Latin America News

  • Pope leads global praise for 'historic' US-Cuba rapprochement

    Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana. In a personal coup for the pope, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in bringing…

    AFP
  • How revived ties with Cuba came to be

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later,…

    Associated Press
  • US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties

    The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said Washington was ready for a "new chapter" in…

    AFP
  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

    Associated Press
  • Latin America welcomes Obama's move to restore U.S.-Cuba ties

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. Regional leaders said…

    Reuters
  • US, Cuba move to end Cold War stand-off

    The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said Washington was ready for a "new chapter" in…

    AFP
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later,…

    Associated Press
  • Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.

    Associated Press
  • Stocks with exposure to Cuba rise sharply

    NEW YORK (AP) — A batch of stocks with exposure to Cuba rose sharply Wednesday after President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Caribbean island after more than 50 years of hostility.

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  • Vatican played key role in Cuba-U.S. talks: officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in the reopening of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba and the release of imprisoned American Alan Gross, senior Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. The Vatican worked closely with both sides and hosted in-person…

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  • Cuba's Silvio Rodriguez to USAID: 'go to hell'

    HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba's most famous musicians is telling the U.S. Agency for International Development to "go to hell" for pulling his son and other island-based rappers without their knowledge into a scheme aimed at sparking a youth uprising against the Communist government.

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  • Mujica warns against Uruguayan media falling into hands of foreigners

    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay's local media groups should not fall into the hands of foreign investors like Argentina's Clarin group or Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, outgoing President Jose Mujica said on Tuesday. The leftist Mujica, who will hand over the presidency on March 1 as one of Latin…

    Reuters
  • Spain's Repsol to buy Canada's Talisman for $8.3 billion

    Spanish oil firm Repsol said Tuesday it has agreed to buy its struggling Canadian rival Talisman for $8.3 billion (6.6 billion euros), a deal that extends its global reach two years after it was forced out of Argentina. The operation will boost Repsol's output by 76 percent to 680,000 barrels of…

    AFP
  • Jailed Venezuela opposition leader rattles cage

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Locked up and denounced by Venezuela's government as a terrorist, Leopoldo Lopez may be out of sight, but he is not out of mind.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Best of 2014 from Latin America

    A selection of our best images of 2014 from Latin America and the Caribbean starts with the case of 43 missing — and apparently slain — students in Mexico that ignited indignation across the country and around the world. Officials acknowledged they disappeared at the hands of a corrupt local…

    Associated Press
  • ALBA countries gather in Cuba on 10th anniversary

    HAVANA (AP) — The left-leaning regional economic and diplomatic bloc known as ALBA marked its 10th anniversary Sunday amid pressures made by tumbling oil prices on petroleum-producing countries such as top ALBA member Venezuela.

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  • Pope marks LatAm feast with Argentine folk hymns

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for Latin America to care for its poorest and most marginalized, those who have been "enslaved" and exploited by an economic system that he said treats them as useless.

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