Latin America News

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

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  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom even as its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers.

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  • The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

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  • CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.

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  • Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

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  • Pope and Patriarch to bridge 1,000-year split in Cuba

    Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday. The two wings have been estranged ever since with each maintaining for centuries that they are the true…

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  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream — five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this…

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  • Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers

    Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids. "The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine," Paulo Gadelha, head of the Fiocruz institute…

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