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

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
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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
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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’
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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
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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

Mexico’s Fernando del Paso wins 2015 Cervantes letters prize
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Mexico’s Fernando del Paso wins 2015 Cervantes letters prize

MADRID (AP) — Mexican author Fernando del Paso has won the 2015 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor, Spanish officials announced Thursday. Education Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo highlighted del Paso’s mix of tradition with modernity and his recreation of episodes that are fundamental to Mexico’s history in his novels. Del Paso’s works … Continue reading