Latin America News

  • Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members.

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  • Brazil's Mantega says opposition win could wreck economy

    By Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's finance minister waded into the country's presidential campaign on Thursday, warning that an opposition victory in the October election could push the economy into recession and undo a decade of social gains under the ruling Workers' Party. The…

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  • Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

    Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday. The mayor of the port town of Turbo, William Palacio Valencia, was among those…

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  • Vivendi, Telefonica in talks over Brazil business

    MADRID (AP) — French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company raised its offer to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7…

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  • Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.

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  • New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers'…

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  • FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years. Cementing a ceasefire and disarming the leftist rebel group are among the thorniest topics remaining in the talks,…

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  • Peruvian journalist Zileri dead at 83

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Enrique Zileri, who as longtime director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, died Monday at age 83.

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  • Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

    HAVANA (AP) — Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.

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  • Under fire for aid move, Russia lashes out at Ukraine, Lithuania

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Friday defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without official permission, saying there was sometimes "no chain of command" in Kiev and that Moscow was fed up playing games with the Ukrainian authorities. …

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  • Drilling Latin America's largest sewer

    ZUMPANGO, Mexico (AP) — Some 110 meters (120yards) beneath a Mexico City suburb, a boxcar-size machine digs Latin America's largest sewer.

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  • NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.

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  • U.S. judge calls Argentina debt swap plan 'illegal'

    District Judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday called Argentina's proposed debt restructuring plan "illegal" but stopped short of holding the country in contempt, saying that would not help resolve the dispute that led to the nation's second default in a dozen years. Griesa said proposed legislation…

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  • Argentina rules out another devaluation of peso

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine government on Thursday ruled out a second sharp devaluation of the peso this year, rebuffing calls for a weaker currency from employers who say runaway inflation is hurting trade competitiveness. President Cristina Fernandez's government implemented a shock 20…

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  • Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.

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  • Brazil Socialists pick new candidate, target Rousseff

    Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva its presidential candidate Wednesday, reshaping the political landscape after her late running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash last week. Campos's death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote,…

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  • Exclusive: Brazil's Silva would get opposition's support in election runoff

    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's biggest opposition party would support Marina Silva for president if its own candidate fails to make an October runoff, a party source told Reuters, an alliance that would damage President Dilma Rousseff's chances for a second term. The presidential…

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