Private firms filling Latin Americas security gapMEXICO CITY (AP) — A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herreras computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release.
Celebrities call for Black Friday boycottUS celebrities called for a boycott to take place Friday -- one of the busiest US shopping days -- to protest a grand jurys decision not to prosecute a police officer who fatally shot a black teen.
Killing of Guatemalan hunter likely to go unsolvedZACAPA, Guatemala (AP) — Jose Miguel Ramirez went hunting for iguanas on a melon farm, and paid for it with his life. The 19-year-olds body was dumped by a stream near the property line, a bullet hole above his left eye.
Report: Colombias land restitution effort laggingBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Threats of violence and flawed legislation are undercutting Colombias efforts to return huge swaths of land illegally snatched from poor farmers during the countrys half-century conflict, according to a study released Thursday.
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes dies after struck in head - Cricket AustraliaSYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died two days after he was struck in the head by a ball, Cricket Australia said in a tweet posted on its official page. We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25, the statement said. Hughes sustained serious head injuries when struck by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday. He had emergency surgery before being placed in an induced coma. (Reporting By Jane Wardell; Editing by Paul Tait)