Latin America News

  • Italy hails mafia killer's arrest as historic

    A convicted killer who was one of Italy's most wanted mafia bosses was arrested Sunday in an operation hailed by prosecutors as a historic breakthrough in the fight against organised crime. Ernesto Fazzalari, 46, a fugitive for 20 years, was captured in the early hours of the morning in an…

    AFP
  • Colombia to offer tax breaks for development under peace deal

    Colombia will offer tax incentives to companies that get involved in infrastructure and social service projects in areas left underdeveloped or scarred by the country's 50-year armed conflict, a government official said. The government and leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,…

    Reuters
  • Brazil's Temer says women should retire earlier than men: paper

    Brazil's interim President Michel Temer told local newspapers women should retire earlier than men, explaining why he did not support making a potential minimum retirement age equal for both sexes as his government tackles pension reform. "A little difference is reasonable," Temer said according…

    Reuters
  • Amish growth extended to South America settlements last year

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Amish branched out last year with new settlements in Bolivia, Argentina and Canada as their numbers continued to grow and a high percentage of young people opted to remain within the religious community, which eschews many modern conveniences.

    Associated Press
  • Venezuela dialogue could open way for international help: U.S. diplomat

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition could provide a platform from which they could request help from the international community, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon said on Friday. Shannon held talks…

    Reuters
  • Dutch anti-immigrant party chief urges 'Nexit' referendum for Netherlands

    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The Netherlands should hold its own referendum on whether to leave the European Union following Britain's vote in favor of exiting the bloc, the leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, Geert Wilders, said on Friday. Wilders' Eurosceptical party is…

    Reuters
  • Brazil's central bank trusts reserves to deal with Brexit

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's central bank said Friday it has solid foundations to economically weather the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, with enough foreign reserves to handle possible cash outflows.

    Associated Press
  • Pope calls for 'guarantees' after Brexit for good of UK, continent

    By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday Britain's vote to leave the European Union must be followed by "guarantees" for the good of both Britons and countries on the continent. Francis, who was starting a weekend visit to Armenia, normally takes…

    Reuters
  • Taiwan leader makes 1st foreign trip as China keeps watch

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Friday on her first overseas trip since taking office last month, amid speculation that China may seek to tighten its diplomatic stranglehold on the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

    Associated Press
  • Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire

    The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a ceasefire and disarmament agreement, one of the last steps toward ending a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez shook hands and smiled after negotiators…

    AFP
  • Tears of joy as rebels sign ceasefire with Colombian government

    By Marc Frank and Carlos Vargas HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal on Thursday that brought them tantalizingly close to ending the longest running conflict in the Americas. The accord, capping three years of peace talks in…

    Reuters
  • Timeline of Colombia's rebel conflict

    Havana (AFP) - After a half-century of conflict, the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government signed a definitive ceasefire and disarmament agreement on Thursday.

    AFP
  • Santos and Timochenko: Colombia foes turn peacemakers

    Here are short profiles of President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC rebel leader "Timochenko", former foes now on the verge of a final peace pact in Latin America's longest civil war. Santos, 64, spearheaded a major offensive against the FARC as defense minister from 2006 to 2009. "He made war as a…

    AFP
  • Aeromexico latest airline to suspend flights to Venezuela

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's largest airline says it has indefinitely suspended flights to Venezuela's capital due to the complicated economic situation in the South American nation.

    Associated Press
  • Colombian president, head of FARC rebels agree on cease-fire

    HAVANA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist FARC rebels agreed Thursday on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country to the brink of ending a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead.

    Associated Press
  • AP Interview: Security big concern during Olympics in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil's intelligence agency in Rio de Janeiro says many countries are voicing concern about security during the Summer Olympics after recent major attacks in the United States and Europe.

    Associated Press
  • Colombia top ex-rebel commander preaches peace

    She was one of the most-wanted FARC guerrilla commanders, but these days she sews uniforms for the very Colombian army soldiers she used to fight. In an exclusive interview with AFP, Elda Neyis Mosquera, whose nom de guerre was Karina, called for reconciliation after Thursday's ceasefire…

    AFP
  • Drug-resistant malaria strain confined to to Asia: scientists

    A parasite resistant to the top anti-malaria drug is confined to Southeast Asia and has not yet spread to sub-Saharan Africa as feared, said researchers Wednesday. Scientists confirmed the containment by conducting the first global study that maps resistance to "artemisinin," currently the leading…

    AFP
  • Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic ceasefire deal

    By Julia Symmes Cobb and Sarah Marsh BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western…

    Reuters
  • U.S. hopes for 'group of friends' to help Venezuela

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington has high hopes for an Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela on Thursday, which could lead to the formation of an alliance of interested nations to help resolve its crisis, a top State Department official said. "Tomorrow's…

    Reuters