* Latin America: The International Narcotics Control Board concluded that Brazil is increasingly being used as a point of transit for cocaine from South America to western Africa and that Mexican drug trafficking has worsened.
* Guatemala: A final report on the scandalous illegal testing of thousands of Guatemalans for syphilis by U.S. scientists decades ago will be ready by the middle of the year.
* Venezuela: The government backtracked on a decree that would’ve barred smoking in public places.
* Ecuador: President Rafael Correa expressed has “sincere interest” in attracting foreign investors in order to help funding energy projects and improving infrastructure.
Image – Reuters via MinnPost.com (“Police show drugs, weapons and hand grenades which were confiscated, a day after invading the Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro” last year.)
Online Sources- MSNBC, Bloomberg, LAHT, AFP