Latin America News

  • Atletico Mineiro backs off deal to sign Anelka

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro said Tuesday that it will not sign former France striker Nicolas Anelka because the player took too long to report to the club.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Here's a gallery highlighting last week's top images from the AP's photo report from Latin America. It features a destructive and fatal forest fire in Chile; a Honduran migrant walking on prosthetic legs in Mexico after his accident on a northward-bound train; a bus accident in Mexico that killed…

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  • Asian fans only have eyes for European football

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — There were so few people watching Vietnam take on Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening.

    Associated Press
  • French foreign minister meets Raul Castro on historic visit to Cuba

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Laurent…

    Reuters
  • French foreign minister on historic visit to Cuba

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Foreign Minister Laurent…

    Reuters
  • Velez leads Argentine clubs in Copa Libertadores

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Velez Sarsfield finished with the best record in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, leading three other Argentine clubs into the second round.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. may give up demand for zero Japan beef tariffs in trade deal: Nikkei

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insist on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact. U.S. Trade…

    Reuters
  • Peru arrests 28 in group tied to Shining Path

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police have arrested 28 leaders of the political wing of the Shining Path rebel movement, including the lawyer of its imprisoned leader and a cousin of President Ollanta Humala, the government announced Thursday.

    Associated Press
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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Peru arrests 24 in group tied to Shining Path

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian security forces have arrested 24 leaders of the political wing of the Shining Path rebel movement including the lawyer of its imprisoned leader and the cousin of President Ollanta Humala, the president announced Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Big gaps remain between U.S. and Japan in trade talks: ministers

    By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) - Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. Japan and the United States are seeking a two-way trade…

    Reuters
  • Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade. In a letter,…

    Reuters
  • Japan, U.S. make progress in trade talks; key gaps remain

    By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese and U.S. trade officials made progress on Wednesday in negotiations meant to spur a broad Pacific trade pact and prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama, but they remain apart on some major issues, both sides said. "We made some progress, but…

    Reuters
  • Venezuelan TV journalist kidnapped by armed men

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The father of a Venezuelan TV journalist says his daughter has been kidnapped by armed, masked men in the western section of the capital of Caracas.

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  • Britain's Osborne unveils Brazil investment push

    British finance minister George Osborne unveiled plans Monday to ramp up exports to Latin America, as he embarked on a visit to World Cup and Olympic hosts Brazil. Despite the Latin American giant of some 200 million being the world's seventh-largest economy, Brazil was the destination of just one…

    AFP
  • Ana Tijoux's hip-hop goes back to Chilean roots

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Ana Tijoux, whose rap song "La Bala" (The Bullet) became the soundtrack for Chile's student movement, has emerged as one of the most influential voices in Latin America's hip-hop scene.

    Associated Press
  • Cement makers Holcim, Lafarge create Swiss merger

    GENEVA (AP) — Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.

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  • Costa Rica leftist easily wins presidential run-off

    By Alexandra Alper SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A center-left academic who has never held elected office easily won Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday, ousting the graft-stained ruling party from power after its candidate quit campaigning a month ago. Former diplomat Luis Guillermo…

    Reuters
  • Costa Rican centrist set for election win with no rival

    San José (AFP) - Surrounded by a throng of supporters Sunday, historian and former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solis voted in Costa Rica's presidential run-off, careening towards victory in a race in which he faces no opposition. His lone rival, Johnny Araya, dropped out last month after polls showed…

    AFP
  • Brazil's Atletico Mineiro says it's signing Anelka

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The president of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro says he has reached a deal to sign former France striker Nicolas Anelka.

    Associated Press
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