Latin America News

  • Jailed Venezuelan mayor transferred from prison to hospital

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital has been taken from prison to a hospital where he will undergo emergency surgery for a groin hernia.

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  • Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deal cannot be rushed

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday resisted the government's request to accelerate peace talks, saying "peace cannot be achieved with a stopwatch in hand." The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have fought a Marxist-inspired insurgency for 50 years in Latin America's longest war,…

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  • Lawsuit: Hunger-striking immigrant moms faced retaliation

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center.

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  • Panama acts to clean up reputation for money laundering

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama took a major step in an effort to clean up its reputation as Latin America's premier hub for money laundering.

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  • Guatemala asks for renewal of UN commission probing crime

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala is inviting a U.N. commission to continue its work investigating criminal networks in the Central American nation, President Otto Perez Molina said Thursday.

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  • Ericsson profit hit by poor US performance, global sales up

    HELSINKI (AP) — Sluggish broadband demand in North America is hurting Ericsson, the world's largest networks maker, which reported Thursday a 14 percent drop in first-quarter net profit to 1.5 billion kronor ($ 173 million) despite a rise in global sales.

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  • NBA visits Cuba for basketball clinic

    HAVANA (AP) — The NBA is the first U.S. professional league to visit sports-crazy Cuba since the declaration of detente between the Cold War enemies late last year.

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  • Cubans welcome news of pope's visit in September

    HAVANA (AP) — Cubans welcomed the news Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit in September, with many calling it a powerful reinforcement of his support for detente between the United States and Cuba.

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  • US-Cuba relations challenge ballplayers choosing pro path

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yasmany Tomas had three choices to continue his baseball career: stay in Cuba and make up to $2,500 a month, play in Japan with a shot at a million dollar contract, or give up family and life in the island on hopes of hitting the jackpot in the major leagues.

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  • Africa market of future for illegal drugs: UN official

    Africa is the market of the future for illegal drugs, a top UN narcotics official said Tuesday, predicting the continent would go from transport hub to major consumer. Massive amounts of cocaine and other narcotics already pass through Africa on their way from Latin America to Europe, and it is…

    AFP
  • US targets 700 Miami firms for money laundering scrutiny

    MIAMI (AP) — U.S. investigators are targeting 700 businesses in the Miami area for enhanced scrutiny to detect trade-based money laundering schemes involving Latin American criminal organizations, authorities announced Tuesday.

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  • The pipeline: How baseball-mad Cuba develops top-tier talent

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and other Cuban baseball players arriving in the major leagues in recent years all come from the same pipeline: state-run academies that produce hundreds of players in the baseball-mad island.

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  • Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

    Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process. Also Monday President Juan Manuel Santos was booed by protesters for the second time in as many days over…

    AFP
  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration.

    AFP
  • Vatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.

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  • Argentina's Kirchner heads to Russia to press nuclear, trade deals

    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit Russia's Vladimir Putin Wednesday and Thursday to follow up on nuclear and trade deals the countries signed last year and cultivate a budding relationship. Putin extended the invitation during a stop last July in Buenos Aires, where Russian and…

    AFP
  • Honduras most dangerous country for environmental activists - report

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Honduras is the deadliest place for environmental activists with scores of Hondurans killed defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campaign group said on Monday. Between 2010 and 2014, 101…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    This photo gallery showcases images taken in Latin America and the Caribbean and published last week.

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