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Puerto Rico Gov Files $9.8B Budget That Calls for Deep Cuts

Puerto Rico's governor submitted a $9.8 billion budget proposal calling for $674 million in cuts amid the U.S. territory's economic crisis.

Cuba
Cuba Establishes Banking Relationship in US

President Barack Obama wants a guarantee that U.S. diplomats can travel wherever they want on Cuba and meet whomever they please.

Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those partners has decided to stay put. Bruno Soares, the only one of the three who is actually based in Brazil, will remain with Allen & Overy.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those A&O partners has decided to stay put.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Inflation Rate Is 200% and Credit Card Companies Are Cashing In

Venezuela's economic collapse is driving factories out of business, leaving store shelves barren and wiping out workers' purchasing power. But MasterCard Inc. is doing just fine.

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Debt-Choked Puerto Rico at Fiscal Brink as Bond Buyers Pull Back

Puerto Rico is hurtling toward the fiscal brink. After years of borrowing to paper over deficits, and with $630 million due to investors on July 1, the island may confront the unthinkable: a default.

Mexico
Mexico to Give $3.3M to Victims of Army Slayings, Relatives

The Mexican government said it will give at least $3.3 million to relatives of criminal suspects slain in 2014 by soldiers under a Mexican law requiring compensation for victims of human rights violations.

Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Venezuela
Ford to Sell Venezuelan Cars in Greenbacks in Dollarization

Ford Motor Co. will sell some of its cars in Venezuela in dollars to alleviate a shortage of greenbacks that has slashed its imports and paralyzed its plant, according to a labor union official.

Raul Castro

Cuba
Raul Castro Was So Impressed With Pope Francis, He Actually Said This

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente—and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.

People celebrate near the Congress building after learning that Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned amid a customs corruption scandal.

Guatemala
Guatemala Wiretaps Lead to Fraud, Bribery Cases in Government

Wiretappings that prosecutors used to track down a million-dollar fraud ring run out of the Guatemalan government have cost the vice president her job and now may lead to the Central American country's Supreme Court.

Nicolas Maduro

Colombia, Venezuela
Venezuela's Poor Neighbors Flee en Masse Years After Arrival

Colombian immigrants, who greatly benefited from the socialist policies of Chavez and Maduro, are heading home as the Venezuelan economy tanks.

Mexico
Mexican Drug Cartel Jalisco New Generation Flexes Muscles

An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said.

Puerto Rico Governore Signs Order to Legalize Medical Pot

Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate.

Uruguay
Uruguay Urges Ex-Guantanamo Detainees to Sign for Housing

Uruguay's foreign minister said that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.

Mexico
Mexico Officials Investigate Case of Girl Wrongly Sent to US

Prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother, authorities said.

Honduras
Honduras High Court Voids Ban on Presidential Re-Election

Honduras' Supreme Court on Thursday voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term—the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist President Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

Gibson Dunn's Theodore Olson outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: Will Chevron Lose in the Second Circuit?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Ted Olson didn't quite live up to his legend in April 20 arguments over the $9.5 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron. The question is whether Chevron blew the case.

Colombia
Professional Liars Are Undermining Justice in Colombia

Authorities have taken to calling it the "cartel of false witnesses," with paid liars sometimes testifying in dozens of cases at a time, parading from courtroom to courtroom.

700 South Florida Electronics Companies Under Scrutiny for Drug Laundering

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Looking to squeeze a money-laundering scheme favored by drug cartels, federal orders have placed nearly 700 South Florida import-export businesses under tighter scrutiny.

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Mexico
Low Wages, Trade Deals Lure Auto Plants to Mexico

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the United States and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Venezuela
Wall St. Has No Idea How Much Money Venezuela Has

Bond investors suspect the Venezuelan government is pretty low on cash. Just how low, though, is a tricky question.

Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala

Guatemala
UN Anti-Crime Panel's Future Uncertain in Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina says he will decide soon whether Guatemala will continue cooperating with U.N. International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala or hand its responsibilities over to local law enforcement.

Steven Donziger appears at a press conference last March in Quito, Ecuador.

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: Chevron, Donziger and Human Rights 101

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

For the author of "Human Rights in a Nutshell," the lessons of Chevron are pretty simple: "Advocates for human rights do not advance human rights by violating them."

Cuba
US and Cuba Open Talks on Two of America's Most Wanted Fugitives

The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced.

Cuba
Ex-Colombia Ministers Convicted of Bribes on Behalf of Uribe

Colombia's Supreme Court convicted two close aides of former President Alvaro Uribe of bribing lawmakers to support the conservative leader's 2006 re-election.

Chile
Chile President Bachelet Signs Same-Sex Civil Union Law

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations.

Cuba
Obama to Remove Cuba from State Sponsor of Terror List

President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
Protests Across Brazil Seek Ouster of President Rousseff

Nationwide demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff swept Brazil for the second day in less than a month, though turnout at Sunday's protests appeared down, prompting questions about the future of the movement.

Cuba
Akerman Advises on Airbnb's Foray into Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

The short-term rental service is one of the first companies to take advantage of the loosening of regulations that for decades prohibited Americans from doing business in the island nation. Akerman partner Augusto Maxwell, who heads the firm's Cuba practice, worked to make the move happen for Airbnb.

El Salvador
Homicides in El Salvador Reach Record as Gang Violence Grows

By Marcos Aleman and Alberto Arce |

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark milestone that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce and one that could mark a trend of greater violence to come.

Chile
Jailed Chilean Billionaires' Fortune Has Roots in Pinochet's Days

By Blake Schmidt Bloomberg News |

A corruption investigation involving two Chilean tycoons has put a spotlight on the fortune they started amassing during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Cuba
Poll: Cubans Expect US Detente to Improve Economic Lives

By Michael Weissenstein Associated Press |

Cubans overwhelmingly expect detente with the United States to alter their widely disliked economic system, according to a rare poll of 1,200 people across the island.

Argentina
Argentina Sues Citibank Over Recent Agreement With Holdouts

By Peter Prengaman |

The Argentine government said it was suing Citibank, the latest in an escalating proxy fight related to a legal battle over paying back the South American country's long-standing debt.

Panama
Panama's President an Unlikely Champion for Clean Government

By Joshua Goodman and Juan Zamorano |

President Juan Carlos Varela is an unlikely champion of clean government in Panama.

Cuba
Cuba-US Warming Held Up by Listing of Cuba as Terror Sponsor

By Michael Weissenstein and Bradley Klapper |

American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba's presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats' freedom to travel and talk to ordinary Cubans without restriction, officials say.

Fidel Castro

Cuba
Fidel Castro Appears in Public in Cuba

Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, official media reported.

Cuba

Cuba
What If? Trademarks and a Possible End to the Cuban Embargo

By David Friedland |

With monumental changes on the horizon as diplomatic discussions focus on the potential end of the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, one of the issues to watch is trademarks.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil
How Brazil's President Plans to Get Country, Herself Out of This Mess

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is battling to regain the trust of voters and global investors alike as the economy sinks and a corruption scandal deepens. On Tuesday she charted what she hopes is a path to recovery.

Robert Menendez.

Dominican Republic
Exclusive Dominican Resort Tied to Senator's Indictment

A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez.

Cuba
On Cuban Isle Once Home to Americans, a Look Back and Ahead

Relations between Cuba and the U.S. are beginning to warm up again, and perhaps the long absence of Americans from Cuba and the Isle of Youth may be coming to an end.

Brazil
Brazil's Ex-President Cardoso to Defend Jailed Venezuelans

Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.

Cuba
Run Out of Cuba, Americans Cling to Claims for Seized Property

With a change in diplomatic relations, what happens to 6,900 claims filed by Americans over property seized in Cuba?

Mexico
US Denies Young Mexican Visa for Transplant Treatment in US

Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant.

The Statue of Liberty

Appeals Court Sets April Hearing on Obama Immigration Action

A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced.

Uruguay
Ex-Guantanamo Detainee in Uruguay Wants to Discuss Future

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who led hunger strikes as a prisoner and was resettled in Uruguay along with five other ex-inmates said Monday he had requested a meeting with the foreign minister to talk about the men's future in the South American country.

Argentina
Tax Amnesty in Argentina Enables 15% Discouny

Stock broker Juan Cruz is banking on an unusual group of Argentines as he hunts for his first home in Buenos Aires: tax cheaters.

Cuba, Venezuela
Questions Over US-Cuba Talks Amid Venezuela Dispute

It has been a strange few days for U.S.-Cuba relations that are meant to be on the mend.

Cuba
Talks Wrap Up and Cuba's Leader Lambastes US Over Venezuela

A third round of negotiations over the restoration of full diplomatic relations ended after a day of talks, Cuban and U.S. officials said Tuesday. Hours later, Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a toughly worded attack on the United States for levying a new round of sanctions on his country's closest ally, Venezuela.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Jesuit Law Schools Address Immigration Flood

By Karen Sloan |

Thirteen law schools housed at Jesuit universities will collaborate to help unaccompanied children and immigrant families from Central America seek refuge in the United States.

Pope Francis

Chile
Pope's Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

Rev. Juan Barros has been tapped by Pope Francis to become bishop of a southern Chilean diocese this month, provoking an unprecedented outcry by abuse victims and Catholic faithful who contend he covered up sexual abuse committed by his mentor and superior, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, in the 1980s and '90s.

Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada
The Global Lawyer: A Viewer's Guide to the Final(?) Season of Chevron in Ecuador

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Both final episodes of the world's wackiest legal dramedy open April 20. Will Donziger jump the shark?

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

Mexico
Producer for CBS' "Survivor" Reality Show Sentenced to 12 Years in Wife's Mexico Killing

A onetime American reality television producer was convicted Thursday of murdering his wife during a 2010 Cancun beach vacation, a state prosecutor said.

Mexico
Mayer Brown Expands Energy Practice Into Mexico City

By Nell Gluckman |

Recent reforms to the energy industry in Mexico have prompted Mayer Brown to establish an office in the country's capital city. The firm is bringing on Francisco Mendez, formerly ExxonMobil Corp.’s in-house counsel in Latin America, who will divide his time between Mexico City and Houston.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela President Seeks Increased Power After US Sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the U.S. for imposing sanctions on top Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations, saying he would ask his country's Congress to grant him additional powers to "fight imperialism."

Struggling Puerto Rico Cracks Down on Tax Cheats

A new plan backed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia aims to boost revenue and tackle the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt by creating a 16 percent value-added tax, or VAT.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

By Brian Baxter |

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

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Brazil
Brazil Raises Rate to Highest Since 2009 as Real Fuels Inflation

Brazil's central bank raised borrowing costs to the highest level in almost six years on price pressure from a weakening currency and kept its options open on the size of the next increase.

Mexico
Slim Buys Bankia's Realia Stake, to Make Bid for Whole Company

Inmobiliaria Carso, a holding company for Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, agreed to buy Bankia SA's stake in Realia Business SA and make a bid for the whole company as he increases his investment in Spain.

Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) conference at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Cuba
U.S. Banking in Cuba: Olvidate! Don't Hold Your Breath

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Speakers at a Florida International Bankers conference don't expect big changes in Cuban banking.

Cuba
Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help With Food Crisis

A delegation of about 90 representatives of U.S. agriculture will wrap up three days of meetings with Cuban officials and farmers as part of a lobbying campaign for the elimination of the half-century-old embargo.

Venezuela
Officials Called 'Terrorists' Mock Venezuela Travel Ban

Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.

Cuba
The Cuban Cigar King Sets His Sights on America

Two hours west of Havana, down a rutted dirt road and beyond the rusting gate, lies the humble secret to the mystique of Cuban cigars.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

How an Undocumented Immigrant Became Goldman Sachs Star

Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street's most profitable securities firm.

4 Ways to Fight Corruption in Government Procurement

By Alexandra Wrage |

Public procurement contracts often have been a breeding ground for corruption. What can companies do in these situations?

Mexico
Coca-Cola Bottler Suspends Operations in Mexican City

Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Mexico has temporarily suspended operations in the capital of the embattled state of Guerrero following attacks on its workers and its trucks.

Demonstrators with Witness Against Torture, a network of anti-torture activists, stand outside the Supreme Court

Cuba
Lost Amid Fiery Rhetoric: Progress Toward Closing Guantanamo

Despite the fiery rhetoric over Guantanamo in Congress, President Barack Obama has been making progress toward his goal of closing the detention center, reaching some notable milestones.

United Kingdom, Ecuador
Litigators of the Week: Steven Kobre of Kobre & Kim and Herbert Stern of Stern & Kilcullen

By David Bario |

The pair helped Chevron chalk up another win in its epic fight with Ecuadorean environmental plaintiffs, forcing online poker magnate Russell DeLeon to renounce his $23 million investment in the Ecuador case.

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Brazil
Brazilian Contractor Lands $140M Brickell Building

By Eleazar David Melendez |

The buyers who plunked $140 million for a waterfront Brickell office building are linked to a large Brazilian contractor, public records show.

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Brazil
Brazilian Contractor Lands $140M Brickell Building

By Eleazar David Melendez |

The buyers who plunked $140 million for a waterfront Brickell office building are linked to a large Brazilian contractor, public records show.

Cuba
When Will The Next Round of US-Cuba Talks Be?

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said that the next three to six months are a key window for progress in the normalization of ties between Cuba and the U.S.

Venezuela
How Venezuela Squandered Its Oil Wealth

Price controls have emptied stores of most goods, while the world's highest inflation has pushed what is available beyond the means of most Venezuelans.

Ecuador
Litigator Funder Who Helped Underwrite Ecuador Case Settles with Chevron

By Scott Flaherty |

On Monday, online gaming magnate James Russell DeLeon renounced his financial support for a controversial environmental suit in Ecuador against oil giant Chevron.

Venezuela
Dangerous Work, Low Pay for Venezuela Bodyguards

Private bodyguards are becoming more common—and increasingly targeted—as Venezuela is hit by an epidemic of crime.

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has put in place a new policy that requires each of its more than 5,000 employees in about 25 countries to devote 25 hours per year to community service. The policy is unique because it does not just apply to lawyers, and it will encompass the international offices.

Antonio Villamil

What Happened to the Latin American Cash in South Florida Real Estate?

By Samantha Joseph |

Economic adviser Tony Villamil said economic volatility in Latin America is stemming the flow of investors who paid cash for 90 percent of their U.S. deals.

Brazil, Venezuela
Venezuela, Brazil Leaned Heavily on Secret Swiss Accounts

Venezuela was among the top clients for HSBC's Swiss private banking arm, which helped shield wealthy clients around the world from scrutiny and taxes.

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Antigua & Barbuda
Suit Against Caribbean Nursing School Proceeds

By Ben Bedell |

Seventeen former nursing students, mostly from New York City, can proceed with a breach of contract suit against a Caribbean nursing school for falsely claiming the students would be eligible to complete their studies at Bronx's Lehman College, the First Department ruled Thursday.

Venezuela
Ex-Venezuelan Judge Gets 6-Plus Years in Prison

A former Venezuelan judge, arrested last year by U.S. authorities on the way to a Disney World vacation, was sentenced to prison in a Miami federal court case.

China Emerges as Latin America's Lender of Last Resort

Argentine president's trip to China highlights the Asian nation's growing role as a kind of lender of last resort for Latin America.

The World Trade Center on Sept. 17, 2001.

Cuba
Interpreter Issue Stalls 9/11 Case at Guantanamo

A military judge is trying to decide whether the attempt to prosecute five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for the Sept. 11 attacks can resume after stalling for nearly a year because of the revelation of an apparent FBI investigation into members of one of the defense teams.

Steven Donziger

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: In the Chevron-Ecaudor Drama, Where's the Bar?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Some have called for criminal prosecution of Steven Donziger. A better idea is ethical discipline.

Octavio Rinaldi

Argentina
Argentinian Investors See Future in Brickell, Downtown Miami

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Octavio Rinaldi of Miami-based CWV Realty Group said a Brickell assemblage purchased for $16.25 million is "the tip of the iceberg."

As Middle Class Flees, Puerto Rico Tries Luring Rich People

Mired in a recession for almost a decade and with an unemployment rate stuck above 13 percent, Puerto Rico is trying to lure wealthy investors who would be likely to buy expensive real estate, establish businesses and create jobs.

Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Ecuador
Panel Sparks Ethics Debate in Chevron-Ecuador Litigation

By Emily Barker |

Even without controversial plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger in the room, both sides in the heated battle between Chevron and Ecuadorian litigants came out swinging during a legal ethics panel at LegalTech New York on Thursday.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina
Argentine President's Tweets on Chinese Accent Cause Furor

Embattled Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, while on a state visit to China seeking badly needed investment, caused a furor by joking about her hosts' accents on Twitter.

Manny Medina, managing partner of Medina Capital

Will Miami Become the Silicon Valley for Latin America? He Thinks So

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Terramark founder Manny Medina, giving a presentation hosted by the Miami Finance Forum, said Miami could become a Silicon Valley for Latin American tech startups.

Cuba
Opening Up IP in Cuba: Get Your Trademarks in Line

By Lisa Shuchman |

The easing of trade restrictions with Cuba may take some time, but trademark attorneys say brand owners should already be taking steps to protect their names and marks.

Envelopes with heroin

Mexico
Mexican Opium Farmers Expand Plots to Supply U.S. Heroin Boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here.

Ecuador
Ecuador President Correa's Social Media Counterattack

Far from laughing along with those who poke fun at him on social media, President Rafael Correa has created a website and Twitter account to marshal digital counterattacks by his supporters against the "defamers."

Cuba
Billions in U.S. Claims Against Cuba Still Outstanding

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Don't light up the cigars just yet. Before Cuba and the U.S. can open full economic relations, U.S. antiterror judgments and claims for nationalized property must be resolved.

Cuba
Competing in a New Cuba

By Carlyn Kolker |

As the door to Cuba cracks a little wider, some American firms are looking hard for opportunity. But foreign rivals already have a head start.

Venezuela
Conn. Judge Sentences Hedge Fund Manager to 13 Years in Prison

By Associated Press |

A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 29, to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

Brazil
Brazil's Clean Companies Act at 1 Year

By Rebekah Mintzer |

This week marks the first birthday of the Clean Companies Act, Brazil's answer to other countries' anticorruption laws such as the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Terry Collingsworth

Colombia
Human Rights Lawyer Defends Actions in Chiquita War Crimes Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Chiquita's lawyers at Covington & Burling say Terry Collingsworth may have proposed paying former Colombian paramilitaries to give false testimony. Collingswoth maintains that the plaintiffs did nothing wrong, and that Chiquita just wants to postpone a reckoning of its conduct in Colombia's bloody civil war.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina
Argentine President Seeks Intelligence Services Overhaul

President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana.

Cuba
Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

Cuba
At Odds on Human Rights, U.S. and Cuba Move Toward Embassies

Still at odds over human rights, the U.S. and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half century of estrangement.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Cuba
Havana Talks Start After Promises by Obama, Cuban Caution

The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.