Latin America News

  • Brazil's election too close to call on eve of runoff

    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Opposition candidate Aecio Neves is running neck-and-neck with leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff on the eve of a runoff vote that will decide Brazil's presidential election, a poll published on Saturday said. Brazilians vote on Sunday in the closest election in decades between a…

    Reuters
  • Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

    A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said. Alexander Beltran Herrera, 38, pleaded guilty in March to three counts of hostage-taking relating to the…

    AFP
  • Public donations pay for Argentine national park

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines have a new national park that is home to endangered species like jaguars and crowned solitary eagles, thanks to donations from the public to cover the initial cost.

    Associated Press
  • Top rebel commanders join Colombian peace talks in Cuba

    By Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - High-ranking guerrilla commanders joined the Colombian peace talks taking place in Cuba on Friday, injecting a sense of urgency into negotiations seeking to end Latin America's longest-running war. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) called the…

    Reuters
  • Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances

    By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student-teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday. The students went missing on Sept. 26 from Iguala in the…

    Reuters
  • Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with US

    Havana (AFP) - Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the United States.

    AFP
  • Chilean president's landmark education reform passes first hurdle

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's landmark education reform passed its first major hurdle on Tuesday after the Lower House approved the bill and sent it on to the Senate, where a heated debate awaits. The multi-pronged reform initially seeks to put an end to profits at…

    Reuters
  • Polls shows Rousseff gaining momentum as Brazil election nears

    By Walter Brandimarte and Alonso Soto RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff is gaining momentum but remains locked in a dead heat with challenger Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's runoff to Brazil's presidential election, two surveys showed on Monday. Centrist candidate Neves…

    Reuters
  • Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81

    GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.

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     Thousands of protesters marched along Acapulco's famed coastal boulevard Friday demanding the safe return of 43 missing students from a rural teachers college in Guerrero state, while in Mexico City handcuffed municipal police officers suspected of involvement in their disappearance were marched…

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  • Conservatives gaining force in Brazil Congress

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With its Carnival reputation and skin-baring beach life, Brazil may look like a liberal bastion. But unease over a worsening economy and deteriorating public safety, plus a backlash against recent gay-rights gains, are propelling a conservative rise that will shape the next…

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  • Latin America's growing middle classes are restless

    Montevideo (AFP) - "Juan Middle Class" may be a cartoon, but the problems he faces -- expensive schools, crummy healthcare, ballooning grocery bills -- are all too real for millions of newly middle-class Latin Americans.

    AFP
  • Argentina launches its first home-built satellite

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday.

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  • Rousseff falls ill after tense Brazil debate

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff fell ill at the end of a tense and at times bitter televised debate Thursday with challenger Aecio Neves.

    AFP
  • Venezuela jubilant over UN Security Council win

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela on Thursday celebrated its new seat on the United Nations' most powerful body as a global ratification of the country's socialist revolution.

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  • Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey failed in its effort to join the U.N.'s most powerful body on Thursday, while Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and Malaysia were elected to coveted Security Council seats.

    Associated Press
  • Wed in a lion's cage: circus queen's active at 103

    PARIS (AP) — Madame Rosa appears at the circus apartment doorway in sparkling diamonds, red lipstick and a walking frame — and sits down beside her leopard skin rug.

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