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Pompeo to take up immigration, Iran on Latin America tour

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pompeo will start his tour in Argentina, where he will take part on July 19 in a 'counterterrorism ministerial' among Western Hemisphere nations

LATIN AMERICAN TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Trump ramps up pressure on Cuba in Latin America offensive

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:52 AM

National security advisor John Bolton says the new measures imposed on Cuba were meant to 'reverse the consequences of disastrous Obama-era policies'

PRESSURE. US President Donald Trump continues to put pressure on Latin America, reversing policies set by his predecessor Barack Obama. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Cuba votes in referendum on new constitution

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Results of the vote, which the government turned into a plebiscite on the 'irrevocable' role of socialism in the island nation, are expected late Monday

REFERENDUM. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel casts his vote in the referendum for the new Cuban Constitution in Havana, on February 24, 2019. Photo by Ramon Espinosa/Pool/AFP)

'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

According to the International Labour Organization, there are 18 million domestic workers in Latin America, with 93% of them women

Ministers meet on Venezuela as border blockade halts aid shipment

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:00 AM

All eyes are on the Venezuelan border, where the armed forces have blocked an intended route into the country for desperately-needed humanitarian aid, heightening tensions with Washington

MEETING. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) arrives for a meeting on Venezuela in Montevideo on February 7, 2019. Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

What does 10,000,000% inflation look like? See Venezuela

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:27 PM

In 2019 hyperinflation in Venezuela is expected to leave earth's orbit, hitting 10 million percent, a figure so large and improbable, readers of the IMF report had to count the zeroes to make sure they had the correct number

Picture of a new five Bolivar-note (R) and its equivalent in old Bolivar-bills in Caracas on August 20, 2018. Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Colombia's Ivan Duque says Venezuela should be barred from talks called for September 25 to support countries that have taken in migrants from the country grappling with a severe political and economic crisis

ON VENEZUELA. Ivan Duque, president of Colombia, addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018 a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

Venezuela urged to accept migration crisis humanitarian aid

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Venezuela denies it has a migration problem and has accused the United Nations and 'enemy countries' of exaggerating the issue

VENEZUELA. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest

May 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The Church-mediated dialogue involves representatives of university students who are leading the protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as well as some from business groups and unions

CRISIS TALKS. Students shout 'Present' for the dead students during talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Roman Catholic bishops in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima, in Managua on May 16, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Americans world's biggest TV addicts – study

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Data gathered from 95 countries showed Americans and Canadians are the biggest TV addicts watching 4 hours and 3 minutes on average daily

TV BUM. File photo of a bar patron in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Chile votes in what could be a close presidential run-off

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Whoever wins the election will take office in March 2018

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela's Maduro

May 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Reexamining the Philippines' place in the world

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Lasco: This intimacy with different lands should not only place us at the heart of the world; it should also should give us a heart for the world

Fidel Castro leaves behind unique legacy in Cuba

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The former Cuban president who died aged 90 on Friday said he would never retire from politics

EL COMANDANTE. In this handout picture released by Cuban newspaper Granma, former President Fidel Castro (R) is seen during a meeting with Japanese Prime Ministro Shinzo Abe (L), in Havana on September 22, 2016. AFP/Alex Castro

Tropical Storm Earl hits Mexico, maintains intensity

Aug 05, 2016 - 5:34 PM

After sweeping into the southern Mexican state of Tabasco around 7 pm 0000 GMT Friday Earl is expected to maintain strength

TROPICAL STORM EARL. A handout picture made available by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) shows members of the national army emergency and rescue team (UHR) working at a fallen bridge damaged after strong rains hit the region, following the passage of Tropical Storm Earl, in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, August 4, 2016. Photo by CONRED/EPA

'Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines' war vs drugs

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

May 24, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas

ZIKA VIRUS. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Zika strain from Americas outbreak spreads in Africa for first time

May 20, 2016 - 9:52 PM

UPDATED WHO announces the Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has for the first time been found in Africa

FUMIGATION. Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on February 23, 2016. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

New era for Brazil as Rousseff cedes power to Temer

May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

It is urgent to restore peace and unite Brazil says interim president Michel Temer

'NEW ERA.' Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer (R) attends an inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The funding includes 12 2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400 000 Haitians

DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the world food program 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after three consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Six of the court s 9 judges approve the ruling that all people are free to choose independently to start a family in keeping with their sexual orientation receiving equal treatment under the constitution and the law

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. In this file photo, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community participate in the 'Gay Pride Day' parade in the streets of Bogota, Colombia, on June 26, 2011. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED The official toll from the quake now stands at 602 dead and 130 missing

AFTERMATH. A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto s decision to send landmark legislation to Congress is the result of a national debate on cannabis laws

MEDICAL MARIJUANAN. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a bill during an event in which he announced a proposal to legalize medical marijuana and further ease restrictions on personal consumption, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 21, 2016. Photo by Alex Cruz/EPA

Officials in Latin America linked to Panama Papers

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Reporters analyzing a trove of leaked tax documents called the Panama Papers find various Latin American figures among the world leaders mentioned in it

Brazilian Deputies Chamber president Eduardo Cunha leads a session of the Brazilian Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, 03 March 2016. Photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

No peace deal yet for FARC, Colombia

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:59 PM

To be perfectly frank we do have to tell the public that at this time there are still some differences with the FARC on significant issues says government s lead negotiator Humberto de la Calle

NO PEACE DEAL YET. The head of the Colombian Government peace delegation Humberto de la Calle (3-R) makes a statement at the Palace of Conventions in Havana, Cuba, March 23, 2016. Negotiators from both the Colombian government and FARC rebel group missed the deadline to establish a final accord to end Colombia's civil war on March 23, but have indicated that they will continue to settle all issues that impede the establishment of a peace deal. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Google, UNICEF to map spread of Zika virus

Mar 03, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Internet giant aims to help predict potential outbreaks so governments and NGOs will know where to focus

epa05165560 Workers fumigate a train car at a train depot in Seoul's Gangseo Ward, South Korea, 17 February 2016, as a precaution against the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the same day that the government will launch a nationwide mosquito control program to prevent the import of the mosquito-borne virus. The control efforts will target the Asian tiger mosquito, said to spread the virus that causes microcephaly in unborn children. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Cuba reports first case of Zika

Mar 02, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The first Zika patient in Cuba is a 28 year old female doctor from Venezuela

Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on February 23, 2016. Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that 9,200 troops and police have been mobilized in a campaign to eliminate mosquitoes and protect the country against the Zika virus. Cuba has not officially recorded any cases of the mosquito-borne virus, which is strongly suspected of causing serious birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. But 28 countries and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean have reported cases of active Zika transmission, with 1.5 million in Brazil, the hardest-hit country. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE

Brazil arrests Facebook executive in row over police access to data

Mar 02, 2016 - 12:59 AM

Diego Dzodan is in detention in Sao Paulo after his arrest following repeated non compliance with court orders\ to share Facebook data requested in a drug trafficking case

FACEBOOK ARREST. A man walks with his mobile phone in his hand in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 17, 2015. File Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Colombia reports almost 43,000 Zika cases

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:25 AM

More than 7 000 of those infected are pregnant

epa05132142 Residents wait outside as Health Secretary workers fumigate their homes to avoid the spread of the 'Aedes aegypti' in Cali, Colombia, 28 January 2016. The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said on 28 January in Geneva. 'The level of alarm is extremely high,' Chan told WHO member state representatives meeting in Geneva, noting that the virus was spreading 'explosively' through mosquitoes in the region. There are estimates that there may have been 1.5 million Zika cases in this year's Olympic host country Brazil, where the outbreak started last year, senior WHO officials said. EPA/Christian Escobar Mora

US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Health officials say two of the women miscarried and two elected to terminate their pregnancies

ZIKA AND PREGNANCY. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Sharp rise of dengue on Chile's Easter Island

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Authorities say they are also monitoring the population for Zika virus and that about a dozen people suspected of having the disease are under observation

Colombia reports 37,000 Zika cases, over 6,300 in pregnant women

Feb 21, 2016 - 7:16 AM

Health authorities project that more than 600 000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

Feb 12, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process says the Department of Homeland Security

ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Muslim countries are seeing a drop in tourist arrivals according to industry experts

epa05019250 A general view for a beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 November 2015. About 25,000 Russian tourists returned home from Egypt over the weekend, amid fears that a terrorist bomb could have brought down an airliner last week. President Vladimir Putin ordered a suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Egypt after an airliner apparently exploded on October 31 while flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. EPA/NAMIR GALAL/ALMASRY ALYOUM EGYPT OUT

Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Feb 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Brazilians enjoy the glitzy spectacle determined not to let the Zika outbreak ruin their partying

Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

Feb 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Some 200 000 residents of this Central American nation spent Saturday ridding homes and gardens of standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring larvae from the virus carrying mosquito

Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Colombia s National Health Institute says the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome

FIRST DEATHS. Health officials of Colombia and the National Health Institute seen during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, February 5, 2016. At least 3 people have died in Colombia with 'confirmed history' of Zika and other six cases are currently under study, as reported the general director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Marta Lucia Ospina. Photo by EPA/Leonardo Muñoz

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Feb 01, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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