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Puerto Rico governor signs executive order legalizing medical marijuana
May 4, 2015
Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, Alzhei....... [more]

El Salvador lawmakers advance constitutional measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman
April 18, 2015
The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have no legal validity in El Salvador. A similar legislative....... [more]

UK judge approves extradition of Basque fugitive to Spain
April 14, 2015
A UK judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) can be extradited to Spain. In his ruling, Judge Howard Riddle said there had been no abuse of process in Antoio Troitino's case, and he could receive a fair trial in Spain. Troitino served 2....... [more]

Spain judge upholds genocide charges against 7 Morocco officials
April 10, 2015
A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited to Spain to face a trial....... [more]

Panama tribunal lifts ex-president Martinelli's immunity
April 9, 2015
The Panama Electoral Tribunal said Wednesday that former president Ricardo Martinelli will no longer be immune from prosecution, which allows investigations of corruption charges from Martinelli's time in office to begin. The Panama Supreme Court had requested the lifting of immunity after unanimous....... [more]

Argentina court dismisses Iran cover-up charges against president
March 27, 2015
An Argentinian appeals court on Thursday dismissed charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for conspiring to insulate Iranian officials' from prosecution over their alleged participation in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The charges were filed by prosecu....... [more]

Suspended supreme court judge in Panama sentenced to prison
March 6, 2015
A three-judge panel in Panama on Thursday sentenced the former president of the country's Supreme Court Alejandro Moncada to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment and corruption. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from hi....... [more]

Spain judge orders trial for former ruling party treasurers in graft scandal
March 6, 2015
A Spanish High Court judge on Thursday ordered 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced of Francisco Correa bragging about Luis Barcenas' acceptance of....... [more]

Spain requests US aid in extradition of ETA members from Cuba
March 2, 2015
The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) residing in Cuba, according to a stat....... [more]

Judge dismisses criminal allegations against Argentine president
February 27, 2015
A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel....... [more]

Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]




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