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Latin America's stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With countries across Latin America in lockdown, flight activity plummets 93% and revenue losses are estimated at $18 billion

LATAM. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile – WHO

May 27, 2020 - 1:49 PM

With about 730,000 cases and more than 39,500 deaths from COVID-19 reported as of May 25, Latin America outpaces Europe and the United States in the number of daily infections

DISINFECT. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020 a volunteer walks past a mural of the Brazilian flag as he disinfects an area at the Babilonia favela, in Rio de Janeiro.  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Latin America jobless to increase by 11.5 million due to virus – U.N.

May 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Nations also expects Latin America's economy to shrink by an estimated 5.3% in 2020 – the worst fall since 1930

A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 276,435 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday. (Photo by Carl DE SOUZA / AFP)

Brazil sees record virus deaths as pandemic surges in Latin America

May 20, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Latin America has seen coronavirus infections surge in recent days and now accounts for about 580,000 of the world's nearly 5 million confirmed cases

3RD HIGHEST. A volunteer disinfects an alley at the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Pandemic to provoke worst ever recession in Latin America

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:35 AM

A United Nations body expects Latin America's gross domestic product to see a record contraction of 5.3% in 2020

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Women suffer as lockdown worsens Latin America's 'domestic hell'

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:21 AM

In Mexico, it is estimated that around 200 women have been murdered since quarantine measures began

BARRED. Health workers wearing biosafety suits take the temperature of a woman during a checkup for the novel coronavirus at Nueva Floresta neighborhood in Cali, Colombia, on April 20, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Coronavirus could spark 2nd Latin America 'lost decade' – IMF

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Latin America's 'lost decade' traditionally refers to the 1980s, when countries were forced to tightened their belts to meet debt payments. Could this happen again?

HOMELESS. A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of the coronavirus in Cali, Colombia, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

U.N. predicts 'deep recession' in Latin America due to virus

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:25 AM

'We're faced with the largest fall in growth that the region has had,' says the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Farmers offer their products for sale in a market in downtown Ozumba, Mexico state, on April 3, 2020, during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)

Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia while Chile enforces virus curfew

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:58 AM

Colombia's justice minister rejects accusations by rights groups that the riots were sparked by unsanitary conditions inside a prison system woefully unprepared to face the pandemic

HOMELESS. A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Latin American countries continue to ramp up measures to contain the virus outbreak with deaths from the COVID-19 disease jumping to 33 and total cases soaring to over 3,000

BOLIVIA AND THE CORONAVIRUS. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Chile calls state of catastrophe as Latin America fights virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Cuba also records its first death and a slew of countries announce nighttime curfews as Latin America's lockdown widens

STRANDED. A woman wears a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as she waits at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, in Santiago, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

85 million at risk from school feeding program closures in Latin America – FAO

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Some 85 million boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean are fed meals at school

KIDS. Indigenous children clap during a political rally in Orinoca, Oruro, Bolivia, 02 August 2005. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela puts 7 states in virus quarantine as LatAm steps up measures

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Argentina and Colombia also close their borders

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Argentina, Ecuador deaths take Latin American virus toll to 5

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Meanwhile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Suriname report their first cases of the coronavirus

MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. A doctor and paramedics from the Emergency Medical Care System (SAMU) of Jalisco stand inside the mobile intensive care medical unit the UTIM, the first in Latin America equipped to transfer people infected with the COVID-19 virus in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Brazil confirms Latin America's 1st coronavirus case

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Another 20 cases are under investigation

FIRST IN LATIN AMERICA. Passengers, wearing masks as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus, travel through Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 26, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

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