Latin America News

  • Argentine central bank chief resigns amid economic turmoil

    Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina's central bank governor resigned Wednesday, the president's office said, as the country grapples with an economic slowdown, a debt default and a damaging row with the United States.

    AFP
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  • Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island's deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Palestinians risking US aid over UN bid: Abbas

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinians are under heavy pressure to drop plans to seek a UN Security Council resolution to end Israel's occupation, risking $700 million a year in US aid, president Mahmud Abbas has said.

    AFP
  • AP names Victor Caivano director for Southern Cone

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Victor Caivano, a veteran photographer who has led photo coverage for The Associated Press in Spain and Brazil, has been named news director for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

    GENEVA (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.

    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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Mexico troops held in killing of 22 gang suspects

    Mexico City (AFP) - Mexico's military detained an officer and seven soldiers in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 gang suspects after a witness said 21 of them were executed despite surrendering.

    AFP
  • 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