LATIN AMERICA NEWS ROUNDUP – OCT. 4, 2019

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, center, joins Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, and Rep. Donna Shalala for a discussion about efforts to peacefully transition to democracy in Venezuela and the effect on Venezuelans living in South Florida, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 in Weston, Fla. (John McCall/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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News Americas,  NEW YORK, NY, Fri. OCT. 4, 2019: Here are the top stories making news from across Latin America for the week-ending Oct. 4, 2019:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday forcefully condemned the crumbling and corrupt regime of President Nicolás Maduro at a South Florida event and pledged support for Venezuelans in their country and in the U.S.

Nine countries in Latin America, including, including Chile, Peru, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador and Guatemala have announced an ambitious goal: by 2030, renewable energy should account for at least 70% of all energy sources.

US prosecutors say jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán gave US $1m to the brother of the Honduran president, a bribe that was meant to reach the country’s leader.

The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year and to enter the results into a national criminal database.

Delta Air Lines is expanding its presence in Latin America by spending $1.9 billion for a 20% stake in LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline.

And three of the biggest names in the Latin music industry–Daddy Yankee, Maluma, and J Balvin–are joining the voices criticizing this year’s Latin Grammys. The nominations, released this week, are taking heat for largely ignoring urbano, reggaeton and Latin trap.

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