Juan Gabriel, Mexican superstar singer-songwriter, has died
Latin America & the Caribbean

Juan Gabriel, Mexican superstar singer-songwriter, has died

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Juan Gabriel, a superstar Mexican songwriter and singer who was an icon in the Latin music world, died Sunday, Aug. 28, at his home in California at age 66, his publicist said. Juan Gabriel was Mexico’s leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist. His ballads about love and heartbreak and bouncy mariachi tunes … Continue reading

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FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal
Latin America & the Caribbean

FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal

HAVANA (AP) — The commander of Colombia’s biggest rebel movement said Sunday its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government beginning with the first minute of Monday, Aug 29, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world’s longest-running conflicts. Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, made … Continue reading

Shouts, charges of ‘stupidity,’ at Brazil president’s trial
Latin America & the Caribbean

Shouts, charges of ‘stupidity,’ at Brazil president’s trial

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A trial against Brazil’s president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared “stupidity is endless” and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body’s moral authority. The second day of the trial against President Dilma Rousseff got off to … Continue reading

Zika Birth Defects
Health / Latin America & the Caribbean / Lifestyle

Zika Birth Defects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are beginning a study of up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico, Brazil and other Zika-hit parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, to better understand the virus’ threat. The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced the study Tuesday, saying researchers will enroll participants starting in the first trimester and compare the birth … Continue reading

Ramon Castro, Cuban leader’s older brother, dies at age 91
Latin America & the Caribbean

Ramon Castro, Cuban leader’s older brother, dies at age 91

  HAVANA (AP) — Ramon Castro, a lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to younger brother Fidel Castro, has died, Cuban state media announced Tuesday. He was 91. Widely known by his nickname “Mongo,” the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life embraced by his … Continue reading

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
Business / Health / Latin America & the Caribbean / National

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.” The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most people experience either mild or … Continue reading

Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire
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Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s government and the country’s largest rebel group marked another milestone in their rapidly advancing peace talks Tuesday, jointly requesting that the United Nations establish an international observer mission to monitor a disarmament process that could end in a matter of weeks Latin America’s longest-running guerrilla conflict. Negotiators for the two sides … Continue reading

Head of Venezuela’s new opposition congress ready to fight
Latin America & the Caribbean

Head of Venezuela’s new opposition congress ready to fight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning back in the mahogany chair that belonged to his imposing socialist predecessor, new congress boss Henry Ramos doesn’t seem worried about being branded an out-of-touch conservative intent on burying the memory of late President Hugo Chavez and ousting his successor. On the contrary, he’s ready for a fight. “If you … Continue reading

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
Latin America & the Caribbean

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services. The announcement by Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank … Continue reading