Latin America News

  • Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests

    When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past decade. The drug war that has killed tens of thousands of people in the past 10 years has also claimed the lives of at least 36 priests, targeted by…

    AFP
  • AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

    LONDON (AP) — Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away: WHO

    Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday. An estimated 15 companies or groups have begun work on a vaccine for…

    AFP
  • Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim.

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  • US ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but it warns there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.

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  • Hope Solo reiterates concerns over Zika at the Olympics

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo asserted that if the Olympics were held today, she would not go out of concern about the Zika virus.

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  • Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations'

    HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

    Associated Press
  • U.N. drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate: experts

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations' food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritize helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned.…

    Reuters
  • Pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas, health officials said Wednesday.

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  • China reports first case of imported Zika virus

    BEIJING (AP) — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here's a selection of top images taken at this year's pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

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  • Delbonis upsets Fognini to reach 2nd round in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Federico Delbonis of Argentina upset sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday.

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  • Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."

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  • Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

    President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not. The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23. "Whatever gets signed in Havana, I will submit to a…

    AFP
  • Obama calls for $1.8 billion to fight Zika

    President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus in the United States and beyond. The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring a spate of cases north…

    AFP
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Carnival got under way in Rio de Janeiro last week despite worries in the South American country that has been the hardest hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.

    Associated Press