Latin America News

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    This week in Latin America mother nature took a turn for the worse as the Calbuco volcano erupted after almost 5 decades of inactivity. It billowed a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of nearby…

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  • Jailed Venezuelan mayor transferred from prison to hospital

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital has been taken from prison to a hospital where he will undergo emergency surgery for a groin hernia.

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  • Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deal cannot be rushed

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday resisted the government's request to accelerate peace talks, saying "peace cannot be achieved with a stopwatch in hand." The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have fought a Marxist-inspired insurgency for 50 years in Latin America's longest war,…

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  • Lawsuit: Hunger-striking immigrant moms faced retaliation

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center.

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  • Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball

    HAVANA (AP) — Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game's popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of…

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  • Panama acts to clean up reputation for money laundering

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama took a major step in an effort to clean up its reputation as Latin America's premier hub for money laundering.

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  • Guatemala asks for renewal of UN commission probing crime

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala is inviting a U.N. commission to continue its work investigating criminal networks in the Central American nation, President Otto Perez Molina said Thursday.

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  • NBA visits Cuba for basketball clinic

    HAVANA (AP) — The NBA is the first U.S. professional league to visit sports-crazy Cuba since the declaration of detente between the Cold War enemies late last year.

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  • Cubans welcome news of pope's visit in September

    HAVANA (AP) — Cubans welcomed the news Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit in September, with many calling it a powerful reinforcement of his support for detente between the United States and Cuba.

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  • US-Cuba relations challenge ballplayers choosing pro path

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yasmany Tomas had three choices to continue his baseball career: stay in Cuba and make up to $2,500 a month, play in Japan with a shot at a million dollar contract, or give up family and life in the island on hopes of hitting the jackpot in the major leagues.

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  • US targets 700 Miami firms for money laundering scrutiny

    MIAMI (AP) — U.S. investigators are targeting 700 businesses in the Miami area for enhanced scrutiny to detect trade-based money laundering schemes involving Latin American criminal organizations, authorities announced Tuesday.

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  • The pipeline: How baseball-mad Cuba develops top-tier talent

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and other Cuban baseball players arriving in the major leagues in recent years all come from the same pipeline: state-run academies that produce hundreds of players in the baseball-mad island.

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  • Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

    Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process. Also Monday President Juan Manuel Santos was booed by protesters for the second time in as many days over…

    AFP
  • Vatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.

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  • Argentina's Kirchner heads to Russia to press nuclear, trade deals

    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit Russia's Vladimir Putin Wednesday and Thursday to follow up on nuclear and trade deals the countries signed last year and cultivate a budding relationship. Putin extended the invitation during a stop last July in Buenos Aires, where Russian and…

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  • Honduras most dangerous country for environmental activists - report

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Honduras is the deadliest place for environmental activists with scores of Hondurans killed defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campaign group said on Monday. Between 2010 and 2014, 101…

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  • UN anti-crime commission's future uncertain in Guatemala

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Even in crime-ridden Guatemala, the headlines were startling: Prosecutors busted a customs bribery ring that likely defrauded the state of millions of dollars, with the current and former Tax Authority chiefs and a top aide to the vice president implicated.

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