Latin America News

  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • Fiat Chrysler profits drop but outlook brightens

    MILAN (AP) — The cost of buying the final stake of Chrysler weighed on the newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile's profits in the fourth quarter, but CEO Sergio Marchionne said Wednesday that the company is turning itself around.

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  • 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
  • Poverty rises in Venezuela, according to UN report

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A new report says that poverty is on the rise in Venezuela and efforts across Latin America to boost incomes are stalling.

    Associated Press
  • United Nations says poverty reduction stalled in Latin America

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Poverty reduction has stalled across Latin America, barely budging since 2012, as economic growth has slowed, the United Nations' economic body for the region said on Monday. An annual report by the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows that…

    Reuters
  • Former Argentina and Barca player Riquelme retires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Juan Roman Riquelme, who made 51 appearances for Argentina's national team and also played in Spain for Villarreal and Barcelona, has announced his retirement.

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  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.

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  • Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

    A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. We'll talk soon," Damian Pachter tweeted. A citizen of Argentina and Israel, he worked for…

    AFP
  • Eyeing elections as growth resumes, Spain PM takes swipe at hard-left

    Hailing Spain's improving economic health under his conservative government's stewardship, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned austerity-weary voters against the temptation to back popular hard-left Podemos party in elections due this year. Eyeing municipal and regional elections in May, and…

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  • Morocco seizes 24 tonnes of hashish after Spain busts ring

    Moroccan security forces seized nearly 24 tonnes of hashish from a number of boats and arrested 11 people after an overnight chase off the northern coast, the MAP news agency reported Saturday. Spain's proximity to north Africa, a major source of hashish, and its close ties with its former…

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  • Argentine prosecutor shot point blank in forehead: official

    An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner took a bullet point-blank to his forehead, justice officials said Saturday. Authorities said Diego Lagomarsino, a computer expert and colleague who said he had brought…

    AFP