Latin America News

  • Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress 

    Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries. Bachelet's office has sent a bill to Congress which will allow abortion in cases of rape, risk to…

    AFP
  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

    Associated Press
  • At root of Argentina spy intrigue: a deal with Iran

    By Brian Winter and Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment. As a result, Fernandez…

    Reuters
  • Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

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  • International flights boost Vegas traffic; best since '08

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 12.5 percent increase in the number of international travelers last year helped push passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport to its highest level in six years.

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  • Dead Argentine prosecutor wary even of his guards

    The prosecutor whose suspicious death set off a crisis for Argentina President Cristina Kirchner no longer trusted even his bodyguards at the violent end of his life, an assistant said Wednesday. A tense Diego Lagomarsino, his voice breaking at times, recounted at a news conference in Buenos Aires…

    AFP
  • Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested…

    Reuters
  • Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

    Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's…

    AFP
  • US: Castro message 'positive sign'

    The United States welcomed former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana. "We take his reference of 'international norms and principles' as a positive sign," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told…

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  • Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe. The 88-year-old revolutionary icon had said nothing since last month's surprise agreement, raising questions…

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  • Dominican Republic moves to ease abortion ban, challenges remain: rights group

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A presidential decision to ease the Dominican Republic's ban on abortion is a landmark victory for women's rights, but ensuring women can access legal and potentially life-saving abortions remains a challenge, a rights group has said. …

    Reuters
  • Russia's 2014 arms sales top $15 billion: Putin

    Russia sold more than $15 billion worth of arms in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that new signed orders stood at nearly $14 billion. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States. Putin also said Russia exported military equipment to more than…

    Reuters
  • Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes

    ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  • United Nations says poverty reduction stalled in Latin America

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Poverty reduction has stalled across Latin America, barely budging since 2012, as economic growth has slowed, the United Nations' economic body for the region said on Monday. An annual report by the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows that…

    Reuters
  • Former Argentina and Barca player Riquelme retires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Juan Roman Riquelme, who made 51 appearances for Argentina's national team and also played in Spain for Villarreal and Barcelona, has announced his retirement.

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  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    This week in Argentina special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot to the head. Nisman, who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people, died hours before he was…

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