Latin America News

  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries'…

    Associated Press
  • Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli.

    Associated Press
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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised to pay back billions of dollars in government debt to disgruntled importers, after widespread shortages of basic goods helped fuel months of deadly anti-government protests. "We are going to immediately pay back 30 percent of (the total hard currency…

    AFP
  • Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

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  • Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights'

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.

    Associated Press
  • Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defense without hurting Washington's vital ties with a rising China. That difficult…

    Reuters
  • Urban hero takes on establishment in Colombia presidential race

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Enrique Penalosa, a jovial economist who made Colombia's congested capital more tolerable when he was mayor in the 1990s, is bringing his urban smarts to the national scene, hoping to persuade voters he will bring peace and prosperity as…

    Reuters
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  • Japan has not narrowed trade differences with U.S., negotiator says

    By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials said on Tuesday there was still a significant way to go before reaching a broad agreement on trade with the United States, a day before President Barack Obama visits for a summit. A U.S.-Japan agreement is critical to the U.S.-led…

    Reuters
  • Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of…

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  • Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — With two heads of state and thousands of tearful admirers, Mexico bid farewell on Monday to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time.

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  • Japan's Amari: Sees distance to Japan-U.S. agreement on TPP

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Tuesday that he sees significant distance towards a broad agreement on trade with the United States, which is seen as vital to a broader regional pact. A U.S.-Japan agreement is critical to the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, a…

    Reuters
  • Argentina moves to eliminate taxes paid by biodiesel producers

    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday asked Congress to eliminate some of the taxes paid by biodiesel manufacturers in a bid to support an industry hard hit by European Union anti-dumping measures. Argentine biodiesel exports are expected to plunge as much as 39 percent this year versus…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Holy Week is always a busy time for Associated Press photographers around Latin America. With sumptuous images from Mexico to Argentina, our photo staff once again recorded the religious season, with all its local idiosyncrasies.

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  • Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for…

    Reuters
  • Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace after gunbattle

    Pope Francis urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message after pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the country reported four people killed in a gunbattle. "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine," the…

    AFP
  • Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is…

    Associated Press
  • Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.

    Associated Press
  • AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation.

    Associated Press
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

    Associated Press
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