Latin America News

  • Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

    Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever. Critics point to Mujica's shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the…

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  • Argentina prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera dies at 81

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Julio Cesar Strassera, the prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's dictatorship and coined the term "Nunca mas," or "Never again," to describe the repressive period, has died at age 81.

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  • US could reopen embassy in Cuba within weeks

    The United States and Cuba said they made progress Friday in talks on restoring diplomatic ties and Washington could reopen its Havana embassy before a key April summit if differences are overcome. After a second round of historic meetings, negotiators from both countries appeared optimistic about…

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  • Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a planned trip to Uruguay on Friday, citing a bad cold that he's been fighting for days. Yet he planned to move ahead with a later visit to Guatemala, keeping the vice president out of the country during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

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  • Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

    LONDON (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.

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  • Volkswagen profits up 20 percent for full year

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says net profit rose 20 percent last year to 10.8 billion euros ($12.1 billion), but offered a cautious outlook for this year.

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  • Report: China loaned $22 billion to Latin America in 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state-owned banks loaned $22.1 billion to Latin American countries last year, helping to keep afloat struggling economies that have been hit hard by a fall in prices for oil, minerals and other commodities that they export, according to new numbers released Thursday by the…

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  • Reality sinks in for many Cubans on eve of talks with US

    HAVANA (AP) — The jubilation that greeted the announcement of U.S.-Cuban detente two months ago has faded to resignation for many Cubans who are realizing they're at the start of a long process unlikely to ease their daily struggles anytime soon.

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  • Cuba, US at odds on ending Havana's terror blacklist

    Just two days ahead of a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties frozen for five decades, Cuba and the United States staked out competing demands to ensure progress. Cuban officials demanded that as a preliminary step to renewing relations, Washington must remove the island from its…

    AFP
  • Argentina Congress OKs deal with China on satellite station

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Congress on Wednesday approved the installation of a Chinese satellite tracking station in the South American country's Patagonia region.

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  • Oil boom's end threatens pain for much of Latin America

    PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia (AP) — Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these…

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  • Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope's drug remark

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible "Mexicanization" of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis' casual speaking style getting him into trouble.

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  • Russia, Abu Dhabi in talks on Cuba airport: report

    Russia is seeking backing from Abu Dhabi investors to build a giant airport in Cuba seen as an international gateway to Latin America, a report said Wednesday. Talks on the proposal have been held between Moscow and Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala, The National newspaper reported citing…

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  • World's diet worsening with globalisation, major study finds

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are…

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  • Russia's military budget may shrink 10 percent in 2015 - Rostec

    By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. The country's defense spending will be watched closely this year, mainly in view of events in Ukraine, with…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Images by Associated Press photographer Natacha Pisarenko gave us an enchanting glimpse of an Antarctic summer. She and reporter Luis Andres Henao followed scientists from different fields searching for alien-like creatures, hints of pollution trapped in pristine ancient ice, leftovers from the Big…

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  • Andean culture frustrates organ transplants in Bolivia

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — For seven years, Maria Ramos battled bouts of depression as she underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to keep her alive, her ambition of becoming a schoolteacher a seemingly unattainable dream.

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