Government, demonstrators initiate dialogue in Ecuador 

The Ecuador government and demonstrators have initiated dialogue, amid protests that paralyze the country.

Both sides met for the first time on the eve of the national strike called yesterday by unions and indigenous groups for the recent economic reform.

After the meeting, the Ecuadorian executive is optimistic and says the government is preparing a "plan" to meet the key demands of the protesters.

However, several hours later, during Wednesday's strike day, violent confrontations took place again, resulting in nearly a hundred police officers injured.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Energy declares Force Majeure is unable to supply oil to other countries, due to protests that have caused oil production to drop.

Maduro to run for UN Human Rights Council

24 former presidents reject Maduro's candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council.

Former Ibero-American officials from Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Uruguay condemn the event as a "serious attack."

The former leaders point out that Maduro is running for a seat on the same council that decided last month to form a commission to investigate him.

The Venezuelan leader has numerous complaints against him for extrajudicial executions, disappearances, detentions, torture, and other cruel and inhuman treatment.

The group of ex-presidents have urged the support of Costa Rica's candidacy to prevent Venezuela from occupying one of the two vacancies in Latin America.

Mexican mayor tortured for not fulfilling his electoral promise

A Mexican mayor is dragged through the streets for not keeping his campaign promise.

The Attorney General's Office in Tuxtla Gutierrez says the incident took place Tuesday in the municipality of Las Margaritas, in the state of Chiapas. 

A group of people broke into Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón’s office. They beat him and tied him to a truck before dragging him through the local streets.

According to reports, the mayor refused to build the road he promised during his campaign.

The prosecutor's office reports the arrest of 11 people related to the events and stated that the mayor is safe and sound after receiving medical attention.

Pro-life coalition opposes Almagro's re-election  

A pro-life coalition has rejected the re-election of Luis Almagro as president of the Organization of American States (OAS) because of his pro-abortion activism.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, more than 20 leaders are asking the United States to withdraw its support.

After describing Almagro's behavior as irresponsible, the leaders point out that his promotion of abortion is even jeopardizing the legitimacy and authority of the OAS.

The leaders state that promoting abortion as a human right does not have the approval or authorization of the countries that make up the bloc.

Along these lines, they urge the OAS to focus on addressing the crisis in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.