Latin America

Retired Venezuelan Gen. Cliver Alcalá turned himself in to the U.S. counternarcotics authorities a day after U.S. prosecutors indicted him and other Venezuelan officials, including President Nicolás Maduro, on drug-trafficking charges, according to four people familiar with the matter.

U.S. authorities charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other officials with drug trafficking and conspiring with terrorists and offered multimillion-dollar rewards for their arrests, escalating the Trump administration’s effort to unseat the leftist regime.

Americans stranded in Peru because of the coronavirus pandemic have begun organizing among themselves to share information and vent their mounting frustration over the Trump administration’s efforts to catch up with a backlog of U.S. citizens trapped overseas.

A U.S. military operation rescued an American woman from unspecified danger in Honduras and she has been reunited with her family, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

Mexicali residents voted against the completion of a $1.4 billion brewery owned by Constellation Brands on grounds that its water consumption was detrimental for the community, a move that risks undermining foreign investment in Mexico as it faces a deep economic contraction.

Inmates launched coordinated nationwide riots over what they said was the government’s failure to address fears of the spread of the coronavirus in prison. Nearly two-dozen inmates were dead and 83 injured in one of Colombia’s most notorious jails, the Justice Ministry said.

The U.S. quietly unsealed criminal cases against two former officials at Venezuela’s state oil monopoly this month as part of what American officials say is a new round of charges and sanctions against a Maduro government they accuse of systemic corruption, narcotrafficking and stealing billions of dollars in state funds.

Hundreds of Americans remained trapped in Peru as the U.S. decided not to send a military aircraft. The country closed its borders this week, providing little warning to foreign tourists visiting Inca ruins and Amazon rainforest.

The fate of a $1.4 billion brewery under construction by Constellation Brands will be determined by voters in the border city of Mexicali this weekend, in the latest referendum President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has backed to give citizens a say on investment projects.

The consumer-price index rose 0.42% in February from the previous month as higher prices of fresh produce offset a decline in energy costs.

Thousands of Mexican women are expected to strike after the brutal murders last month of a young woman and a little girl. Some companies have pledged not to dock wages for workers who don’t turn up.

The country’s economy expanded at the slowest pace in three years in 2019 as the government of President Jair Bolsonaro cut spending and investment slowed.

The government said the person diagnosed with the virus was placed in isolation along with several family members. The confirmed case involved people who visited Italy.

The Mexican economy contracted in 2019 for the first time in a decade, revised government data confirmed Tuesday, with a drop in industrial production and investment marring the first year in office of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

An independent report commissioned by Vale into last year’s deadly mine-dam failure found conflicts of interest between the mining giant and its auditors, faulty information-sharing inside the company and a compensation structure that prioritized financial returns.

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