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Latin America Digest: a Guatemalan lawyer, a Mexican drug lord, Argentina's economy minister and Colombia's ombudsman

January 12, 2010 |  5:03 pm

Today's One-Line News Briefs

Guatemala City — Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who accused President Alvaro Colom of his slaying in a video made before Rosenberg’s death May 10, actually contracted hit men for his own slaying, U.N. investigators said Tuesday.

San DiegoA Mexican drug cartel kingpin accused of dissolving victims in barrels of lye and waging a terrorism campaign that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities, was captured in the port city of La Paz, authorities said.

Buenos Aires — A federal judge in New York has frozen a government account that Argentina’s central bank holds with the U.S. Federal Reserve, as a dispute continues over whether the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner can tap central bank reserves to pay off national debt, Argentine Economy Minister Amado Boudou said.

Bogota, Colombia — Colombia’s Constitutional Court should approve a referendum to allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for reelection, the country’s ombudsman said, a ruling that bolsters  the U.S. ally’s chances for  a third term.

-- Times staff and wire reports