Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator
International News

Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s political crisis deepened sharply on Thursday with corruption allegations that threatened to topple the president, undermine reforms aimed at pulling the economy from recession and leave Latin America’s largest nation rudderless. Stocks plunged, both chambers of Congress cancelled sessions and President Michel Temer’s office canceled his planned activities Thursday … Continue reading

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica
Latin America & the Caribbean

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain. Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, … Continue reading

Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact?
Europe / Latin America & the Caribbean

Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact?

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Guessing the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is notoriously hard because the secretive Norwegian Nobel Committee isn’t dropping any hints, except that 376 people and groups have been nominated for the award, which will be announced on Oct. 7. That doesn’t stop Nobel watchers from speculating, sometimes based on their … Continue reading

Venezuela opposition leader delayed by govt backers
Latin America & the Caribbean

Venezuela opposition leader delayed by govt backers

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he was harassed in a Margarita Island airport for four hours by armed and hooded government supporters. The tense standoff ended after midnight Wednesday when the supporters withdrew from an area close to baggage claim where they awaited Capriles and a delegation of opposition politicians … Continue reading

Appeals court has concerns over possible Gitmo video release
Latin America & the Caribbean / National

Appeals court has concerns over possible Gitmo video release

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court expressed concerns Thursday about the prospect of ordering the Obama administration to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike. Judges hearing arguments in the long-running legal dispute considered whether any First Amendment interest in releasing the footage is outweighed by … Continue reading

Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate
Latin America & the Caribbean / National / Politics

Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending. While Rousseff’s ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter … Continue reading

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