Latin America News

  • Colombia FARC free two soldiers, vow to release general by weekend

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels released two captives on Tuesday and vowed to free a kidnapped army general by the weekend in a move that may lead to the resumption of suspended peace talks which aim to end five decades of war. President Juan Manuel Santos halted…

  • Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.

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    Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Mexico City to demand that authorities find 43 missing college students. The march was held on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-1917 Revolution. Protests turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police near…

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  • Mexico summons Uruguay ambassador over president's comments on missing students

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state. The students, who were likely murdered, were abducted by rogue Mexican…

  • Colombia's Santos says FARC release of hostages will be next week

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army general, held by Marxist FARC rebels, a move that will allow stalled peace talks to continue. In a message from his Twitter account on Saturday, Santos said…

  • Cruzeiro beats Gremio, closes in on Brazil title

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro overcame a first-half deficit to beat Gremio 2-1 and move within a victory of clinching its second consecutive Brazilian league title.

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  • Colombia's rebel-held general a bookish strategist

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The general whose capture by rebels has put Colombia's peace talks on hold is one of the country's foremost counterinsurgency strategists who once received his officer's insignia from the hands of U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

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  • Colombia rebels to free general, opening door to resume peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and defuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war. The…

  • Venezuelan consumers get creative amid shortages

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cloth diapers, baking soda to make deodorant and vinegar to mop the floor. That's not the shopping list of an eco-friendly hipster, it's how an increasing number of resourceful Venezuelans are making do in a time of severe shortages.

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  • Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister were found shot dead on a remote river bank, and police said the sister's boyfriend…

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  • Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Emissions of greenhouse gases in Brazil, Latin America's biggest country, were almost 8 percent higher in 2013 than one year earlier, a network of more than 30 environmental groups said Wednesday.

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  • Venezuelan president uses expiring decree powers

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has enacted a slew of new laws as his emergency powers expire.

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  • Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

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  • Colombia rebels say army general's capture is part of war

    By Rosa Tania Valdés and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels justified their capture of an army general in a remote jungle area as a legitimate act of war on Tuesday and urged the government to rethink its retaliatory suspension of peace talks. The two-year peace…

  • Colombia peace talks in limbo over kidnapped army general

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels were in crisis on Monday as troops scoured a Pacific coast region for an army general kidnapped over the weekend in a brash move by guerrillas that endangers efforts to end 50 years of war. President Juan Manuel…

  • Guyana in political crisis after suspension of parliament

    By Girish Gupta GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - - Guyana President Donald Ramotar's decision to suspend parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion against him has plunged the small former British colony into political crisis, as foes decry the president as a dictator. Opposition parties, which have a small…

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  • General's abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

    Colombia's FARC rebels came under heavy pressure Monday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis. The talks, the most promising effort yet to end Colombia's 50-year-old conflict, were derailed Sunday when…