Latin America News

  • Hope Solo reiterates concerns over Zika at the Olympics

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo asserted that if the Olympics were held today, she would not go out of concern about the Zika virus.

    Associated Press
  • Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations'

    HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

    Associated Press
  • Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument

    Brasília (AFP) - The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly. Abortion is restricted in Latin America's biggest country to cases of rape, where the fetus has no brain, or where the mother's…

    AFP
  • U.N. drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate: experts

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations' food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritize helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned.…

    Reuters
  • Pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas, health officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • China reports first case of imported Zika virus

    BEIJING (AP) — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle

    With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world's latest mass health scare. Scientists are devising numerous ways to try and stamp out the mosquitoes whose bites spread the…

    AFP
  • US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

    Associated Press
  • Delbonis upsets Fognini to reach 2nd round in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Federico Delbonis of Argentina upset sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Kenya planning on track for Rio Olympics; No Zika boycott

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya is preparing as planned for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics while also monitoring the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the official in charge of the country's team said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

    President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not. The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23. "Whatever gets signed in Havana, I will submit to a…

    AFP
  • Obama calls for $1.8 billion to fight Zika

    President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus in the United States and beyond. The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring a spate of cases north…

    AFP
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Carnival got under way in Rio de Janeiro last week despite worries in the South American country that has been the hardest hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.

    Associated Press
  • Turkey delivers aid across border as Syrian forces step up Aleppo assault

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Lisa Barrington ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid trucks and ambulances entered Syria from Turkey on Sunday to help tens of thousands of people who have fled an escalating government assault on Aleppo, as air strikes targeted villages on the road linking the city to the…

    Reuters
  • Erdogan calls on US to choose between Turkey or Syrian Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed anger over a US official's visit to a Kurdish militia group controlling the Syrian town of Kobane, urging Washington to choose between Turkey and the "terrorists" there. A delegation including senior US diplomat Brett McGurk, special envoy to an…

    AFP
  • Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

    A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday said nothing -- not even an international health emergency -- can stop the party. The peak weekend of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival season got underway with an…

    AFP
  • Exclusive: Zika virus discourages many Americans from Latin America travel

    The rapidly spreading Zika virus is discouraging many Americans from traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean, with 41 percent of those aware of the disease saying they are less likely to take such a trip, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Airlines and cruise ship operators have yet to report drops…

    Reuters