Latin America News

  • Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

    Beirut (AFP) - From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight "terrorism". What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

    AFP
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  • Brazil removed from UN World Hunger Map

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government Tuesday hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America's biggest country from the World Hunger Map.

    Associated Press
  • Hunger is falling, but climate and conflict threaten progress: report

    By Chris Arsenault LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land redistribution in Brazil, community gardens in Indonesia, and rising incomes across much of the developing world have helped end hunger for 100 million people in the last decade, new research shows. Globally, an estimated 209 million…

    Reuters
  • US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declined to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    Associated Press
  • Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy'

    Havana (AFP) - Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy."

    AFP
  • Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    Associated Press
  • Chile marks 41st anniversary of military coup

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet marked Thursday's anniversary of the 1973 military coup that toppled Marxist President Salvador Allende by urging Chileans to come forward with any information they might have about people forcibly disappeared during the country's dictatorship.

    Associated Press
  • After tax reform triumph, Chile's president faces rockier road

    By Rosalba O'Brien and Antonio De la Jara SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has chalked up her first political victory since returning to power as Congress approved a key tax reform, but she faces an uphill struggle to make good on other promises. On Wednesday evening,…

    Reuters
  • Colombian war victims urge ceasefire during peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombian war victims demanded a bilateral ceasefire to halt Latin America's longest running conflict on Wednesday in a direct challenge to President Juan Manuel Santos, who has resisted rebel calls for a ceasefire during peace talks. Victims from all sides in…

    Reuters
  • Argentina plans Latin America's tallest building

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina says it will build the tallest building in Latin America.

    Associated Press
  • Officials: Coca plant discovery a 1st for Mexico

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — The seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and U.N. officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Spanish banking titan Emilio Botin dead at age 79

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish banking magnate Emilio Botin, who built the country's Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the nation's most influential business leader, has died of a heart attack, the company said Wednesday. He was 79.

    Associated Press
  • Chile steps up security after bomb hurts 14

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president increased security measures and expanded powers to investigate on Tuesday, a day after a bomb injured 14 people in the capital in the worst attack of its kind in the country since democracy returned in 1990.

    Associated Press
  • Chile government to beef up security following bomb attack

    Chile's government said it would tighten security to avoid an escalation in violence and use the "full weight of the law" against those responsible for a bomb attack that wounded 14 on Monday. "We won't allow a small group of terrorists and cowards to affect the lives of the vast majority of men…

    Reuters
  • As Colombia pursues peace, paramilitary killers walk free from jail

    When Carlos Mario Ospina joined a rightwing paramilitary group in 1997, Colombia's militias were just beginning to extend their writ in his province. Mr. Ospina, known as "Tomate," rose quickly through the ranks, and by 2004, he led paramilitary activity in Putumayo Province, in southwestern…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Meteorite' smashes into Nicaraguan capital

    A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua's crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a small meteorite, officials said Sunday. "We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact," said Wilfredo Strauss of the Seismic…

    AFP
  • Fueling drug gangs' impunity, unidentified corpses pile up in Mexico

    By Lizbeth Diaz MAZATLAN Mexico (Reuters) - In Mexico's blood-soaked northern state of Sinaloa, a simple gravestone adorned with pink, blue and yellow plastic flowers marks the tomb of 42-year-old assistant carpenter Carlos Montano. "Legally, I'm dead," Montano said, standing in the same Tijuana…

    Reuters