Ramon Castro, Cuban leader’s older brother, dies at age 91
Latin America & the Caribbean

Ramon Castro, Cuban leader’s older brother, dies at age 91

  HAVANA (AP) — Ramon Castro, a lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to younger brother Fidel Castro, has died, Cuban state media announced Tuesday. He was 91. Widely known by his nickname “Mongo,” the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life embraced by his … Continue reading

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
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Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.” The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most people experience either mild or … Continue reading

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