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

Movies, zombies, Halloween changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead
Latin America & the Caribbean

Movies, zombies, Halloween changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics are fast changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones. Mexico’s capital is holding its first Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and more … Continue reading

Venezuela suspends recall campaign against President Maduro
Latin America & the Caribbean

Venezuela suspends recall campaign against President Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral authority suspended a recall drive against President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, Oct. 20, less than a week before it was set to start, throwing the opposition’s key campaign to oust the socialist leader into disarray. Officials cited alleged fraud in a preliminary signature-gathering effort as justification for blocking the … Continue reading

Leaks put Assange at odds with Ecuador’s warming up to US
Latin America & the Caribbean

Leaks put Assange at odds with Ecuador’s warming up to US

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finding himself in open conflict with his Ecuadorean protectors as the group’s latest dump targeting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign runs afoul of the South American government’s goal of warming up to Washington. Ecuador’s move to cut off his internet access at its embassy in London was … Continue reading

Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda
Latin America & the Caribbean

Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Doors and windows began to rattle across Bermuda early Thursday, October 13, as Hurricane Nicole approached the British territory as an extremely dangerous Category 3 hurricane. The storm was located about 55 miles (85 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda Thursday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and … Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew moves into Bahamas after battering Haiti
Latin America & the Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew moves into Bahamas after battering Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Matthew was passing through the sparsely populated islands of the southern Bahamas early Wednesday,Oct. 4, after inflicting heavy damage on southwest Haiti. Forecasters said the storm was on track to roll directly over the Bahamian capital of Nassau before nearing the Florida coast. At least 11 deaths had been … Continue reading