Latin America Caribbean
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: ...
Colombia's legendary police chief heads to Mexico
2012-06-15 18:55:34 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A signature trophy that Gen. Oscar Naranjo has carefully displayed in glass at Police Intelligence headquarters is odd by any measure: the neatly folded uniform of a rebel commander slain in 2008, clearly showing the holes ...
Former Nicaragua Contra leader Adolfo Calero dies
2012-06-03 15:50:12 UTC
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Adolfo Calero, who led the largest force of U.S.-backed rebels against Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s and found himself entangled in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died at age 81.
Calero died Saturday of ...
Hurricane Bud roars toward Mexican coast
2012-05-25 22:16:05 UTC
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Bud weakened Friday as it headed toward a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages on Mexico's Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta. Two people, one of them from France, were reported...
Mexican novelist, essayist Carlos Fuentes dies
2012-05-16 03:53:51 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America's novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital. He was 83.
Fuentes died at the Angel...
Mexico drug war's latest toll: 49 headless bodies
2012-05-14 17:14:24 UTC
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Authorities struggled Monday to identify the 49 people found mutilated and scattered in a pool of blood in a region near the U.S .border where Mexico's two dominant drug cartels are trying to outdo each other in bloodshed ...
Prospectors ready to tap Haiti's buried gold
2012-05-11 20:50:45 UTC
TROU DU NORD, Haiti (AP) — Its capital is blighted with earthquake rubble. Its countryside is shorn of trees, chopped down for fuel. And yet, Haiti's land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidd...
Argentine Senate approves 'dignified death' law
2012-05-10 20:31:53 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions.
The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, w...
Haitian who alleges abuse testifies in Uruguay
2012-05-10 19:51:07 UTC
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A 19-year-old Haitian man who has accused six Uruguayan peacekeepers for the U.N. of sexually abusing him in the poor Caribbean country on Thursday arrived at court to testify to the judge investigating the case.
After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely
2012-05-01 20:33:51 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change is weeks ...
Latin Grammy awards show returns to Las Vegas
2012-04-26 20:25:20 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards are coming back to Las Vegas for the fifth time.
The Latin Recording Academy announced Thursday that the show is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas ...
US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
2012-04-26 18:46:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States.
The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico tha...
Mexican president discusses immigration in Texas
2012-04-26 03:19:58 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon said during a speech Wednesday evening that while he respects U.S. laws designed to control illegal immigration, he's against statutes like Arizona's controversial law that he believes unfairly go a...
Venezuela: 5 arrested on money laundering charges
2012-04-25 04:19:19 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's top security official announced the arrests of five people on charges of money laundering and said Tuesday that there are suspicions some opposition politicians were involved in the scheme.
Venezuela's Chavez active, upbeat on TV in Cub
2012-04-24 19:47:49 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared in video images for the first time in 10 days on Tuesday, chatting with aides and relatives in an upbeat outdoor encounter that allowed him to show supporters he remains vigorous ...
Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case
2012-04-24 18:37:17 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department said on Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence.
Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas, was arrested ...
US lessons in Afghanistan can aid Colombian troops
2012-04-24 07:07:03 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia.
While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. ...
Report: Wal-Mart hushed up bribe network in Mexico
2012-04-21 20:57:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A published report says Wal-Mart hushed up a vast bribery campaign that top executives of its Mexican subsidiary carried out to build stores across that country.
The New York Times reported Saturday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fai...
EU parliament slams Argentina's YPF seizure
2012-04-20 18:29:53 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament on Friday condemned Argentina's move to seize control of the YPF division of Spanish oil and gas company Repsol and demanded that the EU take action against Buenos Aires at the World Trade Organization...
Cuba's allies to boycott future Americas summits
2012-04-15 01:51:37 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cuba's allies in Latin America declared on Saturday that they would stay away from future hemispheric summits if the communist island nation was not invited to attend.
Increasing calls to end the ostracism of Cub...
Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America
2012-04-15 00:55:02 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia threatened on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.
In a major embarrassment for the United States at ...