Latin America News

  • Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

    Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests. Hundreds of thousands of faithful were expected to turn out to see the Argentine-born pontiff, who offered a message…

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  • Pope Francis celebrates Ecuador mass with huge crowd

    Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass with hundreds of thousands of faithful under scorching heat in Ecuador on Monday, highlighting the importance of family on his return to his home region. The first pope from Latin America made an impassioned plea to fulfill the "social debt" toward families…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Pope encountering rich indigenous traditions

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Rich indigenous traditions dating back centuries before European priests arrived in the New World are on display throughout South America.

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  • Latin America celebrates Greek austerity 'No' vote

    A handful of countries across Latin America congratulated Greece on its Sunday referendum in which voters rejected creditors' austerity demands. More than 60 percent of Greek voters said a resounding "No" to further austerity measures in return for bailout funds in a Sunday referendum that could…

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  • Thousands greet pope at start of South American trip

    Pope Francis wrapped up the first day of a grueling three-nation South American trip after greeting tens of thousands of jubilant people who lined the streets of Quito. The journey, which will also see Francis travel to Bolivia and Paraguay, is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    It was a busy week for Latin Americans, who wrapped up the region's premier soccer tournament, received the Olympic torch for next year's games and made last-minute preparations for Sunday's arrival of their South American pope.

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  • Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

    By Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella QUITO (Reuters) - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. "I thank God for having allowed me…

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  • Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

    Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor. It is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three decades, and thousands of excited people massed in…

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  • Pope heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis leaves Rome on Sunday for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a "homecoming" to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet. Francis arrives in the Ecuadorian capital Quito after a 13-hour…

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  • Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

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  • US senator ends visit to Venezuela, urges moderation

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrapped up a trip to crisis-plagued Venezuela by warning the country is on a "destructive path" that could result in more suffering unless the socialist government adopts more moderate policies before congressional…

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  • Quintana comes back to Tour de France ready to lead

    UTRECHT, The Netherlands (AP) — Nairo Quintana comes back to the Tour de France unwilling to settle for second place.

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  • Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his…

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  • Macy's and Costa Rica dump defiant Trump

    Macy's became the latest company to sever ties with Donald Trump, and Costa Rica decided to pull out of his Miss Universe competition following the mogul's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. The move by Macy's comes on the heels of announcements by Univision and NBC to cut relations…

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  • U.S.-Cuba embassy deal could boost bid to undercut trade embargo

    By Matt Spetalnick and Marc Frank WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at - and eventually upend - the 53-year-old U.S. trade embargo. Despite…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official. The quiet diplomacy, the extent of which has not been…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended when heavy rains burst the banks of the nearby Paraguay River, turning dirt…

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