LATIN AMERICA NEWS ROUNDUP – AUG. 2, 2019

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A group of mexican kids plays with a toy called "up and down" (See-Saws) over the Mexican border with U.S. at the Anapra zone in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on July 28, 2019. (Photo credit: LUIS TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas,  NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 2, 2019: Here are the top stories making news from across Latin America for the week-ending Aug, 2, 2019:

U.S. ICE has published a photograph of Venezuela Industry Minister, Tareck El Aissami, with the question, “Have you seen this most wanted fugitive?”

A crowdfunding campaign for the repatriation of Belgian Didier Spautz, left severely injured after being attacked in Panama has collected over €10,000.

A magnitude 5.9 quake hit just off El Salvador this week but no reports of damage or injuries were reported.

Nicaragua this week granted citizenship to former Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who is wanted back in his homeland on allegations of illicit enrichment and embezzlement.

Alejandro Toledo, a former Peruvian president facing bribery charges in his home country has been denied bail by a federal judge in San Francisco out of fear he would flee to Israel.

Costa Rican and Panamanian officials have arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants.

Colombia’s most controversial Supreme Court magistrate Cristina Lombana Is married to a convicted war criminal.

President Trump this week officially designated Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, making it easier for the South American country to purchase U.S. weapons and defense equipment.

A court in Argentina has sentenced former welterweight world boxing champion Carlos Baldomir to 18 years in prison.

And California architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have installed see-saws at U.S.-Mexico border so children on both sides can play together.

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