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6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits North-Central Region of Chile

6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits North-Central Region of Chile

Jason Reed/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO) — The North Central area of Chile was struck by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake Wednesday, according to local authorities.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located 55 miles north of…

Billionaire Holds Argentinean Navy Ship Hostage

Billionaire Holds Argentinean Navy Ship Hostage

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’re a super-rich American investor and a large South American country owes you $1.6 billion, which it refuses to pay in full.You can take a partial settlement that others have taken – which reportedly wou…

Head of Mexican Drug Cartel Killed by Authorities

Head of Mexican Drug Cartel Killed by Authorities

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/GettyImages(MEXICO CITY) — The Mexican Navy said Tuesday that it had confirmed via fingerprints and photographs that the man killed by Marines in a Sunday shootout was Heriberto Lazcano, aka The Executioner or “Z-3,” the feared le…

Did Joran Van Der Sloot Impregnate a Woman from Jail?

Did Joran Van Der Sloot Impregnate a Woman from Jail?

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — The lawyer representing Joran van der Sloot shot down reports Monday that the Dutch playboy who is suspected of killing Natalee Holloway had impregnated a woman during a conjugal visit in his Peruvian…

Venezuela Election Results: Hugo Chavez Declared Winner

Venezuela Election Results: Hugo Chavez Declared Winner

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — President Hugo Chávez has retained power in Venezuela after defeating opponent Henrique Capriles on Sunday by a comfortable victory of 900,000 votes.Chávez, the longest serving presi…

Venezuela: Radical Group Promises Violence if Chávez Loses Election

Venezuela: Radical Group Promises Violence if Chávez Loses Election

Ana Maria Benedetti/ABC/Univision(CARACAS) — In past Venezuelan elections there have been rumors of violence, but they never amounted to much. This time around, with President Hugo Chávez forced to contemplate the possibility of handing over th…

Hugo Chavez Faces Opposition Challenges Heading into Sunday Election

Hugo Chavez Faces Opposition Challenges Heading into Sunday Election

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuela’s charismatic leader Hugo Chavez may still be the favorite to win Sunday’s presidential election, but polls show that momentum has been building behind opposition candidate Henrique Caprile…

Colombia Hit by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

Colombia Hit by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

Zoonar/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) — A 7.1 magnitude earrthquake struck the Colombian town of La Vega, about 50 miles north of Bogota shortly before noon on Sunday. The quake, which was 93.5 miles deep, hit the town at 11:31 a.m. local time.There wer…

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Vladimir Putin Gifts Hugo Chavez with Puppy

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying what you might call a bit of “pet diplomacy.” He sent a 3-month-old puppy to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a gift.  The black Russian terrier doesn’t have a n…

Last Colombian Drug Kingpin Falls: ‘Crazy’ Barrera Captured

Last Colombian Drug Kingpin Falls: ‘Crazy’ Barrera Captured

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The last of the old-school Colombian drug lords has been captured in Venezuela, said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a televised speech on Tuesday. Daniel Barrera, also known as “Crazy Barrerra” or “T…

WikiLeaks Founder Says Swedes May Drop Case

WikiLeaks Founder Says Swedes May Drop Case

BERTIL ERICSON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — In a South American television interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that he thinks he could be living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for up to a year, and that the Swedish government could dro…

WikiLeaks Founder Says Swedes May Drop Case

WikiLeaks Founder Says Swedes May Drop Case

BERTIL ERICSON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — In a South American television interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that he thinks he could be living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for up to a year, and that the Swedish government could dro…

Busted for Trying to Board Plane With 27 Snakes

Busted for Trying to Board Plane With 27 Snakes

John Foxx/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A Brazilian man was arrested for trying to board a flight at Orlando International Airport while carrying 27 snakes that he’d wrapped in pantyhose and stashed away inside stereo speakers, authorities said.Ma…

Busted for Trying to Board Plane With 27 Snakes

Busted for Trying to Board Plane With 27 Snakes

John Foxx/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A Brazilian man was arrested for trying to board a flight at Orlando International Airport while carrying 27 snakes that he’d wrapped in pantyhose and stashed away inside stereo speakers, authorities said.Ma…

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An explosion has halted production at Venezuela’s main oil refinery, one of the biggest in the world for two days. At least two dozen people were killed and fifty others injured.  The country’s energy minister said Ven…

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Venezuela’s Explosion at the Main Oil Refinery Stops Production

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An explosion has halted production at Venezuela’s main oil refinery, one of the biggest in the world for two days. At least two dozen people were killed and fifty others injured.  The country’s energy minister said Ven…

Ecuador Official: Decision on Assange Asylum Thursday

Ecuador Official: Decision on Assange Asylum Thursday

LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(QUITO, Ecuador) — Ecuadorean officials said Wednesday that they would announce their final decision on whether to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday, but also claimed that the British government had th…

Six Argentine Police Officers Arrested in Connection with Torture Video

Six Argentine Police Officers Arrested in Connection with Torture Video

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALTA, Argentina) — Six police officers in Argentina have found themselves on the other side of the law as they were arrested, as part of an investigation into a video which recently surfaced, and appears to show two suspects be…

Joran Van Der Sloot Blames Lawyer for Long Prison Sentence

Joran Van Der Sloot Blames Lawyer for Long Prison Sentence

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) — In two letters, Joran van der Sloot blamed his lawyers for his nearly three-decade prison sentence, while he reiterated he had nothing to do with the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway and begged for …

Venezuelan Intelligence Agency Detains Presidential Palace Employee

Venezuelan Intelligence Agency Detains Presidential Palace Employee

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A doctor who has worked for more than a decade for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s palace staff is being held by the country’s intelligence agency for allegedly leaking classified information, th…

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