Latin America News

  • New Generation cartel Mexico's latest menace

    Armed with rocket-propelled grenades to bring down an army helicopter and with ties to gangs as far afield as Asia, the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel and its shadowy boss have grown into Mexico's newest menace. The criminal group was once an armed wing of the feared Sinaloa cartel, fighting…

    AFP
  • Lula denies peddling influence to aid building firm

    Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denied Monday that he is formally under investigation for influence peddling on behalf of construction giant Odebrecht. Epoca magazine reported last week that Lula was "formally suspected" of using his name to land lucrative deals for Odebrecht…

    AFP
  • Actor in acclaimed Venezuela film 'Bad Hair' is killed

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan actor who performed in the critically acclaimed independent film "Bad Hair" has been killed in a shootout.

    Associated Press
  • Juice would be spilled: Imagining 2 Floridas, South & North

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Some South Florida politicians say they've been ignored long enough by state leaders in North Florida. Now they want their own state.

    Associated Press
  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked

    HAVANA (AP) — Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.

    Associated Press
  • Brazil still struggling to deal with World Cup stadiums

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil spent billions renovating and building World Cup stadiums that were supposed to help modernize and improve local soccer. Almost a year after the tournament ended, the nation is still trying to figure out what to do with them.

    Associated Press
  • Spain's Podemos founder resigns amid rift over party strategy

    One of the founder members of Podemos, the one-year-old leftist party that has up-ended Spanish politics, resigned on Thursday in a surprise move that questions its strategy just as opinion polls show it may have peaked. Juan Carlos Monedero, a founder member of the group alongside leader Pablo…

    Reuters
  • Bolivian's sentence for French couple's murder upheld

    A Bolivian court on Thursday upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a man convicted of killing a young French couple in 2010. Jaime Martinez was convicted of being the ringleader of a four-man group that killed tourists Jeremie Bellanger, 25, and Fannie Blancho, 23, after sexually assaulting…

    AFP
  • Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's busiest airport, once a major gateway for thousands of U.S. troops headed for battle, is now the scene of a slow-burning controversy linked to the commercial clout of the country's powerful military.

    Associated Press
  • Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deal cannot be rushed

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday resisted the government's request to accelerate peace talks, saying "peace cannot be achieved with a stopwatch in hand." The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have fought a Marxist-inspired insurgency for 50 years in Latin America's longest war,…

    Reuters
  • Lawsuit: Hunger-striking immigrant moms faced retaliation

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center.

    Associated Press
  • Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball

    HAVANA (AP) — Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game's popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of…

    Associated Press
  • Panama acts to clean up reputation for money laundering

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama took a major step in an effort to clean up its reputation as Latin America's premier hub for money laundering.

    Associated Press
  • Guatemala asks for renewal of UN commission probing crime

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala is inviting a U.N. commission to continue its work investigating criminal networks in the Central American nation, President Otto Perez Molina said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Ericsson profit hit by poor US performance, global sales up

    HELSINKI (AP) — Sluggish broadband demand in North America is hurting Ericsson, the world's largest networks maker, which reported Thursday a 14 percent drop in first-quarter net profit to 1.5 billion kronor ($ 173 million) despite a rise in global sales.

    Associated Press
  • NBA visits Cuba for basketball clinic

    HAVANA (AP) — The NBA is the first U.S. professional league to visit sports-crazy Cuba since the declaration of detente between the Cold War enemies late last year.

    Associated Press
  • Cubans welcome news of pope's visit in September

    HAVANA (AP) — Cubans welcomed the news Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit in September, with many calling it a powerful reinforcement of his support for detente between the United States and Cuba.

    Associated Press