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This week the head of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), General John Kelly, received an award for his collaboration with Honduras’ armed forces during a one-day visit to the country. The ceremony was the latest in a series of indicators that the U.S. is ramping up its cooperation with the Central American nation in its militarized fight against organized crime. 

This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed target sanctions against Venezuelan officials, the FBI trained police officers in Sao Paulo ahead of the World Cup, and U.S. lawmakers were worried about the deteriorating human rights situation in Honduras. Below are these stories and other highlights from around the region this week. 

This week lawmakers in the House proposed a review of U.S. drug policy in the region, Guatemala's Congress denied that there was ever a genocide and Costa Rica was still waiting for answers as to why the U.S. ran a covert Twitter-like program in Cuba from within its borders. Here's a roundup of these stories and other highlights from around the region this week. 

 

This week Venezuelan and Mexican security forces came under fire for human rights abuses, Guatemala considered legalizing poppy and marijuana and Argentina said it was going to ramp up cooperation with the DEA due to increased drug trafficking in the country. Here's a roundup of these stories and other highlights from around the region this week.  

 

This week Cuba was still considered a State Sponsor of Terrorism, the U.S. Congress looked at the effects of budget cuts on drug war operations, Colombia deployed the military to deal with rural protests and several countries in the region got a failing grade for press freedom. Here's a roundup of these stories and other highlights from around Latin America this week.  

This week Ecuador kicked Defense Department officials out of the country, the State Department cleared the way for Mexico to buy 18 Black Hawk helicopters, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promoted increased training with Mexican forces and we found out that the State Department needs to update its list of wanted drug traffickers. Here's a roundup of these stories and other highlights from around the region this week.  ...

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