Latin America News

  • Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

    A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. We'll talk soon," Damian Pachter tweeted. A citizen of Argentina and Israel, he worked for…

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  • Eyeing elections as growth resumes, Spain PM takes swipe at hard-left

    Hailing Spain's improving economic health under his conservative government's stewardship, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned austerity-weary voters against the temptation to back popular hard-left Podemos party in elections due this year. Eyeing municipal and regional elections in May, and…

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  • Morocco seizes 24 tonnes of hashish after Spain busts ring

    Moroccan security forces seized nearly 24 tonnes of hashish from a number of boats and arrested 11 people after an overnight chase off the northern coast, the MAP news agency reported Saturday. Spain's proximity to north Africa, a major source of hashish, and its close ties with its former…

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  • US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

    MIAMI (AP) — A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States.

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  • Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

    The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in three decades met with leading dissidents, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana. The meeting came a day after Jacobson attended landmark talks with Cuban officials, in which the…

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  • US, Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

    HAVANA (AP) — After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.

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  • Spain seizes 11 tonnes of hashish in countrywide raid

    Spanish police said Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of hashish and detained 55 people across the country as part of an operation targeting a Moroccan drug trafficking ring. "This is a criminal gang according to the European Union's criteria to define this type of organisation. It had a…

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  • Top US official to meet dissidents in Cuba

    The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in 35 years met with leading dissidents on Friday, but one prominent opposition figure declined to attend amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana. Berta Soler, the head of the Ladies in White group of spouses of political…

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  • US, Cuba move toward embassies, disagree on human rights

    HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship.

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  • Argentine president now says prosecutor's death not suicide

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is "convinced" prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians charged in Argentina's worst terrorist attack had…

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  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties

    HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials.

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  • Argentine Jews rally for 'truth, justice' over 1994 bombing

    Alberto Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head in his home Sunday, the day before he was to go before a congressional hearing to accuse President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up. "We will not allow another investigating prosecutor to die," said Julio Schlosser, a leader of Argentina's…

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  • Argentine Jews call rally for 'truth, justice' over 1994 bombing

    Alberto Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head in his home Sunday, the day before he was to go before a congressional hearing to accuse President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up. A judge, meanwhile, released the 280-page complaint Nisman had filed before his death charging that Kirchner…

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  • U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. The two days of meetings are the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and…

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  • Economic test looms as Bolivia's Morales begins new term

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is beginning a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.

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  • Global economy squeezed by worsening slowdown in China

    HONG KONG (AP) — The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.

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  • Golf Channel hires English host for morning show

    HONOLULU (AP) — Golf Channel is adding a familiar face to golf worldwide, but new to America.

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