Latin America News

  • LatAm losing fear of legalizing drugs: Ecuador president

    Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Latin America is "losing fear" of legalizing drugs after decades of fighting traffickers with ample US prodding but limited success. The region's governments have opened talks toward developing a shared stance on legalization, and the topic is no…

    AFP
  • Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

    Associated Press
  • Pope eyes fast beatification for Romero of El Salvador

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis opened the way Monday to a quick beatification for Oscar Romero, saying there are no more doctrinal problems blocking the process for the slain Salvadoran archbishop who is one of the heroes of the liberation theology movement in Latin America.

    Associated Press
  • Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos

    HOUSTON (AP) — Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group…

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Mexico track seen as step for US career

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's only major horse racetrack comes to life at 5 a.m. each day as hundreds of stable workers begin to take the 1,400 racehorses out of their stalls and gallop them around the track before washing and feeding them.

    Associated Press
  • Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

    Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord. A woman whose disabled son was kidnapped and murdered by soldiers was among a group of witnesses to testify at the peace…

    AFP
  • Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.

    Associated Press
  • Volatile Silva could upend Brazil's presidential race

    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The late entry of environmentalist Marina Silva into Brazil's presidential race following the death of her running mate could rally young voters and those upset over a sluggish economy and corruption, but introduce new uncertainty for investors wary of her…

    Reuters
  • AP's Frank Bajak among Cabot Prize winners

    NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism on Thursday announced this year's winners of the oldest award in international journalism, the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, for excellence in reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Associated Press
  • San Lorenzo wins Copa Libertadores for 1st time

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — San Lorenzo of Argentina, Pope Francis' favorite team, defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the Copa Libertadores title for the first time Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Fidel Castro signs pro-Palestine manifesto

    Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has signed an international manifesto "supporting Palestine," demanding that Israel respect UN resolutions and withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Castro, who will be 88 next week, added his signature to those of intellectuals and politicians…

    AFP
  • HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?

    Associated Press
  • Colombia's president seeks peace deal in 2nd term

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos took the oath for his second term Thursday and promised to redouble his efforts to end Colombia's half-century war amid a renewed wave of rebel violence that has put peace talks at risk.

    Associated Press
  • Argentina Catholics celebrate patron saint of work

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An annual pilgrimage to a Roman Catholic shrine to the patron saint of work in Argentina drew thousands of people Thursday amid uncertain economic times in the country.

    Associated Press
  • Russia retaliates on West's sanctions over Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting the U.S., Canada and Australia.

    Associated Press
  • Mexico dreams face test after opening to investors

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has passed laws to open its oil, gas and electric industries to private and foreign investors after 76 years of state control. Now comes the hard part.

    Associated Press
  • Russian import ban to have limited effect on Western food firms

    By Maria Kiselyova and Martinne Geller MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - Western multinationals like Nestle, Unilever and McDonalds will feel only a limited effect from Russia's ban on certain food imports from Europe and the United States, since they largely produce domestically. In retaliation for…

    Reuters