Latin America

Argentina Sees Convictions But No Closure In Terror Attack Cover-Up Trial

An Argentine federal court on Thursday convicted several individuals of meddling with the official investigation into the South American country’s deadliest incident of terrorism, the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed more than 80 people…

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Vale Sued By Investors Over 2nd Brazil Dam Collapse

Brazilian mining company Vale SA lied to investors about safety measures at a mining dam in the South American country that collapsed on Jan. 25, in an incident similar to a 2016 disaster, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in New York federal court…

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Fairfield U., Others Agree To $60M Haiti Sex Abuse Settlement

Fairfield University and other religious entities said they would pay more than $60 million to settle allegations that they failed to stop a now-convicted child molester from sexually abusing dozens of boys at a school for disadvantaged children in Haiti, according to court filings made Friday…

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GameChangers 2018: The Criminal ‘Winners’ in Latin America

Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and are set to dominate the region’s criminal landscape…

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Johns Hopkins, Others Lose Bid To Kill Syphilis Study Suit

Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, accused of participating in controversial syphilis experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s and 1950s, failed to show that their status as corporations protects them from liability under the Alien Tort Statute, a Maryland federal judge said Thursday…

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Lawyer’s Memoir Dissects Flaws in Investigation of Argentina Terror Attack

Nearly a quarter-century after a bomb blast at a Buenos Aires Jewish community center killed dozens and injured hundreds more, the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history remains unsolved—and a new memoir recounts one lawyer’s efforts to prove the government’s investigation was a sham from the start…

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Can Brazil’s Bolsonaro Deliver on Crime, Corruption Promises?

Brazil’s presidential election resulted in the victory of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to crush rampant crime and corruption with an iron fist. But the president-elect may find his lofty campaign pledges difficult to fulfill…

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