Latin America News

  • US senator ends visit to Venezuela, urges moderation

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrapped up a trip to crisis-plagued Venezuela by warning the country is on a "destructive path" that could result in more suffering unless the socialist government adopts more moderate policies before congressional…

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  • Quintana comes back to Tour de France ready to lead

    UTRECHT, The Netherlands (AP) — Nairo Quintana comes back to the Tour de France unwilling to settle for second place.

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  • Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his…

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  • U.S.-Cuba embassy deal could boost bid to undercut trade embargo

    By Matt Spetalnick and Marc Frank WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at - and eventually upend - the 53-year-old U.S. trade embargo. Despite…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official. The quiet diplomacy, the extent of which has not been…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended when heavy rains burst the banks of the nearby Paraguay River, turning dirt…

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  • Spain seizes 3.5 tons of cocaine, 69 arrested across Europe

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout.

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  • Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

    US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them. The pair met for extensive White House talks, a meeting originally planned for 2013 but scuppered by revelations the…

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  • Obama, Brazil's leader seek to move past spying tensions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as "natural partners" collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy.

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  • Spanish royals in Mexico on 1st state visit to Latin America

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The king and queen of Spain are making their first state visit to Latin America with a three-day trip to Mexico.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The semifinals of the Copa America soccer tournament will be missing a favorite after the action this past week. Argentina did its part to advance, but Brazil was eliminated in a penalty shootout with Paraguay, disappointing its home fans again after failing to make the finals in last year's World…

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  • Gay pride events in Latin America seek more rights

    Marchers in several Latin American nations including Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court's historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed. Chile in January passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. In Chile, someone who…

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  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.

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  • Brazil ministers rebut new wave of campaign funding allegations

    By Maria Carolina Marcello and Eduardo Simões BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Two Brazilian ministers denied on Friday that there was anything illegal about campaign donations made in recent years by a businessman allegedly involved in massive corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. …

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  • Latin American women fight back against harassment

    Every day, Sara Velez, a Colombian law student, walks to class through a hail of catcalls that often veer into obscenity, a daily reality that Latin American women are increasingly fighting. The "piropos," or "compliments," that men shout at passing women are an old tradition in Latin America,…

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  • Brazil probe pits investigators against long-protected elite

    By Caroline Stauffer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - In a nation where the elite have enjoyed relative impunity, a new generation of police and prosecutors in Brazil are bent on using the country's largest-ever corruption investigation to send the message that no one is above the law. Earlier this…

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  • Chile's emboldened students back on streets to defy government

    By Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's students were back on the streets on Thursday, four years after their massive protests won wide public support, this time taking on a left-leaning president whose promise of university reform has fallen short of their demands. After President Michelle…

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