Latin America News

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    In an eventful week in Latin America, Mexico City residents got to see a "sun halo," a weather phenomenon caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, while in western Mexico at least 43 people died in what authorities described as a three-hour gun battle between federal forces and suspected…

    Associated Press
  • Gulf producers to resist cuts at OPEC meet: analysts

    Gulf oil producers, led by Saudi Arabia, will resist attempts to cut output at an OPEC meeting next month as preserving market share remains their top priority, industry analysts say. Gulf and other OPEC members said they wanted to safeguard their share of a market that has faced a supply glut as…

    AFP
  • China and Peru agree to study transcontinental rail link

    China and Peru have agreed to study the feasibility of a controversial 5,300 km (3,300 miles) transcontinental railroad that will connect Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic coast, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. The agreement came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in…

    Reuters
  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing.

    Associated Press
  • China premier arrives in Colombia as part of investment tour

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia during a visit to the Andean nation Thursday as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment.

    Associated Press
  • Slain Salvadoran archbishop's beatification a rallying point

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — To some he was a champion of the poor, a defender of human rights during some of El Salvador's darkest days. Others called him a supporter of armed revolution, a Marxist guerrilla clothed in a cleric's cassock.

    Associated Press
  • Killing of 14-year-old girl alerts Argentina to femicides - rights group

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The discovery of a pregnant schoolgirl's body under the patio of her boyfriend's family home in northeast Argentina has led local rights groups to condemn her killing as a femicide, shining a spotlight on an invisible scourge in the South…

    Reuters
  • Beatification of Romero signals new understanding of martyr

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero is doing more than just giving Latin America its long-awaited saint-in-waiting. It has helped redefine the Catholic Church's concept of martyrdom and paved the way for others killed for doing God's work to follow…

    Associated Press
  • Survivors stunned by loss in Colombian town hit by flood

    SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — Hector Raul Henao wept as he surveyed the barren landscape of mud and uprooted trees that had been a vibrant community of small coffee farmers. In the distance, across the still-raging La Libordiana ravine, he pointed to the zinc-roofed house he fled — one of just two left…

    Associated Press
  • UN lowers global economic growth estimate amid modest pace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is lowering its growth estimate for the global economy this year, saying its previous forecast of 3.1 percent growth in 2015 is now more likely to be 2.8 percent instead.

    Associated Press
  • Russia may allow food imports from three EU states after ban lifted: Interfax

    Russia may allow around 20 firms from Hungary, Cyprus and Greece to return to its market after it orders the lifting of an embargo on food imports from the European Union, Interfax news agency quoted a senior official as saying on Tuesday. Russia banned foods from the 28-nation EU last year in…

    Reuters
  • Marjorie Miller promoted to new leadership role at AP

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marjorie Miller, a veteran journalist and newsroom leader, has been promoted to Director of Global News and Enterprise for The Associated Press.

    Associated Press
  • Q&A: Deezer CEO sees 'big' upside for music streaming

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hans-Holger Albrecht entered a crowded music-streaming market when he became CEO of Paris-based Deezer in February. A month after taking the helm, Jay Z relaunched Tidal in the U.S. and a month from now, Albrecht faces the prospect of Apple Inc. relaunching Beats Music.

    Associated Press
  • Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia, killing 58

    SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — An avalanche of mud and debris roared through an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 58 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains.

    Associated Press
  • Frustration with Latin America's left on the rise

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil's president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba's communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the…

    Associated Press
  • Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

    By Gavin Jones and James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis' hard-hitting criticisms of localization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican's diplomatic muscles as well. Last year, he helped to broker an…

    Reuters
  • Argentine soccer violence resurfaces at Buenos Aires derby

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The bitter rivalry between Buenos Aires clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate has produced another ugly chapter in Argentina's long history of endemic soccer violence.

    Associated Press