Latin America News

  • Colombia's Santos says FARC release of hostages will be next week

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army general, held by Marxist FARC rebels, a move that will allow stalled peace talks to continue. In a message from his Twitter account on Saturday, Santos said…

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  • Latin America applauds Obama's immigration plan

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Barack Obama on Friday for his executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, calling it "an act of justice."

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  • Cruzeiro beats Gremio, closes in on Brazil title

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro overcame a first-half deficit to beat Gremio 2-1 and move within a victory of clinching its second consecutive Brazilian league title.

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  • Colombia rebels to free general, opening door to resume peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and defuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war. The…

    Reuters
  • Tears, anger pour for slain Miss Honduras, sister

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — Tears and anger poured out for the dark-haired beauty who was to have flown to London on Wednesday to represent Honduras at the Miss World pageant, only to be found shot to death with her sister on a remote river bank.

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  • Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister were found shot dead on a remote river bank, and police said the sister's boyfriend…

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  • Venezuelan president uses expiring decree powers

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has enacted a slew of new laws as his emergency powers expire.

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  • Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

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  • Colombia rebels say army general's capture is part of war

    By Rosa Tania Valdés and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels justified their capture of an army general in a remote jungle area as a legitimate act of war on Tuesday and urged the government to rethink its retaliatory suspension of peace talks. The two-year peace…

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  • Fate of peace talks in FARC hands: Colombian president

    Bogota (AFP) - The fate of Colombia's peace talks is in the hands of the FARC rebels, the president has warned, after halting negotiations designed to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

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  • Colombia peace talks in limbo over kidnapped army general

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels were in crisis on Monday as troops scoured a Pacific coast region for an army general kidnapped over the weekend in a brash move by guerrillas that endangers efforts to end 50 years of war. President Juan Manuel…

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  • Guyana in political crisis after suspension of parliament

    By Girish Gupta GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - - Guyana President Donald Ramotar's decision to suspend parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion against him has plunged the small former British colony into political crisis, as foes decry the president as a dictator. Opposition parties, which have a small…

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  • General's abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

    Colombia's FARC rebels came under heavy pressure Monday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis. The talks, the most promising effort yet to end Colombia's 50-year-old conflict, were derailed Sunday when…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    More than a month after 43 college students disappeared following an attack by police in southern Mexico, many of their parents are refusing to accept the government's view that the youths were slain. Mexicans angry over the case kept up their protests during the past week, blockading highways and…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan: Muslims discovered Americas

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus.

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  • Chileans design a 'bike that can't be stolen'

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — It's a bicyclist's dream: a bike that can't be stolen.

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  • Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the conservative president said in a televised…

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