Latin America News

  • Pope presses Mexican president on corruption and drugs

    By Philip Pullella and Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Mexico's government on Saturday to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe. Corruption is deeply…

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  • In war on Zika mosquito, Brazil vows worry-free Olympics

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday launched a door-to-door "war" on mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, vowing they will not jeopardize the Rio Olympics in August. "The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said as she joined soldiers in a nationwide campaign to teach…

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  • 'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

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  • Bach: 'No intention' by any countries to pull out

    LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday that no countries intend to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus.

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  • Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away: WHO

    Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday. An estimated 15 companies or groups have begun work on a vaccine for…

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  • Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests

    When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past decade. The drug war that has killed tens of thousands of people in the past 10 years has also claimed the lives of at least 36 priests, targeted by…

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  • Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim.

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  • US ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but it warns there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.

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  • Hope Solo reiterates concerns over Zika at the Olympics

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo asserted that if the Olympics were held today, she would not go out of concern about the Zika virus.

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  • Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument

    Brasília (AFP) - The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly. Abortion is restricted in Latin America's biggest country to cases of rape, where the fetus has no brain, or where the mother's…

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  • U.N. drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate: experts

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations' food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritize helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned.…

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  • Pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas, health officials said Wednesday.

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  • China reports first case of imported Zika virus

    BEIJING (AP) — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

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  • Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle

    With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world's latest mass health scare. Scientists are devising numerous ways to try and stamp out the mosquitoes whose bites spread the…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here's a selection of top images taken at this year's pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

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  • Delbonis upsets Fognini to reach 2nd round in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Federico Delbonis of Argentina upset sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday.

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