Latin America News

  • Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.

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  • Iconic Mexican comedian 'Chespirito' dies at 85

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85.

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  • In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

    CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) — The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said.

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  • River tries to hang on against bitter rival Boca

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A few days ago everything looked good for River Plate. It was atop the Argentine standings and headed into a first-leg match against Buenos Aires rival Boca Juniors in the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana — Latin America's No. 2 club tournament.

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  • Colombia FARC free two soldiers, vow to release general by weekend

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels released two captives on Tuesday and vowed to free a kidnapped army general by the weekend in a move that may lead to the resumption of suspended peace talks which aim to end five decades of war. President Juan Manuel Santos halted…

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  • Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Mexico City to demand that authorities find 43 missing college students. The march was held on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-1917 Revolution. Protests turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police near…

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  • Mexico summons Uruguay ambassador over president's comments on missing students

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state. The students, who were likely murdered, were abducted by rogue Mexican…

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  • Colombia's Santos says FARC release of hostages will be next week

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army general, held by Marxist FARC rebels, a move that will allow stalled peace talks to continue. In a message from his Twitter account on Saturday, Santos said…

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  • Cruzeiro beats Gremio, closes in on Brazil title

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro overcame a first-half deficit to beat Gremio 2-1 and move within a victory of clinching its second consecutive Brazilian league title.

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  • Colombia's rebel-held general a bookish strategist

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The general whose capture by rebels has put Colombia's peace talks on hold is one of the country's foremost counterinsurgency strategists who once received his officer's insignia from the hands of U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

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  • Colombia rebels to free general, opening door to resume peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and defuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war. The…

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  • Tears, anger pour for slain Miss Honduras, sister

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — Tears and anger poured out for the dark-haired beauty who was to have flown to London on Wednesday to represent Honduras at the Miss World pageant, only to be found shot to death with her sister on a remote river bank.

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  • Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister were found shot dead on a remote river bank, and police said the sister's boyfriend…

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  • Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Emissions of greenhouse gases in Brazil, Latin America's biggest country, were almost 8 percent higher in 2013 than one year earlier, a network of more than 30 environmental groups said Wednesday.

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  • Venezuelan president uses expiring decree powers

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has enacted a slew of new laws as his emergency powers expire.

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  • Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

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