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Latin America is in bad shape when it comes to the world’s most murderous cities. According to a recent report, Latin American cities claim 43 of 50 top spots for the highest homicide rates in 2014. The world’s most dangerous cities were chosen based on the number of murders per capita, but the high number …

Latinos made history on Election Night securing victories in both political parties. Across the nation, Latinos scored statewide victories, gaining and holding on to 12 seats in executive office. Now, the largest group of Latinos, 29 in total, will serve in the 114th U.S. Congress, scoring a few firsts in electoral representation. “We witnessed Latino …

Where do America’s wealthiest hang their ridiculously expensive hats? After working hard all day to purchase the universe, where do they relax in a gold-plated Jacuzzi? Not in New York. Or San Francisco. Or Beverly Hills. According to the Higley 1000, many of the country’s richest residents live in neighborhoods off the beaten path. Increasingly, …

There’s little doubt that Latin American and Caribbean people are entrepreneurial. Nearly one in three workers in the region is self-employed or a small employer. While there is no shortage of regional enterprises, the problem is that most are very small — even after decades of operation, according to “Latin American Entrepreneurs, Many Firms but …

Latino advocacy groups cited South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Thursday, as an inspiration to their struggle in the United States. Many said they had adopted quotes by Mandela as their mantra. The Cesar Chavez Foundation, named after the labor organizer who fought for better treatment of farm workers, …

As Chile prepares for a runoff presidential election between two women, Latin America, the land of ‘machismo,’ is poised for a record four female heads of state. LIMA, Peru — For a region famous for “machismo,” Latin America is about to take an unlikely step: elect a record number of women presidents. In Chile, moderate …

Miami wants to be the next Silicon Valley, and some entrepreneurs believe it’s well on its way. Start-up companies in the city are increasingly filling the high-tech void in Latin America and attracting Latin American investors. WLRN-Miami Herald News reporter Tim Padgett joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain Miami’s aspiration to be “Silicon Beach.” Guest Tim …

The centuries-old Monroe doctrine has little relevance to US policy in the region today. No wonder there have been no parties This week, John Kerry gave a major speech at the Organization of American States, stressing the United States’ desire to re-engage with the region. He stated: “The era of the Monroe doctrine is over,” …

Mexico’s president has denied a tweet by Justin Bieber saying the singer met with the president and his family prior to a show. Mexico’s president has denied a tweet by Justin Bieber saying the singer met with the president and his family prior to a show. It was the latest sour note in Bieber’s controversy-filled …

State control of marijuana market should be seen as part of long and pragmatic tradition of market intervention and nationalisation Inhaling deeply from a large joint of unadulterated cannabis, Marcelo Vasquez grins at the imminent prospect of his outlawed passion becoming Uruguay’s newest state-sanctioned industry. This week, the country’s senate is expected to pass the …

Around the world there is a consistent correlation between a country’s per capita GDP and how well it scores on innovation indices – the wealthier a country gets, the more innovative it becomes. Except, that is, in Latin America, which has seen countries across the region make a step up in terms of economic development …

(Reuters) – Despite its own vast oil reserves, Latin America has doubled its reliance on the United States for fuels like diesel and gasoline over the last five years to keep its economies humming – and the dependence is growing. The culprit is an outdated refining network that has not been upgraded to add capacity …

Venezuela has put into effect the regulations to implement a shootdown law approved 17 months ago. Within days a stream of announced shootdowns began to appear in the media, but most of these turned out to be the result of confusion with the previous practice of destroying suspected drug-carrying airplanes on the ground. On 2 …

Latin America’s version of the Amazon marketplace is thriving. Linio, which positions itself as the ‘Amazon of Latin America,’ is soaking up $50 million in new funding to continue its growth. The e-commerce platform features a wide range of electronics, jewelry, toys, health and personal care, clothing, books, sporting equipment, and more. People buy online …

Lapped up by a Spanish-speaking market that adores K-pop’s lavish production values and upbeat message, a Korean wave is sweeping through Latin America The export success of artists like Don Omar and Shakira in previous years may have given the Latin pop business a few global ambitions, but in Latin America itself the sound that’s …