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World: Latin America

  • Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

    9 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) RIO DE JANEIRO — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption ...

  • Cuba reports success in containing Zika

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) Six months after President Raul Castro declared war on the Zika virus in Cuba, a militarized nationwide campaign of intensive mosquito spraying, monitoring and quarantine appears to be working. Cuba is among the few countries in the Western Hemisphere that ...

  • Colombian rebels plan final peace conference

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons. "The historic ...

  • Utah man describes harsh Venezuela jail

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges says he's been harassed by police and forced to sleep in a hot cell barely big enough for a small bed. Laurie Holt told The Associated Press Tuesday that she ...

  • Colombia Cabinet publishes tax returns

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) Colombians are getting their first look at the wealth of senior government officials after President Juan Manuel Santos published his entire Cabinet's tax returns as part of an anti-corruption push. Topping the list is leftist Labor Minister Clara Lopez with ...

  • Venezuela-Colombia border begins reopening

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) Thousands of Venezuelans are crossing into Colombia to buy items they cannot purchase at home after the two countries agreed to allow the gradual, controlled reopening of the border. Five pedestrian border crossings opened early morning for the day Saturday ...

  • On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro criticizes Obama

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. He appeared but did not speak at a gala in his honor broadcast on state television ...

  • Thousands march in Peru against gender violence

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) More than 50,000 people marched in Peru's capital and eight other cities on Saturday to protest violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the judicial system. Officials said the size of the protest against gender violence ...

  • Brazilian plastic surgeon to the stars dies

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, one of the world's top plastic surgeons who helped make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done, died on Saturday. He was in his 90s. Pitanguy's death came one day after ...

  • Coast Guard: 97 recently returned to Cuba

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea have recently been returned to the island nation. The Coast Guard reported in a news release Saturday that the migrants were caught in the Florida Straits on seven separate ...

  • Rio welcomes world with sultry music, plea for conservation

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) With fireworks forming the word "Rio" in the sky, hip-wiggling dancers and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of the "Girl from Ipanema," Rio de Janiero welcomed the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a ...

  • Main ramp collapses at Olympics sailing venue

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the ...

  • Brazil cuts ribbon on subway line crucial for Olympics

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) Brazilian officials have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion in Rio de Janeiro less than a week before the Olympic Games begin. Line 4 of the subway is billed as Rio's most important infrastructure project ...

  • El Salvador seeks new 'national reconciliation' law

    1 year, 4 months ago

    (AP) SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador's president says he has begun talks with political parties on a new "national reconciliation" law after the Supreme Court overturned an amnesty covering crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war. President Salvador ...

  • Police arrest 9 in Madrid meth bust

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) Spanish police have arrested nine people on drug trafficking and racketeering charges after raids of their underground laboratories in Madrid revealed the synthetic drug known as Tucibi, a relatively new type of methamphetamine. Eight of the nine are Colombians, according ...

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