Latin America Caribbean
Hurricane Maria Brings Destruction to Puerto Rico
2017-09-20 22:02:54 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at ...
Mexicans Hastily Dig Through Collapsed Buildings
2017-09-20 16:38:40 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of conf...
Rescuers Search Collapsed School: Mexico Quake Toll Hits 225
2017-09-20 15:34:12 UTC
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Wednesday in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country’s ...
Castro Responds to US Diplomats' Head Injuries in Cuba
2017-09-17 18:46:10 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro seemed rattled.
The Cuban president sent for the top American envoy in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic “sonic attacks” and the subtle...
Democrats and Trump 'close' to deal on DACA
2017-09-14 17:04:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was close to a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, a development that alarmed some of his cons...
Mistrust in the US motivates Brazilians to research about North Korea
2017-09-12 17:09:09 UTC
The headlines that usually catch Brazilians' attention are various corruption scandals, acts of urban violence and football results. But at the moment there is one topic of unexpectedly high interest: North Korea.
Since the most communist regim...
U.N. Human Rights Head: Possible 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela
2017-09-11 15:39:38 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief said on Monday that Venezuelan security forces may have committed crimes against humanity against protesters and called for an international investigation.
Venezuela's Maduro Seeks to Renegotiate Debt
2017-09-08 15:54:40 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has invited bondholders to unspecified “negotiations” over Venezuela’s foreign debt in coming days in response to recent U.S. financial sanctions.
The government and its state oil c...
North Korean ambassador to Mexico Declared Persona Non Grata
2017-09-08 03:50:58 UTC
(REUTERS) — In response to the latest nuclear tests, the Mexican government ordered Ambassador Kim Hong Gil to leave the country within 72 hours.
In an email statement the Foreign Ministry said Mexico absolutely rejects North Korea’s nuclear ac...
This Weather is Not Normal
2017-09-07 17:23:06 UTC
The days leading up to Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas last week were some of the most nerve-wracking in meteorological history. Forecasters watched helplessly as a true monster storm—one that would eventually become the most extreme rain eve...
Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean and killing at least 11 people
2017-09-07 16:39:46 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma plowed past the Dominican Republic on Thursday after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 11 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Flo...
Brazilian Firm, Odebrecht, Denies Paying Venezuelan Politician $100 Million
2017-09-07 16:33:08 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Scandal-hit Brazilian construction company Odebrecht denied accusations it paid $100 million to Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello, as alleged by the country’s fugitive former chief prosecutor.
Venezuelan Opposition Turns to Elections as Protests Falter
2017-09-05 16:03:58 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition is shifting its focus to forthcoming state elections as protests aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro have subsided following the installation of an all-powerful, pro-government legislative body.
Trump Goes After Immigrant Children
2017-09-05 15:56:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children, giving a gridlocked Congress six months to...
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...
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 ...
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 fre...
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."
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 c...
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 pro...
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 contr...
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 pret...
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 S...
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 in...
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 dict...