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El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Santiago - El Salvador has earned a grim distinction: it is the country with the highest rate of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, with more than 10 killings for every 100,000 women.

C.American caravan gains speed, first migrants cross border

Tijuana - Hundreds of Central Americans arrived at the United States's southern border Wednesday, defying visiting US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, as the rest of a migrant caravan dramatically accelerated its pace to join them.

C.American caravan gains speed, more migrants reach border

Tijuana - Hundreds more migrants reached the US-Mexico border Wednesday, their numbers swelling as the main body of a much larger caravan of Central Americans followed behind them at an accelerated pace through Mexico.

Latin America braces for 'Bolsonaro effect'

Montevideo - Brazil's Latin American neighbors are bracing for a regional "Bolsonaro effect" after the far-right leader's crushing victory in presidential elections.

Pence warns Central American leaders on China ties

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday warned Central American nations to be cautious when building relations with China, which has been increasingly active in the region.

Evangelicals wield voting power across Latin America, including Brazil

Montevideo - Evangelical churches are flourishing across traditionally Catholic Latin America and as the religious movement grows, its influence -- including in this weekend's elections in Brazil -- transforming the region and swinging its politics to the right, an...

World Bank warns of Latin America's 'fragile' recovery

Washington - The World Bank on Friday expressed concern over the "fragile" economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, weighed down by Venezuela's spiraling crisis and weak performances in Brazil and Argentina.

Latin American nations discuss Venezuelan migrant crisis

Quito - Ministers from a dozen Latin American nations start a two-day meeting in Ecuador Monday on how they can cooperate to end the massive Venezuelan migrant crisis that has jolted the region.

No common policy for Latin American states on Venezuela migrants

Quito - Around 2.3 million Venezuelans -- 7.5 percent of the population -- live abroad, and 1.6 million of those have emigrated since the economic crisis worsened in 2015 -- the vast majority to other Latin American countries.

Trade tension, strong dollar hit Latin America's growth

Mexico - Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday.

UN panel slashes 2018 growth forecast for Latin America

Mexico - Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

S - Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbor.

IMF says Venezuela to see 1 mn percent inflation by year-end

Washington - Amid the financial and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the country is expected to see hyperinflation reach epic proportions: a million percent a year by the end of 2018, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

Undocumented mothers file lawsuit to be reunited with kids

Los Angeles - Three undocumented migrant mothers filed a lawsuit Tuesday against President Donald Trump's administration, demanding to be reunited with the daughters they were forcibly separated from after crossing the Mexican border to seek asylum.

Latin America's worst plane crashes

Havana - A Cuban airliner with more than 100 people on board crashed Friday after takeoff from Havana with many feared dead.

Latin American states in quandary over US embassy move

Montevideo - US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians, has left several Latin American countries pondering whether to follow suit.

US, LatAm countries warn Venezuela over presidential election

- The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries on Saturday warned Venezuela its presidential election next month would be seen as illegitimate by the region unless it restored democratic standards.

Mexican leader, US VP Pence to meet over ties, NAFTA talks

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US Vice President Mike Pence plan to meet on Saturday on the sidelines of a Summit of the Americas in Peru to discuss ties frayed by NAFTA renegotiations and border tensions.

US vice president meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

- US Vice President Mike Pence met with Venezuelan opposition figures Friday shortly after he arrived in Peru ahead of a summit with Latin American leaders, reporters traveling with him said.

Ivanka helps fill Trump's absence at Latin America summit

- Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are stepping in to fill US President Donald Trump's absence at a summit of Latin American leaders taking place in Peru late this week.

Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Washington - The White House insisted Tuesday that Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller, stoking fears that the president may try to kill an investigation inching ever-closer to the Oval Office.

Americans world's biggest TV addicts watching four hours a day

Cannes - The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their television last year, according to a report released Monday.

US mulls how to shield Caribbean if Venezuela oil cut

Kingston - After preparing Latin American allies for possible US oil sanctions against Venezuela, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Caribbean on Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of such a move.

US envoy Tillerson pushes counternarcotics effort in Americas

Bogota - Washington's top diplomat wrapped up a trip through Latin America on Tuesday buoyed by support for the US approach to Venezuela but with a warning against backsliding in the drug war.

US mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil: Tillerson

Buenos Aires - The United States said Sunday it has not ruled out sanctions on Venezuelan oil as it turns the screw on President Nicolas Maduro, but is wary of hurting the country's people.

Trump and Tillerson: Who speaks for America?

Bariloche - President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were both addressing drug smuggling and immigration across the southern US border.

Tillerson: China, Russia roles in Americas 'alarming'

Austin - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Thursday that China and Russia are assuming "alarming" roles in Latin America and urged regional powers to work with the United States instead.

US, Mexico play up increased security cooperation

Mexico - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted Friday the US and Mexico are bolstering cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, brushing aside concerns about the impact of his boss Donald Trump's anti-Mexican barbs.

Tillerson to rally Americas, amid Venezuela crisis

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to embark on his first major tour of Central and South America this week as a worried region watches Venezuela's slide into crisis.

2018: A big year for Latin America elections

Montevideo - Next year will be a big election year for Latin America, a region where democracy in many countries is only decades young, and where the shadow of corruption stretches wide and long.
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