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  • FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years. Cementing a ceasefire and disarming the leftist rebel group are among the thorniest topics remaining in the talks,…

    AFP
  • Peruvian journalist Zileri dead at 83

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Enrique Zileri, who as longtime director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, died Monday at age 83.

    Associated Press
  • Edible insects a boon to Thailand's farmers

    THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) — Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

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  • Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

    HAVANA (AP) — Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.

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  • Under fire for aid move, Russia lashes out at Ukraine, Lithuania

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Friday defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without official permission, saying there was sometimes "no chain of command" in Kiev and that Moscow was fed up playing games with the Ukrainian authorities. …

    Reuters
  • Drilling Latin America's largest sewer

    ZUMPANGO, Mexico (AP) — Some 110 meters (120yards) beneath a Mexico City suburb, a boxcar-size machine digs Latin America's largest sewer.

    Associated Press
  • NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.

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  • U.S. judge calls Argentina debt swap plan 'illegal'

    District Judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday called Argentina's proposed debt restructuring plan "illegal" but stopped short of holding the country in contempt, saying that would not help resolve the dispute that led to the nation's second default in a dozen years. Griesa said proposed legislation…

    Reuters
  • Argentina rules out another devaluation of peso

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine government on Thursday ruled out a second sharp devaluation of the peso this year, rebuffing calls for a weaker currency from employers who say runaway inflation is hurting trade competitiveness. President Cristina Fernandez's government implemented a shock 20…

    Reuters
  • Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.

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  • Brazil Socialists pick new candidate, target Rousseff

    Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva its presidential candidate Wednesday, reshaping the political landscape after her late running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash last week. Campos's death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote,…

    AFP
  • Exclusive: Brazil's Silva would get opposition's support in election runoff

    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's biggest opposition party would support Marina Silva for president if its own candidate fails to make an October runoff, a party source told Reuters, an alliance that would damage President Dilma Rousseff's chances for a second term. The presidential…

    Reuters
  • 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 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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