Latin America News

  • THE LATEST: English football chairman says Blatter must go

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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  • Peru lawmakers reject bill to allow pregnant rape victims an abortion

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peruvian rape victims who have become pregnant have no legal option but to keep an unwanted pregnancy after Congress voted against a bill to legalize abortion in such cases, an issue that has divided ordinary Peruvians. The vote, late on…

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  • UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

    The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday. "The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the…

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  • Member of Colombian rebel peace team killed in aerial bombing

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - The Colombian armed forces' aerial bombing campaign against leftist guerrillas killed a member of the rebel negotiating team who had participated in peace talks being held in Cuba, a guerrilla commander said on Wednesday. Jairo Martinez, a veteran of two…

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  • UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

    ROME (AP) — The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

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  • Brazil leads way in Latin America in taking Syrian refugees

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The comfortable life Muna Hassan Derweech and her family enjoyed in the Syrian port city of Latakia collapsed in 2013 amid civil war.

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  • China and Chile sign currency swap agreement

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a currency swap deal on Monday seeking to deepen economic ties by boosting trade and investment.

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  • Gulf producers to resist cuts at OPEC meet: analysts

    Gulf oil producers, led by Saudi Arabia, will resist attempts to cut output at an OPEC meeting next month as preserving market share remains their top priority, industry analysts say. Gulf and other OPEC members said they wanted to safeguard their share of a market that has faced a supply glut as…

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  • China and Peru agree to study transcontinental rail link

    China and Peru have agreed to study the feasibility of a controversial 5,300 km (3,300 miles) transcontinental railroad that will connect Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic coast, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. The agreement came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in…

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  • US, Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies.

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  • China premier arrives in Colombia as part of investment tour

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia during a visit to the Andean nation Thursday as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment.

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  • Slain Salvadoran archbishop's beatification a rallying point

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — To some he was a champion of the poor, a defender of human rights during some of El Salvador's darkest days. Others called him a supporter of armed revolution, a Marxist guerrilla clothed in a cleric's cassock.

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  • US, Cuba push to finalize talks on re-establishing embassies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American and Cuban officials were trying Thursday to complete talks to re-establish embassies in each other's capitals after a half-century interruption. Many differences appeared close to being resolved.

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  • Killing of 14-year-old girl alerts Argentina to femicides - rights group

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The discovery of a pregnant schoolgirl's body under the patio of her boyfriend's family home in northeast Argentina has led local rights groups to condemn her killing as a femicide, shining a spotlight on an invisible scourge in the South…

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  • Beatification of Romero signals new understanding of martyr

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero is doing more than just giving Latin America its long-awaited saint-in-waiting. It has helped redefine the Catholic Church's concept of martyrdom and paved the way for others killed for doing God's work to follow…

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  • Survivors stunned by loss in Colombian town hit by flood

    SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — Hector Raul Henao wept as he surveyed the barren landscape of mud and uprooted trees that had been a vibrant community of small coffee farmers. In the distance, across the still-raging La Libordiana ravine, he pointed to the zinc-roofed house he fled — one of just two left…

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  • Chinese PM starts South American investment tour

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — China's Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals.

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  • UN lowers global economic growth estimate amid modest pace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is lowering its growth estimate for the global economy this year, saying its previous forecast of 3.1 percent growth in 2015 is now more likely to be 2.8 percent instead.

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