Latin America News

  • Climate change to trigger longer, fiercer 'megadroughts': study

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change will unleash megadroughts in the coming decades worse than anything seen in the last 2,000 years, new research warns. In semi-arid regions such as the U.S. southwest, there is an 80 percent chance of a drought lasting more than a…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    In a wild week, most of Mexico proudly celebrated independence day while the people in resort region at the southern end of the scenic Baja California peninsula had their world upended by a powerful hurricane.

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  • Thousands rally worldwide over climate change

    New York (AFP) - Celebrities, political leaders and the masses rallied in New York and across the globe Sunday demanding urgent action on climate change, with organizers saying 600,000 people hit the streets.

    AFP
  • Panama foreign minister invites Raul Castro to Americas Summit

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo personally invited Cuban President Raul Castro to the Summit of the Americas her nation is hosting in April, according to a Cuban government statement published on Friday. De Saint Malo met with Castro on Thursday…

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  • Colombia wants more convictions for violence against women

    By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New guidelines will help Colombian forensic experts and prosecutors investigating violence against women and femicide to win more convictions and reduce the high rate of murders of women, government officials say. Of the 637 women killed in…

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  • Spain's Telefonica buys Brazilian operator GVT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi.

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  • Brazil's Rousseff closes in on Silva ahead of October vote

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has clawed back support at the expense of her main opponent in next month's presidential election, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the runoff that should decide the vote is too close to call. Marina Silva surged in the…

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  • Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials said Thursday they have arrested three members of an anarchist cell suspected in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades, focusing new attention on a loose-knit movement that has attracted thousands while alarming authorities.

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  • Three suspects arrested in Chile subway bombing

    Santiago (AFP) - Two men and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a recent bombing in a subway station in the Chilean capital, police said.

    AFP
  • Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

    By Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor…

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  • Brazil removed from UN World Hunger Map

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government Tuesday hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America's biggest country from the World Hunger Map.

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  • Hunger is falling, but climate and conflict threaten progress: report

    By Chris Arsenault LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land redistribution in Brazil, community gardens in Indonesia, and rising incomes across much of the developing world have helped end hunger for 100 million people in the last decade, new research shows. Globally, an estimated 209 million…

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  • US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declined to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

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  • 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
  • Chile marks 41st anniversary of military coup

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet marked Thursday's anniversary of the 1973 military coup that toppled Marxist President Salvador Allende by urging Chileans to come forward with any information they might have about people forcibly disappeared during the country's dictatorship.

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  • 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,…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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