Colombian FARC Rebels Declare Ceasefire and Other Top News From Latin America

Martí Batres, one of the founding members of Mexico's left wing PRD party, announced on Monday that he will leave the PRD to join Morena, a political movement headed by former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Morena was previously a social movement allied with the PRD, but it is now in the process of becoming its own political party. Analysts say that Morena is dividing the Mexican left, and creating a schism between Lopez Obrador's supporters, and followers of Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who has been signaled as a possible presidential candidate in the 2018 elections.

Bolivian Community Will Punish Thieves by Chopping off their Hands

In the mountain city of El Alto, Bolivia, the National Council for the Ayllu y Marka people will implement a law that has thieves hands cut off and has convicted rapists chemically castrated. The law, which generated huge controversy in Bolivia, is possible thanks to the "community justice" and "separate jurisdictions" system added to Bolivia's constitution in 2009 to give more autonomy to indigenous communities. Only indigenous people can be judged under such laws.

Cuban Real Estate Boom Benefits Foreign Investors

Facing an unbearable housing crisis, the Cuban government authorized private individuals to buy and sell their properties last year. One year later, an Internet market is flourishing, both on the island and abroad, where barely legal brokers are making deals for foreign investors. Prices skyrocketed and valuable houses are passing from Cuban to foreign ownership, while locals move in smaller apartments, away from central Havana.

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