Latin America

  • coronavirus Mar 8

    Argentina Announces First Coronavirus Death in Latin America

    Health authorities in Argentina say a 64-year-old man has died as a result of the new coronavirus, the first such death reported in Latin America

  • Dominican Republic Mar 1

    Dominican Republic, France Report Caribbean Virus Cases

    Health officials in the Dominican Republic and France have reported the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the tourist-rich Caribbean

  • coronavirus Feb 27

    With First Case in Brazil, Latin America Prepares for Coronavirus

    Latin America saw its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide when Brazil’s government announced that a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy this month had the virus.

  • Attorney Oct 15, 2019

    Trump Policy Puts Migrants in Danger in Mexico, Advocates Say

    Constance Wannamaker wanted to scream and cry at the same time. The Texas immigration attorney had just heard what should have been great news: Her client, a 21-year-old Guatemalan woman, was getting released from the El Paso Processing Center after weeks in detention. But that’s just a sliver of the story.

  • Governor Nov 26, 2019

    Native Americans to Hold 50th Gathering of Grief in Plymouth, Mass.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you in the land your forefathers stole. That’s the in-your-feast message Native Americans are preparing to send as they convene their 50th annual National Day of Mourning in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled.

  • NBC News Nov 24, 2019

    As Venezuela’s Economy Struggles, Some of Its Citizens Turn to a Lucrative Gig: Cybercrime

    Cybercrime is flourishing in Venezuela as the country’s deepening economic and political crisis drives thousands into the underground criminal world, according to a report released Thursday by IntSights, a global threat intelligence company. IntSights analysts discovered large-scale and sophisticated efforts to steal personal information from people in Latin America who work for a variety of companies, such as banks and...

  • mayor Nov 23, 2019

    Colombia President Orders Curfew in Bogota Following Unrest

    Colombian President Iván Duque ordered a curfew in the nation’s capital Friday amid continuing unrest following a massive march a day before that brought tens of thousands to the streets in a strong message of rejection against his conservative government.

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    US Draws Fewer New Foreign Students for 3rd Straight Year

    The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report, but the Trump administration says the drop should be blamed on high tuition costs and not students’ concerns over the nation’s political atmosphere. An annual report from the Institute of International Education found that the number of newly enrolled...

  • Israel Nov 7, 2019

    UN Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn US Embargo on Cuba

    The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration’s increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the 193-member world body was 187-3 with the U.S., Israel and Brazil voting “no,” and Colombia and Ukraine abstaining. Last year,...

  • President Nov 7, 2019

    Colombian Defense Chief Quits Amid Firestorm Over Minors Killed in Military Operation

    Colombia’s defense minister resigned Wednesday after coming under fire for failing to disclose the deaths of several minors in a military operation against dissidents belonging to the nation’s once largest guerrilla. Guillermo Botero submitted a resignation letter to President Iván Duque, touting his achievements in reducing crime while stating that the current “political circumstances” had compelled him to step...

  • Department of State Nov 7, 2019

    Memos: US Ambassadors Urged Trump Admin to Keep Temporary Protected Status for Haitian, Central American Immigrants

    U.S. ambassadors from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti sent urgent cables to the White House in the early days of the Trump administration, pleading with them to abandon plans to send hundreds of thousands of migrants back to their home countries. The cables, made public Thursday, expose the divide between career diplomats and a new administration eager to push through...

  • POLICE OFFICER Nov 7, 2019

    Chile’s President Proposes Minimum Wage Increase Amid Deadly Unrest

    Chile’s president sent a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage, one of a series of measures to try to contain nearly three weeks of anti-government protests over inequality in one of Latin America’s richest countries. President Sebastian Piñera signed the measure that seeks to guarantee a minimum salary of about $470 a month as demonstrations...

  • actor Nov 4, 2019

    The Impact of the Legendary Astrologist Walter Mercado

    The Spanish-speaking community is mourning the loss of Walter Mercado, the legendary astrologist, TV personality and artist who died Saturday night at 87. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, under the zodiac sign of Pisces on March 9, 1936, the iconic astrologist left horoscopes until January 2020, including the predictions for the new year, his nieces said. Here are some of...

  • President Nov 2, 2019

    Chile Backs Away From Tax Breaks on the Rich Amid Protests

    Chile’s government said on Friday that it is backing away from a plan to cut corporate taxes following two weeks of protests fed by anger of inequality. Tens of thousands were demonstrating again Friday in the capital, continuing protests that have shaken the country and forced the cancellation of two major international summits that had been scheduled for Santiago. Small...

  • Grammy Oct 24, 2019

    Ricky Martin to Host Latin Grammy Awards With Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega

    Ricky Martin will co-host the 20th Latin Grammy Awards next month alongside Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, the Latin Record Academy announced on Thursday. Martin, a three-time Latin Grammy winner and two-time Grammy winner, said in a video on his social media platforms that participation is “super important” to him. “It’s been 20 years, where Latin GRAMMY have given us...

  • director Oct 24, 2019

    What’s Behind Fiery Latin American Protests?

    Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia’s is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators were marching this week to demand fundamental change, part of a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires, government offices, trains and metro stations ablaze across Latin America and the...

  • facebook Oct 21, 2019

    Facebook Ramps Up Election Security Efforts Ahead of 2020

    With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world.

  • ASIA Oct 9, 2019

    Women Are Slapped, Forcibly Treated, Abused During Childbirth, Report on 4 Countries Finds

    A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean...

  • New York Sep 29, 2019

    Thousands Attend Global Citizen Festival in Central Park

    More than 60,000 people packed Central Park on Saturday for the Global Citizen Festival, an annual event that mixes musical performances with activism aimed at ending poverty throughout the world by 2030, NBC News reports. Artists such as Queen, Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Pharell Williams and OneRepublic took the stage during the five-hour festival, which comes on the heels of...

  • Mexico Sep 28, 2019

    Legendary Mexican Crooner José José Dies From Cancer

    Mexican crooner José José, the elegant dresser who moved audiences to tears with melancholic love ballads and was known as the “Prince of Song,” has died at the age of 71. Mexican artists’ association ANDI confirmed the death in a Twitter post on Saturday. Multiple media outlets said the singer had died of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in South...

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