Latin America News

  • 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.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here's a selection of top images taken at this year's pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."

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  • 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
  • Pope Francis visit to celebrate Mexico's indigenous church

    SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis' visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears aimed at celebrating the region's "Indian church," a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican.

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  • 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
  • Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

    Armed with brooms, spades and hoes, Hondurans by the thousands took part in a day of national mobilization to try and eradicate mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the government said. Some 200,000 residents of this Central American nation spent Saturday ridding homes and gardens of standing water…

    AFP
  • Carnival opens in Rio, defying growing Zika fears

    Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- got underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival's ceremonial King Momo, who promised a spectacular…

    AFP
  • First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths,…

    AFP