Latin America News

  • Spanish royals in Mexico on 1st state visit to Latin America

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The king and queen of Spain are making their first state visit to Latin America with a three-day trip to Mexico.

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  • The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The semifinals of the Copa America soccer tournament will be missing a favorite after the action this past week. Argentina did its part to advance, but Brazil was eliminated in a penalty shootout with Paraguay, disappointing its home fans again after failing to make the finals in last year's World…

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  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.

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  • Brazil ministers rebut new wave of campaign funding allegations

    By Maria Carolina Marcello and Eduardo Simões BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Two Brazilian ministers denied on Friday that there was anything illegal about campaign donations made in recent years by a businessman allegedly involved in massive corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. …

    Reuters
  • Latin American women fight back against harassment

    Every day, Sara Velez, a Colombian law student, walks to class through a hail of catcalls that often veer into obscenity, a daily reality that Latin American women are increasingly fighting. The "piropos," or "compliments," that men shout at passing women are an old tradition in Latin America,…

    AFP
  • Brazil probe pits investigators against long-protected elite

    By Caroline Stauffer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - In a nation where the elite have enjoyed relative impunity, a new generation of police and prosecutors in Brazil are bent on using the country's largest-ever corruption investigation to send the message that no one is above the law. Earlier this…

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  • Chile's emboldened students back on streets to defy government

    By Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's students were back on the streets on Thursday, four years after their massive protests won wide public support, this time taking on a left-leaning president whose promise of university reform has fallen short of their demands. After President Michelle…

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  • Brazil's unemployment rates rises

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government says unemployment continues rising in Latin America's largest country.

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  • Spruce up ASAP, taxes drop: La Paz says ahead of pope visit

    Bolivia's capital is gearing up for a papal visit with an unusual idea: a law that would slash La Paz residents' property taxes by 80 percent if they fix up their homes before the pontiff's July trip. It is aimed at making a special welcome for Pope Francis, who is due in Bolivia July 8, according…

    AFP
  • Brazil leader's credibility tested as she woos U.S. investment

    When she visits New York on Monday, President Dilma Rousseff will have a tough time convincing Wall Street her weakened government can pull Brazil out of a stall and save the once-booming nation's investment-grade credit rating. Many doubt her willingness to go to the mat against anti-austerity…

    Reuters
  • Report: Colombia generals go unpunished in civilian killings

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of senior Colombian army officers implicated in the killing of 3,000 civilians falsely claimed to be rebels a decade ago have risen through the ranks and are escaping punishment for their roles in one of Latin America's worst atrocities, Human Rights Watch said…

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  • Global publics support US and fight against IS

    Washington (AFP) - Countries across the world have a favorable view of the US and its fight against the Islamic State radical group, according to a Pew Research Center report.

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  • Mexico nabs US-born son of Jalisco cartel boss

    The US-born son of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel leader was arrested Tuesday, armed with an assault rifle bearing his nickname "El Menchito" and appearing to have had plastic surgery. The arrest of 25-year-old Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, considered the group's second-in-command, is…

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  • Colombia faces hard task to reinsert rebels if peace struck

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta MEDELLIN, Colombia (Reuters) - Jessica Quintero awakes drenched in sweat and instinctively grabs for her AK-47 assault rifle. "The bombs still scare me, I don't sleep," says Quintero, 18, recounting a regular night-time ordeal after fighting for three years…

    Reuters
  • Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In…

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  • Pope attacks emissions trading as a possible 'ploy'

    Pope Francis attacked one of the major policy initiatives in the fight to combat climate change, warning in his encyclical published on Thursday that the trading carbon credits could merely reward speculators instead of controlling global greenhouse gas emissions. Under these systems, companies or…

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  • Mexico deports more Central Americans than the United States

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico now deports more Central American migrants than the United States, a dramatic shift since the U.S. asked Mexico for help a year ago with a spike in illegal migration, especially among unaccompanied minors.

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