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Panama Supreme Court judge suspended over corruption charges
October 21, 2014
Panama officials on Monday suspended a justice of the Supreme Court over corruption charges in a landmark case. Alejandro Moncada has been battling accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo Martinelli. Documents emerged that Moncada had paid mostly cash for two luxury....... [more]

HRW: claims of abuse in Western Sahara by Morocco exaggerated
October 18, 2014
Claims of human rights abuse against Sahrawi refugees living in camps in the Sahara desert administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) have been exaggerated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Saturday. The refugee camps in the Algerian region of....... [more]

Spain Catalonia region calls off independence vote
October 14, 2014
The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday called off an independence vote that was scheduled for November 9. The vote was suspended after the Spanish government challenged its legality last month. Artur Mas, president of the Catalonia region, stated that an unofficial poll will still be....... [more]

Spain court upholds jurisdiction in 1989 El Salvador massacre case
October 7, 2014
The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had pre....... [more]

Catalonia independence vote suspended
September 30, 2014
An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November v....... [more]

Spain government files appeal with high court to block Catalonia independence referendum
September 29, 2014
Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy confirmed Monday that the Spanish government has filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court challenging the November 9 independence referendum for the Catalonia region. The government's appeal alleges that both the referendum and a law passed by the regional....... [more]

Catalonia president signs decree calling for referendum on independence from Spain
September 27, 2014
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to....... [more]

El Salvador ex-president taken into custody ahead of trial
September 21, 2014
Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken into custody on Saturday after a court repealed his house arrest. Francisco is being held as he awaits trial on charges of corruption and embezzling More than USD $15 million, part of which is alleged to have come as aid from the Taiwanese gove....... [more]

Argentina passes law circumventing US court ruling limiting debt repayments
September 12, 2014
The Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine National Congress on Thursday approved a bill that was signed into law later that day by President Cristina Fernandez to continue making payments on foreign-held bonds outside of US jurisdiction. The law circumvents a US court ruling prohibiting Argentina fro....... [more]

History of Guantanamo Bay
August 31, 2014
Cuban nationalists began pressing for independence from Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. Cuban guerrilla fighters initiated frequent skirmishes with the Spanish military between 1868 and 1878. Revolutionary activities picked up in the 1890s and Spain imposed martial law in 1896. International te....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]




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