Latin America News

  • IMF sees recession for Latin America on commodities shock

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Latin America's economy is expected to enter recession this year for the first time since the end of the global financial crisis as China's slowdown drives lower demand for the region's commodities, threatening to undo recent progress in reducing poverty, the International…

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  • At 'home' in Peru, World Bank chief unfazed by slower growth

    CARABAYLLO, Peru (AP) — In the 1990s, Jim Yong Kim would climb the dusty streets and hillsides of this sprawling slum outside Peru's capital distributing expensive pharmaceutical drugs he'd brought hidden in his luggage to tuberculosis patients. Residents recall the Harvard-trained physician as a…

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  • Reporters in Latin America face worse censorship, violence: IAPA

    Conditions for reporters are more challenging than ever in Latin America, where they face increasing government repression and spiraling violence, the region's leading journalism advocacy group said Tuesday. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) issued its grim assessment about the state of…

  • 3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as "heroes in the truest sense of the word" for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases.

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  • Vargas Llosa: More freedom now for Latin America press

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — While there's more freedom of the press for Latin American media under democracies than the dictatorships once common in the region, drug cartels pose a threat to such freedoms, Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said Saturday.

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  • Scholars predicting historic Mormon leadership decision

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church could name as many as three new high-ranking leaders at a Utah conference this weekend, and scholars predict that for the first time ever, at least one could be from outside North America and Europe.

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  • Brazil president reshuffles cabinet to avert disaster

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ordered a government reshuffle Friday, axing eight ministries in what was announced as a cost-cutting measure but seemed aimed at ending political paralysis and threats of impeachment. At a time of recession, a massive corruption scandal and political turmoil,…

  • Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in pureed banana shipment

    Spanish authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine worth 10 million euros ($11 million dollars) from a container loaded with pureed bananas that arrived from Costa Rica, the government tax office said Thursday. Police and customs officers found the cocaine on Monday in the Mediterranean port of…

  • Brazil's lower house approves visa waiver tied to Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's lower house voted Thursday to grant a 90-day waiver to foreigners who normally need a visa so they can come to the country next year for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Dilma Rousseff.

    Associated Press
  • Christian evangelicals in Jerusalem show love for Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of evangelical Christians from more than 80 countries descended upon Jerusalem this week to show their support for the Jewish state, including pilgrims and politicians from countries with a history of hostility toward Israel.

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  • President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, "the capital of our Palestinian state."

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  • Dozens of nations back French appeal to limit use of U.N. veto

    By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Dozens of nations signed on to a French proposal on Wednesday that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council refrain from exercising their veto in cases of mass atrocities and genocide. There are 193 U.N.…

  • IMF chief says global economy likely to be weaker this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that global growth will likely be weaker this year as the world economy confronts a host of problems, including a refugee crisis in Europe, an economic slowdown in China and a pending rise in U.S. interest rates.

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  • Colombian rebel leader shies away from deadline to end war

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a landmark television interview, the rarely seen leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reaffirmed the commitment of Latin America's oldest insurgency to abandon the battlefield even while shying from a six-month deadline to sign a final peace accord.

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  • Pope visits Philadelphia, extols America's founding ideals

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — He spoke at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. He stood at the very lectern Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address. And he stepped forward to the stirring strains of "Fanfare for the Common Man."

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  • Taking greater role, China leader pledges $2 bln to poor

    Xi's announcement, made in his first address to the United Nations, follows longstanding criticism from the United States and other developed countries that China has not taken responsibilities in line with its aspirations for a greater global role. Addressing a UN summit on development, Xi said…

  • In Philadelphia, pope calls for defense of religious freedom

    Pope Francis on Saturday called for a vigorous defense of religious freedom and urged ordinary Catholics, especially women, to help fortify the Church, as hundreds of thousands celebrated his visit to Philadelphia. The head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics also made another impassioned plea…