Latin America Caribbean
Attorney: No problems before Brazil collapse
2013-12-04 18:26:52 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The attorney representing the crane operator involved in last week's deadly accident at the stadium hosting Brazil's World Cup opening match says his client told police he'd noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
Honduran candidate calls for protest, vote recount
2013-11-30 07:54:53 UTC
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro announced Friday that she won't recognize the result of Honduras' presidential election because of alleged voter fraud and called on her supporters to protest the win by the ruling p...
Mexican drug cartels now make money exporting ore
2013-11-29 18:25:13 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy. This month, federal officials confirmed ...
VP Biden arrives on economic mission in Panama
2013-11-19 09:13:44 UTC
PANAMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has arrived in Panama for an economic mission that will include touring the Panama Canal expansion project.
Biden has said the $5.2 billion project scheduled to be completed by 2015 presents a...
Bachelet wins Chile vote, but reforms in peril
2013-11-18 15:01:48 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Michelle Bachelet nearly doubled her conservative rival's votes in the first round of Chile's presidential election, but her center-left coalition fell short of the gains in Congress needed to keep many of her promises.
Fight begins over opening up Mexico's oil monopoly
2013-11-18 07:53:27 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The fight to revamp Mexico's moribund, state-run oil industry could start as early as this week with a Senate proposal to allow private access to the country's oil, a nationalist symbol that for decades has been fiercely protect...
Chile's Bachelet favored to win presidency
2013-11-17 09:46:00 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chileans were preparing to return Michelle Bachelet to the presidency on Sunday, hoping she can fulfill promises to reform a dictatorship-era system they blame for keeping the working classes poor and indebted to the privile...
US reporter held by Venezuelan authorities
2013-11-09 06:59:08 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Miami Herald journalist was being held for a second night by Venezuelan authorities after he was detained by security forces while reporting on the country's economic crisis.
Jim Wyss, the newspaper's Andean bureau c...
Local fight with Mexican cartel a small victory
2013-11-09 06:54:09 UTC
TEPALCATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For lime grower Hipolito Mora, it was time to organize and pick up arms when a packing company controlled by a brutal drug cartel refused to buy his fruit. For Bishop Miguel Patino Velazquez, it was seeing civilians for...
Hillary Clinton questions Cristina Kirchner's mental health
2013-10-29 05:47:45 UTC
Hillary Clinton has questioned the mental health of Cristina Kirchner and asked US diplomats to investigate whether the Argentinian president is taking medication to help her "calm down".
The US secretary of state painted Kirchner as a volatile...
Argentine ruling party holds onto Congress
2013-10-28 07:16:37 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez's governing bloc held onto control of Congress in Sunday's congressional elections, but the results buried hopes of changing the constitution to let her run for a third term and a former ...
Mexico TV star shows Hollywood what Latinos want
2013-10-25 07:39:04 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez jokes that it took him 12 years to become an overnight sensation.
The real punch line is that it took much longer.
The writer, director and star of the surprise Hollywood hit "Instructions N...
Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies
2013-10-25 19:13:22 UTC
Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency's intrusions in...
Argentine commuter train slams into station, again
2013-10-19 23:10:57 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A commuter train slammed into the bumper at the end of the line Saturday at the same station in Argentina's capital where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year. This time there was no immediate report of...
Cuban entrepreneurs gird for ban on import sales
2013-10-18 08:45:02 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — You can find just about anything at El Curita marketplace in gritty central Havana.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs hawk all manner of goods at this bustling bazaar, from watches, shampoos and facial creams to neon-colored tube tops and...
Rio de Janeiro dreams of (being) Hollywood
2013-09-30 06:28:17 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it's not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and a World Cup host city. He's determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too, and has gone to extraordinary lengths to persuade the directo...
Brazilian president: US surveillance a 'breach of international law'
2013-09-25 04:32:27 UTC
Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and eco...
Venezuela: US banned presidential overflight
2013-09-20 07:45:41 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela complained Thursday that Washington had barred President Nicolas Maduro from flying through U.S. airspace and prohibited a general from later accompanying him to the United Nations.
Foreign Minister Elias Jau...
Mexico looks for landslide victims, chopper
2013-09-21 07:37:20 UTC
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt in search of victims of a massive landslide, as authorities looked for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-strick...
For Obama, Brazil decision compounds rough stretch
2013-09-18 09:54:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, an embarrassing diplomatic rebuke by Brazil has compounded an already troublesome stretch for the White House both at home and abroad.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday that she w...
Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet
2013-09-17 20:17:16 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with ...
Tropical Storm Ingrid pelts east Mexico with rain
2013-09-14 07:57:42 UTC
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities rushed to evacuate riverside communities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz Friday as Tropical Storm Ingrid lashed the coast with heavy rains, threatening more damage in a state where landslides and flo...
Guinness: World's smallest dog is in Puerto Rico
2013-09-12 23:46:44 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico can now boast it is home to the world's smallest dog — at least when it comes to height.
The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall...
US Brazil bound after another 2-0 win over Mexico
2013-09-11 17:46:56 UTC
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fireworks had gone off and so had the smoke bombs. The red-white-and-blue-clad crowd had finished singing "Dos a cero! Dos a cero!" over and over and over.
The United States had qualified for its seventh straight World...
Allende's legacy strong 40 years after Chile coup
2013-09-11 17:12:38 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — As bombs fell and rebelling troops closed in on the national palace, socialist President Salvador Allende avoided surrender by shooting himself with an assault rifle, ending Chile's experiment in nonviolent revolution and be...