Latin America News

  • Mexico's 'New Generation' cartel takes police head-on

    The town still bears the scars from the unprecedented offensive launched by a powerful Mexican drug cartel against government forces: bullet-pocked buildings and blood stains on the street. The March 19 ambush that killed five federal gendarmerie officers, three gang suspects and three bystanders…

    AFP
  • A leading candidate in Argentina would overhaul economy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The man who could be Argentina's next president wants to put an end to tight government currency controls, make peace with the nation's creditors and improve severely frayed ties to the United States. In short, Mauricio Macri is promising to undo much of what…

    Associated Press
  • Pope Francis to tour Latin America in July

    Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday. The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to…

    AFP
  • 4 ways a surging dollar rattles world economies, markets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box office.

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  • Brazilian teams on alert because of dengue fever outbreak

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer teams are on alert because of a dengue fever outbreak that has already affected some of the country's top clubs.

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  • Cuba to be dropped from US terror blacklist

    Cuba hailed US President Barack Obama's move to drop the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terror, a landmark step paving the way toward restoring ties frozen for five decades. Obama notified Congress on Tuesday of his "intent to rescind" Cuba's inclusion on the blacklist, after a…

    AFP
  • Peru striker Guerrero diagnosed with dengue fever in Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Peru striker Paolo Guerrero has dengue fever, a Brazilian hospital said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Erdogan angry over pope's genocide 'mistake'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope's use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again. Ankara at the weekend summoned the Vatican…

    AFP
  • Correction: Uruguay-Obit-Eduardo Galeano story

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — In a story April 13 about the death of Eduardo Galeano, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the author had three children with his third wife. Galeano's children were from his first two marriages.

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  • Harvard's Julio Frenk is new University of Miami president

    CORAL GABLES, Florida (AP) — Julio Frenk, a former health minister in Mexico and a dean who helped quadruple fundraising at Harvard during his recent tenure there, was tapped Monday as the next president of the University of Miami.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    In a historic meeting, President Barack Obama sat side by side with Cuban President Raul Castro during the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, the first formal meeting of the two countries' leaders in a half-century.

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  • Obama's Miami connections helped smooth path to meeting with Castro

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Barack Obama's historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday were the culmination of a long quest by the U.S. president that included meetings with moderate Cuban-Americans frustrated with the hardliners in their own community who refused to engage…

    Reuters
  • Arms spending up globally, except in US, Western Europe

    HELSINKI (AP) — World military spending was largely unchanged in 2014 as lower spending in the United States and Western Europe was matched by increases elsewhere, prompted by conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, an arms watchdog said Monday.

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  • Saudi military spending rose 17 percent in 2014: study

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's military spending grew 17 percent in 2014 to $80.8 billion, data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed on Monday, the biggest annual hike by any of the world's top 15 military spenders. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia launched air…

    Reuters
  • Obama-Castro meeting overshadows anti-US line at summit

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — As usual when Latin America's leftist leaders get together with U.S. officials, there were plenty of swipes at the U.S. during the seventh Summit of the Americas.

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  • Obama, Castro hold 'candid' historic meeting in Panama

    Barack Obama and Raul Castro held the first face-to-face talks between US and Cuban leaders since 1956 in Panama, vowing to pursue their historic effort to bury Cold War-era enmity. Sitting together in a blue-carpeted room, Obama thanked Castro for his "spirit of openness and courtesy" during…

    AFP
  • Obama, Venezuela's Maduro meet for first time

    US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions. The brief encounter happened the same day that Obama held historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro as part of their…

    AFP