Latin America News

  • Guatemala swears in new president as ex-leader detained

    Guatemala's Congress swore in a new president as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation's long-running corruption saga. Perez spent much of a tumultuous day at proceedings held at Guatemala's Supreme…

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  • Guatemala swears in new president amid corruption storm

    Guatemala's Congress swore in former judge Alejandro Maldonado as president Thursday as his disgraced predecessor appeared in court over corruption allegations hours after resigning in the face of unprecedented protests. Maldonado, a 79-year-old conservative who only became vice president in May,…

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  • Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution.

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  • Guatemalan president's immunity lifted in corruption scandal

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity of office on Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system.

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  • 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…

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  • Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country — ever in his life.

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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…

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  • 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
  • Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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
  • Argentina to return wealth of artefacts to Ecuador, Peru

    Argentina will return thousands of stolen archaeological pieces to South American neighbors, President Cristina Kirchner said Saturday. "We are doing something unusual, really special: restoring cultural wealth to other countries, in this case Ecuador and Peru.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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