Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire
Latin America & the Caribbean / Uncategorized

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

Impeachment proceedings opened against Brazil’s Rousseff
Latin America & the Caribbean

Impeachment proceedings opened against Brazil’s Rousseff

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Impeachment proceedings were opened Wednesday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by the speaker of the lower house of Congress, a sworn enemy of the beleaguered leader. A special commission in which all political parties are represented must now weigh the decision of speaker Eduardo Cunha to open proceedings against Rousseff … Continue reading

Opposition wins Argentine election, ending ‘Kirchner era’
Latin America & the Caribbean

Opposition wins Argentine election, ending ‘Kirchner era’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, marking an end to the left-leaning and often-combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country’s political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract. Ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli, Fernandez’s chosen successor, … Continue reading

Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island
Latin America & the Caribbean

Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials blamed the United States late Tuesday for instigating a surge in the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. through Central America amid ongoing efforts to normalize relations between the former Cold War foes. In a statement aired on the government’s nightly broadcast, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations … Continue reading

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors
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Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

LONDON (AP) — It’s no fun being in the middle. Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward. They find themselves squeezed between … Continue reading