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  • Venezuela boosts minimum wage 30 percent

    28 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) Venezuela's president is ordering a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation. The boost announced Saturday night by President Nicolas Maduro comes after a 25 ...

  • Cuba’s aging leaders to be in power years longer

    1 month, 9 days ago

    (AP) The former guerrilla fighters who founded Cuba's single-party government will hold power for years to come after a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress kept President Raul Castro and his hardline deputy in the top leadership positions. Fidel Castro, who held power ...

  • Ecuador buries dead as hope for survivors fades

    1 month, 9 days ago

    (AP) MONTECRISTI, Ecuador — Ecuadoreans began burying loved ones felled by the country's deadliest earthquake in decades, while hopes faded that more survivors will be found. In the small town of Montecristi, near the port city of Manta, two children were ...

  • Aid begins to flow in after earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador

    1 month, 12 days ago

    (AP) PEDERNALES, Ecuador — Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark. Officials said ...

  • 5 die after music festival in Argentina

    1 month, 13 days ago

    (AP) The second night of a major electronic music festival being held in Argentina's capital was canceled on Saturday following the deaths of at least five people of suspected drug overdoses. Another five festival-goers were in critical condition. Health officials in ...

  • Raul Castro presents grim portrait of reforms

    1 month, 13 days ago

    (AP) Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a grim report on the state of the country on Saturday, saying that the communist bureaucracy had failed to implement most of the hundreds of changes the ruling party launched five years ago to stimulate ...

  • Video shows Obama with famed Cuban comedian

    2 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) In a direct appeal to the Cuban people's sense of humor, the White House has released a video of President Barack Obama joking with the country's most famous comedian a day before the president makes a historic trip to the ...

  • Venezuelans hold marches for, against government

    2 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) Hundreds of opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro held rival marches in Caracas on Saturday, with anti-government forces demanding Venezuela's leader step down and his sympathizers denouncing U.S. sanctions on some top officials. The marches were animated but peaceful, ...

  • Gunmen kill 12 at Honduran pool hall

    2 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Authorities say that assailants armed with AK-47 assault rifles burst into a pool hall in Honduras' capital and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and wounding three others. Police spokesman Edgardo Barahona said at least three ...

  • Activists denounce sewage in Rio de Janeiro waters

    3 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Activists alleging that decades of neglect and authorities' repeated failure to make good on cleanup promises have effectively killed one of Rio de Janeiro's most iconic waterways staged Saturday a symbolic burial of the Guanabara Bay, the sewage-filled waters where ...

  • Cuba gives dissidents OK to travel abroad

    3 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) The Cuban government has loosened travel restrictions on some of the island's best-known dissidents, granting them one-time permission to travel abroad ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the island, activists said Wednesday. Obama has said his March 21-22 trip ...

  • Ecuador leader fires military chiefs via Twitter

    3 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa says he has fired Ecuador's military high command for refusing to pay back to the state $41 million from an overvalued land deal. Correa announced via Twitter the sacking of the heads of the ...

  • Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop virus

    4 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can cause paralysis, local organizers said ...

  • U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Honduran vice president

    4 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) Honduras' government says it has received a request from the United States for the extradition of former vice president and businessman Jaime Rosenthal, who is accused of money laundering. Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales says the request should be sent to ...

  • Costa Rica moves to deport 56 Cuban migrants

    5 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) Authorities in Costa Rica have begun deportation proceedings for 56 Cuban migrants who entered that Central American nation after it stopped issuing special transit visas for Cubans who are trying to get to the United States. Costa Rican Immigration Director ...

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