December 22, 2014
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  • 12/05/2014 | Argentina

    IMF recommends cuts in energy subsidies

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested that Argentina could benefit from cutting public spending destined for subsidies on energy costs, stating that such policies are "very costly and distort economic activity."

  • 12/07/2014 | Argentina

    CFK claimes ‘responsible leaderships’, highlightes Cuba debt write-off

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin arrived at the Casa Rosada presidential palace today where he met President Cristina Fernández de Kirechner to sign bilateral cooperation agreements key areas such as energy and communications.

  • 15/11/2012 | Argentina

    Gov't asks 'good-spirited nations' to defend Argentina against vulture funds

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman further underlined the country’s respite against paying the vulture funds to a US hedge fund, in an article written for a US newspaper about how Latin American and Africa are affected by vulture funds.

  • 17/05/2013 | Argentina

    Lula urges 'Cristina, Dilma to think big to consolidate South American integration'

    Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva received eight “Honoris Causa” doctorates from national universities in a ceremony held at the Senate today.

  • 28/01/2014 | Argentina

    CFK tells Latin American nations: 'We must see ourselves as one economic bloc'

    President Cristina Fernández has called on other nations in the Latin American region to think and act as one economic entity, during the CELAC summit held in Havana, Cuba.

  • 29/08/2011 | Argentina

    Argentina's minimum wage 'is the most important one in Latin America,' CFK

    After attending a ceremony in which a train service connecting Argentina and Uruguay was reactivated after a 30-year hiatus, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner defended Argentina's minimum wage, assuring “it is the most important one in Latinamerica and has the highest purchasing power” in the continent.

  • 23/09/2011 | Argentina

    IMF urges Argentina to apply ‘major measures’ to improve inflation data

    Nicolas Eyzaguirre, the IMF's director for Latin America, stated that Argentina must apply “major measures” to improve its method of measuring the inflation. Meanwhile, Economy Minister Amando Boudou harshly criticized the report given by the IMF.

  • 01/05/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina elected to represent Latin America at UN Security Summit

    Argentina received support across Latin America and the Caribbean today to become the non-permanent representative for the region at the UN Security Summit for the 2013-2014 period, the Foreign Ministry informed today.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    Nine dead after attackers dressed as police enter Mexican prison

    Nine people were killed during a gunfight at a prison in Mexico's violent Guerrero state, after a gang dressed as police officers gained entry, authorities said.

  • 13/06/2014 | World

    Bolivian president gives UN Ban Ki-moon coca birthday cake

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon got an unusual treat for his 70th birthday today when the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented him with a cake made with coca leaves.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    IMF cuts global, Latin America growth outlook

    The International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year today, warning of weaker growth in core euro zone countries, Japan and big emerging markets like Brazil.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    UK, Spain 'join forces' to defend their companies in Latin America

    Spain and the UK will join forces against attacks on their companies in Latin America, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García -Margallo said, following the seizure of YPF.

  • 17/11/2012 | World

    Latin America pledges support for Iberia, warns on austerity

    Latin America pledged investment opportunities for recession-hit Spanish and Portuguese companies but warned its former colonial masters drastic cost cutting would only deepen their misery.

  • 20/11/2012 | World

    Latin American art sale breaks record in New York

    A rare, life-size, anonymous portrait of Aztec emperor Moctezuma II and a ground-breaking surrealist painting by Chilean artist Roberto Matta were among the top-selling works at a Latin American art auction at Sotheby's.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    IMF sees signs southern Latin America is overheating

    There are clear signs of overheating in Latin America's southern economies, Nicolas Eyzaguirre, International Monetary Fund director for the Western Hemisphere, said at an event during which he touched on the value of Latin American currencies.

  • 18/11/2011 | World

    Latam art sales in US have best year since 2008

    Latin American art sales, which totalled nearly $90 million in New York in 2011, scored their best year since the 2008 financial crisis, aided by a boom in Brazilian art and demand from Asia.

  • 30/03/2012 | World

    UK insists it will 'steadfastly defend' the Malvinas Islands

    Foreign Secretary William Hague formally announced before ambassadors the opening of UK’s diplomatic headquarter at El Salvador to strengthen the relations with Latin America and warned once more that his country will “steadfastly” defend the Malvinas Islands.

  • 17/12/2014 | Latin America

    FARC rebels announce unlimited ceasefire


  • 12/12/2014 | Latin America

    UN climate conference goes down to the wire

    By Fermín Koop

    Herald staff

    After two weeks of talks, officials were not able to reach their deadline as of press time. Delegates are likely to continue talks until late today as steep disagreements continue over which countries should bear the burden of cutting emissions and over the pledges countries will have to make to tackle climate change.

  • 30/11/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia’s FARC release army general

  • 30/11/2014 | Latin America

    Uruguay votes in runoff, Vazquez favourite to win

    Uruguayans vote today for a new president with former leader Tabare Vazquez looking set to win comfortably, securing the ruling leftist coalition a third consecutive term and allowing it to roll out its pioneering marijuana law.

  • 18/11/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia's FARC acknowledge capture of army general

    Colombia's FARC rebels confirmed that they are holding a Colombian army General Ruben Dario Alzate and two others, whose capture on Sunday led the government to suspend two-year-old peace talks taking place in Havana.

  • 18/11/2014 | Latin America

    Mexico president sees anti-government motive in massacre protests

    Grappling with outrage over violence and impunity after the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accused unspecified groups of seeking to destabilize his government.

  • 13/11/2014 | Latin America

    Evo to visit elementary school he attended in Argentina

    Bolivia’s president Evo Morales will visit the country to sponsor the elementary school he attended as a child in Salta province. He will also be honoured as Doctor Honoris Causa by Salta National University.

  • 13/11/2014 | Latin America

    'Pregnant' mannequins flare up sex education debate in Venezuela

    A display showing mannequins of pregnant schoolgirls at a Caracas mall is shocking shoppers and stirring debate over sex education in Venezuela.

  • 14/11/2014 | Latin America

    Petrobras ex-director arrested in graft scandal; markets sink

    Brazilian police arrested a former Petróleo Brasileiro SA executive sending the state-run oil company's shares and bonds down after a corruption scandal forced it to delay the release of its financial results.

  • 28/10/2014 | Latin America

    Mexico arrests four gang members involved in students' disappearance

    Mexican authorities said they had arrested four drug gang members involved in the kidnapping of dozens of student teachers who disappeared last month and are feared massacred.

  • 07/11/2014 | Latin America

    Mexico says missing students likely burned to ashes by gang

    Forty-three missing students abducted by corrupt police in southwest Mexico six weeks ago were apparently incinerated by drug gang henchmen and their remains tipped in a garbage dump and a river, the government said earlier today.

  • 26/10/2014 | Latin America

    Rousseff seals re-election with victory over Neves

    Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff has narrowly won re-election after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump.

  • 26/10/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil's election: 66 arrested and 1,733 voting machines down for technical problems

    Brazil’s Electoral Tribunal has announced that 66 citizens were detained during the presidential elections, most of them accused of political propaganda –which is illegal on election day-, and that 1,733 electronic voting machines had been replaced due to technical problems.

  • 28/10/2014 | Latin America

    Fatal crash in Sao Paulo leaves 11 dead, 30 wounded

    A crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil last night left 11 highschool students and teachers dead and 30 wounded, when a bus hit a truck that was driving in the wrong lane of SP-304 highway of the state capital.

  • 22/10/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela says to avoid costly foreign borrowing

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the South American country would avoid more borrowing on international markets due to rising costs as a result of worsening credit risk perceptions.

  • 22/10/2014 | Latin America

    Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances

    A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said today.

  • 17/10/2014 | Latin America

    Thousands march in Acapulco over feared Mexican student massacre

    Thousands marched in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco today to demand answers about the fate of 43 missing trainee teachers, who authorities fear were massacred by police in league with gang members.

  • 18/10/2014 | Latin America

    Maduro supporters, foes stage rival protests in polarized Venezuela

    Red-clad "Chavistas" rallied in central Caracas today to protest the killing of a young ruling party lawmaker, while across town a protest called by the opposition's new leader failed to attract as big a crowd.

  • 22/10/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves before runoff

    Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead again in a new poll ahead of Brazil's presidential election and she appears to be the favourite to win Sunday's runoff although the vote is still too close to call.

  • 10/10/2014 | Latin America

    First suspected case of Ebola in Brazil puts Latin America on alert

    A 47-year-old man was transferred today to a Rio de Janeiro hospital, in Brazil, one day after being hospitalized at an emergency unit in Paraná southern region with symptoms of Ebola virus.

  • 12/10/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil's Silva confirms Neves endorsement

    Business-friendly opposition candidate Aecio Neves received a crucial boost in Brazil's presidential election race with the endorsement of popular environmentalist Marina Silva two weeks before his runoff against incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

  • 15/10/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela arrests two suspects in Socialist Party lawmaker's murder

    Venezuelan authorities have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a pro-government lawmaker this month, President Nicolós Maduro said.

  • 09/10/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil's Silva says Neves endorsement depends on commitments

    Environmentalist Marina Silva said today she is still waiting for "answers" on political commitments she is seeking from pro-business candidate Aecio Neves before endorsing him in the October 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election.

  • 09/10/2014 | Latin America

    Mexico captures Juarez Cartel boss Carrillo

    Vicente Carrillo, long-time head of the Juarez drug cartel, had been a fierce rival of Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, who was the world's most wanted drug boss until his capture in February.

  • 09/10/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia says rebel chief has been to Cuba for peace talks

    Colombian guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono has made secret government-authorized trips to Cuba several times in the last year to meet with his team of negotiators as part of peace talks to end 50 years of civil war, Colombian officials said.

  • 25/09/2014 | Latin America

    Colombian court orders mining companies to return land to natives

    A Colombian legal tribunal has ordered 11 companies to halt gold-mining operations in a 50,000-hectare (124,000-acre) reserve in the northwest of the country and return the land to the native tribe that previously lived there.

  • 05/10/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil votes in nail-biting election

    Brazilians were voting in the most unpredictable presidential election in decades and the first since the end of an economic boom underpinning the leftist Workers' Party's 12-year rule. (SEE PHOTO GALLERY)

  • 08/10/2014 | Latin America

    Thousands march in Mexico to demand action over massacre

    Thousands marched through the Mexican capital today to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police.

  • 11/09/2014 | Latin America

    Chilean congressman arrested for dictatorship era killings

    Forty-one years to the day after General Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup in Chile, a right-wing legislator was arrested today for alleged involvement in the killing of three activists during the 17-year Pinochet dictatorship.

  • 15/09/2014 | Latin America

    Hurricane Odile hits Mexico's Baja California

    Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula today, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area.

  • 23/09/2014 | Latin America

    Judge in Chile jails bombing suspects during investigation

    A judge in Chile has ordered two suspects linked to the country's worst bomb attack in more than 20 years to be jailed for 10 months and placed a third under house arrest while police and the prosecutor's office investigate.

  • 05/09/2014 | Latin America

    Dozens of Brazil politicians tied to Petrobras scandal

    A jailed former director of Brazil's state run oil firm Petrobras has named dozens of lawmakers and at least one state governor who allegedly received kickbacks off the company's contracts, the country's main newspapers reported today.

  • 07/09/2014 | Latin America

    Meteorite probable cause of mysterious blast in Nicaragua, gov't says

    A mysterious late-night blast in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua that left a crater 12 meters wide was most likely caused by a meteorite, government scientists said.

  • 11/09/2014 | Latin America

    Chile: one dead in clashes during 41st Pinochet coup anniversary

    Protesters clashed with police in Chile to mark the 41st anniversary of Augusto Pinochet’s coup. A woman was killed by a stray bullet and a police officer was severely injured. The authorities have stepped up security after two bomb attacks this week and as the 1973 coup anniversary approached.

  • 20/08/2014 | Latin America

    Top Guatemalan general killed in air crash near Mexico border

    A top Guatemalan general and four other officers were killed when the helicopter they were in crashed near the country's northern border with Mexico, Guatemala's government said.

  • 21/08/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela creates fingerprinting system to limit smuggling

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the creation of a fingerprinting system in stores that sell food to limit smuggling of subsidized staple products.

  • 29/08/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil candidate Silva says recession a big worry

    Opposition presidential candidate Marina Silva said that Brazil's recession is very worrying and her government would work to restore the credibility of the country's economic policies to recover investment and growth if elected.

  • 29/07/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Maduro marks Chávez birthday, says 'little bird' back

    Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro headed the celebrations of what would have been Hugo Chávez’s 60th birthday today and said “a little bird” told him the deceased socialist leader is “happy and full of love”.

  • 29/07/2014 | Latin America

    CFK praises MERCOSUR support in vulture fund case

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today addressed fellow heads of state at the 46th Mercosur summit, where she thanked members of the bloc for their support over the ongoing fight with holdout investors in the New York courts.

  • 07/08/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia President Santos starts new term, warns FARC to halt attacks

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in to a second term today promising to bring peace and equality to the nation, but warned Marxist rebels that talks to end five decades of war could rupture if hostilities against civilians continue.

  • 11/07/2014 | Latin America

    Putin meets Castro at start of LatAm tour

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro today, to begin a six-day tour of Latin America in which Russia is seeking to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • 23/07/2014 | Latin America

    Chinese president Jinping ends Latin America trip in Cuba

    Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.

  • 26/07/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela ex general Caravajal awaits US extradition bid

    A retired Venezuelan general wanted in the United States over drug-trafficking accusations remained in jail on the Caribbean island of Aruba over the weekend awaiting a formal extradition request, his lawyer said on Saturday.

  • 15/06/2014 | Latin America

    Colombians vote for president in tightest election in decades

    Colombians vote in the tightest presidential election in decades, a contest that will decide if the nation moves ahead on peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels or step up its battlefield offensive to end a 50-year war.

  • 24/06/2014 | Latin America

    Chile's Bachelet promises to return land to indigenous people

    President Michelle Bachelet announced a plan to buy and return disputed ancestral lands to Chile's indigenous communities as part of a strategy to better incorporate them into the country's political process and economic development.

  • 27/06/2014 | Latin America

    Blackout hits Venezuela, interrupts presidential broadcast

    A blackout cut electricity in various parts of Venezuela and twice interrupted the live television broadcast of a speech by President Maduro, who said authorities were seeking more information about the outage.

  • 28/05/2014 | Latin America

    US House passes bill seeking Venezuela sanctions

    The US House of Representatives passed legislation today, to impose sanctions on Venezuelans responsible for human rights abuses during anti-government protests, despite Obama administration worries that they could threaten talks seeking to ease the unrest.

  • 28/05/2014 | Latin America

    US House passes bill seeking Venezuela sanctions

    The US House of Representatives passed legislation today, to impose sanctions on Venezuelans responsible for human rights abuses during anti-government protests, despite Obama administration worries that they could threaten talks seeking to ease the unrest.

  • 11/06/2014 | Latin America

    Brazil issues state of emergency after floods kill 10

    Flooding had killed 10 people in southern Brazil's Parana state, and state officials declared an emergency in 130 cities including World Cup host Curitiba and popular tourist attraction Iguazu Falls.

  • 21/05/2014 | Latin America

    Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez launches digital newspaper

    Cuban opposition blogger Yoani Sánchez launched today the country’s first independent media in over half a century. Her digital newspaper “14ymedio" aims to break up the state media monopoly and “accompany the needed transition to occur in our country,” as she explained.

  • 22/05/2014 | Latin America

    US criticizes Cuba for blocking Sánchez website

    The United States criticized Cuban censorship after Cubans were blocked from an independent website that is challenging the state monopoly on news.

  • 25/05/2014 | Latin America

    Colombians vote in tightest election in years

    Colombians vote for a president in the tightest election in two decades that may determine whether the country continues peace talks with leftist guerrillas or steps up its battlefield offensive to end a 50-year war.

  • 13/05/2014 | Latin America

    Santos stumbles in Colombia

    By Patricio Navia

    The presidential election in Colombia has turned out to be more competitive than expected. Despite the solid economic growth, real progress in poverty reduction, growing social and economic inclusion and limited (but not negligible) progress in peace talks with the weakened guerillas, incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos will fall short of the absolute majority needed to win re-election on May 25.

  • 14/05/2014 | Latin America

    A light unto cities

    By Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Last month, a remarkable gathering occurred in Medellín, Colombia. Some 22,000 people came together to attend the World Urban Forum and discuss the future of cities. The location itself was symbolic: once notorious for its drug gangs, Medellín now has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most innovative cities in the world.

  • 18/04/2014 | Latin America

    Life and times of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • 07/05/2014 | Latin America

    Mexican official arrested on suspicion of gang links

    A top ruling party politician in the Mexican state of Michoacan was formally arrested for alleged links to organized crime, an official from the attorney general's office said.

  • 08/05/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela arrests hundreds of anti-gov't protesters

    Venezuelan security forces arrested 243 people in pre-dawn raids of youth anti-government activists camps in public spaces.

  • 17/04/2014 | Latin America

    The life of Gabriel 'Gabo' García Márquez

    Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87.

  • 17/04/2014 | Latin America

    'Gabo': a life in pictures

  • 12/04/2014 | Latin America

    French foreign minister meets Raul Castro on historic visit to Cuba

    France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • 13/04/2014 | Latin America

    Fire engulfs parts of Chile's Valparaiso port

  • 16/04/2014 | Latin America

    Mexican Police captures senior drug lord Arnoldo Villa Sánchez

    Mexican police have captured the second-in-command of one of the country's main drug gangs, who was operating in Mexico City, the government said.

  • 02/04/2014 | Latin America

    Catholic Church blasts Venezuela Gov't for 'brutal repression'

    Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused today President Nicolas Maduro's government of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people.

  • 08/04/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela opposition to join exploratory talks with government

    Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade.

  • 09/04/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela formally invites the Vatican to mediate

    The Venezuelan government formally invited today the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to join the exploratory talks with the opposition as “mediator of good will”.

  • 29/03/2014 | Latin America

    Cuba approves new foreign investment law

    Cuba's National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law that aims to bring badly needed capital to the communist economy by offering steep tax cuts and promising a climate of investment security.

  • 02/04/2014 | Latin America

    Nearly 300 inmates used quake to escape, many later surrendered

    Nearly 300 female prisoners took advantage of a massive earthquake to escape from a jail in northern Chile, although many have since returned, authorities said.

  • 15/03/2014 | Latin America

    Maduro gives ultimatum to Caracas protesters

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned protesters in Caracas to clear a square they have made their stronghold, or face eviction by security forces.

  • 20/03/2014 | Latin America

    Mujica agrees to take Guantanamo inmates after US request

    Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the US military base of Guantanamo Bay, President Jose Mujica said.

  • 26/03/2014 | Latin America

    Step aside Saturn: Little asteroid has rings too

    It is not just Saturn and the giant gas planets of the solar system that bear rings. For the first time, rings have been found around an asteroid, a study published today shows.

  • 12/03/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela unrest death toll rises, students fight troops again

    Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas again as three more fatal shootings raised to 25 the death toll from a month of demonstrations against Venezuela's socialist government.

  • 13/03/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela says death toll from protests rises to 28

    Venezuela's state prosecutor said the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.

  • 14/03/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela inflation tops 57% amid protests

    The South American OPEC nation, which has one of the world's highest rates of inflation, said that despite the protests inflation slowed on a month-on-month basis to 2.4 percent from 3.3 percent in January.

  • 07/03/2014 | Latin America

    Latin American foreign ministers to discuss Venezuela unrest

    Latin American foreign ministers will meet next week to discuss the unrest in Venezuela that has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation, diplomatic sources.

  • 09/03/2014 | Latin America

    Colombians vote for a new Congress

    Colombians vote for a new congress that will tackle legislation for the next president and play a historic role in creating laws to end five decades of conflict if peace is reached with Marxist FARC rebels.

  • 09/03/2014 | Latin America

    'Dead' Mexican drug kingpin likely killed in shootout

    A Mexican drug lord who was reported dead more than three years ago was likely killed in a shootout in western Mexico today, a government official said.

  • 04/03/2014 | Latin America

    Amid protests, Venezuela to remember late Hugo Chavez

    Venezuela geared up for commemorations of socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of "El Comandante."

  • 05/03/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Chávez remembered with pomp and protests

    Followers of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chávez flooded the streets to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor who has faced a month of violent protests.

  • 06/03/2014 | Latin America

    Two dead in Venezuela opposition protest

    A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said.

  • 27/02/2014 | Latin America

    US State Department report warns human right violations in Venezuela

    An executive summary published today by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.

  • 27/02/2014 | Latin America

    Exiled former Cuban rebel Matos dead at 95

    Huber Matos, a former Cuban revolutionary who fought alongside Fidel Castro, but later turned against him and was jailed before going into exile, died in Miami aged 95 of a a "massive heart attack."

  • 02/03/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela opposition musters thousands for march despite Carnival

    While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.

  • 22/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela deaths rise as unrest claims student and biker

    A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela's political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose to at least eight.

  • 26/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuelan opposition declines Maduro's ‘Peace Conference’

    Venezuela’s opposition has declined its participation in the so called ‘National Peace Conference’, sponsored by President Nicolas Maduro in the presidential palace, as marches and protests continue nationwide.

  • 26/02/2014 | Latin America

    OAS suspends meeting over Venezuela situation

    The Organization or American States (OAS) has suspended tomorrow’s summit regarding Venezuela’s political unrest “for administrative reasons”, but postponed the meeting for a further date, officials said.

  • 19/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela state TV claims sixth protest victim

    Venezuelan state television said that a woman died after an ambulance taking her to hospital was blocked by opposition protesters in Caracas, bring to six the number of fatalities in a week of political unrest.

  • 20/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela protests rumble as demonstrators, troops face off

    Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

  • 21/02/2014 | Latin America

    From jail, Venezuela protest leader urges resistance

    Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence that has killed at least six people and rocked the OPEC member nation.

  • 15/02/2014 | Latin America

    'Chavistas' march in Venezuela, opposition protests continue

    Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched in the center of Caracas to call for peace and make a show of political strength after this week's deadly violence at street protests.

  • 15/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuelan students fight police

    Venezuelan police fired teargas and turned water cannons on stone-throwing protesters to stop them blocking a Caracas highway in a fourth day of sporadic unrest against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

  • 18/02/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia dismisses head of armed forces over taped remarks

    Colombia dismissed the head of its armed forces over disrespectful comments he made about prosecutors in audio recordings revealed by a news magazine.

  • 13/02/2014 | Latin America

    Colombia, rebels say making progress in talks over drug trade

    The Colombian government and FARC guerrilla negotiators said that they had made progress toward an agreement on combating illegal drug trafficking, a sign that peace talks were making headway before elections.

  • 13/02/2014 | Latin America

    Mujica affirms Drug policy must change in US and Europe

    The United States and Europe need a new strategy in the war on drugs and should look at alternatives such as the regulated sale of marijuana, says Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, whose country recently legalized the production and sale of cannabis.

  • 14/02/2014 | Latin America

    Mine collapse in Colombia leaves five dead and seven wounded

    At least five workers died and seven injured in a gold-mine collapse at Santa Bárbara de Iscuandé district in Colombia.

  • 07/02/2014 | Latin America

    Worker dies in Manaus World Cup stadium accident

    A worker died in an accident while working outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus, local authorities and the Sports Ministry said.

  • 12/02/2014 | Latin America

    Two dead, 23 people injured in violent Venezuela protests

    Two people were killed and 23 injured during standoffs at the end of an anti-government rally in Caracas, escalating the worst bout of unrest in Venezuela since protests against President Nicolas Maduro's April 2013 election.

  • 13/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela court orders arrest of opposition leader Lopez

    A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.

  • 28/01/2014 | Latin America

    Cuba's Castro condemns 'foreign interference' in Latin America

    President of Cuba Raúl Castro has warned against the "foreign interference" suffered by Latin America and the Caribbean region, at the opening of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in Havana.

  • 30/01/2014 | Latin America

    Latin America better prepared to weather turmoil, IMF says

    Latin America as a whole is better prepared to deal with global market turbulence than it used to be but it is important that the region stay alert, the International Monetary Fund said today.

  • 01/02/2014 | Latin America

    Mujica: ‘Bilateral relation is being restored’

    Uruguay’s head of state, José 'Pepe' Mujica assured the bilateral relation “is being restored”, as he anticipated that efforts will continue in order to overpass the differences with Argentina, after a meeting he held with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Cuba.

  • 11/01/2014 | Latin America

    Calle 13 multi-viral trend

    The digital revolution has for almost a decade now turned the record industry up on its head, ever since illegal downloads paved the way for a new concept in music listening and purchase habits.

  • 13/01/2014 | Latin America

    Colombian official confirms ouster of Bogota's leftist mayor

    Colombia's inspector general confirmed on Monday the ouster of Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, despite weeks of protest over the move and widespread support for the former leftist rebel.

  • 24/01/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela decrees new price controls to fight inflation

    Venezuela decreed a new price control law that sets limits on company profits and establishes prison terms for those charged with hoarding or over-charging, part of socialist President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to tame inflation.

  • 04/12/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear

    Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said.

  • 07/12/2013 | Latin America

    Eight killed, 20 injured in Colombia bomb attack blamed on FARC

    At least eight people were killed and 20 injured in a bomb attack in a village in southern Colombia that the military blamed on left-wing FARC guerrillas who have been engaged in peace talks with the government for the last year.

  • 21/12/2013 | Latin America

    Uruguay's economy minister quits amid airline scandal

    Uruguay's economy minister resigned today in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of the country's flagship carrier, President Jose Mujica said.

  • 23/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuelan opposition marches, leader's aide arrested

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela to pressure President Nicolas Maduro's government before Dec. 8 local elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of an aide.

  • 26/11/2013 | Latin America

    Cuba suspends consular services in US, blames embargo

    Cuba is shutting down nearly all of its consular services in the United States until further notice after it said no bank would handle its business, the government announced, blaming the situation on the longstanding US economic embargo.

  • 29/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Maduro vows stricter business inspections

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.

  • 18/10/2013 | Latin America

    Fire destroys one of world's biggest sugar terminals in Brazil

    A fire ravaged Copersucar's sugar terminal in Brazil, paralyzing operations of the world's biggest sugar trader and putting 10 million tonnes of export capacity offline for six months or more.

  • 09/11/2013 | Latin America

    Maduro government 'occupies' Venezuela electronics chain

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the military "occupation" of a chain of electronics stores in a crackdown on what the socialist government views as price-gouging hobbling the country's economy.

  • 20/11/2013 | Latin America

    Colombia's Santos says he will stand for re-election in 2014

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he would seek a second term in office next May, a widely expected decision that could offer him another four years to pursue a peace process he initiated with Marxist FARC rebels.

  • 24/07/2013 | Latin America

    ECLAC: Slower Brazil, Mexico to weigh on Latam growth this year

    Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is seen at 3 percent in 2013, a slower pace than initially forecast, the United Nations economic body for Latin America said today.

  • 27/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope urges Brazil's youth to seek change

    Pope Francis encouraged Brazil's young people, who have protested against corruption in their country, to continue their efforts to change society by fighting apathy and offering "a Christian response."

  • 16/10/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil builds Russian defense ties

    Brazil is pushing ahead with a planned $1 billion purchase of anti-aircraft missile batteries from Russia in a deal that will cement a strategic defense partnership between the two BRICS nations, the Brazilian Defense Ministry said.

  • 09/07/2013 | Latin America

    Latin American nations fuming over NSA spying allegations

    Irate Latin American nations are demanding explanations from the United States about new allegations that it spied on both allies and foes in the region with secret surveillance programmes.

  • 12/07/2013 | Latin America

    CFK demands 'unity' in a 'hostile world'

    As a result of the judicial dispute between Argentina and the “Vulture Funds”, President Cristina Fernández de Kircher revealed that a few countries in Europe are not a flying option for her, during the Mercosur meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • 17/07/2013 | Latin America

    Chilean right-wing presidential candidate drops bid

    Chilean conservative presidential candidate Pablo Longueira unexpectedly quit his campaign due to depression, his son said, dealing another blow to an already weakened right-wing bloc four months from the general election.

  • 29/06/2013 | Latin America

    Rousseff's popularity plummets in wake of Brazil protests

    President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating sank by 27 percentage points in the last three weeks, a poll showed today in the strongest evidence yet that the recent wave of street protests sweeping Brazil poses a serious threat to her likely re-election bid next year.

  • 03/07/2013 | Latin America

    Unasur nations to meet on Bolivian leader's plane diversion tomorrow

    The South American bloc Unasur will hold a ministerial meeting in Lima tomorrow to discuss the diversion of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane in Europe, a Brazilian government official said today.

  • 05/07/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil data indicate increase in Amazon deforestation

    Brazilian government figures released indicated further rise in deforestation in the Amazon, a trend that could soon amount to a full year's reversal from recent progress in the battle against destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

  • 13/03/2013 | Latin America

    Latin America’s pontiff

    By Carolina Barros.- The first Jesuit, Latin American and Argentine pope ever. Sounds like another case of “God is also Argentine,” that popular saying which offers so much consolation and hope in bleak times — not to mention “the hand of God.”

  • 26/04/2013 | Latin America

    Latin America threatened by mounting cancer epidemic: study

    Latin America's growing prosperity is fueling a cancer epidemic that threatens to overwhelm the region unless governments take urgent preventive action, a study warned.

  • 20/06/2013 | Latin America

    Archaeologists discover lost Maya city in Mexican jungle

    Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago.

  • 18/01/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico's Peña Nieto to launch drive to end hunger

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto unveils his plans to eradicate extreme poverty on Monday, a blight affecting more than 10 percent of the population in Latin America's second biggest economy.

  • 21/01/2013 | Latin America

    Mexican president vows to end hunger for millions

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto launched a campaign against hunger today, pledging to transform the lives of nearly 7.5 million of the country's poorest, though he gave few details, prompting criticism that the plan was a "rehash" of old policies.

  • 18/02/2013 | Latin America

    Re-elected Correa vows media and land reforms

    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa vowed today to press ahead with laws to control the media and redistribute land to the poor as he looks to deepen his socialist revolution after a resounding re-election victory.

  • 03/04/2012 | Latin America

    Uruguay joins investment-grade club with S&P upgrade

    Uruguay joined the coveted club of Latin American investment-grade countries as Standard & Poor's upgraded its credit ratings, praising the government's "prudent" economic policies.

  • 03/10/2012 | Latin America

    World Bank lowers LatAm growth forecast to 3%

    Economic growth in Latin America will be lower than previously estimated due to the continuing worldwide slowdown, the World Bank said in a report.

  • 15/11/2012 | Latin America

    Mexico lawmaker introduces bill to legalize marijuana

    A Mexican lawmaker presented a bill today to legalize the production, sale and use of marijuana, adding to a growing chorus of Latin American politicians who are rejecting the prohibitionist policies of the United States.

  • 10/02/2012 | Latin America

    IMF foresees slower growth for Latin America

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to review its predictions regarding economic growth for 2012 and foresees a recession in the Euro zone and lower demand of commodities that will affect Latin America and the Caribbean, the Western Hemisphere director Nicolás Eyzaguirre said.

  • 17/03/2012 | Latin America

    IADB plans natural disaster fund for Latin America

    The Inter-American Development Bank has proposed allowing member countries to tap loans in case they need to respond to natural disasters, the multilateral lender's president said today.

  • 02/04/2012 | Latin America

    Colombian rebels free 10 captives held more than a decade

    Colombia's FARC rebels freed 10 members of the armed forces held hostage in jungle prison camps for more than a decade, the last of a group of captives the drug-funded guerrilla group has held as bargaining chips to pressure the government.

  • 24/11/2011 | Latin America

    Colombia's Santos sees guerrilla war's end near

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the Andean nation was nearing the final phase of nearly 50 years of war and his government would be willing to sit down and talk peace if rebels were serious.

  • 29/11/2011 | Latin America

    Latin American bloc urges no delay to climate deal

    A bloc of Latin American nations said today it opposed any delay to a legally binding climate deal until 2020, accusing developed nations of not doing their share to halt global warming.

  • 19/12/2011 | Latin America

    IACHR: Latin America still in debt with women

    Unstable Salaries, limited access to social security, higher poverty and illiteracy tendency: Latin America is still in debt with women, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) stated in a report.

  • 10/11/2011 | Latin America

    'UE crisis could hit LatAm,' Ibero-American Secretary General

    The Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB in Spanish), Enrique Iglesias, warned today that the UE crisis could reach as far as Asia and Latin America, and that preventive measures should be taken.

  • 15/11/2011 | Latin America

    Argentina one of the top destinations for immigrants in LatAm; health issues a challenge

    Argentina is one of the top ten destinations for immigrants in Latin America and Caribbean along with Venezuela, México, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia, said representative from the United Nations Population Fund, Elena Zúñiga Herrera.

  • 18/11/2011 | Latin America

    'I'm not in favour of locking Uruguay in the Mercosur'

    Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica stated that “it’s very difficult to make decisions when you belong to the Mercosur,” during an interview.

  • 09/07/2011 | Latin America

    Latin America mourns Cabral’s death

    Recovering from a surgery to remove a cancer tumor, Venezuela president Hugo Chávez expressed his condolences over the murder of Argentine singer Facundo Cabral in Guatemala city.

  • 30/08/2011 | Latin America

    ECLAC: Latin America exports to expand 27%

    The gross value of Latin American countries exports are expected to expand 27% this year, said today the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The number is similar to the last twelve months thanks to diversification of export (26, 7% increase last year), reported today the Commission.

  • 24/10/2011 | Latin America

    'Cristina's victory is important for Latin America,' says Rousseff

    Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, congratulated President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s electoral victory, and sustained that it’s “important for the whole of Latin America.”

  • 12/05/2011 | Latin America

    IMF: Latin America's economic boom could end in a full-blown crisis

    Latin America's economic boom could end in a "full-blown" crisis unless the region's governments properly manage the situation, the International Monetary Fund's top regional official said in an unusually stark warning to both policymakers and investors.

  • 26/05/2011 | Latin America

    'This is the decade of Latin America,' IDB head says

    Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) president Luis Alberto Moreno urged that "the period of economic growth that Latin America is going through is used to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor is closed." in a Corporate Social Responsibility conference in paraguay.

  • 22/06/2011 | Latin America

    LatAm wealth growth trumps other regions

    Millionaires in Latin America fared better than their compatriots in other regions during the global recession.

  • 19/03/2011 | Latin America

    Obama gives modest backing for Brazil's UN ambition

    US President Barack Obama heralded Brazil's "extraordinary" rise on the world stage but stopped short of backing its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Obama said his visit was a historic opportunity to strengthen US ties with the region's largest economy.

  • 22/03/2011 | Latin America

    Obama pledges $200 mln to Central America drug fight

    President Barack Obama pledged $200 million to combat drug trafficking and street gangs in Central America on the final leg of a regional tour to bolster US ties with southern neighbours who have often felt neglected by Washington.

  • 26/03/2011 | Latin America

    IMF warns of Latin American overheating and credit bubble risks

    The head of the International Monetary Fund warned that many Latin American economies showed signs of overheating and that the region was at risk of credit bubbles.

  • 13/12/2010 | Latin America

    Argentina to grow 8.4% in 2010, 4.8% next year: ECLAC

    Following a 1.9 percent decline in 2009, Latin America and the Caribbean will grow by 6 percent in 2010 thanks to the economic recovery posted by most countries in the region, while Argentina's GDP is expected to have grown 8.4 percent by the end of this year, and 4.8 percent in 2011 according to an annual report launched by UN's ECLAC Commission today.

  • 07/01/2011 | Latin America

    Chile joins peers in recognizing Palestinian state

    Chile said it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers the United States has called premature and Israel has warned is harmful to the Middle East peace process.

  • 09/02/2011 | Latin America

    Merval edges down

    The panel of leading stocks index edged down 1.7 percent to 3,505.68 points. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Bovespa dropped 2 percent.

  • 10/05/2011 | Arts and Media

    Botero landscape leads Latam art sale

    Works by Colombian artist Fernando Botero and Uruguay's Joaquin Torres-Garcia are expected to lead Christie's Latin American sale which includes nearly 350 works by artists from 16 countries.

  • 30/11/2014 | Arts and Media

    Latin America pays tribute to ‘Chespirito’

    Hundreds gathered in Mexico City to say last farewell to Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the iconic Mexican comedian responsible for the beloved television character “El Chavo del Ocho.” Following a private ceremony at Televisa TV network's headquarters, a public tribute will be held at the historic Azteca Stadium.

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