Latin America News

  • Morales gets absolute majority in Bolivia legislature

    In addition to his own reelection, Bolivia's President Evo Morales kept his absolute majority in congress in the October 12 general elections, authorities said Wednesday. The Supreme Electoral Council said Morales, a socialist in power since 2006 and Bolivia's first indigenous president, won 61.36…

    AFP
  • Gypsy 'cheat' entry in Spanish dictionary sparks outrage

    An entry in Spain's top dictionary has outraged one of the country's oldest minorities by defining "gypsy" as synonymous with lying and cheating. The offending entry is in the Royal Spanish Academy's annual update to its dictionary, the ultimate authority on the language in Spain and Latin…

    AFP
  • Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine found with bananas

    Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country's biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The authorities said they opened their investigation after police with sniffer dogs uncovered 54 kilos (120…

    AFP
  • A look at marijuana laws in Latin America

    Here's a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Associated Press
  • US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

    HAVANA (AP) — U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America's response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations' desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations.

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  • Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump

    HAVANA (AP) — Daymarys Gonzalez's first attempt to have a child ended with an ectopic pregnancy at age 31. She stopped trying to conceive after a miscarriage the following year.

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  • Reality TV show 'Big Brother' to debut in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site says it is bringing the "Big Brother" reality TV show to China.

    Associated Press
  • Prince Charles makes first royal visit to Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have arrived in Colombia's capital to kick off a nine-day tour of Latin America.

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  • Sanofi shares plunge after diabetes drug warning

    PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi saw its stock price plunge Tuesday after it reported a slide in quarterly earnings and warned of pricing pressure on its blockbuster diabetes treatment in the U.S.

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  • Rousseff pledges changes after narrow re-election win, markets fall

    By Brad Haynes and Paulo Prada SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff promised on Monday to make changes to her economic policies as she sought to build bridges with business leaders after narrowly winning re-election at the end of an acrimonious campaign. Rousseff said in television…

    Reuters
  • Rousseff will struggle to restore Brazil's economic good times

    By Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election by spending heavily and promising to extend the fight against poverty but she will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil's stalled economy back in gear. Rousseff edged out…

    Reuters
  • Chile aims to expand cooperation with EU

    BERLIN (AP) — Chile's President Michelle Bachelet says she wants to expand cooperation with the European Union, building on a decade-old trade pact.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

     Enraged Mexicans kept up their protests this past week over the disappearance of 43 college students who haven't been seen in a month since police in a southern city allegedly turned the youths over to members of the criminal gang Guerreros Unidos.

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  • Brazil set to vote after bruising campaign

    After the most contentious election race since the end of military rule in 1985, Brazilians will Sunday choose their next president, weighing a decade of social progress against a yearning for economic revival. Final opinion polls Saturday showed leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff a narrow favorite…

    AFP
  • Brazil's election too close to call on eve of runoff

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday's presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil's tightest election in decades. A survey released on Saturday by polling firm Ibope…

    Reuters
  • Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

    A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said. Alexander Beltran Herrera, 38, pleaded guilty in March to three counts of hostage-taking relating to the…

    AFP
  • Public donations pay for Argentine national park

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines have a new national park that is home to endangered species like jaguars and crowned solitary eagles, thanks to donations from the public to cover the initial cost.

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