú hydroelectric power plant, the world’s largest generating plant currently in operation, is working on the development of an electric bus that it hopes to start testing this year and that will join other “green” vehicles produced by the same firm.
Ferrari ace Felipe Massa admitted on Sunday he was lucky to be alive after surviving a 275kph horror crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Since he was a small boy, Juan Carlos Manzanares wanted to be a surgeon. Growing up in Leon, Nicaragua, Juan admired the skills of the doctors on television and dreamed that one day he could join their ranks.
Spanish police arrested 29 people, the majority of them members of one clan, for allegedly distributing cocaine in the southern city of Jerez de la Frontera, police spokesmen said.
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