Latin America News

  • Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

    BOGOTA/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China's largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, about 100 tonnes of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives, the attorney general's office said. The Da Dan Xia,…

    Reuters
  • Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge Tuesday ordered the deportation of former Italian militant Cesare Battisti, reversing a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country.

    Associated Press
  • Haitians' 'Brazilian dream' sours as work hard to find

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Under a scorching sun, dozens of Haitians shuffled impatiently about the brick-walled courtyard of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. The sight of an approaching employer sparked a skirmish, with the men pushing against each other, jostling for attention.

    Associated Press
  • For Israeli leader, blocking Iran deal a matter of legacy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — En route to what he described as a "fateful mission," Benjamin Netanyahu spent much of his 12-hour flight to Washington slouched in a business class seat laboring over a draft of his highly anticipated address to Congress. In the back of the plane, the rest of the delegation was…

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  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Every day during the 12½ years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Five months after 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico's Guerrero state disappeared, marches by relatives and protesters continued, some turning violent with confrontations like what was seen Tuesday at a metro station in Mexico's capital. In Michoacan state, federal police captured…

    Associated Press
  • U.S. special envoy meets Colombian peace teams for first time

    The recently appointed U.S. special envoy to Colombian peace talks met with government and rebel negotiators for the first time on Sunday, holding separate sessions with each side, a Colombian government official said. President Barack Obama named veteran diplomat Bernard Aronson as special envoy…

    Reuters
  • Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers, most roads open

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police cracked down on striking truckers on Sunday, arresting protesters and ending roadblocks in all but two states after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America's largest economy. By Sunday evening, there…

    Reuters
  • Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers after violence

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police arrested protesters and sent in backup troops to control striking truckers on Sunday after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America's largest economy. Authorities in the southern state of Rio Grande do…

    Reuters
  • Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

    Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever. Critics point to Mujica's shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the…

    AFP
  • US could reopen embassy in Cuba within weeks

    The United States and Cuba said they made progress Friday in talks on restoring diplomatic ties and Washington could reopen its Havana embassy before a key April summit if differences are overcome. After a second round of historic meetings, negotiators from both countries appeared optimistic about…

    AFP
  • US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks.

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  • Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a planned trip to Uruguay on Friday, citing a bad cold that he's been fighting for days. Yet he planned to move ahead with a later visit to Guatemala, keeping the vice president out of the country during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

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  • Volkswagen profits up 20 percent for full year

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says net profit rose 20 percent last year to 10.8 billion euros ($12.1 billion), but offered a cautious outlook for this year.

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  • Report: China loaned $22 billion to Latin America in 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state-owned banks loaned $22.1 billion to Latin American countries last year, helping to keep afloat struggling economies that have been hit hard by a fall in prices for oil, minerals and other commodities that they export, according to new numbers released Thursday by the…

    Associated Press
  • Reality sinks in for many Cubans on eve of talks with US

    HAVANA (AP) — The jubilation that greeted the announcement of U.S.-Cuban detente two months ago has faded to resignation for many Cubans who are realizing they're at the start of a long process unlikely to ease their daily struggles anytime soon.

    Associated Press
  • Cuba, US at odds on ending Havana's terror blacklist

    Just two days ahead of a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties frozen for five decades, Cuba and the United States staked out competing demands to ensure progress. Cuban officials demanded that as a preliminary step to renewing relations, Washington must remove the island from its…

    AFP