Latin America News

  • Americans cling to claims for property seized by Cuba

    OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table.

    Associated Press
  • Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo

    Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic,…

    AFP
  • Vatican sending diplomat to Obama summit with Latin America

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Latin America.

    Associated Press
  • Panama Canal sets sights on new $17 billion expansion project

    As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships. Workers are now installing giant, 22-story lock gates to accommodate larger…

    Reuters
  • Telefonica sells O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10 bn

    Spain's Telefonica said it would sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25 billion in a deal that could create Britain's biggest mobile phone firm. "A definitive agreement has been reached after the finalisation of the process of due diligence on O2 UK," the…

    AFP
  • Russian FM visits Cuba, calls for end to US trade embargo

    HAVANA (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov has launched a tour of Latin America with a stop in Cuba, where he has called for an end to the U.S. embargo against the island nation.

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  • UN: Chile making strides but inequality remains high

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile has made "extraordinary progress" in economic growth and poverty reduction, but high rates of inequality persist, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Utah's adoption of firing squads bucks global trend

    Utah's decision to reintroduce the firing squad as an execution method if lethal injections drugs are unavailable bucks an international trend.

    Associated Press
  • Salvadorans march in memory of slain martyr Romero

    Thousands of Salvadorans marched Tuesday in memory of slain archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated 35 years ago during the country's civil war and will be beatified in May. An outspoken critic of social injustice, Romero was shot through the heart by a sniper while celebrating mass, a day…

    AFP
  • Augusta National getting too crowded for its liking

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every needed a victory at Bay Hill to get into the Masters, and he was only being honest when he shared what he was thinking as Henrik Stenson faced a birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff.

    Associated Press
  • Mastectomies on the rise in Venezuela amid economic crisis

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Oncologist Gabriel Romero performs hundreds of life-saving surgeries a year, but he no longer takes pleasure in his work.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    We often take it for granted, but fresh water is one element we must always have nearby. From the Iguazu Falls in Brazil to the Nile River in Egypt, Associated Press photographers the world over set out to capture the beauty and majesty of the precious resource ahead of World Water Day.…

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  • Venezuelan pharmacy says managers freed pending trial

    Pharmacy chain Farmatodo said on Saturday two of its managers have been freed from jail pending trial on charges in an emblematic case of what President Nicolas Maduro calls Venezuela's "economic war." Farmatodo Executive President Pedro Angarita and Operations Vice President Agustin Alvarez were…

    Reuters
  • Annual greenhouse gas emissions from forests drop by a quarter, U.N. says

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yearly carbon emissions from the world's forests have dropped by more than 25 percent in the last 15 years, a U.N. agency said on Friday. The decrease in annual emissions, which cause global warming, is largely due to slowing rates of global…

    Reuters
  • Barring public breast-feeding could result in fine

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The city council of Brazil's biggest city has passed a measure that could fine businesses or organizations more than $300 if they prevent women from breast-feeding in public.

    Associated Press
  • Big in Asia, Line app hopes cute factor will win worldwide

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny.

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  • Colombian rebels threaten to end unilateral truce

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist-led FARC guerrillas on Thursday threatened to end a unilateral truce that has been in place since December unless the government of President Juan Manuel Santos calls off military attacks on rebel positions. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of…

    Reuters
  • Official: No US citizens detained in Dominican Republic raid

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A sex-trafficking raid in the Dominican Republic had the assistance of the U.S. government and two U.S. anti-trafficking organizations but no American citizens were detained during the operation, contrary to a police report at the time, an official said…

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