In the metropolis of the eternal traffic jam,
Mexico City Doubles Driving Ban as Pollution Persists. Authorities order two out of every five private vehicles off the road amid heavy smog
Officials had banned every car from hitting the road one weekday each week and one Saturday a month from April through June based on their license plate numbers and regardless of how new the vehicles are or how they fare on emissions tests.
But after an air-quality monitoring station in the city measured ozone at 160 micrograms per cubic meter on Tuesday—the WHO recommends 100 micrograms at most—the environmental commission issued an emergency order forcing twice as many cars to stay off the roads Wednesday.
It won’t take much ingenuity to find a way around that, either.
Dr. Netas wore a mask,
Argentina in $6.5bn offer to debt holdouts after its 2001 default on $100bn.
Great to be back in Buenos Aires. Had a lovely walk in the park today. See you all at the show on Sunday! pic.twitter.com/V4Ws2bueRf
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) February 6, 2016
Brazil Health Researchers Say Zika Virus Is Active in Saliva, Urine. Pregnant women advised to take precautions to avoid coming in contact with others’ saliva; other researchers suggest such fears are overblown
Privatization success: Chilean Pension Funds Grow 4.1% Year-on-Year in January
This week, the DEA announced the arrests of Hezbollah operatives with connections to ‘La Oficina de Envigado,’ a major Colombian Drug Trafficking organization responsible for a large share of the cocaine shipped to US and European markets. The presence in Latin America of Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based and Iran-backed Shi’a Islamic terror group is hardly news.
The group has been active in money laundering and other illicit activities in the region for decades, predominantly in the lawless tri-border region between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Most notably, Hezbollah bombed a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 85 and wounding hundreds. However, the recent increase in cooperation with drug traffickers, as evidenced by these high-profile arrests, represents an alarming trend and a dangerous prospect for the future of hemispheric security.
Falling oil prices are affecting Iran’s economy, and Hezbollah must diversify and pursue other revenue streams. The lucrative Latin American drug trade is a natural choice.
President Barack Obama promised to throw the White House’s full support behind the Colombian government’s efforts to sign a historic peace agreement with leftist rebels, including a pledge of $450 million in aid annually to help demobilize rebels who’ve been fighting an insurgency for 51 years.
Comunicado- Plan Colombia https://t.co/tNdMkaYWMS
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) February 5, 2016
Pope Che’s going back to Cuba: In Historic Move, Pope to Meet With Leader of Russian Orthodox Church
Ecuador has protested to Turkey over an incident in which demonstrators were violently ejected during a speech by visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital, Quito.
Protesters in Haiti have beaten a man to death in a clash with ex-soldiers, as political uncertainty continues.
Witnesses say the crowd in the capital Port-au-Prince attacked the man, thinking that he was from the country’s disbanded military.
Congratulations to Eneas Biglione: HACER entre los 75 centros de estudios más influyentes de EEUU
“La reina del sur” in hot water: Mexican Judge Grants Del Castillo Protection against Arrest
The runaway cops visit the burnt-out unit,
The Donald stops by the burnt-out unit,
y Pacasso trae el Exótico Hotel Marigold 2
Tras ser detenido en forma ilegal y después liberado, el estudiante de la UNAM que luego admitió que sí usa la violencia en las manifestaciones por Ayotzinapa llega a la Unidad de Quemados… y en el Cineclub de Nicasio: Quiero Matar a mi Jefe 2