Latin America Caribbean
Three more killed in Venezuela protests
2014-03-23 05:50:10 UTC
Three Venezuelans have died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolás Maduro, witnesses and local media have said, pushing the death toll to 34 from almost two months of demonstrations that have been answered with deadly force from both security forces and armed pro-...
Survivors: Pope Francis saved many in dirty wars
2014-03-13 06:15:35 UTC
SAN MIGUEL, Argentina (AP) — Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run. Hunted by Uruguay's dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. "I thought that they would kill me at any moment," Mosca says.
With nowhere else to turn, he called his brother, a...
Abuse charges roil heavily Catholic Puerto Rico
2014-03-12 05:51:09 UTC
ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (AP) — First, the Catholic Church announced it had defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse in the Puerto Rican town of Arecibo. Then, local prosecutors disclosed that at least 11 other priests on the island were under investigation for similar accusations.
Now, as U.S. ...
Atlantic slave trade: Caribbean nations demand reparations
2014-03-10 23:51:34 UTC
Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade.
In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs the reparations task force charged w...
Critics blast Rio's World Cup, Olympic evictions
2014-02-28 08:02:02 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With her family of six living in five different houses scattered across the city, Dalvaneide Pequeno do Nascimento longs for the days when her whole clan shared the same roof.
Nascimento, her husband and children were among the more than 230 families forced out of...
Venezuela opposition struggles to expand appeal
2014-02-28 07:38:06 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It is hard to find toilet paper or flour in oil-rich Venezuela these days and the country is plagued by some of the highest inflation, murder and kidnapping rates in the world. Clashes between protesters and security forces loyal to the president have left 16 dea...
US prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord
2014-02-25 08:34:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.
Who in the U.S. gets to prosecute th...
Officials: Wiretaps, aides led to drug lord arrest
2014-02-24 10:32:01 UTC
CULIACAN, MEXICO (AP) — As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.
Mexican marines working with U.S. authorities chased him but lost t...
Salvadoran sea survivor leaves hospital
2014-02-19 07:48:31 UTC
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Salvadoran fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year left a hospital Tuesday after treatment for the psychological and physical effects of his ordeal, and told reporters he survived because of his faith in God.
Jose Salvador Alvarenga, 3...
Fiery Maduro foe now fights from Venezuela jail
2014-02-19 07:45:56 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Moments before his dramatic arrest, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez told a sea of white-shirted supporters that he doesn't fear years behind bars if that's what it takes to open eyes to the damage done to Venezuela by 15 years of socialist rule.
"If my jailing ...
Fears of more protest clashes high in Venezuela
2014-02-18 07:26:26 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Fears of more clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters ratcheted up in Venezuela as both sides prepared to march in the capital Tuesday and opposition leader Leonardo Lopez dared authorities to arrest him when he reappears in public.
The competing dem...
Long journey ends at home for man drifting at sea
2014-02-12 08:51:22 UTC
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year has finally made it home to El Salvador, exhausted and speechless.
Jose Salvador Alvarenga tried to address a media throng waiting at the airport, eager to fill in details about what many people have v...
Vigilante groups: we're in major gang-held city
2014-02-09 06:28:55 UTC
APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Vigilantes who have driven a quasi-religious drug cartel from a series of towns in western Mexico entered a gang-held city on Saturday and were working with government forces to clear it of cartel gunmen, a leader of the movement said.
Dozens of vigilante group member...
Cubans 'bury' man alive in mock funeral tradition
2014-02-07 09:45:38 UTC
SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS, Cuba (AP) — Cuban villagers staged a mock funeral and burial of a living man this week in a boozy festival that has become an annual tradition in a small town near Havana.
A tractor pulled a trailer slowly through the streets in the early morning carrying the man in a co...
Tours changing American views of Cuba, US policy
2014-02-03 07:48:59 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — When President Barack Obama reinstated "people-to-people" travel to Cuba in 2011, the idea was that visiting Americans would act as cultural ambassadors for a U.S. constantly demonized in the island's official media.
Two and a half years later, a survey shared exclusively with Th...
Iran maintains terrorist cells in Latin America
2014-01-31 11:16:08 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Since the 1980s, Iran has been introducing intelligence cells into Latin America to recruit agents for terrorist attacks, according to security analysts and officials from the Argentine justice system.
This shadow army helped the Lebanese militia Hezbollah carry out t...
Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico
2014-01-23 09:25:18 UTC
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.
Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the ...
Cuba's Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in nine months
2014-01-10 14:57:39 UTC
<h3>Former president photographed at opening of Havana art studio after last being seen in public in April 2013</h3>
The former Cuban president Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months, attending the opening of an art studio in the capital, Havana.
Official newspapers an...
At 20 years, NAFTA didn't close Mexico wage gap
2013-12-31 10:04:18 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Looking around a Mexico dotted by Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Krispy Kreme outlets, it's hard to remember the country before the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dramatically expanded consumer choice and trade since it took effect 20 years ago on Jan. 1.
While it c...
El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano
2013-12-30 08:15:22 UTC
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Authorities in El Salvador evacuated an area around the Chaparrastique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air on Sunday.
Civil Defense Director Jorge Melendez said a yellow alert had been issued and investig...
The Washington Post: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders
2013-12-22 06:51:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A covert CIA program has helped Colombia's government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the rebel insurgency also known as FARC, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The National Security Agency has also provided "substantial eav...
Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church
2013-12-18 07:05:39 UTC
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.
The store's Christian missio...
Bachelet has big win in Chile presidential vote
2013-12-16 08:50:19 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Michelle Bachelet's landslide presidential victory was the biggest in eight decades, yet turnout was the lowest since Chile's return to democracy, suggesting she'll lack a clear mandate to push for radical change when she begins her second turn in the office next year.
Mexico's lower house quickly takes up energy bill
2013-12-12 08:59:23 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's lower house of Congress began a raucous, marathon debate expected to last through the night and well into Thursday on historic legislation that would open the state-run oil industry to private investment.
Just hours after the measure passed the Senate on a 95-28 vot...
Uruguay OK's first national market for legal pot
2013-12-11 07:07:41 UTC
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay has become the first country to create a national marketplace for legal marijuana, with the government regulating the production, sales and use of pot in a bold bid to control addiction and drug violence.
The Senate gave final legislative approval to the bill...