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Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:10

Authorities in Guatemala have highlighted the range of tactics used by criminals to extort money from businesses, a crime that has become so devastating that locals in one city have organized to put a stop to it.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:40

A US operation targeting human smugglers does not address the underlying factors driving a wave of Central American child migrants across the US border, and could increase the risks facing these migrants.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:47

An operation to catch the leader of a Brazilian network that smuggled cocaine into more than 30 countries serves as an example of the powerful independent traffickers operating in Brazil, though the drug boss remains at large.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:33

US authorities have arrested 10 alleged members of a cocaine trafficking network that moved Colombian product via the island of St. Maarten to Puerto Rico and the US mainland, in an operation illustrative of the territory's importance to the drug trade.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:57

A group calling itself the "Armed Forces for National Salvation" has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on government supporters in Nicaragua, adding weight to claims that armed groups that have sprung up in the country in recent years are political in nature.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 12:31

Authorities in Colombia have captured the commander of the FARC's 30th Front and alleged head of the group's Pacific coast drug operations in a blow to a powerful guerrilla unit already capitalizing on its criminal potential.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:42

Investigations into alleged arms trafficking by members of El Salvador's military have now reached the top, with a former defense minister, and an ex-vice defense minister and police and intelligence chief among those under investigation for the illicit sales of army weapons.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:17

Captured Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzman has reportedly banded together with rival "La Barbie" to organize a hunger strike from his isolation cell, suggesting the kingpin does not enjoy the run of the prison granted him by corrupt authorities during his last stint behind bars.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:37

A US indictment against commanders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group is a boost to the Peruvian security forces' campaign for increased US support against the insurgency. However, the charges are unlikely to result in rebel leaders standing trial in the US, and could even prove counter-productive for efforts to uproot both the rebels and Peru's drug trade.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

The director of Colombia's tax and customs agency has resigned and left the country after stating he had received death threats from a shadowy businessman with alleged ties to Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel and a criminal history spanning at least two decades.

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