Latin America News

  • Chileans spooked by crime, demand government action

    By Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods on Wednesday night, clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is an explosion in crime in one of South America's safest nations. The "cacerolazo," as such…

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  • Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said Wednesday, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

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  • Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia. The prime minister said he was "proud" of the decision to nominate Xavier Garcia Albiol, a former…

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  • CNH Industrial profits down 55 percent in second quarter

    MILAN (AP) — CNH Industrial, the Italian maker of construction and agriculture machinery, says second-quarter earnings dropped by more than half on lower sales of combines and larger tractors in North and South America.

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  • FARC praises Colombia's Santos for halting air strikes

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict. Santos ordered the stand-down on Saturday, five days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of…

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  • Brazil will use drones to fight slave labor in rural areas

    By Adriana Brasileiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labor in rural areas, the Labour Ministry has said. Labour inspectors, who investigate properties that are suspected of employing workers in…

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  • Alleged German Hells Angels boss bailed in Spain

    A Spanish judge freed on bail Monday a German suspected of being a top leader of the Hells Angels biker gang on money-laundering and prostitution-related charges, a judicial source said. The National Court in Madrid released Frank Hanebuth, suspected to be one of the top Hells Angels in Europe,…

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  • Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

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  • FIFA welcomes legal win for ban on third-party ownership

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has welcomed a legal win in a Belgian court which upholds its ban on third-party investors owning players' transfer rights.

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  • On LA radio show, a peek into the love lives of immigrants

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.

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  • Colombia suspends bombing raids on FARC

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks. It comes just two days after the Colombian government and the FARC resumed talks following months of stagnation at the…

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  • Brazil prosecutors present charges against Odebrecht CEO

    By Sergio Spagnuolo CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors, declaring war on what they called a culture of impunity, presented charges on Friday against the CEO of Latin America's largest engineering firm as part of a landmark investigation of a kickback and bribery scandal. Marcelo…

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  • Key moments in Brazil's Petrobras corruption probe

    By Caroline Stauffer (Reuters) - Prosecutors and federal police in Brazil unearthed the country's largest-ever corruption scandal by tying a ring of black-market money changers to a price-fixing and political kickback scheme at state-run oil firm Petrobras. Executives from two dozen engineering…

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  • Colombia's FARC denies seeking impunity for suspected war criminals

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday said they were not seeking impunity for members accused of war crimes in the decades-long conflict, Latin America's longest running insurgency. Speaking at a fresh round of peace talks in Havana aimed at ending the conflict, a negotiator from the leftist…

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  • Colombian soldier killed in fresh FARC clash: army

    A Colombian soldier died during a clash with FARC guerillas, the army said Thursday, as peace talks aimed at ending the decades-long conflict resumed in Cuba. The solider died of a gunshot wound as he was removing "war material" from a guerrilla base in the central Meta department, according to a…

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  • Colombia and FARC rebels resume peace talks

    Colombia and FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday with a new commitment to make progress after months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield. "In this phase we will move forward with a new methodology that aims to do technical, integrated and simultaneous work…

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  • Brazil's unemployment rates rises

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government says the jobless rate in Latin America's largest country rose for the sixth straight month in June.

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