Latin America News

  • Brazil, Argentina seek to resolve Colombia-Venezuela border spat

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Brazil and Argentina's foreign ministers visited Bogota on Friday in an effort to kick-start dialogue between Colombia and Venezuela over a border crisis that has seen more than 16,000 Colombians leave their adopted home. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro…

    Reuters
  • Guatemala swears in new president as ex-leader detained

    Guatemala's Congress swore in a new president as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation's long-running corruption saga. Perez spent much of a tumultuous day at proceedings held at Guatemala's Supreme…

    AFP
  • Guatemala swears in new president amid corruption storm

    Guatemala's Congress swore in former judge Alejandro Maldonado as president Thursday as his disgraced predecessor appeared in court over corruption allegations hours after resigning in the face of unprecedented protests. Maldonado, a 79-year-old conservative who only became vice president in May,…

    AFP
  • China leads Asian stocks lower on poor factory data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks extended a global market sell-off Wednesday as poor manufacturing data from the world's two biggest economies dampened investor sentiment.

    Associated Press
  • Guatemalan president's immunity lifted in corruption scandal

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity of office on Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system.

    Associated Press
  • IMF head: Global growth likely to be weaker than expected

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected and will remain at moderate levels, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The week that was in Latin America and the Caribbean was marked by a tropical storm, a volcanic eruption, a border dispute, political crises and a tango championship.

    Associated Press
  • Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country — ever in his life.

    Associated Press
  • Crossing borders, Netflix recreates Pablo Escobar's world

    It's a tall order to play the role of Pablo Escobar, the larger-than-life druglord who became the world's seventh-richest man with his shrewd, ruthless dominance of the international cocaine trade. The Colombian kingpin has already been brought to the screen by actors ranging from Oscar winner…

    AFP
  • Anguish of 'disappearance' continues across the world, say campaigners

    By Tom Clark LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Ariel Dulitzky, the horror of the disappearance of his two cousins in 1970s Argentina remains a painful backdrop to his work to end a practice still used by many governments to silence critics. Dulitzky, now chair of the U.N. Working Group on…

    Reuters
  • Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.

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  • Markets rally fizzles in US as China worries persist

    The global markets rebound fizzled out on Wall Street Tuesday as investors locked in gains and took cover from more possible turmoil. What appeared one hour before the close of New York trading as a solid comeback, after the global "Black Monday" onslaught of selling, turned into a sixth straight…

    AFP
  • Latin America's Trump? Venezuelan leader rejects comparison

    By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is used to being attacked by critics as a communist dictator, but one label the Latin American socialist was not expecting was to be compared to U.S. tycoon and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Venezuela's…

    Reuters
  • Itau boss sees no cause yet for Rousseff impeachment: newspaper

    The chief executive of Itau Unibanco Holding SA, Brazil's biggest bank by market value, said he does not yet see justification for President Dilma Rousseff to be impeached. Last week hundreds of thousands of Brazilians demonstrated against Rousseff's government and an opinion poll showed two…

    Reuters
  • Argentina to return wealth of artefacts to Ecuador, Peru

    Argentina will return thousands of stolen archaeological pieces to South American neighbors, President Cristina Kirchner said Saturday. "We are doing something unusual, really special: restoring cultural wealth to other countries, in this case Ecuador and Peru.

    AFP
  • Uruguay police demand right to shoot suspects in back

    Montevideo (AFP) - Police in Uruguay are calling for new regulations that would allow them to shoot suspects in the back, arguing the current rules give criminals the upper hand.

    AFP
  • Les Luthiers member Daniel Rabinovich dies in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A founding member of the widely popular musical and humor group Les Luthiers has died in Argentina. Daniel Rabinovich was 71.

    Associated Press