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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    This week in Argentina special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot to the head. Nisman, who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people, died hours before he was…

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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…

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  • 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…

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  • Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

    The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in three decades met with leading dissidents, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana. The meeting came a day after Jacobson attended landmark talks with Cuban officials, in which the…

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  • US, Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

    HAVANA (AP) — After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.

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  • Spain seizes 11 tonnes of hashish in countrywide raid

    Spanish police said Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of hashish and detained 55 people across the country as part of an operation targeting a Moroccan drug trafficking ring. "This is a criminal gang according to the European Union's criteria to define this type of organisation. It had a…

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  • Top US official to meet dissidents in Cuba

    The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in 35 years met with leading dissidents on Friday, but one prominent opposition figure declined to attend amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana. Berta Soler, the head of the Ladies in White group of spouses of political…

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  • Oil market upheaval looms over Saudi succession

    King Abdullah's death could not have come at a worse time for Saudi Arabia's vital oil sector as the absolute monarchy seeks to reassert its leadership in a fast-changing industry. After an exceptional decade that saw it build up production capacity and huge financial reserves, Saudi Arabia is…

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  • US, Cuba move toward embassies, disagree on human rights

    HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship.

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  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties

    HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials.

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  • Argentine Jews rally for 'truth, justice' over 1994 bombing

    Alberto Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head in his home Sunday, the day before he was to go before a congressional hearing to accuse President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up. "We will not allow another investigating prosecutor to die," said Julio Schlosser, a leader of Argentina's…

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  • Argentine Jews call rally for 'truth, justice' over 1994 bombing

    Alberto Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head in his home Sunday, the day before he was to go before a congressional hearing to accuse President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up. A judge, meanwhile, released the 280-page complaint Nisman had filed before his death charging that Kirchner…

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