Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees
Latin America & the Caribbean

Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees

JUAN LACAZE, Uruguay (AP) — When Uruguay announced last year that it would be taking in five families fleeing Syria’s devastating civil war, residents of this small town pulled together and lobbied to host one. Then in November, locals welcomed a newly arrived Merhi Alshebli, his wife and their 15 children with food and seeds … Continue reading

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Brazil’s economy plunging; no relief in sight
Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil’s economy plunging; no relief in sight

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A currency hitting historic lows. Unemployment at a five-year peak. Consumer spending in the dumps, and a grinding political crisis that’s frozen leaders’ ability to push through Congress measures to jumpstart a moribund economy. The news keeps getting worse for the once-ballyhooed Brazilian economy, compounding the delicate political situation for … Continue reading

Colombia’s president traveling to Cuba to promote peace
Latin America & the Caribbean

Colombia’s president traveling to Cuba to promote peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Declaring that “peace is near,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a surprise trip Wednesday to Cuba for a key meeting with government negotiators trying to wrap up talks aimed at ending the country’s long-running conflict. Colombia has been abuzz in recent hours with speculation that the government and negotiators for … Continue reading

Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president
Latin America & the Caribbean

Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution. Prosecutor Thelma Aldana called the travel ban a “precautionary” measure and said the … Continue reading