Latin America News

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during the Korean War.

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  • Venezuela's Maduro posts foreign minister Ramirez to UN

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was moving Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to serve as his United Nations envoy. The move, which sees former communications minister Delcy Rodriguez appointed new chief diplomat, was announced on the eve of Venezuela joining the UN Security…

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  • FARC says it has freed Colombian soldier

    HAVANA (AP) — Latin America's oldest and strongest rebel group said Friday that it had released a soldier who was captured earlier this month.

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  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

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  • FARC says to free captured Colombian soldier

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Thursday announced that they would release a soldier they captured last week "in the coming days," calling the move a humanitarian gesture. The decision came in the wake of a unilateral ceasefire the leftist rebels began Saturday during peace negotiations to end Latin…

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  • Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

    HAVANA (AP) — Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between…

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  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

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  • Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests from citizens in recent weeks.

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  • Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama

    GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

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  • Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The United Stated and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after a break of more than five decades. Prisoners were exchanged, and Cubans on the island celebrated the surprise thaw.

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  • Mexico's church calls for changes in government strategy

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Roman Catholic Church is calling on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto to make changes to its strategies for dealing with the crisis of violence and impunity that is shaking the country.

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  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

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  • Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion.

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  • Colombia rebels begin indefinite, unilateral ceasefire

    Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army. "Today, the FARC's unilateral and indefinite ceasefire began. I hope it will turn into…

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  • Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

    MIAMI (AP) — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

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  • Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped inform his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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