Latin America News

  • Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum last week when Venezuelan officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside a half-built Caracas skyscraper. Residents boarded buses for government-provided apartments in the town of Cua, 23 miles (37…

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  • Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour. Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks…

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  • Argentina debt talks deadlocked as default looms

    NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's negotiations with creditors to resolve a dispute over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts remained deadlocked following talks Friday, setting it on a course for a possible catastrophic default next week.

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  • Venezuela official seeks immunity in Aruba ruling

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — A judge in Aruba was expected to rule Friday on whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug charges.

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  • LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit Thursday and gave an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ended a streak of losses.

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  • Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.

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  • Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island’s independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro’s revolution began. The Chinese president also met with his Cuban…

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  • Chinese leader signs accords, wraps up Cuba visit

    HAVANA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island.

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  • Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president.

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  • Palestinians seek U.N. inquiry into Israel assault on Gaza

    Palestinians asked the United Nations on Tuesday to investigate into "all violations" of human rights and humanitarian law that they say have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in Gaza. The draft resolution is to be debated by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on…

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  • Chinese president backs Cuba's economic reforms

    HAVANA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded Cuba's economic reforms on Tuesday during a visit to the communist-run island, saying they could lead to greater commercial ties between the nations.

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  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: "Do you think a coyote is going to say he's a coyote?"

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  • China, Venezuela deepen economic ties during visit

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — China approved a $4 billion credit line and a flurry of new cooperative agreements Monday with Venezuela, its chief economic partner in Latin America.

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  • Correction: AP Cuba Appointments story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about the appointments of a new bureau chief and head of TV news in Cuba, The Associated Press erroneously reported the year of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The earthquake occurred in early 2010, not 2009.

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  • Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and…

    Reuters
  • Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

    Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC. Colombians re-elected Santos in mid-June in a cliffhanger poll seen as a…

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  • Putin's Russia risks burning bridges over jet crash

    Russia risks burning bridges with the West over the deadly Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, as analysts warn that President Vladimir Putin might never accept responsibility for the disaster. Observers said Thursday's shooting down of a Boeing 777 with 298 people on board over Ukrainian territory…

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  • New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.

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  • Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

    Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago. "Twenty years on from the tragedy at the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA), I want to express my closeness with the…

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