Latin America News

  • Mexico City mayor vows full probe of journalist slaying

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's mayor said Monday that no expense will be spared and no line of investigation ignored in the hunt for the killers of four women and a photojournalist, who had fled the state where he worked fearing for his safety.

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  • Cabinet chief in Argentina denies involvement in 3 killings

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez is rejecting a media report implicating him as the mastermind behind the murder of three men allegedly connected to an ephedrine trafficking ring.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    In the week that was in Latin America, an AP investigation disclosed that the water venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic games have dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe…

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  • Colombia rebels want meeting with pope during Cuba visit

    Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels, now negotiating a peace deal in Havana, said Sunday they hope to meet with Pope Francis on his upcoming Cuba visit. Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. It would be something amazing," the…

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  • Colombia to buy land for poor in post-war period

    Colombia aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the government said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict. The government has been in peace talks since November 2012 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),…

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  • In swing state Florida, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo's end

    MIAMI (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962, drawing a sharp distinction with her main Republican rivals in Florida.

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  • Chileans spooked by crime, demand government action

    By Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods on Wednesday night, clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is an explosion in crime in one of South America's safest nations. The "cacerolazo," as such…

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  • Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said Wednesday, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

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  • Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia. The prime minister said he was "proud" of the decision to nominate Xavier Garcia Albiol, a former…

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  • CNH Industrial profits down 55 percent in second quarter

    MILAN (AP) — CNH Industrial, the Italian maker of construction and agriculture machinery, says second-quarter earnings dropped by more than half on lower sales of combines and larger tractors in North and South America.

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  • FARC praises Colombia's Santos for halting air strikes

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict. Santos ordered the stand-down on Saturday, five days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of…

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  • Brazil will use drones to fight slave labor in rural areas

    By Adriana Brasileiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labor in rural areas, the Labour Ministry has said. Labour inspectors, who investigate properties that are suspected of employing workers in…

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  • Zurich Insurance considers buying British rival RSA

    Zurich Insurance is interested in buying British rival Royal & Sun Alliance, the pair revealed on Tuesday, causing RSA shares to surge. The Swiss insurance giant said it "confirms that the company is evaluating a potential offer for RSA", adding that the announcement did "not amount to a firm…

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  • Alleged German Hells Angels boss bailed in Spain

    A Spanish judge freed on bail Monday a German suspected of being a top leader of the Hells Angels biker gang on money-laundering and prostitution-related charges, a judicial source said. The National Court in Madrid released Frank Hanebuth, suspected to be one of the top Hells Angels in Europe,…

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  • Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

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  • FIFA welcomes legal win for ban on third-party ownership

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has welcomed a legal win in a Belgian court which upholds its ban on third-party investors owning players' transfer rights.

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  • On LA radio show, a peek into the love lives of immigrants

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.

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