Ecuador hikes taxes as deadly quake compounds economic pain
Latin America & the Caribbean

Ecuador hikes taxes as deadly quake compounds economic pain

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday night that he is raising sales taxes and will charge a one-time levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake will likely run into the billions of dollars, adding to … Continue reading

Brazil’s lower house begins presidential impeachment debate
Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil’s lower house begins presidential impeachment debate

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress on Friday began a raucous debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a question that underscores the deep polarization in Latin America’s largest country and most-powerful economy. If lawmakers approved the measure in a vote slated for Sunday, it gets sent to the Senate, … Continue reading

Colombia to hold peace talks with 2nd-largest rebel group
Latin America & the Caribbean

Colombia to hold peace talks with 2nd-largest rebel group

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia and the country’s second-largest rebel group announced Wednesday that they will hold peace talks, heightening expectations for a definitive end to a half-century of political violence in the Andean nation. The government has been in exploratory talks in Ecuador with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, for more than a … Continue reading

Brazil’s biggest party abandons president, quits coalition
Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil’s biggest party abandons president, quits coalition

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s largest party abandoned President Dilma Rousseff’s governing coalition Tuesday, making it tougher for her to survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment. The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, known as the PMDB, said after a meeting that six Cabinet ministers belonging to the party as well as some 600 federal … Continue reading

Big turnout for protests urging ouster of Brazil’s president
Latin America & the Caribbean

Big turnout for protests urging ouster of Brazil’s president

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilians ratcheted up the heat for embattled President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, turning out by the tens of thousands for demonstrations across the country calling for her ouster. The biggest protest took place in Brazil’s economic capital, Sao Paulo, a bastion of simmering dissatisfaction with Rousseff and her governing Workers’ Party. … Continue reading

2nd former Mexican president unloads on Donald Trump
Latin America & the Caribbean

2nd former Mexican president unloads on Donald Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Saturday joined his predecessor in office in unloading on Donald Trump, calling the Republican front-runner’s campaign racist and saying his discourse on immigration is fueling anti-American sentiment around the world. Calderon, a conservative who was president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, even said he … Continue reading

Alejandro G. Inarritu part of Mexican film’s new golden age
Latin America & the Caribbean / Lifestyle

Alejandro G. Inarritu part of Mexican film’s new golden age

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Movie buffs in Mexico are abuzz with the possibility native son Alejandro G. Inarritu could snag this year’s directing Oscar for “The Revenant,” which would be an unprecedented third in a row by Mexicans. If that’s not enough for Mexicans to cheer about during Sunday’s Academy Awards show, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki … Continue reading