Latin America News

  • IMF head: Global growth likely to be weaker than expected

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected and will remain at moderate levels, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

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  • Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

    A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday. The fire at the Tocuyito facility in Carabobo state overnight left nine men and eight women dead, the prosecutor's office said. A National Penitentiaries Ministry source told AFP the…

    AFP
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    The week that was in Latin America and the Caribbean was marked by a tropical storm, a volcanic eruption, a border dispute, political crises and a tango championship.

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  • Crossing borders, Netflix recreates Pablo Escobar's world

    It's a tall order to play the role of Pablo Escobar, the larger-than-life druglord who became the world's seventh-richest man with his shrewd, ruthless dominance of the international cocaine trade. The Colombian kingpin has already been brought to the screen by actors ranging from Oscar winner…

    AFP
  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were all arrested in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups.

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  • Anguish of 'disappearance' continues across the world, say campaigners

    By Tom Clark LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Ariel Dulitzky, the horror of the disappearance of his two cousins in 1970s Argentina remains a painful backdrop to his work to end a practice still used by many governments to silence critics. Dulitzky, now chair of the U.N. Working Group on…

    Reuters
  • Markets rally fizzles in US as China worries persist

    The global markets rebound fizzled out on Wall Street Tuesday as investors locked in gains and took cover from more possible turmoil. What appeared one hour before the close of New York trading as a solid comeback, after the global "Black Monday" onslaught of selling, turned into a sixth straight…

    AFP
  • Latin America's Trump? Venezuelan leader rejects comparison

    By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is used to being attacked by critics as a communist dictator, but one label the Latin American socialist was not expecting was to be compared to U.S. tycoon and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Venezuela's…

    Reuters
  • Itau boss sees no cause yet for Rousseff impeachment: newspaper

    The chief executive of Itau Unibanco Holding SA, Brazil's biggest bank by market value, said he does not yet see justification for President Dilma Rousseff to be impeached. Last week hundreds of thousands of Brazilians demonstrated against Rousseff's government and an opinion poll showed two…

    Reuters
  • Uruguay police demand right to shoot suspects in back

    Montevideo (AFP) - Police in Uruguay are calling for new regulations that would allow them to shoot suspects in the back, arguing the current rules give criminals the upper hand.

    AFP
  • Les Luthiers member Daniel Rabinovich dies in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A founding member of the widely popular musical and humor group Les Luthiers has died in Argentina. Daniel Rabinovich was 71.

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  • Lula's legacy threatened as Brazil crisis simmers

    By Paulo Prada and Asher Levine Sao Paulo (Reuters) - An ongoing political and economic crisis once more threatens to fell the tallest tree in Brazil's political landscape: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "He is the very personification of the PT," says Antonio Carlos Menders Thame, a…

    Reuters
  • Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian…

    Reuters
  • Brazil and Germany to expand trade and combat climate change

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that she and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to expand trade and take joint action to combat climate change.

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  • Colombia rebels extend unilateral ceasefire

    Colombian rebels holding peace talks with the government have extended a unilateral ceasefire, one of their commanders said Thursday. The commander, Carlos Antonio Lozada, one of the FARC guerrilla group's negotiators at the talks in Havana, did not specify how long the extension would last. The…

    AFP
  • Colombia confronts femicide, the 'most extreme form of violence against women'

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia's new law on femicide is a key step to combat violence against women, but forensic experts and prosecutors will need to change the way they investigate gender-related killings to win convictions, officials said. In this Latin…

    Reuters
  • Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday began debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalization of possession for personal use in the South American country.

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