Latin America News

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    Chile marked the 41st anniversary of the 1973 coup that overthrew the constitutional government of President Salvador Allende, while Mexico launched its Independence Day celebrations with a review of soldiers.

    Associated Press
  • Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy'

    Havana (AFP) - Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy."

    AFP
  • Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    Associated Press
  • After tax reform triumph, Chile's president faces rockier road

    By Rosalba O'Brien and Antonio De la Jara SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has chalked up her first political victory since returning to power as Congress approved a key tax reform, but she faces an uphill struggle to make good on other promises. On Wednesday evening,…

    Reuters
  • Chile seeks foreign help in subway bombing case

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile sought help from foreign security agencies in identifying those responsible for an explosion that injured 14 people at a subway station in the capital, while bomb scares and small blasts kept the country on edge Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Colombian war victims urge ceasefire during peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombian war victims demanded a bilateral ceasefire to halt Latin America's longest running conflict on Wednesday in a direct challenge to President Juan Manuel Santos, who has resisted rebel calls for a ceasefire during peace talks. Victims from all sides in…

    Reuters
  • Argentina plans Latin America's tallest building

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina says it will build the tallest building in Latin America.

    Associated Press
  • Officials: Coca plant discovery a 1st for Mexico

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — The seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and U.N. officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Chile steps up security after bomb hurts 14

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president increased security measures and expanded powers to investigate on Tuesday, a day after a bomb injured 14 people in the capital in the worst attack of its kind in the country since democracy returned in 1990.

    Associated Press
  • Chile government to beef up security following bomb attack

    Chile's government said it would tighten security to avoid an escalation in violence and use the "full weight of the law" against those responsible for a bomb attack that wounded 14 on Monday. "We won't allow a small group of terrorists and cowards to affect the lives of the vast majority of men…

    Reuters
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  • As Colombia pursues peace, paramilitary killers walk free from jail

    When Carlos Mario Ospina joined a rightwing paramilitary group in 1997, Colombia's militias were just beginning to extend their writ in his province. Mr. Ospina, known as "Tomate," rose quickly through the ranks, and by 2004, he led paramilitary activity in Putumayo Province, in southwestern…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Meteorite' smashes into Nicaraguan capital

    A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua's crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a small meteorite, officials said Sunday. "We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact," said Wilfredo Strauss of the Seismic…

    AFP
  • Fueling drug gangs' impunity, unidentified corpses pile up in Mexico

    By Lizbeth Diaz MAZATLAN Mexico (Reuters) - In Mexico's blood-soaked northern state of Sinaloa, a simple gravestone adorned with pink, blue and yellow plastic flowers marks the tomb of 42-year-old assistant carpenter Carlos Montano. "Legally, I'm dead," Montano said, standing in the same Tijuana…

    Reuters
  • Argentina says good-bye to rock star Cerati

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of tearful fans crowded outside a Buenos Aires cemetery on Friday as close friends and relatives of Gustavo Cerati said their final good-bye to the Argentine rock star.

    Associated Press
  • Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati dies

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati died on Thursday, four years after a stroke put him in a coma and ended the career of one of Latin America's most influential musicians.

    Associated Press
  • Member of Cuba 5 says he's optimistic about deal

    HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban intelligence agent who spent more than 15 years in a United States prison said Thursday that he's optimistic that softening U.S. attitudes will lead to the liberation of three fellow agents who remain behind bars.

    Associated Press
  • Japan's First Lady speaks out on sales tax, nuclear power

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese First Lady Akie Abe - often called the "household opposition" for her penchant to speak out - said on Thursday the country should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the sales tax to 10 percent, as…

    Reuters