Latin America Caribbean
Mexico beats Brazil to win 1st Olympic soccer gold
2012-08-11 18:14:29 UTC
WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Mexico is celebrating its first Olympic gold medal in men's soccer, and Brazil is wondering if it will ever be able to add the title to its long list of triumphs.
Oribe Peralta scored only 29 seconds into the Olympic fin...
Ernesto crosses Yucatan, regains some power
2012-08-08 23:03:49 UTC
CHETUMAL, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Ernesto spun across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico after forcing the evacuation of thousands of tourists and fishermen from beaches in Tulum and the Costa Maya.
Cuba's aging population will test economic reform
2012-08-07 22:00:57 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — The scene at Havana's Victor Hugo Park is unfortunately typical, with a handful of boys kicking a soccer ball through trees while dozens of gray-haired seniors bend and stretch to the urgings of a government-employed trainer.
US-bound Cubans pour into Panama through Colombia
2012-08-03 06:46:30 UTC
METETI, Panama (AP) — Led by smugglers armed with knives and machetes, Mayra Reyes and 14 other Cubans sloshed through swamps and rivers and suffered hordes of mosquitoes as they struggled across the notorious Darien Gap between Panama and Colombi...
Peru's anti-riot tactics unmatched in lethality
2012-07-14 11:45:56 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Cesar Medina was returning home from an Internet cafe, his mother says, and got caught up in a crowd of demonstrators when police and soldiers opened fire. A bullet tore into his head, killing him instantly.
4 drug tunnels found along US-Mexico border
2012-07-14 04:03:14 UTC
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Three sophisticated drug tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation — including one with a railcar system — have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are buildin...
Chilean hate-crime legislation signed into law
2012-07-12 22:42:41 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president signed an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body.
The law was approved in May after being stuck in Congress for seven y...
Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies
2012-07-06 16:23:11 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The conviction of two former dictators for the systematic stealing of babies from political prisoners 30 years ago is a big step in Argentina's effort to punish that era's human rights abuses, though certainly not th...
Peru's ambitious laptop program gets mixed grades
2012-07-03 21:00:22 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.
Yet five ...
Accusations grow of vote-buying Mexico election
2012-07-03 20:51:04 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people rushed to stores on Tuesday to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given them by the party that won Mexico's presidency, inflaming accusations that the election was marred by massive vote-buying.
Mexico's former ruling party voted back to office
2012-07-02 09:53:15 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The party that ruled Mexico with an iron grip for most of the last century has sailed back into power, promising a government that will be modern, responsible and open to criticism.
Though Institutional Revolutionary Party ca...
Mexico's old rulers claim presidential election win
2012-07-02 04:56:14 UTC
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The party that ruled Mexico for much of the 20th century claimed victory in a presidential election on Sunday as exit polls showed its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, with a clear lead and primed to restore it to power after...
Mexico could return old ruling party to power
2012-07-01 06:17:06 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A single party dominated Mexico for most of the past century, and its loss 12 years ago proved to many that the country was finally a democracy. Now the nation's voters seem ready to bring it back to power in Sunday's presidenti...
British police demand Assange report to station
2012-06-29 06:17:32 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police served Julian Assange on Thursday with a demand that he report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.
The WikiLeaks founder said he was unlikely to obey the...
Ecuador studying asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder
2012-06-26 02:08:38 UTC
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says lawyers convened by the government are studying the political and legal implications of granting exile to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Minister Ricardo Patino did not indicate when a de...
3 policemen shot to death at Mexico City airport
2012-06-26 02:01:36 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug trafficking suspects opened fire in a crowded food court at Mexico City's international airport on Monday, killing three federal policemen who were on an anti-narcotics mission as panicked witnesses dove for cover.
Striking Bolivian police reject accord
2012-06-25 01:47:05 UTC
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking Bolivian police officers have rejected an accord with the government four days into a nationwide strike to demand higher wages.
The protesting rank-and-file police burned copies of the agreement during marches ac...
Mexico front-runner draws crowds, protests
2012-06-25 01:38:18 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The front-runner in Mexico's July 1 presidential elections has rallied tens of thousands of supporters at his first mass campaign event in the country's capital, saying he will respect Mexico's democracy and govern for all if el...
Paraguay's ousted president goes on the offensive
2012-06-25 01:34:15 UTC
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo fought back Sunday against the politicians who engineered his dismissal, setting up an alternative government and pledging to upstage Paraguay's new leaders at an upcoming regiona...
Ecuador's envoy heads to Quito for Assange talks
2012-06-23 17:36:42 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange.
Venezuela Indians: Germany must return sacred rock
2012-06-21 20:57:02 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A group of Venezuelan Indians are demanding that Germany give back a 35-ton boulder that they say is sacred.
More than 100 members of the Pemon group marched to the Germany Embassy in Caracas to insist on the return of...
Rio: pollution rife during UN enviro conference
2012-06-20 22:01:44 UTC
Rio de Janeiro (AP) — The throngs streaming into Rio for a sustainable development conference may be dreaming of white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters, but what they are first likely to notice as they leave the airport is not the salty tang of...
Uruguay plan: sell marijuana to registered buyers
2012-06-20 21:42:19 UTC
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government apparently plans to take a step beyond legalizing marijuana: It wants to sell it.
Local news media cited unnamed ruling-party lawmakers saying that the government planned to send a bill to Congres...
Obama confident Europeans will resolve debt crisis
2012-06-20 05:25:11 UTC
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama voiced confidence Tuesday in Europe's ability to "break the fever" of its raging debt crisis as he sought to calm both global financial markets and the election-year worries of voters at home.
Lima's unlikely superhero
2012-06-18 19:45:22 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — It's not easy being Superman.
It only earns about $160 a month for Avelino Chavez, who dresses up daily as the caped hero.
But oh, the adventures!
The 52-year-old Chavez can't fly but does seem to be everywhere in Lima: ...