Haiti’s presidential redo goes well; long vote count begins
Latin America & the Caribbean

Haiti’s presidential redo goes well; long vote count begins

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s repeatedly derailed presidential election finally went off relatively smoothly Sunday, Nov. 20, as the troubled nation tries to get its shaky democracy on a firmer foundation after nearly a year of being led by a provisional government. Polls closed late in the afternoon, and election workers set to work on … Continue reading

As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America
Latin America & the Caribbean

As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An expected U.S. economic retreat from Latin America under Donald Trump is causing the region’s leaders to look halfway around the world, to China, for help weathering the possible financial headwinds. They’ll have the perfect opportunity to make their appeal this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a Pacific Rim … Continue reading

After lengthy drift, Haiti votes for new leader
Latin America & the Caribbean

After lengthy drift, Haiti votes for new leader

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Voters will have their say Sunday, Nov. 20, in a repeatedly derailed presidential election that leaders hope will get Haiti’s shaky democracy on a sturdier track. The Caribbean nation’s roughly 6 million registered voters don’t lack for choice: 27 presidential candidates are on the ballot. The top two finishers will meet … Continue reading

Nicaragua president easily wins new term, with wife as VP
Latin America & the Caribbean

Nicaragua president easily wins new term, with wife as VP

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega overwhelmingly won re-election to a third consecutive term in official results announced Monday,Nov. 7, putting him in position to govern for a quarter-century and cement family control over the country with his wife now officially vice president. With nearly all votes counted, the ticket of the former guerrilla … Continue reading

Deforestation for avocados much higher than thought
Latin America & the Caribbean

Deforestation for avocados much higher than thought

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deforestation caused by the expansion of Mexican avocado orchards is much higher than previously thought, authorities said Monday,Oct. 31 . Talia Coria, an official in the attorney general’s office for environmental protection, said almost 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of forest land are converted to agricultural uses each year in the western … Continue reading