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  • Refugee plan aimed at Central American minors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Associated Press
  • Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — After years of delays, Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural landmark and symbolize the country's recent economic ascent.

    Associated Press
  • Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route.

    Associated Press
  • All aboard the 'Corruptour' for a glimpse of Mexico's graft

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Visitors looking to explore the dark side of Mexico's northern industrial city of Monterrey board a striking blue bus, painted with the faces of local politicians alongside pigs and rats clutching bags of money. The bus stops at 10 city…

    Reuters
  • Anti-gay remarks at debate spark anger in Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A minor character in Brazil's election race faced a firestorm of criticism on Monday after saying during a presidential debate that the country needs to stand up against gay people who should receive psychological help far away from the general population.

    Associated Press
  • Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    An excruciatingly painful mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. While the disease, called chikungunya, usually is not…

    Associated Press
  • Mosquito-borne virus disrupting life in Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's health minister said Sunday that the government is doing all it can to combat a newly arrived mosquito-borne virus that is increasingly disrupting life and cutting productivity on the Caribbean island.

    Associated Press
  • Brazil's evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation. Marina Silva, an environmentalist running neck and…

    Reuters
  • New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have…

    Associated Press
  • FIFA to ban 3rd parties owning transfer rights

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has agreed to ban "third-party ownership" of players which allows outside investors to profit from transfers.

    Associated Press
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  • Brazil's Silva vows to clean up regulatory agencies

    By Paulo Prada and Maria Pia Palermo RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva vowed on Thursday to de-politicize regulatory agencies that she says do more to win favor with government allies than ensure fair and efficient markets in Latin America's biggest economy.…

    Reuters
  • Man burned alive in latest Chile bombing

    Santiago (AFP) - A man was burned alive when a homemade bomb went off in Santiago on Thursday, law enforcement officials said, the latest in a series of explosions in Chile's usually safe capital.

    AFP
  • 'Eau de Revolution': Cuba scents honor Che, Chavez

    HAVANA (AP) — Call it "Eau de Revolution."

    Associated Press
  • Developing countries should be better represented in global institutions: Brazil's Rousseff

    By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told the United Nations on Wednesday that developing countries should be better represented in international financial institutions that otherwise are in danger of losing legitimacy. "The delay in the expansion of…

    Reuters
  • Venezuelan president follows Chavez's NY footsteps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro is following in the footsteps of the late Hugo Chavez in his first presidential visit to the Big Apple.

    Associated Press
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  • Colombia: Venezuela must be 'constructive' at UN

    NEW YORK (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he expects Venezuela to win a seat on the U.N. Security Council and hopes the country will play a "constructive" role on the organization's most powerful body.

    Associated Press