Maduro acknowledges Cuban military interference

Nicolás Maduro recognizes Cuban military and intelligence interference in Venezuela, and even instructs them to be strengthened.

During the farewell ceremony of Cuban Ambassador Rogelio Polanco, Maduro assures that Venezuela will continue sending oil to Cuba.

Maduro also affirms that he is going to hire thousands of Cuban professionals in the area of health and education.

This way, Maduro has openly declared and strengthened the political, economic, and military ties established over the past decade between the two leftist regimes.

On the sidelines of the ceremony, it is reported that around 6,000 Venezuelan military and police officers in exile created the General Staff for the reconstruction of the Armed Forces.

The military organization offers its help to mediate in the events that could take place in Venezuela.

Brazil's governor urges border closure to curb arms trafficking

Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel has announced that he will call for an international sanction and the closure of the Brazilian border to combat arms trafficking.

The governor points out that most of the 6,000 weapons seized from criminals this year in the state of Rio come from Paraguay, Bolivia, and Colombia.

Following the findings of his investigation, Witzel decides to ask the United Nations for sanctions against countries that sell illegal weapons to criminal groups.

The governor of Rio, who announced his intention to run for president of the nation, has asked the Brazilian government to back his proposal to disarm criminals.

Official sources say since Jair Bolsonaro succeeded the presidency of Brazil, civilian murders have plummeted, while the number of criminals killed has increased.

Colombia offers reward for escaped ex-congresswoman

Colombia offers a financial reward for the former congresswoman who escaped through a window.

National Penitentiary Institute Director General William Ruiz has announced a reward of up to 14,000 dollars for hints leading to her whereabouts.

Aída Merlano, who was serving a 15-year prison sentence for buying votes, escaped yesterday when she was allowed out for a dental appointment in Bogotá.

A video reveals the former senator tying a rope to a piece of furniture, putting on gloves, before leaving through the window of the first floor and coming down to the street.

Then Merlano got on a motorcycle waiting for her.

Prison authorities have begun a round of layoffs and suspensions while investigating the numerous irregularities that made the escape possible.

Odebrecht gave money to former Peruvian presidents

The former head of Odebrecht in Peru has confirmed that he gave money for the campaigns of former presidents Alan García, Ollanta Humala, as well as Keiko Fujimori.

Executive Jorge Barata has confirmed that the controversial Brazilian construction company gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Peruvian politicians under code names.

Barata also reveals that the company gave money for the municipal campaigns of Luis Castañeda, Lourdes Flores, and Susana Villarán.

The Lava Jato case, with international ramifications, links several former Peruvian presidents, suspected of making public works concessions in exchange for money.

Among the leaders are Alan García, who committed suicide before being arrested, Pedro Kuczynski, and Ollanta Humala, as well as the current opposition leader Keiko Fujimori.