June 28, 2017
Latest News

Pence meets with CentAm leaders, Tillerson says ending drug trade is key

Miami, Jun 15 (efe-epa).- US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday met with the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the vice president of El Salvador within the framework of the economic and security conference on Central America being held in Miami.

Pence delivered a speech on the objectives of the summit and later held one-on-one meetings with the leaders from Central America's Northern Triangle, the region on which the two-day conference is focused.

The vice president said there are 85,000 gang members in the three countries, adding that their activities "radiate outward and reach the United States" and that most drugs shipped from further south come to the US via Central America.

To address those problems, along with stemming the northward flow of illegal migrants, the economies of the Northern Triangle countries must be bolstered, he said, noting that "Good paying jobs give people an alternative to a life of poverty, hopelessness and crime."

Pence's first bilateral meeting was with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the next with Guatemalan leader Jimmy Morales, and finally he met with his Salvadoran counterpart, Oscar Ortiz.

Also attending the meetings were US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

A few hours earlier, in the conference's inaugural address, Pence issued a call to the Northern Triangle presidents to build a stronger alliance to combat gang activity and drug trafficking.

Meanwhile Tillerson said late Thursday that Washington's priority for Latin America is to end drug trafficking and the violence it brings with it.

The secretary of state said that ending the activities of organized crime, which damages the US public with drug trafficking and violence, is the US priority, although he said the administration recognizes that the US is the main source of consumption of illegal drugs and it must improve the methods to reduce that consumption.

The Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America is an event co-sponsored by Mexico and the United States and is also being attended by members of the Colombian government.

The meeting comes within the framework of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle created in 2014 by the US, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador due to the wave of US arrivals of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American minors.

The events and meetings at the summit on Thursday are being organized by the US Department of State and focus on the idea of prosperity with the aim of seeking private investment to improve the region's economic conditions.

On Friday, the focus will shift to security, especially strengthening borders and combatting drug trafficking.

News history
May says cladding on 120 tower blocks has failed fire safety tests

London, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom prime minister on Wednesday said that cladding on over 100 high-rise buildings had failed fire safety tests.

Hamas begins creating buffer zone along border with Egypt

Gaza, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The Islamist Hamas movement, which governs Gaza, announced on Wednesday that it had begun to build a buffer zone near the border...

Philippine army recovers bodies of 17 civilians killed by terrorists

Manila, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The Filipino army on Wednesday recovered the bodies of 17 civilians allegedly killed by terrorists loyal to the Islamic State...

EU prolongs sweeping economic sanctions on Russia by 6 months

Brussels, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The European Union on Wednesday prolonged for a period of six months the economic sanctions on Russia for its role in the...

Airstrikes kill at least 30 in northeastern Syria

Cairo, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- At least 30 people were killed in the past hours in airstrikes carried out by unidentified aircraft near the Syrian city of...

Ukraine says cyberattack stopped, situation under control

Kiev, Jun 28 (EFE).- Ukraine said Wednesday that a massive cyberattack carried out against institutions and corporate networks in the country had been...

China's Xi to visit Hong Kong this week for handover anniversary

Hong Kong, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The president of China will begin a complicated visit to Hong Kong on Thursday amid pro-democracy protests and...

Defense spending from NATO members, excluding US, to rise 4.3 percent in 2017

Brussels, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Defense spending contributions from NATO's European allies and Canada is expected to rise 4.3 percent in 2017, marking the...

Moon leaves for US to meet Trump, discuss North Korea

Seoul, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- The president of South Korea departed for Washington on Wednesday for his first meeting with his American counterpart, which is...

Caracas blames rogue officer with CIA links for Supreme Court chopper attack

Caracas, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Already strained political tensions in Venezuela threatened to sky-rocket on Wednesday a day after the nation's Supreme Court...

Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in northern Syria

Ankara, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Turkish troops bombed Kurdish militia positions in northern Syria in response to attacks on Turkey-backed forces, according to...

Spanish police operation busts IS terror cell active in Spain, Germany, UK

Madrid, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Six suspected members of an Islamic State terror organization cell have been detained in three European countries as part of a...

Duterte's first year in office a human rights calamity: HRW

Manila, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday said that the first year of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's mandate represented a...

HRW accuses US of whitewashing Malaysia's human trafficking record

Bangkok Desk, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused the United States of unfairly favoring Malaysia in its annual human...

Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation

Washington DC, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and United States vice presidential candidate, filed a defamation lawsuit on...

Jailed former leader Bo Xilai released on medical parole, says media

Beijing, Jun 28 (efe-epa).- Bo Xilai, the Chinese leader serving a life sentence for corruption, has been released on medical parole due to liver cancer,...

Cisco says global cyber attack is new ransomware called Nyetya

Las Vegas, USA, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- The computer virus that massively affected dozens of companies and institutions in the world since June 27, first in...

Venezuelan Parliament attacked after clash between security forces, lawmakers

Caracas, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- The head of the Venezuelan Parliament, opposition lawmaker Julio Borges, said Tuesday that armed civilian groups attacked the...

Presidents of Chile, Argentina sign physical integration accords

Santiago, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- The presidents of Chile and Argentina pledged their commitment Tuesday to the physical integration of their two countries and...

Maduro threatens to take up arms if Venezuela slides into chaos, violence

Caracas, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said that supporters of Chavism - the country's socialist political and economic...

Peruvian rebel leader stonewalls court about 1992 attack

Lima, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- The founder of Peru's Shining Path rebel group, who is already serving a life sentence for terrorism, refused here Tuesday to...

Republican divisions force postponement of healthcare bill vote

Washington, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- US Senate Republicans on Tuesday found themselves forced - due to internal divisions - to postpone a vote on the...

Brazilian president plays down criminal case against him

Sao Paulo, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- Brazilian President Michel Temer said Tuesday that he is only "minimally concerned" about the corruption charges brought...

Fugitive Mexican politician accepts extradition from Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jun 27 (efe-epa).- A Mexican politician facing corruption charges in his homeland told a Guatemala court on Tuesday that he would not...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.