Latin America News

  • FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

    Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides. The Bogota government should "proceed to open up its official…

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  • Argentina appeal revives cover-up case against president

    Argentine prosecutors on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing. Prosecutors are seeking to relaunch the case that was being brought by their late…

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  • Brazil government to appeal deportation of Cesare Battisti

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's solicitor general's office said Wednesday it will appeal a judge's recent ruling that former Italian militant Cesare Battisti should be deported in a reversal of a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country.

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  • Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

    BOGOTA/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China's largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, about 100 tonnes of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives, the attorney general's office said. The Da Dan Xia,…

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  • Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge Tuesday ordered the deportation of former Italian militant Cesare Battisti, reversing a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country.

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  • Haitians' 'Brazilian dream' sours as work hard to find

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Under a scorching sun, dozens of Haitians shuffled impatiently about the brick-walled courtyard of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. The sight of an approaching employer sparked a skirmish, with the men pushing against each other, jostling for attention.

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  • Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

    By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say. The annual rate of deforestation from 1990…

    Reuters
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Every day during the 12½ years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Five months after 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico's Guerrero state disappeared, marches by relatives and protesters continued, some turning violent with confrontations like what was seen Tuesday at a metro station in Mexico's capital. In Michoacan state, federal police captured…

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  • U.S. special envoy meets Colombian peace teams for first time

    The recently appointed U.S. special envoy to Colombian peace talks met with government and rebel negotiators for the first time on Sunday, holding separate sessions with each side, a Colombian government official said. President Barack Obama named veteran diplomat Bernard Aronson as special envoy…

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  • Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers, most roads open

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police cracked down on striking truckers on Sunday, arresting protesters and ending roadblocks in all but two states after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America's largest economy. By Sunday evening, there…

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  • Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers after violence

    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police arrested protesters and sent in backup troops to control striking truckers on Sunday after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America's largest economy. Authorities in the southern state of Rio Grande do…

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  • Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

    Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever. Critics point to Mujica's shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the…

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  • Argentina prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera dies at 81

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Julio Cesar Strassera, the prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's dictatorship and coined the term "Nunca mas," or "Never again," to describe the repressive period, has died at age 81.

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  • US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks.

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  • Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a planned trip to Uruguay on Friday, citing a bad cold that he's been fighting for days. Yet he planned to move ahead with a later visit to Guatemala, keeping the vice president out of the country during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

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  • Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

    LONDON (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.

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  • Volkswagen profits up 20 percent for full year

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says net profit rose 20 percent last year to 10.8 billion euros ($12.1 billion), but offered a cautious outlook for this year.

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