Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Mexico Approves Millions for Elections in 2018 19 de agosto de 2017, 00:15Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The national Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE) preliminarily approved 6.8 billion and 900,000,023 pesos (around $380 million USD) to finance the nine political forces registered for the elections next year. Tropical Storm Delays CARIFESTA Opening Ceremony in Barbados 18 de agosto de 2017, 17:30Bridgetown, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Proximity and later path of the tropical storm Harvey over Barbadian territory, forced today the organizers of the 13th Festival of the Caribbean Arts (CARIFESTA) to postpone its opening ceremony. Guatemala Insists on Taking Border Limit Differend to ICJ 18 de agosto de 2017, 15:26Guatemala, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales insisted Friday on his intention to take the island, territorial and sea differend with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Cuban Foreign Minister Welcomes his Mexican Counterpart 18 de agosto de 2017, 15:22Havana, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez welcomed here today Mexico''s Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, who is making a working visit to the island. Caribbean Warns about Spread of Conjunctivitis 18 de agosto de 2017, 15:20Port of Spain, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Viral conjunctivitis is a problem today for several Caribbean countries, where outbreaks of this disease responsible for inflammation and ocular redness have been reported. Several Earthquakes Affect Mexican Pacific 18 de agosto de 2017, 15:19Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Several earthquakes were reported today off the coast of the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, the biggest of 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale, with epicenter south of Atoyac de Álvarez. Nearly 335,000 Children, Youngsters Do Not Attend School in Mexico Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) About 335,000 children and teenagers do not attend schools in Mexico, which places them as a vulnerable sector, lacking knowledge to face life, revealed the National Institute of Statistics and Geography reveals. Tropical Storm Harvey Is Drenching the Windward Islands Bridgetown, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Tropical Storm Harvey is bringing rain to the Windward Islands as it approaches the eastern Caribbean carring 2 to 4 inches of rains something that has those governments worring. Mass Graves Discovered in Lower California Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Over 75 places in the cities and communities of the coastal area of Lower California were used by organized crime to create clandestine mass graves, according to members of Unidos por los Desaparecidos movement. Mexico to Bring Those Involved in Odebrecht Bribes to Justice Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Attorney General''s Office of the Republic (PGR, in Spanish), Raul Cervantes, assured today that the full force of the law will be applied, without exceptions, if it is proved that Mexican officials received bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Fidel Castro in the Memory of Panamanian Friends and Followers Panama, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The deacon of Latin American communists, Panamanian Ruben Sousa, reflected here today on his friendly and ideologic relation with deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in a tribute ceremony held at the University of Panama (UP). Mexican Soldiers Continue Seeking Remains in Mass Graves Mexico, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Mexican soldiers continued working today to identify bodies in several clandestine graves discovered in the rural regions of Zacatecas and Tijuana. US Vice President Arrives in Panama Panama, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Vice President of the United States Michael Pence arrived in Panama today for a short visit that ends the tour he began last Sunday in Colombia across Latin America. Panamanian Authorities Arrest More than 2,000 Foreigners Panama, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The number of foreigners arrested by the Panamanian National Migration Service (SNM) during the first semester of 2017 went up to 2,935, as part of several operations up to this day. Barbados Hosts Caribbean Festival CARIFESTA Bridgetown, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts, CARIFESTA, is beginning today with the participation of artists, craftsmen, writers and academicians from about 30 countries of the region. Violence Against Journalists Grows in Mexico Mexico, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Violence against journalists in Mexico rose by 23 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year, as revealed today by the nongovernmental organization Article-19. Guatemalan Government to Reinforce Hospitals After Armed Attack Guatemala, August 17 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala will reinforce its hospitals after recent regrettable incidents carried out in Roosevelt hospital, said Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. Mexican Opposition Demands Investigation of Brazilian Company Mexico, August 17 (Prensa Latina) Opposition parties in Mexico are demanding the government to present the audit''s results carried out to Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) during the administration of Emilio Lozoya, involved today in the case of bribery of the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Mexican Army Takes Control of Colima State Mexico, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) In view of increased homicides, assaults and clashes between gangs, members of the Mexican Army in coordination with the Ministry of Public Security and Police have raided today in the state of Colima. Cases of Viral Conjunctivitis Increasing in Panama Panama, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 25,000 cases of viral conjunctivitis were reported in Panama, a contagious disease that has increased in recent weeks and led health authorities to declare it as an outbreak. Costa Rican Expert Attributes Sea Penetration to Storms 16 de agosto de 2017, 17:52San Jose, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Omar Lizano, an expert of the Center for Sea and Limnology Investigations (CIMAR) stated Wednesday that the penetration of sea water in a zone of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica was provoked by storms in the Anctartica. US Vice President Pence is Unwelcome in Panama Panama, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Popular outcries in various parts of this capital have been announced by the civil society organizations against US Vice President Michael Pence´s visit, who will be arriving tomorrow in Panama. Begins in the U.S. First NAFTA Renegotiation Round Washington, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) México, Canada and the United States open here today the first renegotiating round of the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), process in which each part will put its priorities on the table. Parade in Barbados to Open Arts Festival CARIFESTA Bridgetown, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Delegations from 30 countries will participate in the opening parade to the 13th Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA), local media outlets reported. Costa Rica Supports Military Victim of Sexual Violence in Chile 15 de agosto de 2017, 18:05San Jose, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The Costa Rican Government revealed today that it was carrying out all the necessary proceedings to guarantee security and accompaniment to a Police officer from this country that denounced to have been victim of sexual violence in Chile. Salvadorian Government Deals New Hard Blows to Organized Crime 15 de agosto de 2017, 17:28San Salvador, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) A joint operation by the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Armed Force dealt a hard blow to the criminal structures in this capital and San Miguel, with the arrest of around 200 gang members. Trump Forces NAFTA Renegotiation With Mexico From Bully Pulpit Mexico, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Because of its commercial dependence on the US, Mexico will not have any capacity to impose any terms on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) said Tuesday Arturo Huerta, an expert from the National Authonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister to Visit Cuba Havana, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray will make a working visit to Cuba on August 17 and 18. Donald Trump Considers Pardoning Joe Arpaio Washington, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The possible forgiveness of US President Donald Trump to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to gain more force today with a new allusion from the president to the case. Asia-Pacific Countries Discuss Population Aging Hanoi, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Concerned about the growing trend of the aging populations, the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum have discussed today how to address this phenomenon in a honorable way for citizens and sustainable for the countries. Probe Demanded on Odebrecht Corruption Case in Mexico Mexico, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Workers' Party (PT) in Mexico demanded that government authorities look deep into charges against Emilio Lozoya, former president of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for allegedly receiving bribes from Brazilian firm Odebrecht. Panama, The Sleepless Canal Por Osvaldo Rodriguez MartinezPanama,  (Prensa Latina) Much water has run through the locks of the Panama Canal since the steamship Ancon was the first vessel to go through it southwards, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, on August 15, 1914. El Salvador Commemorates Birthday of Saint Romero of the Americas San Salvador, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) A mass at the Hospitalito de la Divina Providencia marks today the 100th birthday of the blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who lived in the Carmelite congregation until his assassination in 1981. Mexico: Women Are More Competitive Than Men Mexico, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexican companies with women in managerial posts are more productive and competitive than others led by men, Vanessa Rubio, assistant secretary of Finance and Public Credit, says. Over 2,600 Species in Danger of Extinction in Mexico Mexico, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Over 2,600 species of wild flora and fauna are currently in the different stages of extinction in Mexico, as announced today by the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SEMARNAT). Forced Disappearance, an Offense to Solve in Mexico 14 de agosto de 2017, 10:37Mexico, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The forced disappearance in Mexico is still not eradicated, or has it done enough to address, solve and prevent it, said Luis Raul Gonzalez, president of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). México: Peasants Protest Nafta Renegotiation México, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and now its renegotiation will continue harming the Mexican peasant sector for lack of competitiveness with its similar of the United States, assert today specialists of the Social Movement for the Land. Mexico: Services Reestablished in Zones Affected by Hurricane 13 de agosto de 2017, 12:42Mexico, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) The electric service, affected during the path of Hurricane Franklin through the Mexican national territory this week, is practically reestablished, the Federal Electricity Commission confirmed today. Fiscal Deficit, Uber and Volcanoes Mark Week in Costa Rica 12 de agosto de 2017, 13:30 San José, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The fiscal deficit, the government sanctions against Uber, private service of transportation considered illegal here, heated up the environment in Costa Rica amid threats of new volcanic eruptions. Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago Analyze Gas Pojects Progress 11 de agosto de 2017, 15:59Caracas, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago assessed today in this capital the progress of the gas projects agreed between both countries, specifically that regarding the inter-connection works for gas production. Hurricane Franklin Hits Mexico, Leaves Damages Mexico, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) More than 2,000 people moved to shelters, two injured, as well as plantations, roads and damaged homes left Hurricane Franklin in Veracruz and Puebla, it was reported today. Most Young Mexicans Work in the Informal Sector 11 de agosto de 2017, 10:20Mexico, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) 60 percent of the 15 million Mexicans (15-29 years old), who are currently having a productive occupation, work in the informal sector, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). The Majority of Mexican Youngsters Works in the Informal Sector Mexico, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Some 60 percent of 15 million youngsters in Mexico between 15 and 29 years of age today have a job in the informal sector, according to a report of National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). Mexican Parrots in Danger Mexico, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) All of 22 species of Mexican parrots (but one) are officially endangered today, according to researcher Patricia Escalante. Chile prepares Big Business Mission to Guatemala Santiago de Chile, Aug 11(Prensa Latina) Chile prepares a great business mission to Guatemala, oriented to make direct investments and joint production processes, revealed the Direction of International Economic Relations (Direcon). Jamaica Builds Two Cancer Centers Kingston, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican Ministry of Health started the building of two cancer centers with state-of-the-art equipment, reported today Minister of Health Christopher Tufton. Toyota Postpones Operations in Mexico Plant Mexico, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Toyota Motor Corp automotive industry will postpone the start of operations at its new plant in Mexico until the first half of 2020, starting from the date originally planned in 2019, reported the company today. Police Cracks Down on Street Gangs in Panama Panama, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Eight people arrested and nine weapons seized is the balance of the anti-gang police operation conducted today in the Caribbean city of Colon, setting of a recently increasing violence. Mexico, Veracruz Starts Its Recovery After Hurricane Franklin Mexico, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Mexican western state of Veracruz is recovering today from Franklin's bashing, which impacted the northern zone of that territory as Category 1 hurricane. Guatemala Supports Indigenous Women Empowerment Guatemala, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Twelve indigenous Guatemalan women traveled to India today to be trained as solar engineers and bring energy to their places of origin as part of a women''s empowerment project led by both nations. More than 28,000 Hondurans Deported until August Tegucigalpa, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) More than 28,000 Hondurans were deported through July, mostly by the immigration authorities of the United States and Mexico, official sources confirmed today. US Charges Mexican Personalities with Drug Traffcking Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Department of Treasury of the United States informed Wednesday that Mexican soccer player Rafael Márquez, captain of the national team, and singer Julión Álvarez, among the most popular here, were sanctioned for alleged drug trafficking, it was known here. Costa Rican Volcanoes Poas and Turrialba Erupt Ashes San Jose, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican volcanoes Poas and Turrialba started their Wednesday morning with significant eruptions of ashes, gases and aerosol, said reports made by the Costa Rican National Seismologic and Volcanologic Observatory (OVSICON). UN Representative: More than 30,000 Missing in Mexico Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico, Jan Jarab, confirmed that up to now 30,000 people have been reported missing in the country in recent years. Canadian Army Sets Up Camp for Irregular Migrants Ottawa, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian Army is setting up today a camp in the province of Quebec in order to house up to 500 irregular migrants coming from the United States. Drivers, Police Clashes Due to Uber in Panama Panama, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Violent clashes took place today in this capital between police and tourism taxi drivers and selective transportation that protested against the presence of Uber in Panama. The actions of the protesters, also registered in the provinces of West Panama and Colón, contemplated the closing of roads demanding the removal of this service, which in their opinion operates illegally at national level. Mexican Ruling Party Debate on Defining Strategy Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Over 3,000 delegates from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (IRP) have started today a two-day debates on detailed issues of such a party that has been ruling in the nation for years. Millions of Mexicans Live without Birth Certificates Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Up to five million people in Mexico currently lack a birth certificate and do not have access to social programs, Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio said. WFTU Condemns Clampdown on Cane Workers Santo Domingo, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has condemned today an anti-riot police clampdown on peaceful demonstration by the Union of Cane Workers (UTC) in Dominican Republic. Change in Tariffs will Benefit Users of Panama Canal Panamá, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) A new structure of tariffs to transit the Panama Canal will apply from next October 1st with the objective of attracting more Neopanamax and gas ships, among others, it was known today. Famed Mexican Cartoonist and Caricaturist 'Rius' Dies Mexico, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Eduardo del Rio, Rius, famed Mexican cartoonist and social-political caricaturist, who is considered an educator of people''s awareness, died today at 83. Inequality Grows in Costa Rica Due to Faulty Income Redistribution 08 de agosto de 2017, 10:30San José, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The increase of inequality in Costa Rica contrasts with the reduction of the gap between rich and poor in most of Latin American economies, indicates an OCED study published here. Mexican States Coordinate Actions vs. Tropical Storm Lashing Mexico, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Oaxaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco are coordinating actions today due to the lashing of Tropical Storm Franklin. Two Famous Soccer Players against Violence in El Salvador 07 de agosto de 2017, 16:48San Salvador, Auig 7 (Prensa Latina) Famous soccer players Ronaldinho Gaucho and Jorge ''Magic'' González, two famous soccer players for their playing skills, show today a most serious face with an initiative against the violence in El Salvador. Dominican Fishermen, Prisoners in The Bahamas, Return Home 07 de agosto de 2017, 13:22Santo Domingo, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) A total of 50 fishermen returned today to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, after remaining prisoners for eight months and 12 days, for illegal fishing in Bahamian territorial waters, local media reported today. Mexico Confirms Lack of Hepatitis B Vaccines 07 de agosto de 2017, 13:05Mexico, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The Mexico´s Ministry of Health (SSA) has confirmed today that there is a shortage of hepatitis B vaccine due to a global production problem. Mexico: Rise of the Machines, Fear Robots and Mass Unemployment Mexico, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Robots have put about 25.5 million jobs at risk, 52 percent of employments in Mexico, El Economista newspaper reported today. Canadians Doubt Government´s Capacity to Renegotiate NAFTA 07 de agosto de 2017, 12:33Ottawa, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Canadian people are increasingly worried about their government''s ability to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States, as released by a poll today. World Experts to Debate in Cuba about Dengue and Other Arboviruses 07 de agosto de 2017, 11:12Havana, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and foreign experts will debate on the current epidemiological situation in Latin America and the world at the 15th International Dengue Workshop that opens Monday in this capital. Mexican Peasants Mark Birth Date of Emiliano Zapata 07 de agosto de 2017, 10:56México, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of peasants march today through the main avenues of Mexico City to mark the 138th birth anniversary of Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), leaders of the Mexican Revolution and symbol of peasant resistance. Panama City Defines Festivities for its 500th Anniversary Panama, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Art, culture, music and history for the whole family are some of the features included in the program of activities on occasion of the five centuries of existence of this capital. Who would believe it ?: Mexico and the CIA against Venezuela Por Orlando Oramas LeónMexico, (Prensa Latina) The government of the president Enrique Peña Nieto starkly abandoned its traditional foreign policy doctrine Estrada after announcing its collaboration with the US government in its announced sanctions against Venezuela. Mercosur Foreign Ministers to Meet in Sao Paulo Saturday Brasilia, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay will meet this Saturday in Sao Paulo to discuss a proposal to submit Venezuela to the Ushuaia Protocol on Democratic Commitment in Mercosur. Cuba Hosts International Workshop on Arbovirus Havana, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) An international workshop to update the epidemiological context of some arbovirosis at regional and global scale will be held here as of August 7, the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), organizer of the event, announced today. Exhibition of Mayan Beauties Opens in Mexico Mexico, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Mayan exhibition: language of beauty, composed of 350 pieces, indigenous testimonies and civilian and religious chronicles of the 16th century, was opened today at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexican capital. Panama Dismantles 14 Human Trafficking Networks Panama, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The dismantling of 14 organizations dedicated to human trafficking this year has allowed to rescue about 150 victims in the country, the Ministry of Security (MINSEG) of Panama informed. Trump Demanded Silence from Mexican Head of State, Says Newspaper Washington, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump made the planned meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto conditional to his silence on the stance of not paying for a controversial border wall, the newspaper The Washington Post revealed today. Dominican Rep Informs About Return of 57,323 Illegal Haitians Santo Domingo, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The director general of the Dominican Specialized Border Security Corps (Cesfront), Sugar Puttzi, reported today about the return of nearly 57,323 Haitians in irregular situation, from January to date. Guatemalan Gov't Requests National Unity in Dispute with Belize 03 de agosto de 2017, 14:38Guatemala, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala''s President Jimmy Morales today requested full backup of the country to solve territorial dispute with Belize. ALBA Cultural House Hosts Fidel Castro Exhibition Havana, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The ALBA Cultural House, in this Havana, today exhibits in its second level a dozen photographs focusing on the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the occasion of the 91st anniversary of his birth to be remembered on August 13. Most of Mexican Minors are Barred From Education System Mexico, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Barely 15 percent of nearly 350,000 Mexican agricultural minor laborers are currently going school, Sylvia Schmelkes warmed, director of the Mexican National Institute of Educational Evaluation. Opposition MP Anticipates Puerto Rico Bigger Economic Collapse San Juan, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The reduction of the government''s working days, which is expected to be imposed by the Fiscal Supervision Board (JSF), will lead to a major collapse in the Puerto Rico''s economy, stated in advance the opposition deputy, Jesús Manuel Ortiz. Who Are the Best at IAAF World Championships London 2017 ? London, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Nobody doubts today that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will be the main figure for the impending IAAF World Championships London 2017 and even eclipse the rest, but there are also other ''stars'' willing to leave an undying impression in London. WTO Examines Tariff Dispute between Panama and Colombia 03 de agosto de 2017, 10:28Panamá, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, assured that two experts panels are now examining the tariff dispute between Panama and Colombia, in order to reach a quick solution. Costa Rica Authorities Worry About Increase of Homicides San Jose, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The increase of homicide, specially the multiple one, worry the Costa Rican authorities today as 336 reported until past July predicted a new record in that negative rate in 2017. Organized Crime Operates in Guatemalan Customs Services Guatemala, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Organized crime continues to be operating in the nation''s customs services, according to the Guatemalan Defense Minister Williams Mansilla. Nicaragua Prepares Municipal Elections With a Call to Preserve Peace Managua, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua is ready today for the municipal elections on November with a call to preserve peace and peaceful coexistence in dialogue, alliances and consensus in the country''s all communities. US Attorney Considers Extraditable Ricardo Martinelli Panama, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) meets the requirements for extradition, according to the Miami Public Prosecutor''s Office, where he remains in detention, a local newspaper published today. Cuba to the Concacaf Indoor Soccer Championship Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will be represented by the team Havana in the 2nd Indoor Soccer Championship of Clubs of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Soccer (Concacaf), in Honduras from August 21 to 26. High Rate of Insecurity Prevails in Mexico City Mexico, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Insecurity in Mexico City is becoming an issue that hinders the growth of businesses and threatens the quiet of families, said today the Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canacope). Guatemala: Exploitation and Trafficking Claim Higher Toll of Victims 01 de agosto de 2017, 17:14Guatemala, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The government''s Secretariat against Violence, Exploitation and Trafficking (Svet) provided 147 victims with aid so far this year, most of them minors, said today the newspaper Prensa Libre. Mexican Army Kills Criminal Gang's Ringleader Mexico, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Antonio López, El Charco, one of the ringleaders of La Familia Michoacana criminal cartel, was killed by members of the Mexican Army and Navy, reported today Eruviel Ávila, governor of the state of Mexico. CARICOM Opens New Environment Policy, Action Plan for Discussion Georgetown, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has opened the draft CARICOM Environment and Natural Resources Policy, as well as the Action Plan for national, sub-regional and regional discussion during this month. Ortega Warns of Dangers of Drugtrafficking for Peoples Managua, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, warned today that drugtrafficking and organized crime are the greatest threat to sovereignty of peoples and stressed that eradication of those problems would allow for more security, stability and peace. Barbados: Youth Participation in Carifesta Festival Promoted Bridgetown, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Arts Festival (CARIFESTA) in its 13rd edition will receive young people of the region as a vital part of its program, organizers said here Monday. Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Financial Operator Captured Mexico, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities announced they had captured today Nahum Abraham, aka El Quinceañero, main financial operator for Damaso Lopez Serrano, ex-boss of the Sinaloa cartel. Guatemalan Government Seeks Indigenous Support in Dispute With Belize Guatemala, July 31 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales has begun today a working visit to three regions of the country seeking support from mayors, governors and indigenous authorities and explaining the reasons for the territorial dispute with Belize. Tropical Storm Emily Makes Landfall Along Florida Gulf Coast Havana, July 31 (Prensa Latina) The fifth Tropical Storm Emily has formed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast west-central Florida, United States, as reported by the Cuba´s Meteorological Institute. Mexican Gov't Urged to Implement Anti-Poverty Plan Mexico, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The federal government and Congress must formulate a comprehensive strategy to attack poverty with economic measures, stressed the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval). Central America to Implement System to Monitor Drought Panama, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) A new FAO-supported satellite monitoring system to observe how drought affects agriculture will start operating in Central America, the Regional Committee for Water Resources of the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish) and the regional Agricultural Council. NAFTA Renegotiation Will Harm Mexico, Warns Peasant Leader Mexico, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will harm Mexico, assured today the Secretary General of the Independent Agricultural Workers and Peasants Union (Cioac, in Spanish), Federico Ovalle. Another Fatality Claimed by Accident in Pemex Refinery Mexico, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) A worker was killed at the Mexican refinery Ing. Antonio Dovali, in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, in which start-up tests are carried out following the blast and fire occurred on June 4th that killed another worker. Child Pornography on the Internet Denounced in Mexico Mexico, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Some 3,444 reports were processed in Mexico from December 2012 to May 2017 for child pornography in the Internet, reported Sunday the Federal Police''s Scientific Division (FPSD). Cyber-crimes Leave Significant Losses Havana, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The current reach of information technology leads to new crimes such as identity theft, a crime that caused losses valued at more than $100 billion USD in the recent six years. Cuba versus Puerto Rico in Semifinals Gatineau, Canada, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will face Puerto Rico for a ticket to the finals of the Pan-American Volleyball Cup Glass being held here and offering points for the ticket for regional events. Fidel Castro Present in Regional Solidarity Event with Cuba San Salvador, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) With a homage to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, the 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will conclude here, expressing its support to the Venezuelan government. Fidel Castro Present in Regional Solidarity Event with Cuba 29 de julio de 2017, 11:37San Salvador, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) With a homage to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, the 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will conclude here, expressing its support to the Venezuelan government. Former Odebrecht Financial Operator Raises Hell in Panama Panamá, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) A gale of comments has unleashed here the declaration by Rodrigo Tacla, ex financial operator of Odebrecht on the alleged link of president Juan Carlos Varela to the corruption plot of the Brazilian construction corporation. Parlatino to Host Meeting on Climate Change and Renewable Energy Panama, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Parliamentarians from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet on August 3rd and 4th in the 2nd Meeting of the Parliamentarian Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. CARICOM Develops Project for Energy Effficiency Georgetown, Jul 29 (PL) A team of experts from the member countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are working to develop a code of construction of buildings with energy efficiency for the region, local media reported today. Example of Hugo Chavez Homaged in El Salvador 28 de julio de 2017, 16:57San Salvador, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The revolutionary example of Hugo Chavez inspires and is with the social vindications in El Salvador, where the 63rd anniverary of the birth of HUgo Chavez was commemorated. Cuban Cyclist Arlenis Sierra Loses Leadership in Costa Rica 28 de julio de 2017, 15:30San Jose, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Arlenis Sierra (team Astana) lost today, for just three seconds, the leadership of the 17th round of the female Tour to Costa Rica 2017, at the end of the second stage and the third day in general. Nicaragua: Young People Evoke Hugo Chavez 28 de julio de 2017, 15:19Managua, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Young Nicaraguan people evoked the founder of the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias in an activity for the 63rd anniversary of his birth in this capital. Mexican Federal Forces Dismantle Criminal Group Camps in Jalisco Mexico, July 28 (Prensa Latina) Military forces and the Attorney General´s Office (PGR) in Jalisco have dismantled three camps belonging to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). Jamaica to Host 2017 UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism Kingston, July 28 (Prensa Latina) The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has declared Jamaica as the venue for the forthcoming global conference, to be held from November 27 through 29, 2017, as reported by The Observer newspaper. Solidarity With Cuba Floods the Historic Center of San Salvador San Salvador, July 28 (Prensa Latina) With homage to Hugo Chavez, Schafik Handal and Farabundo Marti, the Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will continue today, initiated with a demostration. Bolivian Government Grants Millions in Funds to South-Am Games La Paz, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government will grant today more than $9.3 million USD to Cochabamba for the restoration of six sports venues for the South American Games, to be held in that department next year. Mexico and USA to Conclude Meeting on Food and Agriculture Mexico, July 28 (Prensa Latina) When there is less than about 20 days to begin the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico and the United States will end today the second high-level meeting on food and agriculture in Merida, Yucatan. US Attorney General Travels to El Salvador Washington, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) US Attorney General c will travel to El Salvador today to tackle issues related to the fight against international criminal groups, said the Justice Department. One-Year Preventive Prison for Dominican Cocaine Traffickers Santo Domingo, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Assistance Court in Santo Domingo decided one yearn of preventive in prison for four individuals caught red handed with more than one ton of cocaine. UNAM to Hold First International University-Book Fair Mexico, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will organize the first International University-Book Fair (FILUNI), which will be held on August 27, one of the organizers announced today. USA Wins 2017 Soccer Golden Cup Washington, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The team of the United States was the winner of the 2017 edition of the Golden Cup of the North, Central American and Caribbean Soccer Confederation (CONCACAF) Thursday, winning over Jamaica 2-1 in the finals. Cuban Cyclist Arlenis Sierra Defends Lead in Costa Rica Tour San Jose, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban female cyclist Arlenis Sierra will depart from the starting line with the pink shirt as the leader of the 17th Female Tour to Costa Rica in its 2017 edition, after winning the prologue of the Tour, run on 1.5 kilometers, previous to the first official stage. El Salvador: Regional Solidarity Meeting with Cuba and Venezuela San Salvador, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Central American Meeting for Solidarity with the island of Cuba will start in El Salvador today, with a big march, also expressing its support to the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. FMLN Promotes Constitutional Reform Against Corruption San Salvador, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) plans to deal a mortal blow to corruption, through a constitutional reform that eliminates the statute of limitations of that crime. Early Pregnancy Continue to Rise in Mexico Mexico, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Pregnancy among girls and teenagers from 10 to 14 years old is still increasing in Mexico, according to Ricardo Bucio, executive secretary of the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents. Mexican Race Walker to Receive Berlin-2009 Silver Medal Monte Carlo, July 27 (Prensa Latina) Mexican race walker Eder Sanchez will receive the silver medal corresponding to the Berlin-2009 20-kilometer race walking next month in London, the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) reported on its website today. Chinese Company Aims to Modernize Salvadoran Public Transport 26 de julio de 2017, 08:33San Salvador, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) The need to ensure safer and more ecological public transportation in El Salvador has attracted the Chinese company TCPS to this Central American nation, where the fleet of smart buses will soon increase. Cuba Successfully Opened Pan Am Volleyball (M) Cup Gatineau, Canada, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba played to a successful debut at the 12th Men''s Pan American Cup with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 21-25 25-22) win over the Dominican Republic for Pool A at Gatineau''s Robert Guertin Arena in Canada''s capital region. Mexican Farmers Deplore Exclusion of Agricultural Issue from NAFTA 25 de julio de 2017, 14:30Mexico, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Mexican farmers'' organizations deplored today that the Mexican Government excluded agricultural issue from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Puerto Rican Police Officers Demand Decent Pensions 25 de julio de 2017, 11:10San Juan, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) For the first time, on the 65th anniversary of the Free Associated State (FAS), nearly 100 Puerto Rican police officers took to the streets to demand labor rights in light of a planned reduction of their pensions. UN Assesses Human Rights Situation in Honduras Tegucigalpa, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, will arrive in Honduras today to assess the progress of the Central American country in the fight against impunity. Violence Returns to Panamanian City of Colon Panama, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) The non-pacted truce between criminals and the authorities in the Caribbean city of Colon, second in importance in Panama, seemed to end today, as public forces strengthened their control of the situation. Mexico: Fuel Thieves Gunned Down by Police 24 de julio de 2017, 16:45Mexico, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Five members of a band dedicated to the theft of fuels died today in Esperanza, Mexican state of Puebla, during a clash with members of the Mexican Armed Navy Monday. IMF Reduces Predictions of LatAm Economic Growth 24 de julio de 2017, 12:14Kuala Lumpur, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) A report published today in this capital by the international Monetary Fund (IMF) slightly reduced the prediction of economic growth for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017 and 2018. El Salvador Will Host Regional Solidarity Meeting With Cuba San Salvador, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The level of organization and actions resulting from its debates guarantee as of today the success of the second Central American meeting of Solidarity with Cuba,to be held in El Salvador this week. Guatemala's President Shows Poor Performance 24 de julio de 2017, 10:44Guatemala, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) 50 days short of completing two years as president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales shows poor performance in the concept of governance, according to a local expert. Mexico: Left Wing Lopez Obrador Leads Poll for 2018 Presidential Race 24 de julio de 2017, 10:05Mexico, July 24 (Prensa Latina) The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), headed by presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is leading the polls for the July 2018 elections, according to a survey released today. CCDH Denounces Xenophobic Campaign Against Dominican-Haiti Relations 24 de julio de 2017, 09:21Santo Domingo, July 24 (Prensa Latina) The Dominican-Haitian Cultural Center (CCDH) has denounced what is currently seen as a xenophobic campaign and the purpose of damaging bilateral relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Dominican Marcha Verde Demands Results from Agreement with Odebrecht 24 de julio de 2017, 09:04Santo Domingo, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The civic movement Marcha Verde (Green March) has demanded today Dominican Republic''s Attorney General, Jean Alain Rodriguez, an explanation about progress in the investigation on the collaboration agreement signed by the government with the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Migration of Children and Adolescents to Mexico and U.S. Grows 24 de julio de 2017, 00:30Mexico, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) More than 100,000 minors (boys, girls and adolescents) were detained by Mexican and U.S. migration authorities in 2016, according to the Yearbook on Migration and Remittances Mexico 2017. El Salvador Rejects U.S. Warmongering Language on Venezuela 23 de julio de 2017, 12:10San Salvador, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) New voices have been raised on Sunday in El Salvador in rejection of the U.S. government''s threats against Venezuela and in support for the constitutional process in that South American nation. Persian Gulf Crisis Was Planned, Qatari Diplomat Says Panama, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s crisis with the neighboring states was planned, according to that country''s ambassador to Panama, Nasser Rashid Al-Nuaimi, who rejected Doha''s links with terrorists, in an interview published in the newspaper La Prensa today. Mexico: Former Municipal Mayor Sentenced for Beating Journalist Mexico, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Enrique Benjamin Solis, former mayor of the municipality of Silao, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, was sentenced to two years in prison for qualified injuries and threats to the reporter Karla Janeth Silva, of El Heraldo, the newspaper reported today. Day of Afrodescendant Women Celebrated in Cuba 21 de julio de 2017, 17:47Havana, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations System (UNS) in Cuba and the community project Quisicuaba celebrated today here the Day of Afrodescendant, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women to support the work against racial and gender-based discrimination. Usain Bolt under 10 Seconds in Diamond League Monaco, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt went his race under the range of the 10 seconds and reached the victory in the 100 flat meters in the athletic stage of the Diamond League here Friday. Guatemala Reports Hundreds of Violent Death Guatemala, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) In the first six months of the year nearly 2, 500 violent deaths occurred in Guatemala, according to a report by the so-called Mutual Support Group (GAM). Seven Caribbean Nations Suffer Accute Shortage of Water Bridgetown, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Seven Caribbean nations are among the 36 most affected by shortage of water and Barbados is among the 10 most serious cases, reported Caribbean News Service website on Friday. Mexican Government Warns Tourists of Extreme Heat Wave in Sonora Mexico, July 21 (Prensa Latina) The government of the Mexican state of Sonora has warned tourists visiting the territory to step up precautionary measures due to high temperatures killing four visitors. Nearly 4,000 Foreigners Graduated at Cuban University in Santiago Santiago de Cuba, July 21 (Prensa Latina) A total of 3,819 health professionals from different countries graduated at the University of Medicine in this city,the first founded by the Revolution outside the Cuban capital. Mexican Ex-Governor's Wife Managed Illicit Operations. Mexico, July 21 (Prensa Latina) The wife of ex-governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, who was arrested under money laundering and organized crime charges,it was confirmed that she was the person that managed the illicit operations, according to the statement by witnesses of the Attorney General''s Office. Ninth UN-CARICOM Meeting Concludes in New York United Nations, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) The 9th meeting between the United Nations and the Community of Caribbean States (CARICOM) is concluding today after two days of talks on security, climate change, public health and sustainable development. New Mexican Bidding for Deep-water Oil Wells México, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) New bidding for deep-water oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled for January 31, announced here Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. Caricom to Assess Main Trade Instruments Georgetown, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) A comprehensive review of the main trade instruments of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will take place next week, said local media today. Panamanian Party Demands Respect for National Sovereignty Panama, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) demanded that the Panamanian government have national sovereignty respected in the case of the extraterritorial sanctions taken by the United States on the newspapers La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE), it was reported today. New Book Reveals Pablo Escobar Links with CIA and DEA Panama, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The disappeared Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar had business with the US Intelligence and anti drug agencies, revealed today here his son Juan Pablo, who included an investigation in this regard in his recent book. New Anti-Corruption Tool Activated in Mexico Mexico, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Mexican federal justice authorities have activated today the so-called anti-corruption button, which seeks to inform about the spread of actions of that scourge, encourage the culture of legality and civic values among the population. Usain Bolt to Compete in 100 and 4x100 at World Championship Monaco, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt confirmed Wednesday that he will only compete in the 100 flat and the 4x100 meter relay at the next edition of the World Championship in London, an event that will mark the end of his prolific competing career. Jamaica to Host Denbigh Show Kingston, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Agriculture and Health has officially opened today the Denbigh Show, considered the main commercial agricultural, industrial and food show in the English-speaking Caribbean, as confirmed by the President of Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS), Norman Grant. Drug Busts Increases in Central Pacific of Costa Rica San Jose, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Officials from the Central Pacific Public Force of Costa Rica have arrested 3,878 people during the first half of 2017, 2,002 of them were closely related to drug offenses, according to official data released today. Nicaragua Can Always Count on Cuba: Says Miguel Diaz Canel Managua, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban first vice-president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said here today that Nicaragua can always count on the support, friendship and solidarity of the Caribbean nation. Regional Climate Center Established in Barbados Bridgetown, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Barbados is now home of the first Regional Climate Center (RCC) in the Western hemisphere, according to the CARICOM secretariat. Costa Rican Minister Defends UN Comprehensive Vision of Development United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica''s Environment and Energy Minister, Edgar Gutierrez, has called today at the United Nations, to move towards sustainable development with a comprehensive vision that interweaves its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Mexican Congress Ready to Face NAFTA Renegotiation Mexico, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Congress has stated today its rejection to the United States'' pretensions to face the controversial trade measures in relation to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Maduro Congrats 38th Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has congratulated the Nicaraguan people and government on occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Revolution led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) on July 19, 1979. US Federal Senate is Asked to Include Puerto Rico in Tax Reform San Juan, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila has said today that the current crisis in Puerto Rico requires a different economic relationship with the United States, and therefore it requested its inclusion in any US federal tax system reform. Legislative Limbo Before Guatemalan Presidential Step Guatemala, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales's step to decree a state of public calamity in view of the deplorable condition of the country's highways and roads is in a legislative limbo, as reported by local press. Nicaragua Celebrates 38th Anniv of Sandinista Popular Revolution By Alberto Corona Guatemalan President Admits Deplorable State of Highways and Roads Guatemala, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales recognized today that the state of highways and roads on mountains in this country. Tropical Storm Don Causes Flight Cancellations Saint John, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The airline Leeward Isles Air Transport (LIAT) announced today the cancellation of commercial flights in areas of possible affectations caused by Tropical Storm Don, published the website of the newspaper The Daily Observer. Cuban and Mexican Universities Sign Agreement on the Caribbean Basin Mexico, July 18 (Prensa Latina) The Universities of Quintana Roo (UQROO) and Havana (UH) have signed an agreement to strengthen the curriculum of the Master´s of Applied Anthropology. New U.S. Strategy to Renegotiate NAFTA Studied in Canada Ottawa, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Canadian ambassador in Washington, David MacNaughton, presents today before provincial Prime Ministers the strategy of U.S. president, Donald Trump, to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Evo Morales to Attend Forum of Sao Paulo Meeting in Nicaragua La Paz, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel to Nicaragua to attend the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum which will be held in Managua on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista People´s Revolution. Sao Paulo Forum to Approve Our Americas Consensus in Nicaragua Managua, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum will officially approve the Our Americas Consensus here on Tuesday, a programmatic document to promote unity among progressive and left-wing forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Academicians Rejects Arbitrary US Intervention in Panama 18 de julio de 2017, 09:51Panama, July 18 (Prensa Latina) Academicians from the University of Panama (UP) have rejected the extraterritorial US sanctions against La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE) newspapers. Perception of Insecurity Increasing in Mexico 18 de julio de 2017, 09:41Mexico, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The perception of insecurity continues to rise in Mexico today, as 74.9 percent of the population over 18 stated that living in their city is unsafe. Dominican Singer Sergio Vargas Arrives in Cuba 17 de julio de 2017, 16:15Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Dominican singer Sergio Vargas arrived in this capital Monday together with his orchestra, and he will perform for his first time in Cuban soil, with Cuban trobadour singer Tony Avila. Dominica Alerts of Low Pressure System Roseau, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The authorities of the Commonwealth of Dominica have alerted people to the presence in the vicinity of the archipelago of a low pressure system moving southward. Legislative Rightwing Boycott Damages Salvadorian Tourist Industry San Salvador, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The legislative rightwing boycott by Salvadorian Republican Nationalist Alliance (ARENA) provoked the loss of 14,000 jobs in the local tourist industry, denounced the government Monday by a communique. Drug Cartels Battles Spark Off Violence and Insecurity in Cancun Mexico, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Cancun, one of Mexico´s main tourist resorts, is currently experiencing unprecedented high-levels of violence and insecurity caused by battles between drug cartels. Consensus of Our America, Response to Imperial Offensive Managua, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Before the present geopolitical situation in Latin America and the Caribbean, social movements and leftwing parties of the region decided to respond with a programatic document as strujggle strategy in defense of unity. Jamaica Urges the Caribbean to Research into Health Security Gaps Kingston, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica''s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett urged the Caribbean today to analyze the gaps in health security as a key area for the development of tourism in the region, said today The Observer newspaper. Panama: Large-scale Fire Destroys Free Zone Warehouses Panama, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The largest fire in recent years in Panama, occurred in the northern Free Zone of Colon (ZLC), was brought under control early today with no fatalities reported, although various warehouses were destroyed. Mexico to Host Summit on Cancer Mexico, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will host the World Leaders Summit on Cancer 2017, Cities Leading the Change, a venue to contribute reaching the target of reducing by 25 percent the deaths due to that illness in 2025, it was known today. Security Programs Hit Crime in El Salvador San Salvador, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran authorities confirmed Friday a reduction of the homicides, robberies and extortions in the last year, especially after the application of extraordinary security measures. Mexico Conducts a Census of Homeless Persons in the Capital Mexico, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) About 1,600 brigade members from the Social Development Secretariat have conducted a census of homeless population 2017, in 16 delegations of Mexico City, was announced here today. Elections in Brazil without Lula Would Be a Fraud, FMLN Says San Salvador, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) has described today as an attack to the Brazilian democracy a recent ruling to remove former President Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva from the electoral battle. Costa Rican Peninsula of Nicoya Moves 11 Milimeters a Year San Jose, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The peninsula of Nicoya moves 11 milimeters a year, going northwest, according to a test made by the National Seismologic Net of Costa Rica (RSN) and the Universities of Costa Rica and Indiana, Pennsylvania, US. Bolivia 360 Music Festival to Defend LatAm Folklore La Paz, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) In its first edition, the Bolivia 360 Music Festival will gather representatives of Latin American folklore in August 5 and 6, announced the organizers of the event here Thursday. Caricom Summit: Problems, Commitments and Agreements Georgetown (Prensa Latina) The 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have recently began to implement the commitments adopted on July 7 in the capital of Grenada during the 38th summit of that organization. Seven Thousand Stolen Mobile Phones Seized in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Finance Ministry in Mexico City occupied seven stolen thousand cell phones during an operation in several commercial places of the historical center, said today the press. Seven Thousand Stolen Mobile Phones Seized in Mexico 13 de julio de 2017, 15:16Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Finance Ministry in Mexico City occupied seven thousand cell phones stolen during an operation in several commercial places of the historical center, said today the press. Bolivia 360 Music Festival to Defend Latin Folklore La Paz, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) In its first edition, the Bolivia 360 Music Festival will gather representatives of Latin American folklore in August 5 and 6, announced the organizers of the event here Thursday. PEMEX Workers Accused of Stealing Fuel in Mexico Mexico, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) More than 600 workers, union members and reliable to the company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), were accused of participating during one year in stealing fuel from the company, according top reports today. Panamanian Gov't Takes Distance from U.S. Sanctions on Local Media 13 de julio de 2017, 09:23Panama, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian government confirmed today it distances from the extraterritorial sanction of the United States against dailies La Estrella and El Siglo (Gese), reiterating it is an issue between its owners and U.S. authorities. One Million Adolescents without Educational Coverage in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) One million adolescents are without educational coverage at different levels of education in Guatemala, according to local educational research organizations. Nicaragua Readies to Host 23rd Sao Paulo Forum Meeting Managua, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua readies to host the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum Meeting, with the participation of at least 300 representatives of social movements and leftwing parties of Latin America and the Caribbean. Panama on Alert for Increased Rate of Sexually Transmitted Infections 13 de julio de 2017, 00:18Panama, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Statistical data issued by the Ministry of Health indicated that 1,586 new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) were reported in 2016 in Panama, out of that total 974 people tested positive for HIV and 613 people for AIDS. Laws against Serious Crimes Strengthened in Jamaica 12 de julio de 2017, 17:48Kingston, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The House of Representatives of Jamaica passed the amendments made by the Senate to the Law of Legal Reforms, seeking to strengthen the regulations against serious crimes, said today news reports. Peasant Movement Blocks Up Roads in Guatemala Guatemala, July 12 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Farmers Development Committee (CODECA) have blocked up crucial roads in the nation, by calling for the resignation of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales from the nationalization of entities and prison for dirty officials. Demand to Investigate Salvadoran Banks San Salvador, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The financial enties involved in the privatization of the Salvadoran banks at the end of the 20th Century were summoned to reveal all the documents hidden in the traumatic process. Mexico Discovers Important Oil Reserve in Gulf Mexico, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The oil company Sierra Oil and Gas announced the discovery of an oil field in the coast of southeastern Mexico, whose reserves are estimated between 1.4 billion and 2 billion barrels, was released today. La Estrella de Panama Challenges Clinton List Panama, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Without giving in to the extraterritorial sanctions imposed by the United States, the newspapers La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE) will continue operating in an open challenge to the Clinton List. Mexican Oil Production Touches Bottom México, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Oil extraction in Mexico will fall by the end of this year below the two million barrels per day, its lowest level since 1980, it was known today. Wave of Violence Affects Mexican City of Reynosa 11 de julio de 2017, 15:08Mexico, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The confrontations between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel caused the death of 90 people in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the Attorney General''s Office in that state reported today. Drug Use Affects 60% Homeless Puerto Ricans 11 de julio de 2017, 14:40San Juan, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The dramatic social reality of Puerto Rico today brought another of its great ballasts afloat after 119 years of US colonial domination: 60% of homeless Puerto Ricans use drugs. Hydroelectric Project Opposed by Berta Caceres Suspended 10 de julio de 2017, 18:18Tegucigalpa, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The company in charge of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, which was opposed by Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres, officially suspended the construction on the Gualcarque river. Panama Cuts all Government Agreements with Taiwan 10 de julio de 2017, 16:21Panama, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIRE) has reported today that Panama cut ties with Taiwan on Tuesday, switching allegiance to the People''s Republic of China and further isolating the small island nation in favor of the ''One China'' policy. Report Denounces Spying on International Experts in Mexico 10 de julio de 2017, 16:20Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-disciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), which is investigating the disappearance of the 43 teacher school students from Ayotzinapa, was the target of attempted telephone tapping, according to a report published in this capital today. Evils Are Eroding the Mexican Society Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Among the evils that erode the Mexican society are involved the increase of homicides, extortion, kidnapping and business robbery, assured analysts of the Mexican Crime Gauche (SD). Guatemala is Close to Government Paralysis, Expert Says Guatemala, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala is in a scenario of government paralysis due to budgetary inactions, an expert from the Guatemalan Studies Center, Oswaldo Samayoa, said today. Mexico: Reservoir of Edible Moshroom of Healing Properties Mexico, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is the second largest reservoir of edible wild mushrooms in the world, confirmed researchers at the Postgraduate College (Colpos) in Texcoco. Wave of Murders Continue in Mexico Mexico, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The wave of homicides does not stop in Mexico, this week left more than 300 deaths in several states, according to press reports. Cuba Is among Fastest-Growing Tourist Destinations in Costa Rica San Jose, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is currently among Costa Ricans'' favorite tourist destinations, with a growth of 72 percent in 2016, according to statistics from the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, La Nacion newspaper reported. Haiti Shapes parliamentary Front against Hunger 07 de julio de 2017, 17:45Port au Prince, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Haiti took a fundamental step to implement measures that would effectively guarantee the right to proper food, after creating the Parliamentary Front against Hunger, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a press release. Next Caricom Summit to Tackle Delinquency 07 de julio de 2017, 17:36Kingston, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of the Community of Caribbean States (Caricom) suggested including delinquency and violence in the agenda of the next summit in 2018, said today the newspaper The Observer. Trump Repeats Intention to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall 07 de julio de 2017, 16:51Hamburg, Germany, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The president of the United States, Donald Trump, reiterated today the intention of his government to make Mexico pay for the construction of a Wall in the common boreder, after meeting his peer Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump Repeats Intention to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall 07 de julio de 2017, 16:47Hamburg, Germany, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The president of the United States, Donald Trump, reiterated today the intention of his government to make Mexico pay for the construction of a Wall in the common boreder, after meeting his peer Enrique Peña Nieto. Santiago de Cuba Launches New Edition of Excellencies Magazine Santiago de Cuba, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Excellencies magazine number 150 was presented here at the City Conservative Office (OCC), in the 20 years of this institution and its first number, in a Fire Festival. P.R. Danny Rivera to Give Two Concerts and Record Two CDs in Cuba Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican singer and composer Danny Rivera will offer two concerts in Cuba and will record two CDs next August, revealed today the National Center of Art Schools of this Caribbean country. WHO Warns on Increased Resistance to Antibiotics Geneva, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of an increase in antibiotic resistance to the contagious gonorrhea disease, which affects 78 million people worldwide. Caribbean with Highest Rate of Mortality in America St George, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean has the highest rate of mortality in America regarding non-communicable diseases (NCD), with more than 40 percent in people younger than 70 years old, said today local media. Haiti Wants to Improve Emergent Situation by 2030 Port au Prince, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations in Haiti and the Government signed a 2017-2021 Outline Agreement that will be the guideline to meet the sustainable development goals and reach 2030 in better conditions, the station Radio Metropole reported today. New Tropical Depression Taking Shape in Central Atlantic Havana, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Meteorology Institute (ISMET) Prediction Center highlighted today in its website the formation of a new tropical depression in the central Atlantic, the fourth this season. Cuban Literacy Method Helps 70,000 Panamanians 06 de julio de 2017, 09:34By Nubia Piqueras Grosso Nicaragua and Costa Rica in Border Dispute before ICJ Managua, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua will submit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) its stance on maritime boundaries in the Pacific Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea, according to official sources today. El Salvador Prepares Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba San Salvador, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Central American Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba will be held from July 27th to 29th in El Salvador to discuss regional actions to support Cuba and the Revolution. Countries in the Gulf of Mexico Should Work Together, Says Experts Havana, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The Gulf of Mexico is just an single ecosystem, although it is part of three countries and scientists from those nations should work together for its preservation, Argentinian expert Victoria Ramenzoni asserted today. Caricom Shuns Interference and Defends Constitutionality of Venezuela Saint George''s, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) After the approval of a favorable pronouncement of defending non-foreign interference, the support to the State of Law and constitutionality in Venezuela, ends today the 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Increased Cases of Child Abuse in Guatemala Guatemala, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) A total of 708 cases of child abuse were reported so far in Guatemala by the Judicial Organization, said the newspaper La Hora on its website. Government of Mexico City Supports Deportees from the United States Mexico City, July 4 (Prensa Latina) The government of Mexico City has supported more than 20 thousand migrants deported from the United States so far this year. Caricom Summit Kicks Off Focused on Development Plan Saint George''s, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) started today focused on Development Plan in its agenda, headed by president of the event and Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell. Nicaraguan Poverty Rate Rolls Back Managua, July 4 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua´s poverty and inequality rates have significantly rolled back during last year, as a result of continued economic growth and progress in several social indicators, the Central Bank (BCN) reported today. Panama Leads CentAm Athletics and Softball Panama, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Panama became the new Central American champion in athletics and female softball Monday, as confirmed by press media here. Caribbean Festival Begins in Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Festival of the Caribbean began today in this city, with an extensive cultural and academic program to strengthen the relations between the regional countries, based on respect to their roots and spirituality. Illiteracy, a Ballast to Jamaican Agriculture, Experts Say Kingston, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Illiteracy among Jamaican farmers is the main impediment for agricultural development, local community expert Paul Bernard said. Development Priority for Caricom Summit Starting Today Saint George''s, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Contemporary regional topics, with emphasis on issues linked to development will be disujssed in Grenada during the 38th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) confirmed the Secretary General of the organization, Irwin LaRocque. Pemex with Millionaire Losses after Refinery Shutdown Mexico, July 3 (Prensa Latina) Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported economic losses of 359 million pesos a day (about 20 million dollars), due to the shutdown of the Salina Santa Cruz refinery in Oaxaca, it was known here today. More than 70,000 Homicides in Mexico since 2014 Mexico, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities have registered 70,122 malicious murders between 2014 and the first five months of this year, met today. Political Shift to Pave Way to Panama Parliament Elections Panama, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) In a shift previously predicted by many analysts, the officialist Partido Panameñista decided to support ''dissident'' deputy of Cambio Democratico (CD) Yanibel Abrego in her nomination for president of the National Assembly. Grenada Ready to Host CARICOM Summit Georgetown, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government from the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will analyze, next week in this country, the main topical issues to the region, especially those regarding development. Barbados: ODECABE with a New President Bridgetown, Barbados, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Barbadian Steve Stoute took the presidency of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE) to replace recently deceased Hector Cardona, press media reported here Friday. President Maduro Praises Access to Hydrocarbons through Petrocaribe Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President highlighted today the importance of Petrocaribe, 12 years its establishment, for Latin American and Caribbean countries to have access to hydrocarbons, as an act of solidarity. ALBA-TCP Demands Condemnation of Use of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Treaty of Peoples'' Trade (Alba-TCP) demanded international condemnation of the use of violence as a political weapon to overthrow legitimate and democratically elected governments. Unemployment Affects Science, Technology Specialists in Mexico Mexico, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 42 percent of professionals in science and technology in Mexico are unemployed, revealed today a report by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt). Guatemala Asks US Ambassador to Implement the Vienna Convention Guatemala, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked current U.S. ambassador, Todd Robinson, to enact the content of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, media reports today. Latin America,Caribbean Now Emerge as Aging Regions Asuncion, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean are close to become aging regions, so countries must promote public policies in this regard, is the consensus in the Conference sponsored by ECLAC and the Paraguayan government, dedicated to the issue in those geographical areas that are developed here. On this day, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present in this forum the document Rights of the elderly. Challenges for interdependence and autonomy. About 14 Hurricanes Are Forecast during Current Season in Mexico Mexico, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) About 14 hurricanes might hit the Gulf, Mexican Caribbean and Pacific coastlines this year, researchers at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico are forecasting today. Caribbean Leaders to Agree Development Strategies in Jamaica 29 de junio de 2017, 00:45Kingston, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica will host a conference of Caribbean leaders of the public sector from July 19-20 to agree development strategies, the country''s Information Service reported. Santiago de Cuba Prepares 37 International Festival of the Caribbean Santiago de Cuba, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The House of the Caribbean prepares the 37th festival Fiesta del Fuego, which will attract crowds with colors, taste and sounds from July 3rd to 9th. Panamanian Young Film-Makers to Study in Cuba Panama, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Three young Panamanians traveled early this week to Cuba to study at the International School of Movies and Television (EICTV), said sources today. Bahamas Reasserts Will to Strenghten Relations with Cuba Nassau, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) of the Bahamas, Darren Henfield, reasserted today its will to work to strengthen the diplomatic relations with Cuba. Cuba with 149 Tickets to CentAm Games in Barrranquilla Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has already got 149 athletes classified for the next Central American Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 2018, as confirmed by official sources here Wednesday. Buen Abad: End of the Cycle of the Left Wing, a Myth to Discourage Us Por Orlando Oramas León *Mexico (Prensa Latina) Fernando Buen Abad might hold many titles, although he prefers to be introduced as an academic. Chinese-Cuban Sugarcane Harvester Works Successfully Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Eight CCA5 sugarcane harvesters, a model designed by specialists from China and Cuba, have reportedly successfully completed three years of work following this year sugar harvest. Mexican Population Grew More Than One Million Persons In One Year Mexico, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican population has grown one percent in one year, equivalent to 1,200,000 inhabitants, and reached 122,300,000 people by late 2016, it was reported today. Lila Downs Supports Cuba against US Policy Change Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Mexican folk singer, Lila Downs, has expressed today her support to a message sent by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and denounced the recent change of policy of the United States government towards this Caribbean country. SICA Summit Preparatory Technical Meeting Begins San Jose, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Directors of foreign policy from the member nations of the Central American Integration System (SICA) began today in this capital the preparatory technical meeting for the 49th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the regional mechanism. Cuba still at the Head of IberoAm Shooting in El Salvador San Salvador, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba added another three gold medals Tuesday at the 5th Ibero American Shooting Tournament, to sum up the amount of 11 in its last day of competition, with the participation of 11 nations. Airlines in Mexico Fined for Illegal Charges to Passengers Mexico, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Attorney''s Office of Consumer (PROFECO) has imposed fines on Volaris, Interjet, Aeroméxico, VivaAerobus and JetBlue Airways for improper charges to passengers, it was known today. Drug Use Among Mexican Adolescents Has Doubled Mexico, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The use of illegal drugs among adolescents has doubled in the last five years in Mexico, according to data from the National Survey of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption (Encodat 2016) released today. Barbados Calls to Reduce Health Costs Bridgetown, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Barbadian Health Minister, Danville Inniss, has made a call today to reduce the country''s high hospital costs. Cuba Leader of the IberoAm Shooting Tournament in El Salvador San Salvador, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is leading the 5th Ibero American Shooting Championship ending Tuesday in El Salvador, with 8 gold medals, 9 silver and 3 bronze, followed by Guatemala (3-4-10) and Portugal (3-1-0). Around 7,000 Costa Rican Teachers to Go on National Strike San Jose, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The Costa Rican High School Teachers'' Association (APSE) confirmed that around 7,000 members would participate today in the national protest, defending the rights of education workers. Mexico Investigates Millions Embezzlement Mexico, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General''s Office (PGR) is investigating a millionaire embezzlement against Eduardo Luque, former director general of the Center of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the State of Mexico. Law against Torture insufficient; Mexico Confirms Mexico, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said that having a general law to prevent, investigate and punish torture is a breakthrough, but it is insufficient today. Belize to Increase Links with Cuba Belmopan, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Belize will increase its links with Cuba, assured Belizean State Minister for Economic Development, Oil, Investments and Trade Tracy Taegar-Panton during her meeting Monday with Cuban Ambassador Lissette Perez. UNESCO Designated Peruvian Magaly Solier as Artist for Peace Paris, June 26 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova officially designated today Peruvian actress and singer Magaly Solier as an Artist for Peace in recognition of her commitment to protect and promote indigenous culture. Yohan Blake Takes Sprint Double at Jamaica Nationals Kingston, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Olympic Games silver medalist Yohan Blake copped his third sprint double at the Jamaican national track and field championships on Sunday, winning the 200 meters in 19.97 seconds. Barbados-Attorney General Worried by Messages Media Sends To Children Bridgetown,Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite today warned that the responsibility for parenting this country''s youth could not be left to the mass media. Salvadorian Deputy Denounces US Congressmen Plot Against FMLN San Salvador, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran deputy Blandino Nerio denounced today the recurrent plot of US congressmen to affect the electoral processes of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). Costa Rica Concerned About an Increase in HIV and AIDS Cases in 2016 San Jose, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The increase in HIV and AIDS cases in Costa Rica in 2016 is a matter of concern to the authorities of the Ministry of Health, and shows the need to strengthen prevention actions. Mexico City Reports High Aging Rate in the Americas Mexico, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican capital ranks in the ninth place of the most aged populations among 12 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, with one million or more senior citizens, according to the Latin American and Caribbean Demography Center. Transit 1,535 Marks First Year of Panama Canal Expansion Panama, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The transit 1,535 of a neopanamax marks today the first year of operation of the interoceanic way expansion, which exceded expectations of the shipping market, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA). Mexico: Workers' Party to Ally with Morena in 2018 Election Mexico, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The National Congress of the Workers'' Party (PT) of Mexico approved an alliance with the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) in the 2018 election, marking the beginning of that kind of action in the national political scenario. The measure followed the decision by the Morena Congress to create an alliance with the PT for the election to choose the new president of the Republic and to renovate the Senate and the House of Deputies. At the Morena Congress, held on June 11, Presidential Candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he will seek support from citizens, but in the case of political groups, he would only ally with the PT. Costa Ricans Condemn Trump's Measures against Cuba San Jose, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Cuba Solidarity Committee in the Costa Rican province of Cartago on Sunday condemned the measures recently announced by U.S. President Donald Trump against the Caribbean island. Veracruz Police Chief Assassinated Mexico, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Camilo Juan Castagne, the coordinator of the Federal Police in the Mexican state of Veracruz, was assassinated in a shooting in which two other police officers were killed, government authorities reported on Sunday. Mexican Indigenous People Demand Respect for Ancestral Territories Mexico, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Nayeri and Wixarikacados indigenous people, who have lived for centuries in the Mexican state of Nayarit, are demanding respect for their ancestral territories, which have been invaded by the builders of a dam. Human Rights Commission Calls for Investigation into Espionage Mexico, June 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has called for a prompt, objective and impartial investigation into the alleged political espionage acts. Cartel Operates inside Emblematic Mexican University Mexico, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM) demanded an in-depth investigation of the existence of the Tlahuac Cartel cell devoted to drug sale in the study house of this capital. FRANCE STRENGTHENS LINKS WITH LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN In France the Week of the Latin America and the Caribbean became a bridge between the two nations. The event is meant to strengthen the cultural and the diversity of the region. Our correspondent in Paris Luis Maria González with more. Over 1,000 Clandestine Graves Found in Mexico 23 de junio de 2017, 15:22Mexico, June 23 (Prensa Latina) Nowadays, there are over 1,000 clandestine graves in Mexico, where 2, 014 skulls have been found, according to a report written by academic and human rights organizations. Caribbean Hoteliers and Tour Operators Against New Trump Policy Kingston, June 23 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has opposed on Friday the Donald Trump´s new policy against Cuba. Three Day Strike Causes LIAT to Lose Millions Saint John, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) LIAT 1974 Limited has quantified the value of the mass cancellation in bookings and the other expenses it incurred following a strike by its pilots as being in the region of EC $7 million or US 2,5. Millions in Losses Due to Electronic Fraud in Panama Panama, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Losses stem from electronic fraud in Panama as a result of the cloning of credit and debit cards, among other crimes, has now reached nearly $3 million USD. Saint Lucia Will Shortly Build First Solar Park Castries, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) The construction of the first photovoltaic park in Saint Lucia will start in September, and will generate electricity in the summer of 2018, announced Stephenson King, Minister of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour Thursday. Corruption and Impunity Damaging Mexico Mexico, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) General Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexican Minister of National Defense, stated that corruption and impunity are making a lot of damage to Mexico, in his intervention Thursday before the attendants to a workshop on obligations and responsibilities under the national anti-corruption system at the Military Center for Public Health Sciences. Former Costa Rican Police Chief Arrested for Alleged Drug Links San José, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The Plans and Operations Department of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) confirmed today the arrest of José Fabio Pizarro, a former head of the Costa Rican Public Force for alleged links with drug trafficking. Empty Chairs Under the Rain, the Symbols of Injustice in Guatemala Por Isabel Soto MayedoGuatemala, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) A square full of empty chairs under the rain became a symbol of injustice on the National Day against Forced Abductions in Guatemala, the Latin American country that has been most affected by that State crime. Accusations of Corruption Grow Against Mexican Former Governor Mexico, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The Accussations of corruption to officials of the former governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, total today 50, the last two for misuse of resources valued at 12 million pesos (about $650,000 USD at current exchange rates). Shameful Stance of Mexican Gov' Towards Venezuela, Senators Mexico, June 22 (Prensa Latina) The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto must end the interventionist policy that is being applied against Venezuela, Mexican senators demanded at a press conference. Latin America: Female Empowerment at More Work's Expense By Nubia Piqueras Grosso May 2017 as the Most Violent Month in Mexico in 20 Years Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The month of May 2017 is being considered the most violent month in the last two years in Mexico, registering 2,186 files on investigation by homicide. OAS: From Interference to Irrelevance in Venezuela Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The 47th OAS General Assembly, which concludes today in Cancún, has gone from interference to irrelevance in attempts to pass a resolution against Venezuela, the editorial of the Mexican daily La Jornada says today. Jamaica Opens Process for Workers Abroad 21 de junio de 2017, 13:05Kingston, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The Jamaican Ministry for Labour and Social Security will carry out processes for lease (or contract) to participate in the Overseas Employment Program from June 26 to July 17, according to Jamaican newspaper The Observer. Number of Missing People in Mexico Rises for Government Omission Mexico, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The increased number of missing people, from 3,000 in 2011 to 30,000 today, in Mexico is due to omissions by the State, Ariel Dulitzky, former rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances said. PT of Brazil Ratifies Unrestricted Defense of Cuba's Sovereignty Brasilia, June 21 (Prensa Latina) Brazil's Workers' Party (PT) ratified today its unrestricted defense of Cuba''s sovereignty and non-interference by the US government in internal affairs in that Caribbean country. FBI Arrests Former Puerto Rican Minister Involved in Fraud San Juan, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested today former Puerto Rican minister of Export, Ramon Orta, involved in a scheme of corruption linked to the Federal Education Department. T&T Returns to Normal after Tropical Storm Bret 20 de junio de 2017, 17:44Port of Spain, June 20 (Prensa Latina) The airports in Trinidad & Tobago were reopened, according to a statement released today by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (OPGD). Venezuela Submits in OAS Resolution on Missing People 20 de junio de 2017, 17:08Mexico, June 20 (Prensa Latina) A resolution calling for truth and justice to the 43 students from Ayotzinapa and thousands of disappeared people in Mexico was submitted today by Venezuela at the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun. FMLN Rejects Trump Interference Policy Against Cuba San Salvador, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Martí for National Liberation Front (FMLN) ratified today its solidarity with Cuba and rejected the intervention measures recently announced by US President Donald Trump. More Than 57,000 People Affected By Rain in Guatemala Guatemala, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) More than 57,000 people have been affected to this day by torrential downpours in recent days, associated, by experts, with the incidence of a low pressure system in Guatemala. Cuba Hosts First International Junior High School Workshop Havana, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) With a tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the 1st International Junior High School Workshop ‘For an inclusive school'' was opened today at the Conference Center in this capital, with the participation of about 200 delegates. Panama-Varela Suggests Trump to Make Progress in Relations with Cuba Panama, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Carlos Varela stated to his U.S. peer, Donald Trump, the opportunity to make progress on what has been achieved in the bilateral ties with Cuba. OAS Assembly Without Consensus on Proposal Against Venezuela Mexico, June 20 (Prensa Latina) The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States begins today its plenary sessions, in an environment marked by the lack of consensus on two proposals on Venezuela. Cuba Defends in the UN Right of Puerto Rico to Self-determination United Nations, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, reiterated her country''s support for the end of the colonial status of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean nation subject to five centuries of foreign domination. 15 Cuban Shooters to Compete at the 5th Ibero-American Championship Havana, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba delegation, made up of 15 rifle and pistol shooters and led by the London-2012 Olympic Champion, Leuris Pupo, and by Beijing-2008 bronze medallist, Eglys Cruz, will compete at the 5th Ibero-American Championship in El Salvador. Companies from Malaysia and Ecuador Awarded Oil Contract by Mexico Mexico, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Government awarded a second oil contract, out of 15 included in the First Lease of the 2nd Round of the Energy Reform, to foreign companies. Jamaican Former PM Says OAS Chief Almagro Should be Fired Kingston, June 19 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, should be fired, according to the Jamaican former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding. US Policy against Cuba will Fail, Says Ralph Gonsalves Havana, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said today that the policy of the United States against Cuba has failed for more than 50 years and will continue to fail again. Caribbean Islands Closely Watching Tropical Storm Bridgetown, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Barbados and other Caribbean islands are closely watching a tropical depression that might evolve into a Tropical Storm, the local media reported. Puerto Ricans Attend UN with New Political Scene San Juan, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Ricans are attending today the United Nations Committee on Decolonization in New York, in a bankruptcy scenario and the U.S. imposition of a fiscal control board. Probable Tropical Cyclone North of Yucatan,Mexico Mexico, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The National Meteorological Service (NMS) forecast for today the probable incidence of a tropical hurricane between the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the north of Yucatan, moving towards the northwest. Cuba Attends Milano Latin Festival 2017 Milan, Italy, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) All artistic manifestations flourish in Italy in summertime and with them the spaces where thousands of people come every day as happens today with the Milano Latin Festival. Nicaragua Reiterates Brotherhood with Cuba Again US Aggressive Policy Managua, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua today rejected the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to reverse the process of normalization of relations with Cuba begun by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Catholic Church Calls for Actions against Increased Crimes in Mexico Mexico, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The highest authorities of the Catholic Church in Mexico are calling today for urgent measures to end the increased wave of crimes and vandalism that damage communities throughout the country. Trump Is Wrong about Cuba, Mexican Press Highlights Mexico, June 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexico''s media outlets are addressing today Cuba''s response to the announcement by US President Donald Trump of going back in relations with the island. The Risk of Exercising Journalism in Guatemala Por Isabel Soto MayedoGuatemala (Prensa Latina) Since June 2016, 11 journalists have been murdered in nine departments in Guatemala, where the general context of insecurity tends to increase, according to the Center of Informative Reports on Guatemala (Cerigua). Public Health Main Exchange Sector for Cuba and Mexico 16 de junio de 2017, 15:36Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Public Health Minister, Dr. José Narro, today stressed that health is a fundamental sector for his country''s relations with Cuba. Salvadoran Court to Investigate Corruption 16 de junio de 2017, 15:10San Salvador, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice confirmed the start of an investigation Friday, to investigate the possible illegal enrichment of several former officials who received handouts from the Nationalist Republican Alliance of El Salvador (ARENA). Meeting in Mexico Supports Maduro and Denounces OAS Interference 16 de junio de 2017, 15:05By Orlando Oramas Leon More than 3,141 People Affected by Earthquake in Guatemala 16 de junio de 2017, 15:02Guatemala, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) While some media insist today on clarifying whether it was an earthquake or not what occurred Wednesday morning in Guatemala, the data of the people increase progressively and they are already going for 1,141. Mexican Navy's Huasteco Vessel Docks in Cuba Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The ARM Huasteco ship of the Mexican Navy docked today in the port of this capital as part of a 20-day cruise that will also take it to the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Cuban Vice President Meets Mexican Secretaries Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Planning, has received the Secretaries of Economy and Health of Mexico, Ildefonso Guajardo and Jose Narro, respectively, it was officially reported today. Notimex Congratulates Prensa Latina on Its 58th Anniversary Mexico, June 16 (Prensa Latina) The director general of Notimex, Mexican State News Agency, Alejandro Ramos, congratulated Prensa Latina on the 58th anniversary of its founding, which is being commemorated today. Globalization Diversifies Criminal Actions, Jamaican Minister Says Kingston, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Globalization has diversified the range of actions of the international crime, Jamaican Security Minister Robert Montague said today. Prensa Latina: Always Committed to Truth Por Nayara Tardo*Havana (Prensa Latina) When in 1959 the big media monopolies published distorted news about Cuba and its revolutionary process, Prensa Latina spread the truth about the Caribbean island around the world. Nicaraguan Experts Discover Archaeological Site Managua, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan specialists have discovered an archaeological site in the town of Tiscapa, close to the National Baseball Stadium. Training of Mexican Doctors in Cuba Praised Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexican Minister of Health Jose Narro highlighted today the key training in Cuba of Mexican Doctors in Medicine, which will help improve the quality of health services in Mexico. Cuba and Mexico Sign Scientific-Technical Collaboration Accords Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Mexico signed today two agreements and a memorandum of understanding in this capital to increase their scientific-technical collaboration. Jamaica Host International Conference of Organized Crime Kingston, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The need to strengthen the exchange of intelligence at the international level in the fight against criminal organizations is the cornerstone of a two-day conference inaugurated here today. More than 3,141 Affected by Earthquake in Guatemala Guatemala, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) While some media insist today on clarifying whether it was an earthquake or not what occurred Wednesday morning in Guatemala, the data of the affected people increase progressively and they are already going for 1,141. Haiti to Strengthen Trade Relations with Cuba Port-au-Prince, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Haiti will strengthen its trade relations with Cuba, said Minister of Commerce and Industry Pierre Marie Du Meny. Mexican Gov't Is Urged to Protect Journalists Mexico, June 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) reportedly urged today the federal government, state and municipal authorities to review the policy of protection for media professionals. Conference in the US on Prosperity and Security in Central America Washington, June 15 (Prensa Latina) The Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America opens two days of debates in the US city of Miami, Florida, to outline strategies for development in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. El Salvador Pays tribute to Che Guevara San Salvador, June 14 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran social and solidarity movements with Cuba have made a pilgrimage to the town of Chalchuapa in order to pay tribute to the Cuban-Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto ''Che'' Guevara´s birth. Guatemala: Impact of Quake Forces Closure of Corridor to Mexico Guatemala, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) A quake of 6.6 degrees in the open Richter scale, occurred this early morning between Guatemala and Mexico, in the bordering corridor of Tecun Uman, west of Guatemala, forced the authorities to close the corridor immediately this Wednesday. Mexico Earthquake:Many Injured as Quake Hits Guatemalan Border Mexico, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) At least six people injured are the toll of the seven-degree earthquake on the Richter scale that struck Chiapas in southern Mexico at dawn today. Tooth Found in Mexico Suggests Mammals Migrated Across America Washington, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Late in the afternoon on a hot March day in central Mexico, a paleontologist uncovered a jawbone and called over to Jack Tseng. Two Dead and Damages Due to 6.6 Earthquake in Guatemala Guatemala, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Damages in homes, power cuts, and two people dead are the preliminary balance of a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that shook Guatemala City early this morning. Panama-China Relations, a Pragmatic Decision Por Osvaldo Rodriguez MartinezPanama, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The surprise caused by the establishment of diplomatic relations between Panama and China was perhaps due to the fact that it is a decision by the current Panamanian government, with more support and almost no negative criticisms. UN Analyzes Strategy to Defeat Cholera in Haiti United Nations, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The UN General Assembly is analyzing the situation of a strategy launched in 2016 by the organization to defeat the cholera epidemic that plagues Haiti. Nicaragua Opts for New Irrigation System, Given Climate Change Managua, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Given the difficulties caused by the climate change, farmers from the Nicaraguan province of Rivas use the trickle irrigation system, through which they expect to diversify the production of the growing. Honduras: More than 350,000 Children Forced to Work Tegucigalpa, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) More than 400,000 Honduran children and teenagers have to work in order to subsist, said today official sources. ILO World Summit to Discuss Women at Work Geneva, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The 106th International Labor Organization (ILO) Conference -still in session- will hold a world summit on Thursday to discuss the way to shape a better future for women in their jobs. Panamanian Deputy FM Signs Arrest for Ricardo Martinelli Panama, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, Maria Luisa Navarro, has said on Tuesday that Panamanian Foreign Ministry was informed about the arrest for ex-President Ricardo Martinelli in Miami, USA. Reward in Mexico for Information on Journalists' Killers Mexico, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Attorney General''s Office (PGR) offered today a reward of up to $1.5 million pesos (some $81,000 USD) to those who give information on the killers of six journalists, as published in the Official Gazette of the country. Jamaican Opposition Urges National Thrust to Craft Solutions to Crime Kingston,Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has urged the Jamaican Government to lead a national effort in developing an effective plan to stop the criminal violence in Jamaica. El Salvador, Cuba Explore Niche Markets in Business Forum San Salvador, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The development of nautical charts on the coast of Acajutla and La Union stands out among possible future collaborations between El Salvador and Cuba, which continue today a business forum. China and Panama Establish Diplomatic Ties Beijing, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) China and Panama have formalized here today the establishment of diplomatic relations and the beginning of joint work for the first bilateral agreements. AVN President Congratulates Prensa Latina in 58th anniversary Caracas, June 13 (Prensa Latina) Prensa Latina (PL) is a heroic effort, since its inception it has successfully carried out a vision of serving the truth, from the perspective of those who aspire for a better world, said here Freddy Fernandez, president of the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN). T&T Hosts Second Phase of 2017 Tradewinds Exercises Washington, June 13 (Prensa Latina) The second phase of 2017 Tradewinds exercises, that brings together security forces and regional civilian agencies from 20 participating nations, is set to take place today in Trinidad and Tobago, according to the US Department of Defense. Three out of 10 Costa Rican Minors Work in Agriculture and Fisheries San Jose, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Three out of 10 minors are currently working in agriculture and fisheries in Costa Rica, as reported by the 2016 Child and Adolescent Work Module, submitted by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). Puerto Rico: Fight will Continue, Say Students as University Opens San Juan, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The student movement said that the fight for public education will continue as the campus of Rio Piedras of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was opened again, following a 71-day strike. Tico President Removes Minister for Domestic Violence Complaint San Jose, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis requested today the resignation of the Minister of Public Works and Transport Carlos Villalta, following a complaint of domestic violence by the wife of the now former leader. More Officials Arrested for Fire in Guatemalan Orphanage Guatemala, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Three other officials were arrested today in Guatemala for their connection to the fire at the state-run home for minors Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, which killed 41 girls, the Public Ministry reported. The Drama of Children and Teenagers Working in Mexico Mexico, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Two and a half million children are working below the age allowed in Mexico, reveals today a document released by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). Annexation of Puerto Rico Fails, Poor Participation in Plebiscite San Juan, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The participation of 23 percent of 2.2 million Puerto Rican voters in the plebiscite on the status held on Sunday is a resounding failure for the annexationist government of Ricardo Rossello Nevares. Chiefs of Police Murdered in Mexico Mexico, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) About 20 police chiefs were murdered, while seven were unharmed from organized crime attacks, so far this year in Mexico, reported the media today. MORENA Congress to Decide Alliances with Other Mexican Parties Mexico, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) will decide its alliance policy for the 2018 presidential elections. Cuban Plan against Climate Change Captures Interest in Costa Rica San Jose, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government''s plan to tackle climate change has captured the interest of participants in the Global Dialogue on Oceans in Costa Rica, the first deputy minister of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), Fernando Gonzalez, said today. Highlighted Tourism Growth in Nicaragua 09 de junio de 2017, 17:39Managua, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan authorities highlighted the growth of tourism in the country, inaugurating today in this capital the 6th International Fair Fenitur 2017 of to this economic activity. PRI Wins in Mexico state, MORENA to Challenge the Result 09 de junio de 2017, 17:14Mexico, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Mexico''s Electoral Institute (IEEM) has announced on Friday the official candidate, Alfredo del Mazo, as the winner of the elections, but the outcome will be challenged by the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Puerto Rico To Dismiss Thousands of Employees, Says Senator 09 de junio de 2017, 16:28San Juan, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosello will dismiss near 7,000 employees in the coming months, including teachers, said today senator Rossana Lopez, from the opposition Popular Democratic Party (DPP). Usain Bolt Says Breaking Records Not a Priority Kingston,Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Usain Bolt says breaking records is not a priority and dedicates tomorrow''s farewell performance to fans. Having established two individual world records Usain Bolt said he would not be attempting to break his 9.58 and 19.19 clocking times to end his final season in glory.''I have already said it, this season is for the fans,'' said Bolt, during a JN Racers Grand Prix press briefing yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Consternation in Nicaragua for Miguel D'Escoto's Death Managua, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua remains today consternated for the death of priest and former diplomat Miguel D''Escoto, whose funeral and solemn tribute will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Another Puerto Rican former Governor Calls to Boycott Plebiscite San Juan, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican ex-governor Aníbal Acevedo joined today the call to boycott the plebiscite of status to be held next Sunday, promoted by the annexationist New Progressive Party (PNP). Costa Rica Defines Actions to Improve Oceans' Health San Jose, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) About 100 high political, civil society and academia representatives are participating today and tomorrow in the Global Dialogue on Oceans, an event that Costa Rica hosts to define actions aimed at improving the health of that part of the planet. Int'l Events Dedicated to the Elderly Aids Caribbean Medical Assoc. Havana, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The work of the Caribbean Medical Association (AMECA) in the Dominican Republic has been benefited thanks to the exchange generated by the international events dedicated to the elderly, the head of this office, Lourdes Herrera, stressed today. PRI Lost Almost Half of the Votes in Comparison to 2011 Elections Mexico, June 7 (Prensa Latina) Governor elections in the State of Mexico, Coahuila and Nayarit meant a decrease in the number of votes obtained by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), according to results at hand today. Cuba Hosts Seminar on Traumatology and Pediatric Orthopedics Havana, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Attention of the main traumatic affections, deformities and pediatric orthopedic alterations are among the themes of an international meeting, which is held here today and extends until Friday. Havana Hosts 9th International Design Congress Havana, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The 9th International Design Congress, Forma 2017, begins here today with the participation of professionals from more than 20 nations focused on reviewing the most up-to-date theories about the activity. Dominican Rep. Scholar Recognizes Cuba's Work With the Elderly Havana, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), in the Dominican Republic, has subjects linked to longevity and the elderly, influenced by the contributions made by Cuba in this population sector. Mexico City Dangerous Due to Robbery and Other Crimes Mexico City, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexico City is today Mexico''s second-highest rate of theft to passers-by, a crime that increased 38.2 percent in the first four months of 2017. OECD Publishes Growth Forecast for Latin American Countries Paris, June 7 (Prensa Latina) The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published today its biannual forecasts, which predicts a growth acceleration for some Latin American countries, and a contraction in others. Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt to Run in Czech Republic Prague, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican sprinter Usian Bolt will run the 100 flat meters next June 28 in Czech tournament Golden Spikes, said the organizers of the event. Mexico Asks Panama to Extradite Former Mexican Governor Panama, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian Attorney General's Office has confirmed today the request for extradition of former governor of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, detained at the National Directorate of Investigation. Hearing for Corruption Case in Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, June 6 (Prensa Latina) A hearing has began today in Dominican Republic to know the request for coercive measures of 18-month pre-trial custody against the 14 people involved in bribery paid by the Odebrecht Brazilian company. IRP Leads Electoral Votes in Mexico Mexico, June 7 (Prensa Latina) The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), which made its debut in three of four state elections on June 4 in Mexico, was the second most voted and very close to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (IRP). Ministry of Health Declares End of Zika Epidemic in Puerto Rico San Juan, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Health today decreed the end of the Zika epidemic in Puerto Rico, where it caused several deaths and serious economic damages by a campaign that pushed tourists away from the United States. Historical Drought in Oaxaca Mexico, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca is experiencing a historical drought in most of its territory, with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, near zero precipitation and lack of water for the population and livestock. PRI Wins, But Is Declining in the State of Mexico Mexico, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Everything indicates today that the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will continue to govern the strategic state of Mexico, but it is also unquestionable that it is declining in terms of popularity and strength in that state. Puerto Rican Filmmaker Arrested by Federal Agents San Juan, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Puerto Rican filmmaker Tito Roman Rivera was arrested by federal agents after participating yesterday in a protest outside the main building of the United States in San Juan. Cuba to Attend Grand Prix in Cancun with Eight Athletes Havana, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will attend the Grand Prix of Judo in Cancun, Mexico with 8 fighters, in a competition that has confirmed the presence of 190 athletes from 39 nations up to now, and giving points for the world ranking. Over 50 Independent Candidates for Elections in Honduras Tegucigalpa, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Honduras have received at least 57 independent candidates heading for general elections on November 26, according to official sources. 2018 Caribbean Series to Be Held in Venezuela Santo Domingo, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Dominican Juan Francisco Puello, president of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, ratified the Venezuelan city of Barquisimeto as the host for the 2018 Caribbean Series. CARICOM Criticizes US Withdrawal From Paris Agreement Georgetown, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) criticized the decision by the US government to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Jamaica Observer newspaper reported today. China Recognizes Government of Mexican Capital for Its Care To Pandas Mexico, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Chinese authorities have acknowledged the government of Mexico City for the care of panda bears, particularly in the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) Zoo in this capital, it was reported today. More Hurricanes Predicted This Season in the Atlantic Ocean Washington, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Meteorologists at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center said today that the Atlantic Ocean could face another hurricane season above normal this year. Mexico Denounces Children Contamination With Lead Mexico, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 1,500 children working in mining in Vetagrande, Mexican state of Zacatecas, suffer physical and mental damages due to contamination by lead and other heavy metals, denounced today an editorial of La Jornada newspaper. Death Toll in Mexico From Tropical Storm Beatriz Rises México,Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Six people were killed as Tropical Storm Beatriz dumped heavy rain on southwestern Mexico, causing landslides that destroyed homes, damaged roads and uprooted trees, emergency officials said today. Violence Continues in Reynosa, Mexico Mexico, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Reynosa, Mexican city of Tamaulipas bordering the United States, looks today out of control as new victims of violence are reported. El Salvador FM Meets Intense Agenda of Work in France Paris, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador''s foreign minister, Hugo Martínez, is meeting in France an intense agenda focused on bilateral and regional relations, in a visit that ends today with the signing of an agreement in the education sector. More than 32,000 People Disappeared in Mexico Mexico, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) In Mexico 32,218 people are missing, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior released today. Honduras Signs Agreement on Atomic Energy Tegucigalpa, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Honduran government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement on fostering technical cooperation in several areas of common interest. Costa Rica Showed in Cuba Experience in Renewable Energy San Jose, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Jose Antonio Aragon, member of Costa Rica''s Board of Directors on Planning and Power Development of Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), presented in Cuba how his country is fostering the use of renewable energy. Canadian NGO Warns over NAFTA Bad Consequences Ottawa, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Non-governmental organization Common Frontiers warned the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has destroyed entire sectors of local economy, such as agriculture in Mexico or the exploitation of natural resources in Canada. Quake Reports in Barbados for the Second Time this Month Bridgetown, June 1 (Prensa Latina) A 4.1 magnitude earth tremor shook today the coast of Barbados, the second in less than a month, the local media reported. Atlantic and Caribbean Hurricane Season Starts Havana, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Today marks the first day of the Atlantic and Caribbean hurricane season, which will run until November 30. Tropical Depression Two -E Takes Aim at Oaxaca, Mexico México,Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The state of Tabasco,Mexico is recovering today from intense and rains that have bring floods and heavy damages, according to local media. Renewable Energies, Cuba and the Caribbean Main Objective Havana, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The Ninth International Conference on Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy Education, CIER 2017, continues today its work with an agenda in which Cuba and the Caribbean are the main objective. UNESCO Highlights Revolutionary Work of Fidel Castro Paris, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Spanish intellectual Ignacio Ramonet has highlighted today at UNESCO the broad revolutionary work of Fidel Castro, who boosted deep transformations in Cuba and also in countries of other continents. Island States Demand UN Commitment to Protect Oceans By Waldo Mendiluza Bolivia Assumes Presidency of the UN Security Council United Nations, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia assumes today the monthly presidency of the UN Security Council in the midst of serious conflicts and challenges for world peace. New Costa Rican International Airport to Start Operations in 2027 San Jose, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The new Metropolitan International Airport of Costa Rica will begin operations in 2027, according to the master plan presented Wednesday, while the site of the project was declared as public interest by the Government. President of Costa Rican Party Criticizes Venezuelan Opposition San Jose, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Patricia Mora, president and MP from the Frente Amplio (FA) party, said today that Costa Rica can not be influence by the opposition to the Government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while denouncing the growing foreign interference in that country. AOSIS Concerned about Eventual US Exit of Climate Agreement United Nations, May 31 (PL) The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) expressed today concern about the eventual exit of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Rains Hit Dominican Republic Once Again Santo Domingo, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Heavy rains in recent days have again put 16 Dominican provinces on alert today which due to the previous rainfall the reservoirs are full, the rivers are flooded and soils have a high humidity. Jardines del Rey Tourist Resort: Conditions for Summer Getting Ready Ciego de Avila, Cuba, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban tourist destination Jardines del Rey (northern coastline of Ciego de Avila) is adjusting conditions in its tourist installations for the summer season, when the demand of the national market starts growing. Chicago Harp Quartet to Perform in Cuba Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Harp Quartet of Chicago, United States, will hold two concerts in Cuba along with the local Symphony Orchestra of Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, the Cuban Music Institute reported. Jamaica Safeguards Reggae Legacy Kingston, May 31 (Prensa Latina)Jamaican Minister of Culture, Olivia Grange reported today that the government is promoting actions to safeguard the legacy of reggae music as a patrimonial treasure of this Caribbean nation, reported The Gleaner newspaper today. World Final of Programming Competition in US, an Ovation for Cuba Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) An ovation filled the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in the American town of Rapid City when the Cuban team of the University of Havana (UH) was Latin American champion in an international university competition of programming. Lopez Obrador Calls for Citizen Support vs. Vote Buying in Mexico Mexico, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Manuel Lopez Obrador, has requested citizen support to defend vote during the June 4th elections in several Mexican states, particularly Mexico. Panama to Regulate Stay of Tourists from Three Nationalities Panama, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The enactment of an Executive Decree today will limit the stay of tourists from Venezuela, Colombia, and Nicaragua to three months, half the usual time allowed, Alvaro Alemán, Minister of the Presidency, confirmed. Morena Officially Denounces Irregularities in Mexican Elections Mexico, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The party Movimiento de Regeneracion Nacional (Morena) has denounced to electoral authorities the alleged involvement of the federal Government in supporting ruling candidate for the June 4th elections in the state of Mexico. Cuba Expects High Foreign Participation in Energy Forum Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) About 200 delegates from some 20 countries will participate in the Ninth International Conference on Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy Education, CIER 2017, that opened here today, a source of the event stated. Drug Cartels Fight for Control of Reynosa,Mexico Mexico, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican city of Reynosa in the border with the US is becoming now a battle field by organized crime members, with at leats 36 homicides last month. Cuba to Attend OCLAE Andean Meeting in Bogota Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of the Andean region of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students (OCLAE) will be held at the National University in Bogotá on Thursday and Friday. Jamaica Demands More Resources for Development of Caribbean Tourism Kingston, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett urged the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to increase funding to boost the sector''s growth in the region, reported today The Gleaner newspaper. Cuban Capital to Host International Festival Danzón Habana 2017 Havana, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The International Festival Danzón Habana 2017 will be held from June 21 to 25 in this capital, where participants will pay homage to the musician and composer Dámaso Pérez Prado on the centenary of his birth, local media informed today. World Tourism Organization Highlights El Salvador Potential San Salvador, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), confirmed today that Latin America represents the future of this sector, and highlighted the potential of El Salvador. Former General Manuel Antonio Noriega Dies in Panama Panama, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Former General Manuel Antonio Noriega has died today at the Santo Tomas Hospital in this capital, after a brain surgery, whose recovery process failed to survive after several weeks of seriousness, medical sources confirmed. Dominican Attorney General Seeks Prison to 14 Officials Santo Domingo, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Dominican Attorney General, Jean Alain Rodriguez, has demanded 18 months in pre-trial custody to 14 officials, ex-officials and lawmakers arrested today for alleged links to Odebrecht bribe probe. Honduran President Orders an Investigation into Stadium Stampede Tegucigalpa, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has today ordered the authorities to conduct an in-depth investigation into a stampede, which caused four deaths and several injured, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa. Support of Cuba to Education in Antigua and Barbuda Thanked Saint John, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barrbuda, was grateful to Cuba for its strong support to the educative agenda of this eastern Caribbean nation. Deputy PM of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Arrived in Cuba Havana, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Luis Straker has arrived in Cuba to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Cuban Foreign Ministry informed today. Illegal Money in Mexican Elections Investigated Mexico, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Specialized Attorney''s Office for Electoral Crimes (FEPADE) has been investigating candidates for governors, among other candidates, for allegedly using money from illegal sources, for the June 4th elections. Latin American Culture Celebrated at UNESCO Paris, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The thinking and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean are currently being celebrated at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where a Week dedicated to that region begins. Attacks on Journalists in Mexico Come from Local Officials Mexico, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The Advisory Council of the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Mexico warned on Sunday that many of the attacks on communicators and human rights defenders come from local and state officials. MORENA Strengthens After LP Candidates Declines in Mexican Elections Mexico, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The aspirations of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) have today strengthened following the declines of Labor Party (PT) candidates in the states of Mexico and Coahuila. Panama and Costa Rica Lead CentAm Tourism towards Cuba 27 de mayo de 2017, 00:24Panama, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 200,000 tourists coming from Central America are traveling to Cuba every year, and Panama and Costa Rica are the countries with a greatest representation, said here Cuban Tourism Ministry official Pablo Vazquez. Five Honduran Districts on Alert for Flood Risk 26 de mayo de 2017, 17:49Tegucigalpa, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Honduran authorities have today declared a green (preventive) alert for five districts in view of flooding risk due to the pouring rain expected for the next few hours. Recognized in Cuba Oscar Lopez Resistance in Puerto Rican Cause 26 de mayo de 2017, 17:35Havana, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Oscar López symbolizes resistance to a powerful enemy: United States, the head of the Puerto Rican Mission in Cuba, Edwin González, stated here during a panel on the life of the independence fighter. Honduras: Millions of Citizens to Vote in General Elections 26 de mayo de 2017, 16:29Tegucigalpa, May 26 (Prensa Latina) At least 6.2 million Hondurans will be able to take part in the general elections to take place nest November 26, official sources ratified here Friday. Mexico Must prepare for Water Crisis, Experts Warns 26 de mayo de 2017, 15:20Mexico, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Mexico must prepare itself from today for a water crisis that could appear between 2020 and 2035, researchers warned here. Cuba Exposes in Mexico Experiences to Face Natural Disasters By Orlando Oramas Leon Cuban Singer Liuba Maria Hevia To Perform Vidas Paralelas in Colombia Havana, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia will offer a concert in the Colombian city of Medellín on June 2, in which she will play several songs from her album Vidas paralelas, she confirmed today through social networks. Cuban Computer Experts Contribute to Economic and Social Development Matanzas, Cuba, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban Information Technology Union (UIC), Ailyn Febles, said today that the main challenge of this civil society organization is to contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Premature Deaths Due to Chronic Diseases Increase in Jamaica Kingston, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican Health Minister Christopher Tufton has warned of the growing level of premature deaths from chronic diseases, The Observer newspaper reported today. Cruisers Sailing High in the Caribbean Havana, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has reported that nearly 26 million travelers from around the world will enjoy a cruise ship trip this year according to recent estimates. Business Fair Ends in Cuba Havana, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The IV Business Fair ends today after intense days of exchange between the country''s economic actors to facilitate the management of Cuban companies. Independent Candidates Lead Elections in the Cayman Islands George Town, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Independent candidates won nine seats in the new Legislative Assembly (parliament) to dominate the Cayman Islands general election held on Friday, Caribbean News Service reported. Honduras Calls for General Elections Tegucigalpa, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Honduran Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) has called today for general elections to be held next November 26. López Obrador Denounces Fraud for June Elections Mexico, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican federal government and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) are using public funds in a fraudulent electoral operation in the state of Mexico, an opposition leader denounced today. Nicaraguans Say Goodbye to Poet Carlos Rigby with Honors Managua, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua today paid a posthumous tribute to poet Carlos Rigby, 72, who died in this capital as a result of a heart attack. Heberprot-p, Reaches Slovakia, First Stop in the European Union Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of Cuban doctors arrived in Slovakia to bring advisory in the application of Heberprot-p, the only drug in the world for the treatment of diabetic foot, reported today CubaMinrex foreign Ministry''s website. Voters Go to the Polls in Cayman Islands Election George Town, May 24 (Prensa Latina) About 21,000 voters go to the polls today in the Cayman Islands to elect the 15 members of the new Legislative Assembly of this British Caribbean territory. Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda Hold Migration Talks Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda develop today and tomorrow, in this capital, the Third Bilateral Round of Migration Talks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Cuba to Discuss Education for Senior Citizens 24 de mayo de 2017, 00:08Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban academicians will debate in this capital on education for the elderly in the context of an event that will be held in this capital until May 26th. Countdown to the 37th International Festival of the Caribbean 24 de mayo de 2017, 00:05Santiago de Cuba, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The 37th edition of the International Festival of the Caribbean began its countdown after the constitution of the Organizing Committee, which will be in charge of setting up the event starting next July. Nicaraguan Parliament Passes Law to Improve Public Health 23 de mayo de 2017, 16:36Managua, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan Parliament passed today the Law to Create Mobile Health Clinics, seeking to promote a community care model in the country. Capo of Gulf Cartel Captured in Mexico 23 de mayo de 2017, 16:04Mexico, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Special Mexican security forces detained a high-ranking Gulf cartel leader in Tabasco, one of the main criminal organizations operating in the country, reported today. Future Cardinal Revives Salvadoran Faith in Romero's Canonization By Charly Morales Valido Over 1,000 Organized Crime Attacks Against Mexican Army Mexico, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Army reportedly suffered 1,038 attacks by organized crime from December 2012 to February 21 this year. ECLAC Highlights Sustainable Development in Cuba Port Spain, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The capacity and strength reached by Cuba to promote sustainable development, was recently highlighted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), said a diplomatic source here Monday. Emblematic Cuban Rumba Group Los Muñequitos Celebrates 65 Years Matanzas, Cuba, May 22 (Prensa Latina) With 65 years and equal number of presentations in Cuban cities, the famous rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas celebrates its six and a half decades of life, Rafael Somavilla Provincial Center of Music (CPMRS) informed today. Jamaica to Assess Impact of Heavy Rains on Inflation Kingston, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will be assessing the impact of the torrential flood rains which lashed the island last week to determine whether its inflation forecast needs to be revised. First Salvadoran Cardinal Dedicates His Naming to Monsignor Romero San Salvador, May 22 (Prensa Latina) When Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chávez was told that Pope Francisco would name him Cardinal, above Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar himself, he thought it was too early to be joking. Accounting Focuses on International Forum in Cuba Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The 11th International Meeting on Accounting, Auditing and Finance begins today at the Conference Center in Havana with the participation of about 400 experts, to share the best experiences in this area. Uncontrollable Violence in Mexico, says Mexican Archdiocese Mexico, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Violence in Mexico is uncontrollable today, according to the weekly From the Faith of the Mexican Archdiocese in an editorial. Dominican Jose Reyes Reaches, Then passes 2,000 Hit Plateau New York,May 21 (Prensa Latina) There was a time in Jose Reyes'' career when he thought he''d easily get to 2,000 hits. There was also a time when he wondered if he''d ever return to a Major League diamond. Oscar López Rivera: the Struggle for Puerto Rico's Freedom Continues Por Nestor Rosa-MarbrellSan Juan, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Oscar López Rivera, who was released on May 17 after 36 years of imprisonment in the United States for his struggle for Puerto Rico''s independence, has become a symbol of inspiration for new generations of Puerto Ricans. Mexico Experiences the Most Acute General Crisis in Recent Years By Raúl García Alvarez Mexico, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is facing one of the sharpest economic, political and social crises of the last 10 years, José Humberto Montes de Oca, international secretary of the Mexican Electricians Union (SME), said today. Caricom Ratifies Support for Venezuela 19 de mayo de 2017, 15:28Bridgetown, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Community of the Caribbean (Caricom) said that no pressure would make it withdraw the support for Venezuela, given the crisis triggered by the extreme right-wing, said today the website Caribbean 360. Caribbean Nations Stand By Venezuela Bridgetown, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community Use of Fungus Increases Plant Growth, Mexican Scientists Mexico, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexican scientists have found that two species of the fungus Trichoderma spp produce hormones that stimulate the growth of plants such as maize, beans, wheat, sorghum, canola, cotton, walnut and prickly pear. Jose Martí is Still Present More Than a Century After His Death Havana, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of several generations will pay tribute today in all the Cuban territory to the National Hero Jose Marti, fallen in combat 122 years ago, but with a permanent presence in the political ideology and ethical action of this Caribbean nation. Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru Promote Stronger Ties with Vietnam Hanoi, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are intending to give a new impetus to their relationships with Vietnam through a series of activities next week that will facilitate greater knowledge of their economies, including trade and other areas. Jamaica to Prioritize Restoration of Access to Flooded Communities Kingston, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The government of Jamaica will prioritize the restoration of the access to the communities most affected by the floods reported in this country, as part of the recovery efforts, The Observer informed today. Evo Morales Greets Freed Puerto Rican Independence Activist La Paz, May 18 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has welcomed today the release of Puerto Rican independence activist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, after spending nearly 36 years at a U.S. prison. Cuban Recreational Sailing Increases Havana, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The celebration this week of the 25th anniversary of the International Yacht Club Ernest Hemingway of Cuba, besides being a novelty, represents an additional support to the growing spiral of the island''s tourism. Mexico Without Funds to Protect Journalists Mexico, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government did not allocate funds this year to the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, who have been victims of several crimes in 2017, it was reported today. Assassination of Another Mexican Journalist Reported Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Hector Jonathan Rodriguez, a 26-year-old reporter for El Costeño weelky magazine in Autlan de Navarro, in the state of Jalisco, was shot dead, his father Hector Rodriguiez, director of the publication, confirmed today. Peña Nieto Announces Measures to Protect Journalists and Activists Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Wednesday measures to protect journalists and human rights defenders in the nation, after the number of murdered journalists, increased to 6 this year. Cybercrimes Cause Million-Dollar Losses in Mexico Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cybercrimes are currently costing Mexico about $4 billions a year, despite the government presented the National Digital Strategy, it was reported today. Puerto Rican Independence Fighter Oscar Lopez Thanks Cuba Support Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar López Rivera thanked Cuba and his people for all the support given to the campaign for their freedom, definitively achieved today. UN Security Council Holds Venezuela Consultations United Nations, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council holds today its first closed-door consultations on the situation in Venezuela, a meeting requested by the United States. Environmental Contingency Continues in Mexican Valley Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis determined that Phase 1 of Environmental Contingency in the Valley of Mexico will continue, where high levels of pollution persist. Venezuela Celebrates Release of Puerto Rican Fighter Lopez Rivera Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has celebrated today the definitive release of leader Oscar Lopez Rivera, after 35 years in U.S prison for fighting for the independence in Puerto Rico. Mexico Condemns Impunity of Crimes Against Journalists Mexico, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The vast majority of crimes against journalists in Mexico remain unpunished, La Jornada reported today. Cuba for the Control of Patients with Arterial Hypertension Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health authorities work to control arterial hypertension (AHT), after several years of progress in identifying patients with this disease, which affects almost a third of the population. Oscar López Rivera Thanks the Efforts of the Puerto Rican People San Juan, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Independence leader Oscar López Rivera thanked the Puerto Rican people for all their efforts to gain his freedom, which he enjoys since this morning after 36 years in prison. Nicaraguan Minister Travels to Spain to Boost Trade Managua, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan minister of Industry and Trade, Orlando Solorzano, is traveling to Spain today in order to boost investments and commercial exchange between the two nations, announced Vice President of the Republic, Rosario Murillo. Jamaica Allocates Million Funds to Areas Affected by the Rain Kingston, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican authorities will allocate US $ 175 million of this country (US $ 1. 360 000) for the recovery of the areas affected by the rains in recent weeks, official sources reported today. Increased Drugs Production and Consumption in Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Despite the efforts by anti-narcotics agencies, people are increasingly producing and consuming drugs, Dominican President Danilo Medina said today. Unesco Director Condemns Assassination of Mexican Journalist Paris, May 16 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez and reminded the need to promote a greater protection for journalists in the world. Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue Cases Increase in Costa Rica Sam Jose, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Data from the Health Ministry in Costa Rica today reveal a total of 152 confirmed cases of zika in the first 16 weeks of 2017, while notifying 759 people likely to carry that dangerous arbovirus. Cuba Competes in Guadeloupe with Six Athletes Havana, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will participate tomorrow with six athletes in the 13th edition of the international meeting of Guadalupe, which is part of the circuit of seven meetings organized by the French Federation of the discipline, it was reported today. Pension Reduction to Affect 18,000 Puerto Rican Workers San Juan, May 16 (Prensa Latina) A pension reduction by the fiscal control board will affect 18,000 employees of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), union leader Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo confirmed today. More than a Hundred Journalists Murdered in Mexico Mexico, May 16 (Prensa Latina) From 2000 up to date 126 journalists have been murdered in Mexico, according to an update of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH). Canada Ready to renegotiate Trade Treaty with USA, Mexico Ottawa, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian government is ready to face the announced renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Mexico, confirmed federal officials today. New Anti-Uber Outcry by Panamanian Cab Drivers 15 de mayo de 2017, 17:12Panama, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Despite Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela´s warning on taking away plates and operating permits for blocking the road service up, a number of tourist cab drivers staged today an anti-Uber outcry. Mexico is the Most Affected in Latin America by Cyber Attack Mexico, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is the most affected country in Latin America and the fifth globally, after Russia, Ukraine, China and India by the worldwide cyberattack, said an expert. Increase of Nicaraguan Gold Exports in 2017 Managua, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan gold exports increased in the first third of the year 2016, almost 8 percent, compared to the similar period of 2016, said a specialized source here Monday. About 150,000 Mexicans to Visit Cuba This Year Mexico, May 15 (Prensa Latina) About 150,000 Mexicans will vacation in Cuban tourist destinations thies year, Xiomara Martinez, tourism counselor at the Cuban Embassy to Mexico, said. Bandits Meddle in Journalists' Work in Mexico Mexico, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Seven domestic and international journalists were arrested and stripped of their work by about 100 members of the La Familia Michoacana (Michoacana Family) Mexican drug cartel and organized crime syndicate, in the northern Mexican state of Guerrero, according to local authorities. Increased Number of Athletes to Central American and Caribbean Games San Juan, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) has today revealed that over 1,300 athletes from 23 nations have already ensured their ticket to 2018 Barranquilla Central American and Caribbean Games. Griminal Gangs Control Fuel Robbery in Mexico Mexico, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Fuel robbery in Mexico is a business controlled today by criminal groups, in particular Los Zetas and the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación, was released today. Mexico's Industrial Activity Is Still Stagnated Mexico, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Industrial activity, which accounts for less than one-third of the value of Mexico''s economy, remained stagnated in March, according to an official source. Women Activists Are Victims of Crimes in Mexico Mexico, May 14 (Prensa Latina) At least 44 women journalists or activists from civil organizations have been killed in Mexico since 2010, according to reports. FAO Adopts New Guidelines for Tackling Climate Change Rome, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced new guidelines aimed at supporting countries in meeting their commitments to tackle climate change. Barbados to Host Caricom Foreign Ministers Meeting Bridgetown, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministers of the member countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will meet here at the meeting of the Caribbean Foreign and Community Relations Council on May 18 and 19, said local newspaper Nation News Thursday. Thousands in Salvador for Dismissal of Judges that Favor Right-Wing San Salvador, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Salvadorans asked today the dismissal of four judges from the Constitutional Chamber, who increased their attacks on all social initiatives promoted by President Salvador Sanchez Ceren. Mexico: Activist for Disappeared People Murdered Mexico, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez, an activist for the cause of thousands of Disappeared people in Mexico, was murdered by an armed group in Tamaulipas (north) as reported here Thursday. Chile Promotes Rapprochement With Indonesia, ASEAN Jakarta, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Chile expects to increase relations with Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) starting from the state visit of president Michelle Bachelet. Bahamian Ruling Party Accepts Defeat in General Elections Nassau, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) accepted today his defeat in the elections held on this island that is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. El Salvador Celebrates Mothers Day Despite Political Turbulence San Salvador, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorans will try to celebrate the Mothers Day in the middle of the political chaos created by a constitutional prohibition that is trying to destabilize the government. OAS General Assembly Changes Venue in Mexico due to 'Logistics' Mexico, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), to be held from June 19th to 21st, will be hosted by Cancun city due to ''logistics'', said sources here today. Guyanese Health Minister Confirms Robbery of Dangerous Drug Georgetown, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The theft of dangerous drugs sensitive to human health was confirmed today in Parliament by the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence. Dominican Economic Growth without Favoring People Deplored Santo Domingo, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The data on economic growth reported yesterday by the Dominican Republic''s Central Bank (BC) were questioned today by the Committee for the Defense of Neighborhood Rights (COPADEBA). Canada, Barbados Renew Air Agreement Bridgetown, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Barbados and Canada signed today a new Air Transport Agreement that gives airlines in both countries flexibility to operate without directional or geographical limitations. Three Cubans and a Costa Rican Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling San José, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Agents of the Professional Migration Police (PPM) of Costa Rica arrested four individuals today, three of them of Cuban origin, for the alleged crime of smuggling people. Bahamians Vote in General Elections Nassau, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Some 180,000 registered voters participate today in the Bahamas general elections to elect a new government and parliament. Mexico Appoints Attorney to Investigate Crimes Against Journalists Mexico, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Attorney General Raúl Cervantes has appointed Ricardo Sánchez as the new head of the Special Prosecutor''s Office for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression, notified the institution today. World Hematologists Share Experiences in Cuba Havana, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The 7th Cuban Congress on Hematology continues its activities in this capital today, consolidating itself as a platform for specialists from around the world to share experiences in this field of health. Mexico, Second Position in Violent Deaths among Not-at-War Countries Mexico, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is the second country in the world, where violence takes the largest number of human lives, according to a report published today by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), said media outlets in this capital. Firearms Cause Violence and Deaths in Latin America 10 de mayo de 2017, 00:26Panama, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Over half a million deaths a year, nearly half of them caused by firearms, have been globally reported in 2010-2015 period, as reported by the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Cohiba Leads Cuban Cigar Sales in Central America By Nubia Piqueras Grosso FIFA Rejects Concacaf Attempt to Ensure Host for 2026 World Cup 09 de mayo de 2017, 16:22Manama, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The International Soccer Federation (FIFA) rejected Tuesday an attempt by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Football (CONCACAF) to get the host of the 2026 World Cup. Mexican Business Confederation Demands Laws Against Insecurity, Impun México, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Business Confederation of Mexico (Coparmex) criticized that legislators delay the approval of laws against insecurity, corruption and impunity in the country. Puerto Rican Students Strike Against Court Order San Juan, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Some student leaders have stated that they will not abide by the Court of Appeal''s determination to end the 40-day strike this week at the University of Puerto Rico''s (UPR) Rio Piedras campus. Mexico: Relatives of the 43 Block Access to General Attorney Office 08 de mayo de 2017, 17:22Mexico, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Parents and relatives of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa, indefinitely blocked the access to the main building of the General Attorney''s Office (PGR in Spanish) Monday. PEMEX Cuts Reduced Resources for Pipelines Monitoring Mexico, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Budgetary adjustments forced Mexican Oil (Petroleos Mexicanos or PEMEX) to cut resources and means for monitoring pipelines and other facilities, was released today. Nicaraguan Volcano Lagoons Proposed as World´s Heritage Managua, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The volcano lagoons in Nicaragua have been proposed as world heritage, given their unique and peculiar features which make these sites the host for various endemic species. The proposal, according to El 19 Digital newspaper, was suggested by the non-governmental organization The Peace Project, located at the Laguna de Apoyo, amid municipalities of Masaya and Granada. Costa Rica Reports More Cases of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue San Jose, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica has reported a total of 142 Zika cases confirmed in the 13 first weeks of 2017, while 686 are still pending confirmation. Inflation Hits Mexico's Humble Sectors 07 de mayo de 2017, 11:19Mexico, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Inflation hits the most humble sectors of Mexican society, from the informal urban to the rural laborer, social and academic organizations have warned today. El Niño Could Return to Panama and Damage Agriculture Panama, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian meteorologists predicted that there were 50 percent of probabilities that the atmospheric phenomenon El Niño returns to Panama by the end of June or in early August, causing a disaster in agriculture. First May Rains wreak havoc in Nicaragua Managua, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The first major downpour on the Nicaraguan capital damage some neighborhoods and communities, before which the authorities activated the contingency plans and assess the situation on the ground. Jamaica Police Seizes More Than 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Kingston, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican police seized more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana during two anti-drug operations on beaches in Hellsshire in the southern parish of Saint Catherine, The Observer newspaper reported today. Puerto Rican Socialists Declare Repression Will Not Stop Anger San Juan, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The Socialist Workers'' Movement (MST) of Puerto Rico reaffirmed today its ''fervent solidarity with the indignant youth'' involved in incidents last Monday, during the National Strike, in San Juan banking area. Drug Trafficker Linked to International Networks Captured in Mexico Mexico, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Agents of the Federal Police''s Anti-Drug Division have reportedly detained Luis Enrique Verdugo, also known as El Güero, a Sinaloa cartel liaison with Colombian groups for the transfer of cocaine to Mexico and the United States. Nicaragua's President Receives Japanese Foreign Minister Managua, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega welcomed here today Japanese Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura, who visits the country to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between the two nations. Scrabble Stars in International Mind Sports Conference in Cuba Camagüey, Cuba, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Scrabble was among the most accepted games at the International Conference on Mind Sports, (CIDEM 2017), which ends today in this center-eastern Cuban city, Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Annexionist Legislator Fears USA Promotes Independence of Puerto Rico San Juan, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Legislator Jose Aponte is fearing today that the United States will promote an independence process for Puerto Rico, after the island government petitions for bankruptcy under title III of the Promesa law. Corruption, Main Scourge in Costa Rica following Security San Jose, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Corruption is currently the second most important problem for Costa Rican population, said the National Survey of Assessment of Corruption 2017, carried out by the Comptroller General Office. Honduran Congress Disregards Legalization of Abortion Tegucigalpa, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Congress of Honduras disregarded to include the depenalization of abortion among the modifications proposed to change the National Penal Code, official sources confirmed Thursday. Morgan Freeman Makes National Geographic Series in Panama Panama, May 4 (Prensa Latina) US actor Morgan Freeman is now in Panama to make a series called ''The Story of God'' to be broadcast by cable television channel National Geographic, about the vision of different cultures and religions about faith. CARICOM to Mount Observer Mission for Elections in Bahamas Georgetown, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) reported today from its headquarters in Guyana the creation of an observer mission to ensure the transparency in the Bahamas'', May 10 general elections. Holguin, a Perfect Venue for FITCuba 2017 Holguin, Cuba, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The main recreational fair not only in Cuba, but the entire Caribbean, FITCuba 2017, is taking place in the eastern city of Holguin, the island''s fourth travel sector. Book on Fidel Castro Presented in Mexico Mexico, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The book Fidel: El hombre que se atrevió a vencer (Fidel: The Man Who Dared to Win), by the Mexican writer Pablo Moctezuma, was reportedly presented today at Azcapotzalco International Book Fair, the city''s delegation. USA and Mexico to Talk about Battle against Organized Crime Washington, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Mexican and US government top representatives will meet in this capital on May 18 to talk about a possible strategy against the organized crime, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson rpeorted today. Cuban Fencers Win Five Medals in Puerto Rico San Juan, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the Central American Fencing Championship, currently developing in Puerto Rico, a classification for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla. More New Clandestine Graves Discovered in Morelia,Mexico Mexico, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Three clandestine graves with the same number of bodies were found in a dairy in Morelia, Michoacán (west of here), reported the state Attorney General''s Office (PGJE) today. Santos Announces Great Natural Gas Discovery in Caribbean Colombian Bogota, May 3 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos has announced today the discovery of a large gas field in the Colombian Caribbean, considered the biggest finding of that kind in the last 28 years. Caribbean on Alert over Kick 'em Jenny Underwater Volcano Saint George, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Several insular nations in the Eastern Caribbean are now closely monitoring the intensity of the Kick-''em-Jenny underwater volcano, located five miles north of Grenada. Cuba Recognizes Importance of Arthroscopy Event Ciego de Avila, Cuba May 3 (Prensa Latina) Swiss expert, Peter Buess, has acknowledged here today that arthroscopy courses, developed in this city, are a bridge for the exchange of experience between European and Cuban specialists. Deep Crisis of Violence in Mexico, Warning Mexico, May 3 (Prensa Latina) At least 40 percent of Mexican statwes suffer today a ''deep crisis of violence'' and lack effective policies to combat crime, according to Francisco Rivas, sdirector of the National Citizen Observatory. Dresden Symphony Concert Against Trump Wall in Mexico Mexico, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Dresden Symphony Orchestra, Germany, will offer a protest concert against the wall that US President Donald Trump intends to build on the Mexican border, it was announced here today. Bolivia Promotes Regional Integration against Foreign Interference San Salvador, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni called today for strengthening Latin American and Caribbean integration to prevent external actors from fomenting confrontation and violence in Venezuela. Foreign Minister Denounces Opposition Calls to Rebellion in Venezuela San Salvador, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez condemned today the opposition calls to rebellion in Venezuela, although she hoped that the people will exercise their constitutional power to defeat interventionism. Cuban Foreign Minister Highlights CELAC Sovereignty San Salvador, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted today the atmosphere of constructive debate, with which the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) tackles the violent attacks against democracy in Venezuela. Cosco Development Biggest Ship on the Panama Canal Panama, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Megaship Cosco Development turned Tuesday into the biggest ship on size and capacity, navigating through the Panama Canal. Cuba Calls to Dismantle Campaign Against Integrationist Processes Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Secretary of the Cuban Workers'' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, called today on the forces of the left-wing to dismantle the media campaigns of discredit against the integrationist processes of the region. First Uruguayan Military Group Returns from Haiti Montevideo, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The first contingent made up of 61 military of the Uruguayan Army deployed in Haiti as part of the UN Stabilization Mission returned to the country, reported the local media. Criminal Gang Leader Arrested in Mexico Mexico, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Agents of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) have detained Justino Gonzalez, ''El Justo'', in the state of Morelos, who was involved in drug trafficking into the United States. Lopez Obrador: Trump Installs Xenophobia, Racism at the White House Mexico, May 2 (Prensa Latina) In the government of Donald Trump xenophobia and racism were established as a government policy, expressed Mexican presidential candidate Manuel López Obrador in an article published in The Washington Post, which was published here today. Mexico's Armed Clash Kills Eight People Mexico, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Mexican Navy forces (SEMAR) have repelled the attack of an armed group that killed eight people, including one marine, it was reported today. El Salvador Hosts Emergency Meeting of CELAC FMs San Salvador, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will discuss possible solutions to the situation in Venezuela, during an emergency meeting convened by the Bolivarian Government. Colon Free Trade Zone Reports Notable Recovery in Early 2017 Panama, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Official statistics for the first two months of 2017 show a 23.3-percent recovery in the Free Trade Zone of Colon (ZLC) in Panama, based on new commercial strategies, following four years of steady fall. Organization of May Day Parade in Cuba Highlighted Matanzas, Cuba, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Netherlands Antilles'' Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Dick Assink, said today that he was very impressed by the International Workers'' Day parade in this western city. Guatemalan Party Calls to End Aggression against Venezuela, Syria 01 de mayo de 2017, 12:35Guatemala, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The Guatemalan Workers'' Party (PGT) urged to denounce and face the imperialist aggression against the peoples of Venezuela and Syria during the celebrations on the International Workers'' Day. Cuba and Costa Rica Express Interest in Collaboration 01 de mayo de 2017, 09:21San Jose, May 1 (Prensa Latina) Maria Dolores Rivero, the development director of Grupo Empresarial Ganadero, attached to the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, expressed her country''s interest in strengthening collaboration and exchanging experiences in stockbreeding with Costa Rica. Mexican Stockbreeders Apply Cuban Experience to Produce Forage Mexico, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The project of nutritional forests for the production of improved pastures acquired from Cuba is being successfully developed in Veracruz, Jesus Ortega, president of the Livestock Association of this Mexican state, said. Childhood is at Risk in Mexico Mexico, May 1(Prensa Latina) More than 21 million Mexican children live in poverty, 4.6 million of whom are in extreme poverty, revealed La Jornada newspaper in an editorial. Tribute to Fidel Castro Concludes in Acapulco Acapulco, Mexico, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The 1st International Seminar in Honor of Fidel Castro concluded here on Sunday after deepening and expanding the teachings of the philosophical thinking of the leader of the Cuban Revolution. World Musicians Celebrate in Cuba International Jazz Day 30 de abril de 2017, 19:14Havana, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) World musicians met in Havana Sunday to send a message of peace and promote dialogue among cultures through the power of music at the International Jazz Day 2017. Pilots Strike would Paralyze Panamanian COPA Airline Panama, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) In an unprecedented event in Panama''s COPA Airlines, its pilots threatened today to strike to pressure the company to deliver a wage increase, union sources said. Mexico Endorses Medical and Scientific Use of Marijuana 29 de abril de 2017, 11:31Mexico, April 29 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Chamber of Deputies passed some amendments to the General Health Law and the Federal Penal Code to permit the medical, therapeutic and research use of marijuana, whose consumption continues, though, to be penalized. Child Labor Grows in Mexico; School Dropouts, too 29 de abril de 2017, 10:57Mexico, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) One every 10 Mexican children and adolescents do not attend school and eight out of 100 are in need of work, according to data from the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI). May Day with Fidel and Maduro, Requests 'El Cuate' Acapulco, Mexico, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The great friend of Fidel Castro, Antonio ''El Cuate'' del Conde, facilitator of the Granma expedition, requested today to march next May Day with the flags hoisted by Fidel Castro and Nicolás Maduro. Jamaica to Host International Caribbean Event on Education 29 de abril de 2017, 00:20Kingston, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Jamaican city of Montego Bay will be the host of the 3rd International Conference on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Caribbean, from May 10 to 12. Jamaica to Host Caribbean Meeting on Technical Education 28 de abril de 2017, 19:39Kingston, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) The Jamaican city of Montego Bay will host, from May 10 to 12, the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, official sources said today. First Puerto Rican Baseball Player in World Series Dies at 97 San Juan, Abr 28 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican legendary former baseball player Luis Rodriguez Olmo, the first in this country to be in a World Series, died today in the early morning at the age of 97, according to sources from his family. Jamaican Police Destroy Counterfeit Goods 28 de abril de 2017, 15:57Kingston, April 28 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican police destroyed a $15 million-cargo of counterfeit goods as investigators ramp up their offensive against goods trafficking and criminal gangs in Jamaica, The Gleaner newspaper reported today. Trump Lies When he Minimizes Climate Change; Nobel Peace Prize Says Mexico, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump is lying when he minimizes climate change, stressed Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Nobel Peace Prize, in an interview here today. University of Camagüey Hosts International Scientific Conference Camagüey, Cuba, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) The University of Camagüey hosts today the International Conference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (Cytdes-2017), scheduled in this central-eastern city from June 5 to 7. Mexico Ensures Original Tequila Mexico, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Consumer''s Office (PROFECO) and the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) reportedly signed today an agreement seeking to ensure the original quality of this Mexican flagship product. Costa Rican Geriatricians to Reveal Secrets of Nicoyan Longevity San José, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Doctors of the National Geriatric Hospital will research as of May, the secrets of longevity of the dwellers of the Nicoya península, in Costa Rican northwest and other zones of this country. More than 8,000 Murders in Jamaica Since 2010 Kingston, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica''s National Security Minister Robert Montague reported that there were more than 8,400 murders in this Caribbean nation from 2010 to 2016, the Observer newspaper reported today. Cuba Achieves Great Results in Special Olympics in Panama Panama, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) With four gold medals, two bronze and one silver, the Cuban delegation of just six athletes attending the 3rd Latin American Special Olympics Games is leaving today. Call to Unity, Cooperation for Regional Sustainable Development México, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The first meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development continues here today after a call made by president Enrique Peña Nieto to achieve unity, cooperation and regional integration. United Kingdom Analyze Reality of Parasitology in Cuban Conference Havana, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Cryptosporidium laboratory reports have increased during the last two years in the United Kingdom, demonstrating the progress of that parasite through all regions of the planet, specialist Richard Elson said. UN Expert to Analyze Financial Transparency in Panama United Nations, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The independent expert of the United Nations on external debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, announced today a visit in May to Panama to evaluate the impact of the fiscal evasions by individuals and enterprises. HostelCuba Ends;It Confirms Growing Interest in the Island's Tourism Havana, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The HostelCuba Fair is concluding today with the certainty of the growing interest in the entertainment industry in Cuba, considered by some as an almost virgin territory for foreign investment with many possibilities. Mexico Develops Vaccine to Prevent Amebiasis Mexico, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Mexican researchers have developed a recombinant vaccine that increases the immune response to amebiasis, a condition that affects mainly poverty sectors, it was reported today. French Academics Refute Media Distortion over Latin America Paris, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Nearly one hundred academics in France have rejected the way in which various French media address today the reality of Latin America, with a treatment marked by disinformation, simplification, and caricature, as reported. Mexico Hosts Latin, Caribbean Forum on Sustainable Development Mexico, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) President Enrique Peña Nieto is opening today the first meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development, in which representatives of government and the civil society will participate. Guatemala Hosts 26th Ibero-American Summit Guatemala, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) The 26th Ibero-American Summit will be opened today in Guatemala, a country that will welcome the participants in the meeting scheduled for 2018 whose central issue is education, migration and youth. CELAC FMs Summoned to Discuss Venezuela San Salvador, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador convened today an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for next week to analyze the current situation in Venezuela. Mexican Police Officers Confront Demonstrators with Tear Gas Mexico, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Federal police officers threw two tear gas bombs to relatives of the 43 missing school-teacher students, who wanted to make a meeting in front of the Interior Ministry headquarters in this capital. Puerto Ricans Call to Strike after Economic Cuts San Juan, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican social forces exhorted today to a general strike on May 1, International Workers'' Day, faced with the fiscal measures and cuts imposed by the Financial Oversight and Management Board (JSF). Mexico Receives WTO Support and will Retaliate against USA Mexico, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded that the U.S. Government affected Mexican tuna producers with the U.S. Dolphin-Safe Canned Tuna Labels. Caribbean Countries to Improve Anti-Corruption Struggle Kingston, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) are meeting today until Friday, April 28th, to improve working methods and continue facilitating dialogue among the states. ECLAC Foresees Growth of 1.1% in Latin America, Caribbean Santiago, Chile, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American and Caribbean region will register an economic expansion of only 1.1 percent in 2017, mainly due to a decline of prices of South America''s primary goods, the Latin America and the Caribbean Commission (ECLAC) has projected. End of Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Asked in Mexico Mexico, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) Luis Raul Gonzalez reiterated the call to Mexican federal and state authorities for fighting against impunity, given the attacks and killings to which journalists are subject. Violence Causes New Victims in Mexican Guerrero State Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) An armed group of at least 60 men with military outfit arrived in a mountain village in the state of Guerrero, where they executed four men and sowed panic, according to reports today. Cuba Gets First Medal in Special Olympiads Panama, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuba won its first medal at the 3rd Special Olympiads, being held in Panama, with swimmer Lizandra Utria, one of the six athletes from the island in the competition, winning bronze in the 50 meters backstroke, a performance she expects to repeat at the finals of the 50 meters freestyle at the Eileen Coparropa swimming pool. Nicaraguan People Strongly Supports Sandinista Government 24 de abril de 2017, 17:49Managua, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Government headed by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo is strongly supported by the population in Nicaragua, with more than 70 percent, according to the most recent poll by the firm M&R Consultants. US Marlon Daniel to Conduct Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Havana, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) US Marlon Daniel will conduct for the first time in the Cuban capital the National Symphony Orchestra, in a presentation scheduled for the April 30, that entity confirmed today. The event will take place in Covarrubias hall of the National Theater, at 11:00 a.m. (local time), and will also feature pianist Gérard Aimontch. The Coup Ghost Continues Wandering Around Brazil, Dilma Rousseff Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The ghost of the coup continues wandering around Brazil, said former president Dilma Rousseff, who warned that reactionary forces could try to prevent an election victory of former president Inacio Lula da Silva. Several Thousands Indigenous Mexicans Await Sentences in Prisons Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Several thousand indigenous Mexicans have spent years in prison awaiting sentence, it was reported today. Honduran Police Seizes More than 500 Kilograms of Drug Tegucigalpa, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Honduran police seized more than 500 kilograms of drug in recent hours, authorities reported today. Cuban Songwriter and Singer Luiba Maria Hevia with New CD Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Liuba María Hevia is getting ready to finish the last details to release next May 2 in two digital platforms her new album ''Parallel Lives,'' which brings together songs in a duetto with Latin American artists. Government Inaction Behind Enforced Disappearances in Mexico Mexico, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The lack of clarification and condemnation of those who participated in enforced disappearances in Mexico is hidden behind the institutional inefficiency, the newspaper La Jornada highlights today. Owners of Papeles de Panama Office Released 22 de abril de 2017, 12:24Panama, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd Court of Justice of Panama released today Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, owners of the Mossack-Fonseca (MF) law firm charged with crimes against the economic order, on bail of $ one million USD. ALBA Petroleum Reaches Out to Salvadoran Fishing Cooperatives San Salvador, April 22 (Prensa Latina) Fuel sales are much more than a business for ALBA Petroleum, the Salvadoran market leader in social outreach. This present alliance with fishing cooperatives is currently marking a new landmark. Experts Denounced Mexican Gov't's Actions on Death of 43 Students 21 de abril de 2017, 18:28Mexico, April 21 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican authorities'' lack of speed in the search for the 43 Ayotzinapa students is a worrying issue for the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI). One Killed and Four Injured in Explosion at Jamaican Hotel 21 de abril de 2017, 16:57Kingston, April 21 (Prensa Latina) An explosion today inside the Riu Montego Bay Resort´s boiler room, located in the northwestern Jamaican Saint James parish, killed one employee and injured four other employees, official sources reported. Cuba, Mexico City Sign Health Agreements Havana, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico City''s head of government Miguel Angel Mancera and Cuban Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda signed two agreements on health cooperation. Bigote Gato, Curious Havana Restaurant Havana, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) A curious restaurant in Havana catches travelers mainly from Europe who are traveling the streets of the Cuban capital these days, its peculiar name is Bigote Gato. Panama Hosts Latin American Special Olympics Games 21 de abril de 2017, 11:57Panama, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The 3rd Latin American Special Olympics Games, which today brings together more than 800 athletes and coaches from 21 countries stands out for the determination, skill, dedication, but above all, inclusion. Ex-Costa Rican Soccer Chief Banned For Life by FIFA San José, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The former president of the Costa Rican Football Association, Eduardo Li, was banned from the game for life by FIFA''s independent Ethics Committee today, the organization said. Cuba, Dom Rep Sign Immigration Agreements Santo Domingo, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and Dominican authorities are concluding today the 9th round of talks on migration issues that will help strengthen relations between the two countries, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, said. Turkey Promises to Strengthen Relations with Central America Istanbul, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish Government promised to strengthen the relations with the Central American countries, during the second forum on cooperation between this country and the Central American Integration System (SICA), currently in session in this city. Mexican Company in Nicaragua Explores Business Opportunities in Cuba Managua, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican meet processing company SuKarne, leader to this sector in Central America, is currently exploring, from Nicaragua, opportunities for business with Cuba, source from the Cuban embassy in this country confirmed today. Olympic Silver Medallist Germaine Mason Dies in Motorcycle Crash Kingston,Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Germaine Mason, the British athlete of Jamaican origine, who won a high jump silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, has died in a motorcycle accident in Jamaica. Cuba Highlights MNOAL's Validity at UN Geneva, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba highlighted the validity and relevance of the founding principles of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL) at a difficult moment in the world at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Crimea Interested in Economic Ties with Latin America Simferopol, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia and the Crimea, in particular, are interested in multilateral cooperation with Latin America, said Georgi Muradov, deputy prime minister of the government and permanent representative of the Russian president in the aforementioned peninsula. Javier Duarte and the Freedom to Choose Prison in Guatemala Por Isabel Soto MayedoGuatemala, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) The former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, chose to remain in a military prison in Guatemala until the formal extradition request from the Enrique Peña Nieto government is received. Purchasing Power Loss in Mexico Denounced Mexico, April 19 (Prensa Latina) During the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Administration, those local minimum-wage workers lost 11.11 percent of purchasing power, according to the report. Mexico to TurnTrash into Energy to Light Up Metro Mexico, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexico City''s Thermovalorization plant will reportedly use garbage as fuel to illuminate the subway of this capital. San Kitts Government Condemns Violence Against Women Basseterre, Apr 19 (prensa Latina) Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris reportedly condemned a recent attack on two women in which one was killed. Guatemala Opens Regional Military Exercises with USA Guatemala, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Lieutenant General of the Army (LTG) Joseph P. DiSalvo, will open today in Guatemala the regional military exercises called Humanitarian Allied Forces (FAHUM), in which several countries are participating. Wildfires Lead to State of Emergency in Guatemala Guatemala, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The state of emergency, from today on, is in force in Guatemala to facilitate the control and extinction of forest fires, protect communities threatened by them and channel the budget necessary to face the emergency. World Bank Foresees Lat Am Economic Recovery in 2017 Washington, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The Gross Domestic Product of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow 1.5 percent in 2017, and 2.5 percent in 2018, putting an end to more than 5 years of economic stagnation, the World Bank has forecasted. Turkey, CELAC Quartet to Discuss State of Relations Istanbul, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish government reported today on the 4th meeting between Turkey and the quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will take place here to assess the state of relations. Jamaican Violet Mosse Brown Now World's Oldest Human Kingston, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The 10 oldest persons in the planet are all women, with Jamaican Violet Mosse Brown being the world''s oldest human since yesterday after the passing of Italian Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899. Cuba Shows Scientific Progress at Int'l Meeting Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is showing its scientific progress of the last decades during the second and last day of the Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Turkey Calls for Integration Meeting with Central American Countries Istanbul, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkey''s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has convened the second forum of the Turkey-Central American Integration System (SICA), to be held in this city, according to state-run broadcasting TRT. Unemployment among Mexicans with Good Education Increases 17 de abril de 2017, 18:11Mexico, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The unemployment rate is higher among Mexicans with higher educational level, according to a report issued by the firm Manpower. Costa Rican Turrialba Volcano Erupts up to 500 Meters 17 de abril de 2017, 17:24San Jose, April 17 (Prensa Latina) Turrialba volcano has recorded an eruption, in which an ash and vapor column spewed forth nearly 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). International Council for Science Meets in Cuba Havana, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, of the International Council for Science (ICSU), is beginning here today with specialized debates focused on sustainable development. Number of Mexicans Crossing U.S. Border Decreases Mexico, April 17 (Prensa Latina) The boycott by Mexicans on U.S. businesses along the border has reportedly caused a fall in the number of Mexicans crossing the border. Mexico: Graves, Violence Hit Guerrero State 17 de abril de 2017, 11:12Mexico, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Guerrero state is among the territories with higher number of corpses found in clandestine graves and with high incidence of violence, experts from Mexico Attorney General''s office revealed today. War Between Drug Cartels Leaves 10 Dead in Mexico 16 de abril de 2017, 10:40Mexico, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Ten members of Sinaloa drug cartel, including their leader and the second-in-command, were gunned down by other gang members, the Chihuahua Attorney General´s Office reported Sunday. Pope Francis Calls for Divine Support for Good Seekers in Lat Am Rome, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has called today on the divine power to support those striving to guarantee the common good in Latin America, sometimes marked by political and social tensions that, in some cases, lead to violence, he said. Septeto Santiaguero's Performance in New York Highlighted 15 de abril de 2017, 12:34Los Angeles, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts of New York highlighted the performance by the Cuban renowned musical group Septeto Santiaguero, along with the Dominican singer Jose Alberto, El Canario. Mexican Authorities Investigate Journalist's Assassination Mexico, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General''s Office and the Special Attorney''s Office on Crimes against the Freedom of Speech are investigating the assassination of journalist Maximino Rodriguez in Baja California Sur on Friday. Cuba's Recreational Nautical Activities and Its Flagship Club Por Roberto F. CamposHavana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) As visits by tour operators are aimed today at Cuba''s recreational nautical activities, its flagship club is celebrating its 25th anniversary while implementing more programs to meet the demands from those who increasingly want to set sail in Cuban waters. Seismic Activity Scales Down in San Salvador San Salvador, April 14 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorean President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is currently overseeing the work on prevention and response to the quakes that have been shaking this capital since last Sunday, even though the seismic activity has significantly scaled down. You Will Never Break Out Spirit, Said US Immigrants Children Washington, April 14 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of children, stemming from several US states, have mobilized to the White House to send a message against US President Donald Trump''s crackdown on illegal immigration that bring about the separation of families. International Congress on Intensive Care URGRAV 2017 Concludes Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The analysis of the impact of zika and H1N1 influenza in Latin America, from the perspective of intensive medicine, marks the last day of the International Congress of the specialty, URGRAV 2017, concluding here today. Mexican Tourist Destinations Threatened by Climate Change Mexico, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The main Mexican tourist destinations on the beach are highly exposed to the effects of climate change due to sea level rise, especially in the Caribbean region, according to studies released here. Blake and Thompson to Lead Jamaican Team for World Relay Kingston, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican sprinters Yphan Blake and Elaine Thompson will be the leaders of the Jamaican 41-member team to represent the Caribbean island at the World Relay Race Championship from April 22 and 23 in Bahamas. Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago to Increase Cooperation Ties Port-of-Spain, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba are evaluating the signing of new cooperation agreements in public health, culture, tourism and energy, a diplomatic source informed today. Youngsters Reject US Policies Against Undocumented Immigrants Washington, April 13 (Prensa Latina) A caravan of 40 children and young people, who left three days ago the city of Miami, Florida, arrived here today with a message against deportations of undocumented immigrants. UN Decides to End Blue Helmets Mission in Haiti United Nations, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Security Council decided unanimously Thursday to end the Mission of Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah) in October, to give birth and space to a new kind of relation between Port-au-Prince and the UN. Panama Tries to Save Bank Sanctioned by USA Panama, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) In a last-minute attempt to save the closure of Balboa Bank, the Panamanian regulating institution extended today for 30 days the forced liquidation due to an extraterritorial sanction of the United States. Cuban Province of Camaguey Host of Conference on Mind Sports Camagüey, Cuba, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Specialists of various nationalities will meet in this Central-Eastern Cuban city at the International Conference on Mind Sports (Cidem 2017), scheduled from May 3 to 5. LatAm Students to Pay Tribute to Che Guevara Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Continental Latin American and Caribbean Students Organization (Oclae) will reissue the caravan that in 1997 transferred to Cuba the remains of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara and a group of his comrades, reported a local newspaper. Zika Virus: Themis Initiates Worldwide First Study of Zika Vaccine Vienna,Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) A promising vaccine for the Zika virus is now being tested by Themis Bioscience GmbH, a specialized biotech company developing prophylactic vaccines against emerging tropical infectious diseases. The Challenges of the Left in Latin America Por Orlando Oramas León*Mexico (Prensa Latina) A left-wing president in Mexico would not be good for the United States or even for Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said recently in Washington. More than 420 Homicides in Mexican Sinaloa State Reported Mexico, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) More than 420 violent murders were reported in the last 100 days in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, according to denunciations by leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). El Salvador Insists People Should Be Calm During Quakes San Salvador, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The Salvadoran authorities insisted on maintaining calm in the face of the reactivation of the fault that recently triggered a seismic swarm in this country, and ruled out an alleged reactivation of San Salvador volcano. ALBA Countries Denounce U.S. Economic Aggression Against Nicaragua Havana, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The 15th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-People''s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) on Tuesday denounced the intentions by U.S. congress people to imposed an economic blockade on Nicaragua. Funds for Journalists Security in Mexico About to End Mexico, April 11 (Prensa Latina) Funds available for the protection of journalists in Mexico are about to be exhausted, despite increased attacks on journalists, human rights defenders warned today. El Salvador on Alert Due to Possible Seismic Swarm San Salvador, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) An earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale closed a telluric day in El Salvador, shaken 275 times by a seismic swarm that killed one person, it was reported today. Panama: 22.1 Percent of Citizens Are Poor Panama, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Official statistics show today that in March 2016, 885,971 Panamanians were poor, accounting for 22.1 percent of the population, thus reaffirming the inequality in the distribution of wealth, despite a slight improvement in those indicators. U.S. Extraterritorial Sanction will Sell Off Panamanian Bank Panama, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Extraterritorial sanctions of the United States could provoke the forced sale or liquidation of Panama Balboa Bank, whose Washington temporary permit expire don April 7 without extension of its license, it was known today. Nicaragua Ratifies in ALBA Solidarity with Venezuela Managua, April 11 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan Government has ratified its solidarity with Venezuela and rejected the hostility the Nicolas Maduro administration is undergoing by internal right-wing and foreign forces. Cuba and El Salvador Search out Possible Farming Alliances San Salvador, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and El Salvador were exploring some openings for cooperation and business at the recently concluded AgroExpo-2017, the largest agricultural fair in this Central American nation for new markets. ALBA Meeting Began in Havana With a Call for Unity Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) With a call for unity, organization, and solidarity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez inaugurated today the 15th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples'' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP). Calm Returns to El Salvador After Active Seismic Night San Salvador, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Calm returned to El Salvador today after a hectic night with 13 earthquakes, four of them perceptible, including one of 3.9 degrees magnitude on Richter scale. El Salvador Calls for Dialogue in Venezuela at ALBA Meeting San Salvador, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez will ratify today the Salvadoran position of support for dialogue in order to seek political consensus in Venezuela, during a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). More than 450,000 Migrants Cross Mexican Territory Annually Mexico, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Every year more than 450 thousand people, mainly Central Americans, annually cross the Mexican territory to the United States, it transcended here today. Guatemala: OAS in Trouble for Fighting Venezuela By Isabel Soto Mayedo Panamanian Architectural Heritage to Disappear Panama, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) La Casa Wilcox, built in 1913 and an art-deco architectural heritage of Panama in the city of Colon, will be demolished due to the damage suffered for decades, although people defending heritage oppose the measure. Mexico Bets on Development of Aerospace Industry Mexico, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Mexico hopes to be in the next years among the 10 first countries in sales of the aerospace services and products, the Secretary of the Economy (SE) projects. ALBA Countries Meet in Havana Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP, in Spanish) is holding in Havana Monday its 15th ordinary session as a follow up of the body''s 15th Summit held in Caracas, Venezuela, in March. American Sports Council Assembly Highlighted By Rolando de la RiberaSanto Domingo, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The 17th Ordinary Assembly of the American Council of Sports (CADE, in Spanish), which discussed key issues for the development of sports in the region, was highlighted as very important for all the countries of the Americas. Over 800 Clandestine Graves Found in Mexico Mexico, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) The National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) has since 2007 to 2016, filed official reports of 855 clandestine graves from where one thousand 548 corpses were exhumed, it was known today. Fires Damages 14,000 hectares of Forest in Honduras 07 de abril de 2017, 16:42Tegucigalpa, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) At least 14,000 hectares of forest have been damaged in Honduras due to forest fires so far this year, the Natural Resources and Environment Secretariat reported today. Increased Price of Gas Continues to Rise Inflation in Mexico 07 de abril de 2017, 15:25Mexico, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The impact of increased gas price, which started on January 1st in Mexico, continues to rise inflation, according to data issued by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi). South Africa Strengthening Relations with Central America 07 de abril de 2017, 15:03Pretoria, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) South Africa''s International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded his working visit to Central America where he strengthened bilateral relations, SA News reported Friday. Cuba and Mexico Discuss Migratory and Consular Matters Havana, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Diplomatic representatives from Cuba and Mexico met in Havana to discuss migration and consular matters during the 11th Bilateral Meeting of Working Group on those issues, the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed today. Actors,Intellectuals Demand Guatemala to Respect Venezuela Guatemala, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity, chapter Guatemala, today requested the Government of Jimmy Morales to respect the right to self-determination and sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Costa Rica and Panama Take Actions against Illegal Cuban Migrants San José, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Costa Rica and Panama announced today the measures taken by both Central American nations regarding illegal Cuban migrants. Nicaragua, Russia Open Satellite Monitoring Station Managua, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua and Russia have opened in Managua a station of the Glonass satellite global monitoring system that will be available for other Central American countries. Costa Rican Experts Rise Alert on Poas Volcano San Jose, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Specialists of the Group of Volcanic and Seismological Surveillance of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) advised to take prevention measures given the increased fumes coming from the Poas volcano. Panama Rebuffs OAS Maneuver against Venezuela 06 de abril de 2017, 15:23Panama, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Some 40 domestic and international personalities and social organizations have signed an open letter -addressed to the Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela-, rebuffing the actions taken by the Organization of American States (OAS) against Venezuela. Brazil Host South-South Event on Sustainable Production, Consumption 06 de abril de 2017, 11:52Brasilia, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 40 countries, and about 100 authorities and specialists are participating here today in the Conference on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Production and Consumption, promoted by the UN Environment Program. Transgenic Soya Planting Suspended in Mexican Mayan Communities 06 de abril de 2017, 11:50Mexico, April 6 (Prensa Latina) The second chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ordered the suspension of the sowing of transgenic soya in four communities in the municipality of Bacalar, Quintana Roo, for a period of six months, it was reported today. Governor Deplores Closure of University of Puerto Rico Due to Strike 06 de abril de 2017, 11:25San Juan, April 6 (Prensa Latina) The indefinite strike decreed by the students of the state University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is not a solution to their fiscal precariousness, said Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares when deploring the action. Russian ROSATON Explained in Bolivia the Nuclear Energy Potential La Paz, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Russian state corporation ROSATOM offered two lectures to the students and the Bolivian scientific community on the possibilities of nuclear technology, the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the South American country announced today. Cuba Attends Main Agricultural Fair in El Salvador San Salvador, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) AgroExpo-2017, the largest agricultural fair in El Salvador, has proposed to its visitors today to approach the Cuban experience in the implementation of public policies that affect crops and producers. CEPAL Announces Meeting in Mexico on Sustainable Development Santiago de Chile, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The first meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Sustainable Development will be held in Mexico, from April 26-28, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) announced. Alicia Alonso Willing to Strengthen Ballet in Latin America Havana, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso said thar today it is a priority to increase the presence of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) in Latin American countries and show the skills of the region in ballet. CARICOM Mission will Observe General Elections in The Bahamas Nassau, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) A mission of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will closely monitor the development of the general elections in the Bahamas, scheduled for May, Caribbean News Service reported today. Crimes against Journalists in Mexico still Unpunished 05 de abril de 2017, 17:20Mexico, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The vast majority of crimes against Mexican journalists continue today without punishment, as recognized by the Attorney General''s Office of the Republic (PGR). Dominican Free Zone Workers Call for Wage Increase 05 de abril de 2017, 17:08Santo Domingo, April 5 (Prensa Latina) The National Federation of Free Trade Zone, Industry, Commerce, Services and Related Workers (Fenatrazonas) called today for a 40% wage increase for employees in that sector. Videoart Festival Continues in Cuban Province of Camaguey 05 de abril de 2017, 13:15Camagüey, Cuba, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) A selection of 79 works will be presented today at the 7th International Camagüey Videoart Festival (Fivac), which will run until April 9 in this central-eastern city of Cuba. Cuba Brings its Rhythm to New Orleans Jazz Festival Washington, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of Cuban artists will make a distinctive note this year at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, recognized as one of the most important of its kind today in the world. Caribbean Development Bank Giving High Priority to Climate Change Bridgetown, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina)The Caribbean Development Bank has as high priority climate change,said President Warren Smith. XX Biennial of Graphic Humor Ends in Cuba Havana, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) With the commitment to promote Latin American graphic humor and the invitation to upcoming meetings, the 20th edition of the San Antonio de los Baños Biennial, in the western Cuban province of Artemisa, says good bye today. U.S. Invasion of Panama Was Aimed at Controlling the Canal Por Osvaldo Rodriguez MartinezPanama, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Revelations from a secret U.S. document confirm that the true objective of Washington''s military invasion of Panama in 1989 was to abolish the Canal Treaties, and that the capture of Manuel Noriega was just an excuse. Child Labor in Panama Includes Minors under 14 05 de abril de 2017, 00:18Panama, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Child labor in Panama included 23,855 minors, with one forth of them at ages between five and nine years, according to a poll in October, 2016, published today by the General Comptroller''s Office. Jamaica Ready to Support Mosquito Control in Caribbean Kingston, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Jamaican health authorities have the capacity to support other Caribbean nations in the development of effective programs to control mosquitos, official sources stated here Tuesday. More Than 15,000 Kidnapers Imprisoned in Mexico Maxico, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) More than 15,380 kidnapers are jailed in Mexico today and 2,223 others are at large, according to security sources. Cuban Symphony Orchestra in Concert with Italian Artists Havana, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Italian orchestra director Francesco Belli will direct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra (OSN) next Sunday, in a concert to be performed at the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater of Havana, in which they will perform works written by famous authors like Beethoven, Schumann and Stravinski. Nicaragua's Economic Productivity Receives New Boost Managua, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The government of Nicaragua is about to increase economic productivity in the country after receiving a loan of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) for 65 million dollars. Mexican Capital Implements Aid Plan for Those Deported Mexico, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Government of the Mexican capital implements from today and until April 22 the Migrante Welcome to Mexico City operation, which will serve citizens deported from the United States. Millionaire Health Spending in Barbados Bridgetown, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Barbados spent more than 360.34 million dollars last year in the health sector, said the minister of the branch, John Boyce. Senior Citizens' Priority at Cuban Health System Havana, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Alberto Fernandez, head of the Elderly Care Department at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), has recognized today the priority the Cuban health system has provided to the care of the elderly in the island . Morena Will Take Primacy from PRI in Mexico, Assures Lopez Obrador By Raúl García Alvarez México, Apr 4(Prensa Latina) Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of the Movement Regeneracion Nacional (Morena), assured it will take away the primacy from the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in power, in next June 4 elections. Panama: Record Seizure of Drugs in 2017 Panama, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) A boat with drugs, that ran aground close to a beach called Juan Hombron at the Gulf of Panama, was captured and reported Monday with more than 12.5 tons of drugs, considered an unprecedented seizure. IOC Denies Having Hidden Doping Results of Jamaican Athletes 03 de abril de 2017, 13:52Lausanne, Switzerland, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) denied today having covered up positive doping from Jamaican sprinters in the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008, as reported by the German public channel ARD. Guadeloupe to Host 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean 03 de abril de 2017, 13:50Basse-Terre, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) More than one hundred of English,Spanish and French-speaking authors will participate in the 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean, which will take place from April 5 to 9 in Guadeloupe, confirmed today the Organizing Committee. International Danzon Festival Miguel Failde in Memoriam,Ends in Cuba 03 de abril de 2017, 13:08Matanzas, Cuba, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) After four days, the II International Danzon Meeting Miguel Failde in Memoriam, held here, gave last night the Grand Prizes (GP) of dance and composition, during the final round accompanied by the music of the Aragon Orchestra. FIFA Bans Former Guatemala FA President Brayan Jimenez For Life Zúrich, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) FIFA has banned the former president of the Guatemala football federation for life. Mexico Designs Bra to Detect Breast Cancer 03 de abril de 2017, 12:02Mexico, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Mexican researchers have designed a bra that will help diagnosing breast cancer, it was reported today. World Chefs Association Recognizes Merits of Cuban Cuisine Havana, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs) has declared the island''s cuisine a World Intangible Heritage, spokesmen of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC) reported today. Plenty Aftershocks After Quake in Costa Rica-Panama Border Panama, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) At least 14 aftershocks have occurred until early today following the strong earthquake that shook the border region between Panama and Costa Rica yesterday, with no reports of human losses and only slight damages to houses. Youths Express Solidarity with Venezuela in Costa Rica San Jose, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Participants in the Cultural Meeting for the Youth and Trade Union Unit of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, taking place in Costa Rica, expressed their solidarity with the Bolivarian government and the Venezuelan people. German TV Assures that ICO Hid Jamaican Athletes' Doping Frankfurt, Germany, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Germany''s public television station ARD assured on Sunday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hid and stopped investigating cases of doping by Jamaican athletes. France Plans to Announce Meassures to Resolve Guiana Crisis Paris, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The French ministers Matthias Fekl (Interior) and Ericka Bareigts (Overseas) are planning to announce today measures of great importance to try to resolve the crisis in Guiana, an overseas French territory paralyzed by a general strike. Graduation of Alphabetized People Dedicated to Fidel Castro Mexico, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) A total of 205 people in Mexico alphabetized by Cuban method ''Yo Si Puedo'' (Yes, I Can) in the municipality of Ixtapaluca, state of Mexico, is now dedicated to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Puerto Rican Singer Residente Launches First Solo Album 31 de marzo de 2017, 19:12New York, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican musician Rene Perez, known as Residente, launched today on social networks his first solo album ''Desencuentro'' and also its official video. Panama: Violence against Taxi Drivers and Security Officers Increases 31 de marzo de 2017, 19:08Panama, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Taxi drivers and security officers are the most affected occupations by violence in Panama, triggered by criminal groups. Jamaica Expects to Exceed Four Million Tourists in 2017 31 de marzo de 2017, 18:58Kingston, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Tourism of Jamaica said that this field is ready to welcome some 4.2 million tourists in 2017, locals sources said today. Denounced Damages by Canadian Mining in Central America 31 de marzo de 2017, 16:56Ottawa, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of specialists and human rights defenders from Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador recently denounced the negative impacts of Canadian mining operations on Central America today. TSE Finalized Primary Voting Count in Honduras 31 de marzo de 2017, 15:38Tegucigalpa, March 31 (Prensa Latina) Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has finalized the counting of votes for the primary elections held on March 12 by the nation´s three main political forces, according to the local media. Mexican Reporters Denounce Neglect against Aggressions Mexico, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Journalists Club denounced Friday what they regarded as neglect to the Mexican journalists, because they are victims of assassinations, threatenings and aggressions. Puerto Rican Bar Association Supports University Students Strike 30 de marzo de 2017, 16:04San Juan, March 30 (Prensa Latina) The full board of the Bar Association unanimously supported the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) student strike. Performance by Guyanese Athlete in Havana Highlighted Georgetown, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The bronze medal won by Guyanese weightlifter Matthew Assing at the recently concluded Manuel Suarez in Memoriam International Tournament in Havana, was published and highlighted by Guyanese newspaper Starbrook News. US Senators Want Better Links with Mexico 30 de marzo de 2017, 15:08Washington, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) A group of US Republican and Democrat presented a resolution Thursday, for the US Senate to promote the links between US and Mexico, with mutual respect. El Salvador Decorates Cuban Dancer Alicia Alonso 30 de marzo de 2017, 14:25San Salvador, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren decorates today Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso with the Libertador Jose Simeon Cañas Order, Great Officer Rank. T&T Imposes Restrictions to Travelers Due to Yellow Fever 30 de marzo de 2017, 14:22Port-of-Spain, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Trinidad and Tobago is currently maintaining restrictions on the entry of travelers from six countries where outbreaks of yellow fever have been reported, official sources said. French Ministers in Guiana Try to Resolve Crisis Paris, March 30 (Prensa Latina) French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl and Overseas Minister Ericka Bareigts are beginning to work in Guiana today in order to resolve the crisis in that French overseas department. Aggression against Mexican Journalists Persist Mexico, March 30 (Prensa Latina) Another Mexican journalist was shot dead today, when the murder of the correspondent of the journal Chihuahua, Miroslava Breach, and other journalists is still under investigation. Integration and Mesoamerica Project Strengthened in Costa Rica Summit San José, March 30 (Prensa Latina) The commitment to integration and the Mesoamerica Project were strengthened by the 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination, which concluded yesterday in Costa Rica. Costa Rican President Highlights Tuxtla´s Values and Challenges 29 de marzo de 2017, 15:57San Jose, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis stated that concerted, cooperative and reciprocal strengthening are the solid spirit of Tuxtla Mechanism, while the Middle American reality is presently imposing new challenges. Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano Keeps Throwing Ashes, Gases San Jose, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The Turrialba volcano has continued to release ash, gases and water vapor after its eruption shortly after 24 hours ago, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica reported. First International Investment Forum Begins in El Salvador San Salvador, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The first International Investment Forum 2017 begins here today, with the presence of entrepreneurs from 30 countries and amid the optimism left by the recent launch of the Country Brand. Dominican Congresspersons Respond to US Threat Santo Domingo, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Dominican congresspersons responded today to US Senator Marcos Rubio, who threatened to cut assistance to the Dominican Republic if it did not defend Washington''s position in the Organization of American States (OAS) against Venezuela. Trump's Wall Threatens Hundreds of Animal Species Mexico, March 29 (Prensa Latina) The wall that President Donald Trump intends to raise on the border with Mexico will have a strong ecological impact and would endanger more than 800 animal species, La Jornada newspaper reported today. Tuxtla Mechanism Summit Concludes in Costa Rica San José, March 29 (Prensa Latina) The 16th Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Cooperation Summit concludes today with the endorsement of the Political Declaration of Costa Rica by the heads of state or their representatives from the 10 member countries. Peña Nieto to Attend Summit of Tuxtla Mechanism in Costa Rica Mexico, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will travel to Costa Rica to participate in the 16th Summit of the Mechanism of Dialogue and Agreement Tuxtla 2017, said sources today. Haiti Recognizes Arrest of Kidnapper on Dominican Soil 28 de marzo de 2017, 17:50Port au Prince, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian National Police recognized today the capture, with the help of Dominican security forces, of two citizens from this country that were wanted for participating in kidnappings, murders, forgery, drug dealing and money laundering. Dominican Republic Defends Non-Interference in Venezuela 28 de marzo de 2017, 17:01Santo Domingo, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado asserted today that his country supports negotiation and is committed to solving the situation in Venezuela, and called to non-interference in the internal affairs of that country. BRASCUBA Consolidates Exports and Boosts its Growth Panama, March 28 (Prensa Latina) BRASCUBA´s exports is currently accounting for over 400 million cigarettes per year. It was one of the 26 Cuban companies attending the recently concluded Panamanian Trade Fair Expocomer-2017. Urban Complex More than 2000 Years Old Discovered in Mexico Washington, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) A urban complex in El Palenque square in Mexico, dating back more than 2000 years ago, was reportedly discovered by archaeologists of the American Museum of Natural History. Mexican Army Strengthens its Presence in Sonora Mexico, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Mexican Army troops are deployed today in Sonora to fight organized crime along the border of the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua with the United States. El Salvador to Launch Nation Brand to Position Itself Globally San Salvador, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Today, El Salvador presents its Nation Brand, a tool designed to highlight the economic potential of this Central American nation and position its image on a global level. CELAC Expresses in UN Concern about Nuclear Weapons Threat 28 de marzo de 2017, 09:59 United Nations, March 28 (Prensa Latina) The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expressed deep concern in the United Nations about the existence of nuclear weapons, as the conference was convened here to negotiate a binding agreement to prohibit them. Alicia Alonso Appreciates Welcome to National Ballet in Costa Rica San Jose, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso appreciated today here, also on behalf of members of the National Ballet of Cuba, the welcome given by Costa Rican audience and authorities. Increased Violence Worries Dominican Society 27 de marzo de 2017, 16:31Santo Domingo, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The increase in violence is a matter of concern to Dominican society, and statistics from the first 23 days of the month report 103 deaths and 198 injured by armed robberies, robberies and gender crimes. Costa Rica Champions in UN a World With no Nuclear Weapons 27 de marzo de 2017, 15:43United Nations, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica championed a world free of nuclear weapons at the UN General Assembly, when a conference to negotiate the legally binding instrument guaranteeing that goal was set up. ACRN Condemns OAS Contrivances Against Venezuela Managua, March 27 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Nicaragua (ACRN) condemned the contrivances of the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, against the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. Photos of alleged Murderer of La Jornada Journalist Made Public Mexico, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Attorney General''s Office (FGE) of Chihuahua leaked to the media photographs of the probable hired assassin who killed La Jornada correspondent Miroslava Breach, whose death continues to arouse today expressions of condemnation. Costa Rica Assumes Challenge of Reaching Antinuke Accord San Jose, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez asserted today that his country would assume with great responsibility its designation to preside over, starting today, the United Nations Conference for the negotiation of an agreement that prohibits nuclear weapons. Mexican Agrcultural Workers Denounce Exploitation Mexico, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Workers from San Quintin, Mexico, are carrying out an emblematic struggle for their labour and social rights, and denounced the bad working conditions and exploitation they are submitted to. Cuba Presents more than 250 Health Programs at Panamanian Fair Panama, March 25 (Prensa Latina) The promotion of more than 250 medical services programs are carried out by Cuban health professionals who attend the Expocomer 2017 International Trade Fair, which ends today. Left-wing Urged to Resume Offensive in Latin America Mexico, March 25 (Prensa Latina) Unity, integration and links with the popular sectors are paramount today for leftist and progressive forces in confronting the right-wing counter-offensive in Latin America. Concern Grows for Smoke and Fire from San Salvador Volcano San Salvador, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The smoke coming from the volcano San Salvador for three consecutive days represents a threat as big as a possible eruption, because the fire on the slopes increases the chances of landslide. Afro-Caribbean National Festival Begins in Cuba 24 de marzo de 2017, 17:42Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) With the parade of 16 groups representative of the Haitian folklore in Cuba began today in this central province the 18th National Afro-Caribbean Festival Eva Gaspar in memoriam. Natalie Jaresko to Head Puerto Rican Fiscal Council 24 de marzo de 2017, 16:42San Juan, March 24 (Prensa Latina) The appointment of Natalie Jaresko, former Ukrainian Finance Minister, for being part of the executive office of the fiscal control board imposed by Washington to the government of Puerto Rico, has caused displeasure in some political sectors. Cuba Promotes Foreign investment in Panama Trade Fair 24 de marzo de 2017, 16:27By Nubia Piqueras Grosso Parlacen Recognizes Solidary Gestures with Peru 24 de marzo de 2017, 15:31Giatemala, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Central American Parliament (Parlacen) recognized the solidary gestures by the countries which let their opportune support to Peru, because of the heavy rains affecting this South American nation and now, are keeping the Peruvian people and government in tension. Mexico to Review Protection to Journalists against Crimes Mexico, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Secretariat of Government (SEGOB) will review the mechanisms to protect journalists and human rights activists against crimes such as the murder of La Jornada reporter, Miroslava Breach, it was reported today. Panamanian Foreign Minister Seeks to Strengthen Alliance with EU Brussels, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo assured that her country is ready to undertake new alliances with Europe and be a bridge in its approach to the region. FAO Praises Coal Production in Latin America and the Caribbean Santiago de Chile, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The FAO regional office, headquartered in this capital city, praised today the big coal production in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is only behind Africa. Journalists Condemns Murder of Reporter Miroslava Breach Mexico, March 24 (Prensa Latina) Journalists and representatives of several local sectors condemned the murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, shot dead in front of her son by presumed hired assassins. Dominican Republic: More than 8,000 Illegal Migrants Deported 23 de marzo de 2017, 17:01Santo Domingo, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The General Headquarters of Migration (DGM) of the Dominican Republic informed that 8,383 irregular foreigners were deported up to today in the period between January and March of this year. International Political Parties Pay Homage to Fidel Castro Mexico, March 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of nearly 130 political organizations from 36 countries paid tribute today to Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose legacy was considered as a guide to fight for a better world. Another Journalist Killed in Mexico, Totaling Three in 2017 Mexico, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach was shot dead today in front of her home in Chihuahua, in the northwest of the country. CELAC Coordinators Regulate Actions in El Salvador San Salvador, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The national coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in El Salvador today to regulate actions and prepare the next summit with the European Union. Saint Lucia to Dedicate State Funeral to Nobel Prize Winner Walcott Castries, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The Government in Saint Lucia approved to hold a Sate funeral to honor the 1992 Literature Nobel Price Winner Dereck Walcott, who died in this capital on March 17, according to reports. Costa Rican University Proud to Honor Alicia Alonso 22 de marzo de 2017, 18:15San Jose, March 22 (Prensa Latina) For the University of Costa Rica (UCR), it is a great honor to grant Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso, the Honoris Causa Doctorate, UCR rector, Henning Jensen stated. Honduran Police Evicts Demonstrators Against Dam 22 de marzo de 2017, 17:56Tegucigalpa, March 22 (Prensa Latina) Honduran police forces evicted with tear gas dozens of demonstrators against the installation of a hydroelectric dam in southern Honduras. Alicia Alonso to Receive Honorary Degree in Costa Rica San Jose, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alina Alonso, received here today the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), for her important work and legacy to the world classical dance. At Least 2,600 Persons Are Missing in Veracruz, Mexico Mexico, March 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 2,000 people are missing in the Mexican state of Veracruz, although the figure is expected to increase, state prosecutor, Jorge Winclker, said following macabre discoveries in clandestine graves in that territory. More than 500 Companies to Panama Trade Fair Panama, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 500 companies in technology, services, food, beverages, agrobusiness and textiles, among others, are participating at the 35th Expocomer 2017 Trade Fair that opened today in Panama City. Thousands of Undocumented Migrants Arrested in Chiapas, Mexico Mexico, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) More than 81,000 undocumented foreigners were detained in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, in 2016, representing 43 percent of the nation''s average last year, it was reported today. Mexico: Over 9 Million People without Drinking Water Mexico, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) More than nine million people in Mexico do not have today access to drinking water, said the National Commission for Water (Conagua). Mexican President Announces Special Assistance to Deported People 21 de marzo de 2017, 17:52Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto promulgated today the General Law on Education to revalidate the studies of children and youths that are deported from the United States. Mexico Suspends Imports from Brazilian Livestock Products 21 de marzo de 2017, 17:39Mexico, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico suspended the import of cattle products stemming from Brazil, after receiving a health alert for adulteration of beef, official sources reported. 47 Skulls Found in Veracruz Mass Graves 21 de marzo de 2017, 16:25Mexico, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Veracruz Attorney General, Jorge Winckler, confirmed the finding of 47 skulls in eight mass graves in Alvarado, after discovering a series of burials with remains of missing people in different parts of the country. Mexico: One of the Leaders of Cartel of Juarez Dead Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) One of the leaders of drug trafficking group La Linea, one of the arms of the famous Cartel of Juarez, died Tuesday, in a meeting at the municipality of Cuauhtémoc, Mexican state of Chihuahua, reported the Mexican Prosecutor Office here. Merchandise for 578 Million Dollars Seized in Mexico Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Products for the value of 578 million dollars were seized in the Mexico-US mutual border last year, as revealed by Mexican specialists Tuesday. Mexico Condemns US Discrimination against Migrants Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico''s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has condemned the United States'' discriminatory immigration policy, on occasion of the celebration today of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Ocean Dead Zones Threaten Global Marine Reefs Panama, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Dead zones of the oceans, with low concentration of oxygen, are the main threat of marine fauna including corals, a study by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) revealed today. Canada and Nigeria to Participate at Panama Trade Fair Panama, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Around thirty nations from America, Europe, Asia and Africa, including Canada and Nigeria will participate for the first time at the 35th Trade Fair Expocomer-2017, which will be held from March 22th to 25th, in Panama. Nine Countries to Dispute Pan American Cup Monterrey, Mexico, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Teams from nine countries of America, will dispute the under 19 Pan American Cup of Volleyball, a competition that grants three places for the World Championship of the category in Bahrein. Diabetes, HBP and Cancer Affect Economy in Trinidad Tobago 20 de marzo de 2017, 17:18Port of Spain, March 20 (Prensa Latina) Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago said today that diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer cause a loss of $1.28 billion USD in the economy of the country. Alicia Alonso and National Ballet of Cuba Hit Headlines in Costa Rica 20 de marzo de 2017, 16:11San Jose, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The Costa Rican media highlighted today the visit of Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, along with 50 ballet dancers from the famous National Ballet of Cuba, to perform three times at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. Mexican Oil in Hands of Transnational Corporations Mexico, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) is holding today the nationalization of the sector with contracts in crude oil and gas production and losses estimated at 256 billion pesos (more than $13 billion USD). Mexico: Economic Reforms without Success Mexico, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The 11 structural reforms promoted and implemented by the government of Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, have not produced results, the private sector denounces today. A document distributed to the press stated that almost two and a half years of being approved, the growth of the economy and its expectation are not favorable. Cuban Tobacco, Rum among Attractions at Trade Fair in Panama Panama, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The presentation of the new purito Cohíba Short and the tasting of the best Cuban rums stands out today among Cuba''s main attractions at the upcoming International Trade Fair Expocomer 2017. Francophonie Week Starts in Cuba Havana, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) French-speaking countries around the world are taking part in a one-week event dedicated to this cultural legacy, and Cuba''s program highlights diversity within the group. National Cuba Solidarity Meeting Opens in Mexico 18 de marzo de 2017, 08:59Mexico, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The 22nd National Cuba Solidarity Meeting will open on Saturday at the Workers'' University in this capital to renew actions to support the Caribbean island and against the U.S. blockade. Nicaraguan Authorities Monitor Momotombo Volcano´s Eruption 17 de marzo de 2017, 17:35Managua, March 17 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan government remains vigilant against signs of eruption in Momotombo volcano, located not far from the city of Leon, crater in which registered a dense gas emanation. Cuba and Dominica Highlight Widening of Bilateral Collaboration 17 de marzo de 2017, 17:34Roseau, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from Cuba and Dominica highlighted the widening of the bilateral collaboration between them in different sectors. Mexican Army Reports Attacks in Oaxaca 17 de marzo de 2017, 15:34Mexico, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Military sources confirmed that a helicopter of the Army was attacked in an operation to destroy marijuana and poppy cultivations in the region of Triqui, Mexican state of Oaxaca. Costa Rican President Talks in USA on Fight vs. Drug Trafficking Washington, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica''s President, Luis Guillermo Solis, who is concluding today a five-day working visit to the United States, talked with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, about the fight against drug trafficking. Nobel Prize for Literature Derek Walcott Passed Away Castries, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, Derek Walcott, reportedly passed away today here at the age of 87 after suffering from a long illness. San Salvador Tightens Security in Historical Downtown after Shooting San Salvador, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The historical downtown of San Salvador resumed regular activities hours after the first violent event in this year, because killing, which had a daily rate, now is rarely seen in this site. COPPAL Questions Almagro Position 16 de marzo de 2017, 16:32Santo Domingo, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPPAL) questioned today the attitude of the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro in relation with Venezuela. Haiti Has Prime Minister Lafontant Confirmed 16 de marzo de 2017, 15:29Port-au-Prince, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) After a night marathon of 12 hours of discussions, the Haitian Senate finally confirmed today Jack Gy Lafontant as Prime Minister of the Government of President Jovenel Moise. Guatemalan President Seeks Immunity from Fire 15 de marzo de 2017, 16:03Guatemala, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Dignity Convergence Group confirmed has today filed a legal complaint to withdraw the immunity of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales for torture, extrajudicial execution, abuse of authority and breach of duties. Glaucoma Found in Two Million Mexicans Mexico, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Approximately two million Mexicans suffer today from glaucoma, the first cause of loss of vision in the country, warned the Minister of Public Health of Mexico City, Armando Ahued. US Chain Walmart to Increase Investment in Mexico Mexico, March 15 (Prensa Latina) US supermarket chain Walmart will invest 17 billion pesos (867 million dollars) in Mexico this year, which represents 19 percent more than the amount invested in 2016, the company reported today. Mexico Calls for Free Trade in Viña del Mar Viña del Mar, Chile, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexico tacitly acknowledged today at a meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile, that measures being applied by the US new administration is forcing it to look towards Asia and the Pacific for new markets and trade. Hoteles Mision Plans Expansion in Cuba By Jorge Petinaud Martinez, Special Correspondent Venezuela Rejects OAS Intervention Report Caracas, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro repudiated the report on the nation presented by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, that ''ignores the institutional processes and principles of the organization.'' Mexico Foresees New Asia-Pacific Trade Opportunities Viña del Mar, Chile, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico said today to expect new trade opportunities for the Asia-Pacific countries, in the first day of a top-level meeting in this city. Panama's Expanded Canal Increases Traffic, Recovers Market Panama, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Nearly a thousand neopanamax ships have been traveling through the extension of the Panama Canal since its opening on June last year until today, reported the administrator of the inter-oceanic way, Jorge Luis Quijano. Almost 52% of Costa Ricans Favors Work by President Solis San Jose, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Some 51.8% of Costa Ricans has a favorable opinion about the work of President Luis Guillermo Solis, according to a survey by ‘Demoscopia: Investigacion y Analisis'' released today. Panama Orders Immigration and Enforces Law Panama, March 14 (Prensa Latina) The recent signing of a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to specify the deportations of its nationals and the decision to strictly make foreigners to comply with Panama''s immigration law are now a political turn of Panama. Pressure on Justice for Fire Victims Increases in Guatemala Guatemala, March 14 (Prensa Latina) International pressure on justice for girls victims of the fire in the state-run home Virgen de la Asunción is growing today, while protests demanding President Jimmy Morales''s resignation continue in Guatemala. Mexico Needs a New Educational Model, Says Peña Nieto 13 de marzo de 2017, 18:04Mexico, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the national education system is exhausted, so he weighed up the new educational model presented today at the National Palace. Mexico needs the new generations to boast a better education, with more qualified teachers and a better pedagogical approach, he stated. CELAC Warns at UN about Obstacles for Women´s Empowerment 13 de marzo de 2017, 17:00United Nations, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador, on behalf of the Community of Caribbean and Latin American States (Celac) warned today at the United Nations about the political, cultural and socioeconomic obstacles hindering the empowerment of women and girls. Main Mexican Rivers Strongly Contaminated 13 de marzo de 2017, 15:15Mexico, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Sixty percent of the 51 main rivers of Mexico are affected today by a strong contamination, according to the document Atlas of Water 2016 realized by the National Commission of Water (Conagua). Mexico Repatriates 49 Cubans in Irregular Migratory Situation 13 de marzo de 2017, 13:15Mexico, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) reported that it had repatriated today 49 Cuban citizens that were in an irregular situation in the country. UN Expert Talks of Progress in Haiti, But Much Remains to Be Done Yet United Nations, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallón, pointed out today that there is significant progress in the Caribbean country, but much remains to be done in socio- economic and politics. Migrants Choose to Stay in Mexico Due to Trump's Policies Mexico, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Haitian and African migrants have opted today to stay in Mexico facing the xenophobic policies by U.S. President Donald Trump. Primary Results Confirm Electoral Trend in Honduras Tegucigalpa, March 13 (Prensa Latina) The first official results of the primaries held in Honduras today show the electoral trend that would happen in the general elections of November, once the presidential candidates of the main political parties are defined. Spanish Foreign Minister Begins First Visit to Latin America Madrid, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Alfonso Dastis, minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, begins today in Peru his first visit to Latin America, which includes also Mexico. Binational Tribe in Resistance against Trump Wall Mexico, March 12 (Prensa Latina) The binational tribe Tohono O''odham (people of the desert), declared a resistance against the wall that President Donald Trump intends to raise on the US-Mexico border, transcended today. Panamanian People Outraged at Corruption in Parliament Panama, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian society is outraged at the alleged corruption network in the Parliament, veiled in donations to needy people, according to a journalistic investigation by the newspaper La Prensa. Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity with the People of Guatemala Rome, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today expressed solidarity with the people of Guatemala, affected by the tragedy resulting of the fire at the state shelter Virgen de la Asunción, with dozens of girls dead and wounded. Honduras Holds Primary Elections Tegucigalpa, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) About 5.8 million Hondurans are called to vote today in the primary elections held by the country''s three main political parties, with a view to the general elections next November. CARICOM Assesses Risks for Small Island Economies Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said the effects of climate change and migratory problems worsen the panorama in the sub-region, amid increasing global threats. Havana Holds 5th Cuba-Caricom Ministerial Meeting Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Havana is holding this Saturday the 5th Ministerial Meeting of Cuba and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to analyze ways with view to strengthening the regional bloc in the face of growing international challenges. Caricom-Cuba Meeting Today to Expand Bilateral Ties Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) This Saturday will open the Fifth Meeting Caricom-Cuba to strengthen and expand bilateral links that allow member countries, united in dioversity, to face the great challenges imposed by the regional and international reality. Spanish FM to Travel to Peru and Mexico Next Week Madrid, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, Alfonso Dastis, will start next Monday in Peru his first visit to Latin Ameriuca that will also take him to Mexico. The media highlighted today that the tour of the head of Spanish diplomacy looks to reinforce the relation with the two countries in the political and economic level. Cuba Ratifies Commitment to Caribbean Unity 10 de marzo de 2017, 18:53Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reaffirmed today in this capital his country''s willingness to continue supporting the integration efforts by the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Guatemalan President Accepts Responsibility for Girls´ Death 10 de marzo de 2017, 18:50Guatemala, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales owned up to the State''s responsibility for the death of 37 girls at the Virgen de la Asuncion of San Jose Pinula state-run home where they were physically and sexually abused. Chile: Ministers Reiterate Support for Mexico Given US Measures 10 de marzo de 2017, 16:29Santiago de Chile, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Ministers of Finance from Colombia, Peru and Chile reiterated today their support for Mexico given the measures with economic and social impact implemented by the United States in recent days. Mexican Politician File Demand to Regain Territories Annexed by USA Mexico, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Former Mexican presidential candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and lawyer Guillermo Hadman filed a demand that seeks to annul the agreement by which Mexico was forced to give up more than 50 percent of its national territory to the United States. Cuba Warns of Greater Economic Risks for the Caribbean Havana, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba warned today that the countries of the Caribbean basin are exposed to greater economic risks by increasing protectionism in trade and the development of exclusionary and repressive migration policies. Cuba Urges to Revitalize the Caribbean Association 10 de marzo de 2017, 11:08Havana, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez today urged member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) to promote the revitalization of this group to consolidate a more dynamic and functional mechanism. Cuban Pres. Attends Opening of Caribbean Ministers Meeting in Havana 10 de marzo de 2017, 10:14Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s President Raul Castro has attended the opening session of the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Caribbean Ministers, summoned in Havana this Friday to look into ways to strengthen the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). People of Guatemala Raise their Voice Due to Death of Girls Guatemala, March 10 (Prensa Latina) The people of Guatemala have raised their voices against President Jimmy Morales, now for the deaths of 34 girls in a fire at the state-run Virgen de la Asunción care center, and demanded his resignation. Caribbean Ministers Hold Meeting in Havana Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The 22nd Meeting of the Caribbean Council of Ministers opens here this Friday to look into ways to strengthen the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and review key regional issues. Mexican Army to Remain in the Streets to Fight Organized Crime 09 de marzo de 2017, 18:21Mexico, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) National Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos asserted today that the Army would remain in the streets, because it was a demand by the citizenry, faced with the negative impact of criminal groups. Cuba Committed to Shared-Development with Caribbean Countries 09 de marzo de 2017, 17:15Havana, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba favors shared development with the Caribbean countries, said today Deborah Rivas, director-general of Foreign Investment from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment. Cuba Boosts Trade with Caribbean Countries Through New Accords 09 de marzo de 2017, 16:05Havana, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Seventy percent of the Cuban trade in the region answers to relations with members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and negotiations to favor those links are currently in progress, sources of the sector reported today. FIFA Reminds US About World Cup Obligations Amid Travel Ban London, March 9 (Prensa Latina) FIFA President Gianni Infantino reminded the United States today that they would have to guarantee full access to the country for players, officials and supporters if they bid for the 2026 World Cup. Havana to Host Ministerial Meeting of Caribbean Countries Havana, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Experts from the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are examining today at the technical level the topics that will be discussed this Friday at the 12th ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of that regional mechanism. Controversy in the PRD Due to Support to López Obrador's Candidacy Mexico, March 9 (Prensa Latina) The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) could support the presidential candidacy of Manuel López Obrador, of the National Regeneration Movement, but the decision is controversial in that group. Mexico Hosts Cuban Culture Festival San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) The 14th edition of the Cuban culture festival, Cubafest SMA, is hosting as of today in the main garden of the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato state, with a large exhibition of handicrafts, books and audiovisual presentations. Tragedy Casts a Shadow over Guatemala after Fire in Children's Home 08 de marzo de 2017, 16:17Guatemala, March 8 (Prensa Latina) The fire in a children''s shelter located in a suburban area of the Guatemalan capital, which has so far killed around fifty persons, has cast a shadow over this country. The fire is still uncontrolled and among the rubble, there may be more victims, said fire spokesman Mario Cruz. ECLAC Charts Inequities with Regard to Women in Latin America 08 de marzo de 2017, 15:46Santiago de Chile, March 8 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) drew today a graph of the prevailing inequities with regard to women''s opportunities in society, with an emphasis on the region. Caribbean Nations Coordinate New Cooperation Projects 08 de marzo de 2017, 14:48Havana, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Basin countries are assessing today in this capital seven new cooperation projects related to curb climate change effects, further devolop maritime and air connectivity, in order to favor sustainable development. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is Pregnant Kingston, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Double Olympic gold medallist and seven times world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce this morning announced that she is pregnant, she wrote in Instagram, this means she might be absent also in London 2017 Athletics. Panamanian Justice Opens Files on US Invasion Panama, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) After nearly three decades of the United States'' invasion to Panama in 1989, the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) opened its files to the commission investigating the truth about the events. Cuba Discusses Key Issues for Caribbean Region 08 de marzo de 2017, 09:39Havana, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Key issues for the development and regional collaboration, will be discussed in Cuba today by representatives of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) during the First Cooperation Conference of that bloc. Demonstrations against Gender-Based Violence Called in Jamaica 08 de marzo de 2017, 00:26Kingston, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican social organizations called, on occasion of the International Day of Women, for demonstrations throughout the country to protest against gender-based violence, said today the Observer newspaper. Mexico Concerns by US Proposal to Separate Detained Families 07 de marzo de 2017, 18:02Mexico, March 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexico´s government has informed the United States its concern over the US plan to separate families from deportations, the Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray stated. Meetings in Cuba to Boost Links among Caribbean States 07 de marzo de 2017, 17:01Havana, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The meetings of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which will be held soon in this capital, will allow tightening relations and boost cooperation among the regional countries. FMLN Denies Excuse to Break Off Salvadorean Electoral Balance 07 de marzo de 2017, 16:19San Salvador, March 7 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) denied Judge Ulises Rivas to be member of, as it was stated by the Constitutional Court in order to break off the electoral balance in El Salvador. Thousands of Demonstrators at Central Square in Guatemala 07 de marzo de 2017, 16:13Guatemala, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Around 40,000 people from different regions arrived today at Parque Central (Central Square) in Guatemala to show their rejection of the Government of president Jimmy Morales and demand his resignation for supposed complicity in corruption. Mexico Ranks Among the Most Visited Countries Worldwide 07 de marzo de 2017, 11:55Mexico, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is ranking today among the ninth most visited country in the world, Secretary of Tourism, Miguel de la Madrid, stated. Mass Protests in Guatemala Against Jimmy Morales Government Guatemala, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Several thousands of people are joined here today a protest against the Government of Jimmy Morales. Development Associated with Big Data, Experts Stress in ECLAC Seminar Santiago de Chile, March 7 (Prensa Latina) The dynamics of Big Data analytics would be an essential tool for future development in areas such as health, employment, productivity and natural disaster management. Cuban Enterprises to Attend Panama's Main Commercial Fair Panama, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) A total of 30 Cuban enterprises from public health, telecommunications, industry, and agriculture -among other sectors- will attend the International Commercial Fair EXPOCOMER 2017 in Panama in March 22. Uncertainty Jeopardizes USA-Mexico Economic Ties 06 de marzo de 2017, 18:17Washington, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Scholars and specialists on financial subjects said today that uncertainty about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has a negative effect on the Mexican economy. Honduras Becomes a Bridge in Migratory Route to the US Tegucigalpa, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 2,000 people from 24 nationalities entred Honduras illegally this year, as part of their migration to reach the United States, official sources said here Monday. Caribbean Meeting Amid International Expectations Havana, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Expecting the international impact of the unpredictable policies by the new U.S. government, the members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are tuning up the stances that they will debate here at the 12th Meeting of their Ministerial Council on March 8. ALBA-TCP Summit Opens in Caracas in Honor of Hugo Chavez Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) With the presence of presidents, prime ministers and guests from several countries, the 14th ALBA-TCP Summit opened in Caracas today, paying tribute to the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez. Nicaraguan President Highlights Chavez's Legacy in Latin America Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Sunday highlighted the impact of the revolutionary work of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Latin America, on the 4th anniversary of his death. Panama Faces New Migratory Dispute on West Border Panama, March 4 (Prensa Latina) Panama is facing a new migratory conflict today, which prevents the re-entry to the country of 89 foreigners along the border with Costa Rica, who fail to meet the established requirements, the National Migration Service (SNM) reported. More Than Two Million Hondurans to Vote in Primary Elections Tegucigalpa, March 4 (Prensa Latina) At least 2.3 million Hondurans will exercise their right to vote during the March 12 primary elections, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) predicted today. Haitian Former President Rene Preval Dies 03 de marzo de 2017, 18:04Port au Prince, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Haitian former President Rene Preval (1943-2017) died today at the age of 74, due to a cardiovascular problem, according to what his family told the newspaper La Nouvelliste. Mexican Former Foreign Minister is Back in Politics Again Mexico, March 3 (Prensa Latina) Former Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu is inaugurating today as secretary of Organization of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), although she is expected to soon occupy the National Secretariat of this political institution. BBVA Group Announces Millionaire Investment in Mexico Mexico, March 3 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish BBVA Group will invest 1.5 billion dollars in Mexico over the next four to five years, and even has plans to acquire another bank in this country, it was informed today. ACS, a Space for the Caribbean's Shared Development Por Ernesto Vera MelladoHavana, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) From March 8 to 10, Cuba will host several meetings of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) with the objective of identifying and promoting consultations, cooperation and concerted actions among member countries. Russia and El Salvador to Strengthen Political and Economic Ties 03 de marzo de 2017, 09:21Moscow, March 3 (Prensa Latina) Russia and El Salvador defined today the areas of political cooperation, with coordinated steps in the international arena, and economic cooperation, with the materialization of investments in areas such as aeronautics, fishery, and energy. Russia and El Salvador Foreign Ministers Discuss Development Prospect Moscow, March 3 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and his Salvadoran counterpart, Hugo Martinez, discussed the prospects for the development of political and economic-trade cooperation. High Expectations on ACS Meeting in Havana Havana, Mar 3 (PL) The secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), June Soomer, stated Thursday that this organization has high expectations on their meeting to be held in Havana on the 8th, 10th and 11th of March. Panamanian Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest about Imports Panama, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Growers of tomatoes in the western province of Chiriqui started an unprecedented protest and gave away their products, as a response to the policies implemented by the Panamanian Government. El Salvador Seeks Russian Investors for Energy and Fishing 02 de marzo de 2017, 17:13Moscow, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador suggested Russia to make investments and a technology transfer in fields as fishing, coffee growing and geothermic energy, during a presentation at the Chamber of Commerce in that country. Guyana and Cuba Increase Friendly Relations Georgetown, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives for Guyana and Cuba ratified in this capital both countries'' willingness to continue strengthening the traditional friendly and cooperation relations, diplomatic sources reported today. Support for PRD Candidate Lopez Obrador in Mexico Increases Mexico, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The support for the presidential candidacy of Manuel Lopez Obrador, president of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), is growing today among the many currents of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). Honduras Requests Investigation into Activist Berta Caceres' Murder Tegucigalpa, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) has called on Honduran authorities today to continue the investigation and prosecution of the assassination of environmentalist leader Berta Caceres until the capture of the intellectual authors. Association of Caribbean States Seeks Common Paths Havana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is seeking common paths for the region, so it will focus on fighting climate change and on the need for interconnection at its upcoming ministerial and cooperation meetings. Pan-American Cadet and Youth Fencing Championship Begins in Cuba Havana, March 2 (Prensa Latina) Fencers from 21 countries are competing in the Pan-American Cadet and Youth Championship of this sport. El Salvador Presents Trade Potentialities with Russia By Antonio Rondon Garcia Moscow, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran Foreign Minister, Hugo Martinez, leads a delegation participating today in a presentation of the economic and investment possibilities of his country at the Chamber of Commerce of Russia. New Platform to Promote China-Latin America Cooperation Beijing, March 2 (Prensa Latina) Sino-Latin American economic and trade cooperation will gain ground with the forthcoming operation of a park in Zhuhai, city of the southern province of Guangdong, in the second half of this year, local press reports today. 'Casa del Caribe': Host of Traditional Culture in the Region Santiago de Cuba, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Casa del Caribe (House of the Caribbean) prevails as the host of the traditional culture rooted in the Caribbean countries after 36 non-stopping International Festivals of the Caribbean. Nicaragua to Build Bridges with Support from Japan 01 de marzo de 2017, 18:12Managua, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will give a $49-million-USD credit to Nicaragua to design and build four bridges in the region of Costa Caribe. Justice for Assassination of Berta Caceres in Honduras Demanded 01 de marzo de 2017, 17:36Tegucigalpa, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) members of the Civic Council of People''s and Indigenous Organizations (Copinh) carried out a march in this capital to demand justice for activist Berta Caceres, one year after her assassination. UN Reports Violations on Ayotzinapa Investigation in Mexico 01 de marzo de 2017, 17:31Mexico, March 1 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR) will have ''elements of conviction'' on some violations committed by Mexican authorities in Ayotzinapa case. Cuba and Panama Hold Fourth Round of Talks on Immigration 01 de marzo de 2017, 16:46Havana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Panama held today the fourth round of talks on immigration, chaired by Ana Teresita Gonzalez, Cuban vice minister of Foreign Affairs, and Javier Carrillo, Panamanian general director of the National Service of Immigration from the ministry of Security. Salvadorian Minister of Defense on Official Visit in Cuba Havana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The first vice-minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, General Álvaro López Miera, received today the Minister of Defense of El Salvador, David Mungia, who is on an official visit. New Airline to Connect Southern China with Mexico Beijing, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) China Southern Airlines announced today the opening of a route between the southern city of Guangzhou and Mexico City. Negotiations on NAFTA Will Be Complex and Will Take Time, Peña Nieto 01 de marzo de 2017, 09:55Mexico, March 1 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the negotiations currently under way on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be complex and will take time. SINAC Recalls Banning Access to Arenal and Chato Volcanoes San Jose, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of Costa Rica recalled that the access to the Arenal and Chato volcanoes´ active cinder cone is still banned. Guyana Warns About Impact of US Migratory Measures 28 de febrero de 2017, 15:54Georgetown, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Guyana is preparing to respond to the emergency caused by the new immigration policy decreed by the United States President Donald Trump, stated today an expert of the Caribbean country''s foreign ministry. Predicted High Participation in ACS Meeting in Cuba 28 de febrero de 2017, 14:45Havana, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) All member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) confirmed their attendance at the First Cooperation Conference of this mechanism, taking place on March 8 in this capital, informed the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Guatemala Second in illiteracy Rate in Latin America Guatemala, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala is the second country in Latin America, after Brazil, with the highest illiteracy rate: 12 percent points, noted reports from the National Literacy Committee (Conalfa). Mexican Deputies Spend More and Produce Less, La Jornada 27 de febrero de 2017, 16:12Mexico, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) In 15 years the budget of the Chamber of Deputies grew 158 percent, in contrast to the productivity of legislators and the level of attendance at the sessions, it was said here today. Mexico Could Abandon Tlcan if US Insists on Tariffs 27 de febrero de 2017, 16:06Mexico, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Mexico could withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Tlcan) if the United States insists on renegotiating it on the basis of imposing tariffs or quotas on Mexican products, authorities warned today. Independent Candidates Aspire to Mexican Presidency Mexico, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The presidential elections in Mexico scheduled for 2018 begin to have independent candidates, the most recent one, Emilio Alvarez, former executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Number of Migrants Returned to Guatemala Increase Guatemala, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The number of people returned by the United States to Guatemala has increased to 3,756 since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, reports noted today. Latest News of Cuban Center for Neurological Restoration Stressed Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The application of the non-invasive brain stimulation is one of the latest news of the International Center for Neurological Restoration (CIREN), the only one of its kind in the world, celebrating its 28th anniversary, media reported here today. Churches of Mexico and USA Join Forces to Support Migrants 27 de febrero de 2017, 09:54Mexico, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The episcopal conferences of Mexico and the United States are strengthening bilateral cooperation in support of migrants facing the policies by Donald Trump, it was reported today. Gilberto Santa Rosa and Gente de Zona Bring Music to Ecuador Quito, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican recognized singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and the popular Cuban group Gente de Zona will offer concerts in Ambato, in the framework of the Festival of Flowers and Fruits in 2017, in the Ecuadorian city. Remittances Benefit Mexico in 2016, with High Rate of Bank Transfers Mexico, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Mexican people made bank transfers abroad valued at $24.4 billion USD in 2016, an amount that represents 90.6 of the remittances sent to the country in that year, said national finances sources. Honduras to Conduct Primary Election Trial Tegucigalpa, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Honduras is carrying out a test of the primary elections to take place next March 12, official sources informed. Impossible for Puerto Rican State University to Cut US$ 300 Million 24 de febrero de 2017, 17:45San Juan, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Interim President of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Nivia Fernandez Hernandez, restated the impossibility of cutting US$ 300 million into the budget, as required by the US Financial Control Board. Nomination of Prime Minister by President Creates Surprises 24 de febrero de 2017, 16:26Port-au-Prince, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian President Jovenel Moise surprised the political class of his country today, on having proposed Jacques Guy Lafontant, a doctor not known by the politicians, as his Prime Minister. Mexico Against Receiving Foreigners Deported from USA 24 de febrero de 2017, 14:51Mexico, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio, stressed that Mexico will not accept foreign migrants who have been deported by the United States. ALADI Proposal for Integration Accord Is Supported Montevideo, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Committee of Representatives for the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) expressed its support to the proposal by the secretary-general of the organization, Carlos Alvarez, of working for a Latin American Comprehensive Economic-Trade Agreement. Parents of the 43 Normalists Convene a National Convention in Mexico 24 de febrero de 2017, 11:12Mexico, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The V National People''s Convention was convened here today by parents of the 43 disappeared normalists from Azotzinapa, with the purpose of modifying at the root of the country''s economic, political and social model. Cuban Viengsay Valdes Shares Experiences in US Ballet Contest 24 de febrero de 2017, 10:48Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Viengsay Valdes, a leading dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), is sharing professional experiences with young participants in the semi-finals of the Youth American Grand Prix contest, in the United States. Nicaragua Deepens Research on Earthquakes Managua, Feb 24 (PL) The authorities of Nicaragua intended to deepen research on earthquakes, based on a comparative study on the incidence of these phenomena in recent years, official sources reported. Trinidad & Tobago: More than 700 Cases of the Zika Virus 23 de febrero de 2017, 17:11Port Spain, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The sanitary authorities of Trinidad & Tobago reported 718 confirmed cases of the zika virus, since the appearance of this disease for the first time since February 2016. Mexican Negotiation with USA will be a Long Process Mexico, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The dialogue between Mexico and Donald Trump administration will be a long and not easy process, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said during a press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Cuba Starts 2017 Salsa Festival Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The Salsa Festival convenes today in this capital many of the most popular dance music orchestras in Cuba, in order to visualize those dances and sounds that win followers around the world. Right to Abortion in El Salvador Opens Controversy San Salvador, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Abortion in El Salvador - where it is absolutely forbidden - triggers intense debates today among the most diverse sectors about its approval or not. Mexico: Dialogue with Trump Officials without Impositions, Videgaray Mexico, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government will not accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other, said Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray before meeting here today with top US officials. Unemployment Insurance Offered to Mexicans Deported by USA Mexico, Feb 23 (Prensa latina) The Secretariat of Labor and Promotion of Employment (STFE) of Mexico said that 357 people deported by the United States joined the program Unemployment Insurance from last December up to date. Nicaraguan Schools Trained to Handle Disasters 22 de febrero de 2017, 16:28Managua, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The educational centers in Nicaragua carried out the first exercise to safeguard and protect lives, as part of the efforts to strengthen the training to handle disasters. Lawyer of Panamanian Ex-Presidential Family to Collaborate with Justi 22 de febrero de 2017, 16:00Panama, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian lawyer Evelyn Vargas, linked to the children of former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), traveled from Mexico today in police custody and will allegedly accept the option of the effective collaboration, according to a new law. Cubans in Nicaragua Against US Blockade 22 de febrero de 2017, 12:28Managua, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Nicaragua is preparing its 6th national meeting, in support of its country in the fight against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States. Cuban Technology Company Present at Mexico's Book Fair Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Literary works on biotechnology and healthy cuisine are among the proposals of a Cuban company dedicated to information technologies at the upcoming Mexico Book Fair, the entity announced today. Guatemalan President Promises to Respond Indigenous Demands Guatemala, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) President Jimmy Morales has promised to respond the demands from the Mayors'' Board of Directors of the 48 districts in Totonicapan, the most representative institution of the Mayan Quiche people in western Guatemala. Prevention as a Key to Avoid Natural Disasters Panama, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) After the fright lived Monday, as the consequence of a quake of 5 degrees in the RICHTER scale, the analyses and emergency reports are clearly saying how much important prevention for natural disaster situations is. Extension of Temporary Protection to Salvadorans in USA Negotiated 21 de febrero de 2017, 17:02San Salvador, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador negotiates with US officials the extension to 18 months of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS), which benefits 190,000 Salvadorans and concludes in March 2018, said official sources today. Investigation into Dominican Officials Fortunes 21 de febrero de 2017, 16:54Santo Domingo, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The civic movement People''s Participation (PC) demanded today that the Chamber of Accounts investigated Government officials that have increased their fortunes to worrying levels in recent years, to determine if their assets are legal. Bahamas Examines Development Goals for Island States 21 de febrero de 2017, 14:28Nassau, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from small island states are debating some initiatives to integrate the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals in their planning processes. Mexico Arrests DEA Most Wanted Drug Trafficker 21 de febrero de 2017, 13:42Mexico, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) One of the most wanted drug traffickers by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Mexican authorities was arrested in this capital, reported the Attorney General''s Office (PGR). Hundreds of Natives and Farmers Take Over Cumbre de Alaska Guatemala, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of villagers from the 48 cantons of Totonicapán, the most representative institution of Mayan Quiché people in that western part of Guatemala, today took over the place called Cumbre de Alaska, which is a strech of a highway, to demand their rights. Guatemala to Hold First International Marimba Festival Guatemala, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The Efrain Recinos Hall at the Cultural Center Miguel Angel Asturias will be the venue to the First International Marimba Festival in Guatemala, from February 23-26, the Ministry of Culture and sports in this country reported today. Honduras: Violence and Killings in Rise 20 de febrero de 2017, 15:23Tegucigalpa, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The multiple slaughters and murders in Honduras registered a rise of 44 percent this year, inside the violence wave shaking Honduras right now. Guatemala Demands Recognition of Indigenous Rights Guatemala, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) People from 83 communities in the department of Sololá in Guatemala will block the Inter-American highway on Tuesday and Wednesday to demand the recognition of indigenous rights and the reduction of electricity tariffs, confirmed organizers today. Mexico Needs 11.5 Million Jobs Mexico, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) About 11.5 million jobs are needed today in Mexico, the Center for Economic Studies of the Private Sector (CEESP) stated. Caricom: Unity to Face Challenges and Uncertainty Por Jorge Luna, Special EnvoyGeorgetown, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The vulnerability of the Caribbean countries when facing the threats of nature and economic and political challenges was evident at the recently-concluded Caribbean Community Summit (CARICOM), which called for an urgent strengthening of regional unity. Panamanian Crackdown on Human Trafficking Panama, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The present strategy against human trafficking has allowed Panama to rescue 167 people from 2014 to date and stop 40 human traffickers, the National Commission Against Human Trafficking (Cnctp) reported. Dominican Ruling Party with More Acceptance, Shows a Survey 17 de febrero de 2017, 17:02Santo Domingo, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) is the most popular in the country, according to a survey released today by the Interdisciplinary Development Consultancy (CID). Honduras: Indigenous Leader Assassinated Tegucigalpa, Feb 17 feb (Prensa Latina) Armed individuals assassinated today Honduran Tolupán indigenous ethnia leader José de los Santos Sevilla, official sources said here Friday. Mexican Businesspeople Committed to Contribute to the Country México, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The Business Coordinating Council (CCE in Spanish) of México committed with millionaire investments in the country, that faces todaty an uncertain situation in its links with its main trading and investment partner, the United States. Legislators from Mexico and Cuba Plan to Increase Cooperation Mexico, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The 16th Mexico-Cuba interparliamentary meeting begins today in Merida, capital of Yucatan, with a broad agenda that fosters cooperation between both countries. Mexican Embassies to Issue Birth Certificates Overseas 17 de febrero de 2017, 11:19Mexico, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexican embassies may issue birth certificates starting today to people that were born in the national territory but were not registered at the time in Mexico. G20 Foreign Ministers Discuss Development and Peacekeeping Bonn, Germany, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting will end today after two days of sessions which focused on sustainable development and global conflicts. Caribbean Leaders Analyze their International Relations Georgetown, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The 28th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit, which ends today two closed-door session days, will devote this day to analyzing the relations of the integrationist group with other countries, Prensa Latina knew from sources of the meeting. Cuba, Guyana to Care for Caribbean Children with Disabilities Georgetown, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) A center for the care of Caribbean children with special educational needs associated with disabilities will be opened here in March, its coordinator, Cuban professor Jorge Duvalon announced today. Drug Trafficking Increases in Costa Rica 16 de febrero de 2017, 17:27San Jose, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Gustavo Mata, Minister of Public Security of Costa Rica, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in this country, and asked deputies to approve the bill on Annulment of Ownership in order to strengthen the struggle against organized crime. Jamaican Ministerial Forum to Tackle Unemployment Issue 16 de febrero de 2017, 15:59Kingston, Feb. 16 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica will host the 10th Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labor on February 23th and 24th. This gathering is aimed at assessing the current employment plight in the Caribbean, from a comprehensive vision. Caribbean Leaders Call to Intensified Regional Integration Georgetown, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The President of Guyana and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Granger, called on regional leaders here today to intensify the process of regional integration. Uncertainty at G-20 Meeting Due to New US Diplomacy Berlin, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) G-20 Group meeting of foreign ministers shows today a growing uncertainty about US diplomacy and its influence on fundamental economic issues. Jamaican Nesta Carter Appeals Doping Penalty Bern, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina)Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is appealing the ruling that cost him, Usain Bolt and the rest of the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the Caribbean Varadero, Cuba, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Two hotels in this resort, the largest and most important in Cuba, stand out today in the All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean region, a prestigious website specializing in tourism reported. Cuba and CARICOM Agree on Mutual Tariff Concessions Georgetown, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador to Guyana, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante, talked today about the importance of an agreement on mutual concessions of products and tariff preferences between Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Havana Will Host the Dominican Week of Culture Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The Week of Dominican Culture will take place in Havana February 20 through 27 with a display of cinema, theater, literature and music, reported that country''s Embassy in Cuba announced. Honduras Records Over 10 Forrest Fires Weeekly 15 de febrero de 2017, 18:07Tegucigalpa, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Honduras records from 10 to 15 forest fires every week, mostly caused by human actions, authorities stated today. Víctor Víctor and other Dominican Artists to Perform in Cuba 15 de febrero de 2017, 17:30Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The popular Dominican singer and songwriter Victor Victor will offer a concert in Cuba accompanied by two other artists, informed the embassy of the Caribbean country in Havana. Keith Ellis Wants to Write Jose Marti Book of Aforisms Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican researcher and writer Keith Ellis revealed today in Cuba he would love to make a bilingual book of aforisms of National Hero Jose Marti, one of the most influential figure of Latin American literature. US Academics Support Mexico Against President Trump Mexico, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 400 scholars and researchers from the United States issued a statement today in support of Mexico, facing the ''aggressive policy'' by US President Donald Trump. Quake Helped to Discover a New Geological Fault in Costa Rica 14 de febrero de 2017, 18:23San Jose, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The analysis of the 5.5-magnitude earthquake occurred last November 30, in Capellades, enabled scientists Lepolt Linkimer and Gerardo J. Soto to discover a new geological fault in Costa Rica. Earth Tremors Prevail in Costa Rica Due to Volcano 14 de febrero de 2017, 16:59San Jose, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Costa Rican volcano Turrialba keeps a continue to cause earth tremor of variable range, while institutions for prevention urge tourists to follow security measures, such as banned access to the summit of the volcano. Energy-Efficiency Program to Benefit Jamaican Schools 14 de febrero de 2017, 16:58Kingston, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) A total of 15 public schools in Jamaica will be benefited with a new energy-efficiency program, the minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Andrew Wheatley announced today. First Sommelier Cuban Woman Writes About Her Impressions Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The first Cuban sommelier woman, presents her impressions of this work in a text that appears today at the 26th International Book Fair 2017, based in the Morro-Cabaña tourist complex of this city. Homage to Bola de Nieve, an Unmistakable Voice of Cuban Music Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Bola de Nieve, one of the unmistakable voices of Cuban music, returns to Havana scene in a homage dedicated to him by the Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine tomorrow, the organizers of the concert announced today. Mexico Deports Cuban Migrants in Irregular Situation 14 de febrero de 2017, 10:34Mexico, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The National Institute of Migration (INM) has reported on the deportation of five Cuban migrants on a commercial flight from Tapachula International Airport, in Chiapas, according to the company. Trump's Policies Lead to Unemployment in Northern Mexico Mexico, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Although official data indicate that January was a month of job creation in Mexico, the contrary happened in the border ending 2016 due to the actions and threats by U.S. President, Donald Trump. More than 160 Countries Consume Mexican Products 14 de febrero de 2017, 08:44Mexico, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The products with the brand Made in Mexico are consumed today in more than 160 countries, said Enrique Sánchez Cruz, head of the National Service of Health, Safety and Agro-Food Quality (Senasica). Panamanian Corruption Caused Alarm Between 2015 and 2016 13 de febrero de 2017, 16:01Panama, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) A document circulating today revealed that corruption increased nine percent between 2015 and 2016, but high-profile investigations are still to be resolved. USA Deported More Than One Million Mexicans in Five Years Mexico, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) In the last five years, 1 million 372 thousand 883 Mexicans were repatriated from the United States, according to data from the Interior Ministry (Segob) released today. 19th Edition of the Habano Festival Starts Feb 27 Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) With the 19th Edition of the Habano Festival this month in the Cuban capital, Cuba''s quality products industry marks a very lucrative road, with many fans from all over the world. Soldiers in Support Role for Elections in Honduras 13 de febrero de 2017, 11:50Tegucigalpa, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) About 16,000 soldiers will be as of today at the temporary disposal of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) in Honduras as support personnel for the March 12th primary elections. Caribbean Integration in Times of Trump By Jorge Luna, Special Envoy Georgetown (Prensa Latina) Caribbean leaders analyze with worry here this week, the political and economic impact and the regional scenario after the assumption, last January 20, of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Rajoy Denies Mediator Role Between Latin America and Donald Trump Madrid, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denied today he did not offer Donald Trump to be a mediator between the United States and Latin America during a recent telephone conversation with the US president. Marches for Mexican Dignity and against Trump's Policies Mexico, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Some three thousand police officers are being mobilized in this capital today to ensure the safety of two citizen marches in defense of the sovereignty, dignity and against threats and measures of US President Donald Trump. Mexico: Criminal Groups Fight for Power after Leaving Chapo Mexico, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The growing violence in several Mexican states today is a result of the fight amid criminal groups, said General Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defense (Sedena). 5,000 Women Live with AIDS in Panama 11 de febrero de 2017, 11:41Panama, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) UN-AIDS has reported Saturday that a total of 5,000 women in Panama are living with HIV, as a result of poor education and empowering of women. Mexican President Contends Speculations about His Govt. Mexico, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Mexico''s President Enrique Peña Nieto has called today on the people to have confidence on his Government in the face of revolving speculations about its relations with the USA. Panamanian Government Demands Probe into Electoral Donations 10 de febrero de 2017, 17:49Panama, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) proposed today to establish a commisison in the National Assembly to investigate all the donations by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht during the presidential campaign in 2014. UN Extends Mandate of Anti-impunity Commission in Guatemala 10 de febrero de 2017, 17:05United Nations, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres extended the mandate of the International Anti-Impunity Commission in Guatemala (Cicig) until September 2019, a spokesman for the organization informed. More Immigrant Deaths on Northern Mexican Border 10 de febrero de 2017, 10:37Mexico, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) At least 15 new immigrant deaths were discovered during the week in the border area between this country and the United States, reported today the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Caribbean Region Reports Record Arrival of Tourists in 2016 Bridgetown, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has reported today a record arrival of more than 29 million visitors to the region in 2016, for a growth higher to the world average, according to a report by the agency. Works in Nicaragua for CentAm Games in Progress Managua, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan authorities stated they verified the progress of certain installations under construction for the celebration of the 11th Sport Central American Games, which will be held in Nicaragua from December 3 to 17 this year. Oscar Lopez Arrives in Puerto Rico after 35 Years in Prison 09 de febrero de 2017, 18:20San Juan, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Pro-independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera arrived in Puerto Rico after 35 years in prison, in the United States, to finish his sentence, commuted by former President Barack Obama before concluding his term of office. Jamaican Singer Bob Marley's Unique Recordings Come to Light 09 de febrero de 2017, 18:04London, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) A dozen of Bob Marley´s concerts are today causing a stir among worldwide music lovers, especially those Jamaican singer´s fans, after their complete restoration. Japanese Company Nisshinbo Renounces to Produce in Mexico 09 de febrero de 2017, 12:01Tokyo, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Donald Trump''s threats, made the Japanese company Nisshinbo abandon its project to set up an auto spares plant in Mexico, it was officially informed. Monarch Butterfly Hibernation Surface Decreases 09 de febrero de 2017, 11:20Mexico, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The area covered by monarch butterflies in the hibernation period continues declining today, Eligio Garcia, coordinator of the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, said. Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama Panama, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella de Panama. Gasoline Hike in Mexico Passes the Bill to the PRI Mexico, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The increase of fuels decreed by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto passed the bill to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico, relegated today to the third position in the citizen preferences. Puerto Rico Will Host Economic Forum with China San Juan, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of Puerto Rico confirmed today the organization of the First China-Puerto Rico Investment Forum from March 1 to 3, with representatives of this island, the United States and the Asian giant. Panamanian Minister Requests Temporary Stop of Preferential Visa Panama, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Labor and Labor Development, Ernesto Carles, asked the National Migration Service (SNM) to temporarily stop granting visas for profesionals and the ones given to the friendly countries program, La Prensa reported today. Reconciliation is Key for Peace in El Salvador Por By Odalys TroyaSan Salvador, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorans will celebrate throughout 2017 the signing of the Peace Accords that ended the armed conflict (1980-1992), after 60 years of military dictatorships and marked the path to democracy. Panama Breaks Up Over 55 Gangs 07 de febrero de 2017, 17:01Panama, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General for Organized Crime Nahaniel Murgas confirmed today the dismantling of over 55 Panama-operating gangs. Haitian Migrants at USA-Mexico Border Fear Risk of Deportation 07 de febrero de 2017, 14:21Mexico, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Haitian migrants currently at the border between Mexico and the United States are afraid of appearing before the US authorities because they fear being deported, according to reports today. Presidential Spokesman: Mexico is not Invalid In front of USA 07 de febrero de 2017, 13:01Mexico, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is not invalid in front of US, stressed today the Mexican presidency spokesman, Eduardo Sanchez, during a TV interview. Pamelita Flores, Awakening of a Woman Through Music By Isabel Soto Mayedo Mexico: Trump Wall to Have Ecological Costs Mexico, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The wall that President Donald Trump ordered to build on the US-Mexico border will have ecological costs, asserted today Gerardo Ceballos from the Institute of Ecology of the Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM). Trump Wall to Benefit Human Traffickers, La Jornada Newspaper Says Mexico, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The wall that President Donald Trump intends to raise on the Mexican border could benefit human traffickers (polleros, Mexican term) who will increase their rates and profits, newspaper La Jornada reported today. Honduran President proposes Referendum on Criminal Reforms 06 de febrero de 2017, 17:38Tegucigalpa, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez proposed today to put to the people''s vote the criminal reforms that the National Congress was currently discussing. Varela Asks Santos for Drug Control in Colombia 06 de febrero de 2017, 17:02by Osvaldo Rodriguez Martinez Jamaican Religious Leader Talks about Inequalities in the Caribbean Kingston, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and of the Cayman Islands, Howard Gregory, remembered today that the unequal distribution of the wealths might give place to disturbances in the region of the Caribbean. Most Dominicans Citezens Distrust Their Officials 06 de febrero de 2017, 12:33Santo Domingo, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) 87.7 percent of Dominicans considers today that government officials of Leonel Fernández, Hipólito Mejía and Danilo Medina benefited from bribes paid by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Vietnam - Latin America: Electronic Visa Option for Eight Countries 06 de febrero de 2017, 09:41Hanoi, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Eight Latin American countries are listed today in the list of 40 whose citizens can opt for an electronic visa to travel to Vietnam, in force since February 1, it was known here. Aspirants to Carondelet Reveal Proposals in Presidential Dialogue Quito, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The candidates of the general elections scheduled for February 19 in Ecuador presented their proposals of government to this South American country in a Presidential Dialogue focused on politics and economy. Japan Wants to Invest More in Mexico despite Trump Mexico, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Japan is interested in boosting trade and investments in Mexico, despite the protectionist wave that may come from the United States, Japanese Ambassador Akira Yamada stated here. Organized Crime Causes High Costs for Mexico 04 de febrero de 2017, 10:23Mexico, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Social costs in Mexico, both for private and public sector, caused by organized crime reach an extraordinary amount of more than 16 billion dollars, was released here today. Despaigne Praises the Teams´ High-Level in Caribbean Baseball Series Culiacan, Mexico, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Slugger Alfredo Despaigne, Granma Sorrels´ clean-up hitter, praised the level of all participating teams in the Caribbean Baseball Series, Culiacán-2017, but also warned that Cuba will be the champion. Guyana to Reinforce Migratory Controls because of Terrorism Increase 03 de febrero de 2017, 16:05Georgetown, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) Joseph Harmon, Guyanese State Minister, said Friday that Guyana will reinforce migratory controls from now on, because of traces of citizens coming from neighboring countries, involved in terrorist activities. Most Mexicans Have Bad Opinion On Donald Trump Mexico, Feb 3 (Prensa LatinaL) US President Donald Trump, today arouses widespread rejection in the Mexican population, according to data from a survey reported here Friday. Mexico: Automotive Industry Mobilizes after Trump Threats 03 de febrero de 2017, 10:46 Mexico, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) Giant Motors Latin America (UGML) will produce Chinese cars in Mexico, despite the threats facing today the Mexican automotive sector by US President Donald Trump.