Latin America News

  • Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

    CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups.

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  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt Sunday after President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi approved his deportation. He was arrested along with two colleagues, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed, in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights…

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  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

    Associated Press
  • Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo in June

    Pope Francis said Sunday he plans a June visit to Sarajevo, the city that became a bloody symbol of the Balkans wars of the 1990s. The 44-month siege of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb and Yugoslav army forces was one of the darkest hours of the 1992-95 war and left about 12,000 people dead. Francis…

    AFP
  • Framing ties with Russia in a 'post' post-Cold War era

    Whatever happened to that reset button Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart in 2009 as a sign of renewed ties? No doubt gathering dust, while the West figures out how to handle Moscow now. As the war in Ukraine goes from bad to worse, with more than 5,100 dead in nine months, the United…

    AFP
  • Chile's Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban

    By Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled plans on Saturday to ease a complete ban on abortions in the socially conservative South American country. In a televised address, leftist Bachelet said she was sending Congress a draft bill that would permit…

    Reuters
  • Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress 

    Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries. Bachelet's office has sent a bill to Congress which will allow abortion in cases of rape, risk to…

    AFP
  • At root of Argentina spy intrigue: a deal with Iran

    By Brian Winter and Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment. As a result, Fernandez…

    Reuters
  • Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

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  • International flights boost Vegas traffic; best since '08

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 12.5 percent increase in the number of international travelers last year helped push passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport to its highest level in six years.

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  • Dead Argentine prosecutor wary even of his guards

    The prosecutor whose suspicious death set off a crisis for Argentina President Cristina Kirchner no longer trusted even his bodyguards at the violent end of his life, an assistant said Wednesday. A tense Diego Lagomarsino, his voice breaking at times, recounted at a news conference in Buenos Aires…

    AFP
  • Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested…

    Reuters
  • Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

    Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's…

    AFP
  • US: Castro message 'positive sign'

    The United States welcomed former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana. "We take his reference of 'international norms and principles' as a positive sign," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told…

    AFP
  • Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe. The 88-year-old revolutionary icon had said nothing since last month's surprise agreement, raising questions…

    AFP
  • Dominican Republic moves to ease abortion ban, challenges remain: rights group

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A presidential decision to ease the Dominican Republic's ban on abortion is a landmark victory for women's rights, but ensuring women can access legal and potentially life-saving abortions remains a challenge, a rights group has said. …

    Reuters
  • Russia's 2014 arms sales top $15 billion: Putin

    Russia sold more than $15 billion worth of arms in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that new signed orders stood at nearly $14 billion. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States. Putin also said Russia exported military equipment to more than…

    Reuters