Latin America Caribbean
Hurricane Irma Update: Caribbean and Florida Facing Powerful Category 4 Storm
2017-09-04 23:32:49 UTC
(Reuters) - Hurricane Irma, barreling toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, was upgraded to a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday as islands in its path braced themselves.
Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward I...
UN Reports on Venezuelan 'repressive policy'
2017-08-30 14:14:28 UTC
30 August 2017 – Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations hu...
Venezuela Pulls Columbian TV Channel From Airwaves
2017-08-24 18:01:07 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government has pulled a Colombian television channel from Venezuela's airwaves, Caracol Television said on Thursday, slamming the move as a crackdown on media.
Maduro's administration frequently blasts neighboring Colombia for being part...
Trump threatens military intervention in Venezuela
2017-08-12 04:00:31 UTC
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis that Caracas disparaged as "craziness."
Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage ...
Venezuelan military base attacked as officials claim It "crushed" a coup
2017-08-06 16:13:13 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, less than two days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab.
Socialist Party deput...
Venezuela chief prosecutor fired by new assembly
2017-08-05 17:11:23 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new pro-government constituent assembly on Saturday removed dissident state prosecutor Luisa Ortega from her job, in what critics called a blatant affront to democracy.
Since the opposition started a round of protests in April, Ortega has become President Nicola...
Opponents Trying To Block Maduro’s New Government
2017-08-04 16:34:32 UTC
Venezuela is headed for more conflict as President Nicolas Maduro prepares to inaugurate a powerful new "Constituent Assembly" on Friday. Massive protests are planned by Venezuelans who protested against President Maduro on Monday after the controversial vote, and and state prosecutors seek to b...
The Last Hope for Venezuela Is Also a Frightening One
2017-08-03 22:53:35 UTC
BY FRANCISCO TORO — Three months ago, Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolás Maduro, pushed the nuclear button in Venezuelan politics: He declared that he would convene a Constituent Assembly, a specially elected body that’s allowed to do pretty much anything.
There’s nothing quite like i...
Venezuela Prosecutors Looking Into Vote Manipulation
2017-08-03 23:26:16 UTC
CARACAS — On Wednesday the Venezuelan state prosecutor's opened an investigation into allegations that the country's elections council manipulated turnout figures in Sunday's controversial legislative vote.
Voting technology firm Smartmatic, which provides the South American natio...
Trump pressured Mexico president to lie to the public
2017-08-03 17:25:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Mexican president to stop voicing opposition in public to his plan to have Mexico pay for a border wall, according to transcripts of phone calls published on Thursday that gave an insight into Trump's attempts to influence foreign l...
Venezuelan state security agents seize opposition leaders Lopez and Ledezma
2017-08-02 04:52:35 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security officials seized opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma from their homes during nighttime raids on Tuesday, in what critics of President Nicolas Maduro said was a growing crackdown by his dictatorial regime.
Their apprehension comes a day ...
Deadly protests against President Maduro rocked Venezuela
2017-07-31 04:48:12 UTC
CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, (Reuters) - Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says vote for new congress will take place
2017-07-31 04:47:23 UTC
<blockquote><h2>Deadly protests against President Maduro rocked Venezuela</h2>CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, (Reuters) - Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed woul...
Trump pulls back: Just 35 percent border wall is enough
2017-07-14 07:05:49 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said the wall he wants to build on the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) U.S.-Mexico frontier may not need to cover the entire border because of existing natural barriers, according to remarks released by the White House on Thursday.
On a flight to Paris from Washi...
Germany's Federal Crime Office has the Panama Papers
2017-07-04 17:22:23 UTC
BERLIN — Germany's Federal Crime Office(BKA) said on Tuesday it had obtained a copy of the leaked data known as the Panama Papers that last year revealed how offshore firms are used to stash the wealth of the world's rich and powerful.
Some 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm M...
Mexico to import record amount of corn from Brazil instead US
2017-05-19 07:08:25 UTC
MEXICO CITY — Mexico expects to import a record amount of yellow corn from Brazil this year after its livestock producers secured lower prices in deals with suppliers on a recent visit to South America as NAFTA talks loom, a Mexican official said Thursday.
Alejandro Vazquez, a government offic...
General Electric: We're very supportive of NAFTA
2017-05-12 19:35:46 UTC
MONTERREY, MEXICO — General Electric Co's chief executive on Friday praised Mexico as a big part of its future growth and said the company is "very supportive" of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump has threatened to ditch.
Warning directed at Trump: Mexico outlines plans for alternatives on trade
2017-05-12 18:44:03 UTC
In the warning directed at the U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, outlines plans for alternatives on trade.
He sent a stark message to Trump, saying an upcoming visit by Mexican officials to China showed Latin America's second larges...
Will Emmanuel Macron be France's next president?
2017-05-07 05:20:00 UTC
PARIS — French voters will decide today whether a pro-European Union centrist or an anti-EU, anti-immigration far-rightist will lead them for the next five years.
Opinion polls indicate they will pick Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister who wants to bridge the left-right divide,...
The U.S. Doesn't Have the Money to Build Trump's Wall
2017-05-01 06:03:18 UTC
U.S. Congress would not provide any money for Trump's promised border wall with Mexico,
Several important White House initiatives were rejected by the Republican and Democratic negotiators, including money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump has argued is needed to stop illegal imm...
WTO: Trump lost his first trade battle against Mexico
2017-04-26 00:12:26 UTC
GENEVA — Mexico can impose annual trade sanctions worth $163.23 million against the United States after winning a dispute over trade in tuna fish, a World Trade Organization arbitrator ruled on Tuesday.
Mexico's economy ministry said it planned immediate action to initiate the trade sanctions....
Death toll in Venezuelan protests reaches nine
2017-04-21 14:22:19 UTC
A man was killed in a protest in the Venezuelan capital on Thursday night, an official said on Friday, marking the ninth death in a wave of sometimes violent demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.
Melvin Guaitan died of a bullet wound in the slum of Petare, municipal may...
Venezuela's opposition renewed nationwide protests
2017-04-20 17:52:06 UTC
CARACAS — Venezuela's opposition renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations.
However, crowds were smaller than the hundreds of ...
Mexico's Economy Thriving Despite Trump's Hostility
2017-04-12 19:38:14 UTC
MEXICO CITY — The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president last year raised the specter of economic recession in Mexico, sent the country's peso into a tailspin, and threatened local industry such as car making.
But four months on, Mexican automobile output is accelerating fast, unemployment...
Protesters marched through Caracas and cities across Venezuela
2017-04-08 19:18:07 UTC
By Alexandra Ulmer and Girish Gupta | CARACAS
Protesters marched through Caracas and cities across Venezuela on Saturday as the government's banning of a top opposition leader from office breathed life into a fractured movement and fueled the first sustained anti-government demonstrations since ...