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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:24

Authorities in Ecuador have rescued around 8,000 animals from eco-traffickers in the last decade, a number that likely represents just a fraction of a trade threatening the fauna in one of the world's most biodiverse countries.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:51

A recent report has highlighted the increasing role of the East African nation Mozambique in the international drug trade, adding weight to warnings that the influence of Latin American criminals in Africa is no longer limited to a handful of west coast countries.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:07

Police in Peru are targeting a transnational money laundering network they claim could be linked to cartels in Mexico, in a rare move against a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that is firmly established in the country.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:00

The high price of an exotic wood has spurred a rash of timber theft in the forests of Panama, threatening the region's tropical jungles as traffickers seek to satisfy demand in Asia.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00

The tale of a runaway Cuban baseball player illustrates a human smuggling route from the Communist island to the US, and how Mexico's brutal Zetas may profit from the trade.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

Gustavo Herrera -- the would be businessman and political broker in the process to determine Guatemala's next attorney general -- might have many blotches on his record, but he has managed to stay out of jail and has retained his political connections and influence.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 12:12

El Salvador authorities disclosed new details about the rise of a drug boss accused of moving 10 tons of cocaine into the United States, in a case highlighting the growing role of "free agent" traffickers in Central America's underworld.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 09:46

Argentina's former vice-president and current governor of Buenos Aires province has called drug trafficking the country's "number one public enemy," recognizing an increasing and evolving issue that is bringing heightened levels of violence.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00

Since taking over in 2010, Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has waged a revolution from inside one of the country's most troubled institutions. She has submitted her name for another four-year term that would begin in May, but her enemies are strong and want to return to the status quo. The third of this three-part series looks at the challenges Paz y Paz faces as she applies for another term.

 

 

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Monday, 21 April 2014 00:17

El Salvador's security minister has proposed revitalizing the country's "pacification process," drawing input from the business sector and civil society, a move which could halt the unraveling of the gang truce, but which may be little more than a political stunt ahead of the new president's inauguration.

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