Latin America News

  • Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war with FARC

    Colombia on Monday began its first day of peace with the country's largest insurgency after a ceasefire between the FARC and the government went into effect, ending 52 years of warfare. The full ceasefire ordered by President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of…

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  • Brazil's Rousseff to address Senate in trial over her future

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Fighting to save her job, suspended President Dilma Rousseff addresses the Senate on Monday in a showdown pitting accusations that the she hurt Brazil's economy with budget manipulations against her argument that she did nothing wrong and is being targeted by corrupt…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    Brazil and the world bid farewell to the first Olympic Games in South America with one final party last week that also signaled the transition to the 2020 Games in Japan. The 16-day spectacle in Rio de Janeiro combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that…

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  • Brazil's Rousseff to face accusers in impeachment showdown

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff will confront her accusers Monday in a dramatic finale to a Senate impeachment trial likely to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country. Rousseff's testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her…

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  • Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

    A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin…

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  • Pineda's walkoff lifts Panama to consolation win

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Esmith Pineda hit a game-winning home run to lead Panama to a 3-2 comeback win over Goodlettsville, Tennessee in the Little League World Series consolation game Sunday.

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  • Brazil's presumptive president beset by risks

    Brasília (AFP) - Michel Temer expects to become Brazil's full president if his rival Dilma Rousseff gets impeached this week. Here are some of the economic, political, social and legal challenges facing him if he secures the job of dragging Latin America's biggest economy out of recession. …

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  • Rebels, Colombia eye peace deal strides

    Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels will ink their landmark peace deal officially late next month, authorities said. "The solemn date of the signing will be between September 20 and 26, depending on the schedules and the dignitaries who will be in attendance," said Defense Minister Luis Carlos…

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  • FARC rebels to meet in September to ratify peace deal

    FARC rebel leaders will convene in mid-September to ratify the historic peace agreement signed with the Colombian government this week, the guerrilla group announced Saturday. The September 13-19 conference of 200 FARC delegates -- including 29 members of its central committee -- will be open to…

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  • Defense witnesses testify in trial of Brazil's president

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian senators on Saturday questioned the last two witnesses summoned by the defense for President Dilma Rousseff in her impeachment trial for allegedly breaking fiscal rules in the management of the federal budget.

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  • UN ready to help Colombia peace deal

    The UN Security Council on Friday warmly welcomed the historic peace deal reached between Colombia's government and FARC rebels, and pledged to help ensure the agreement takes hold. The council met behind closed doors two days after the Bogota government and rebel representatives announced they…

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  • Shouts, charges of 'stupidity,' at Brazil president's trial

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A trial against Brazil's president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority.

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  • Colombia's FARC rebels face tricky return under peace deal

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta CORDILLERA ORIENTAL, Colombia (Reuters) - After three decades fighting in the remote mountains of Colombia for a Marxist revolution, 60-year-old FARC rebel Cesar Gonzalez must now return to a society he barely recognizes. A peace deal unveiled on Wednesday…

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  • Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas.

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  • AP Explains: The trial to remove Brazil's president

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Senate on Friday began the second day of deliberations in a trial to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. While the formal accusations against Rousseff are related to her management of the federal budget, the leadership fight…

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  • Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The Philippines government and Maoist-led rebels agreed indefinite ceasefires on Friday as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people. The government expressed hopes that a peace…

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  • Tense Brazil impeachment trial hears charges

    Brasília (AFP) - Accusations and occasional angry yells flew in an impeachment trial against Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff, expected to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest economy. The warm vibe of the Rio Olympic Games gave way to tension as senators launched…

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