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A year on, families grieve for Argentina's missing submariners

Mar Del Plata - Yolanda Mendiola turns up every morning to join other grieving mothers in a forlorn protest at the home base of a missing Argentine submarine.

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Caracas - Venezuela kept up its war of words on neighbor Colombia on Sunday, saying its president Ivan Duque was shielding the authors of an alleged attempt to assassinate its president Nicolas Maduro.

Left-wing ELN guerrillas release captured Colombian soldiers

Apo - Marxist ELN rebels have released three soldiers kidnapped a month ago, just two days before a Colombian government deadline on deciding whether or not to resume peace talks with the guerrillas, the country's ombudsman said on Wednesday.

Venezuela denies Colombia's claims of armed forces incursion

Caracas - Venezuela hit back at Colombia on Wednesday branding as fake news claims from its neighbor that helicopters and troops had violated its sovereignty in an illegal incursion.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

Venezuelan opposition urges US, Colombia to ignore extradition request

Caracas - Venezuela was pressing Colombia and the US to extradite its former National Assembly speaker as the country's opposition pushed back Thursday, saying the arrest warrant for the prominent lawmaker Julio Borges was "political in nature.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Caracas - A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding a drone "assassination" bid on the leader.

New president to inherit a Mexico plagued with grisly violence

Mexico - In the middle of the street, corpses riddled with bullets. Underground, thousands of bodies heaped in clandestine graves. And in the mountains, drug gangs locked in armed conflict with the military.

Grenades, a raid and now a drone: incidents targeting Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - A grenade attack, a rebel raid and now an alleged drone bombing: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his government have been targeted several times since he entered office in 2013.

Venezuela promotes 16,900 'loyal' military personnel

Caracas - The government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro promoted 16,900 military personnel on Monday as reward for their "loyalty.

Two Venezuelan generals among group detained for 'treason': lawyer

Caracas - Two Venezuelan generals were among a group of people arrested last week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas Maduro, their lawyer said Sunday.The generals are accused of leading a group of eight soldiers and a civilian.

Brazil's army chief warns of graft threat to democracy

Bras - Brazil's top army commander on Thursday made another foray into political commentary, warning that corruption poses a threat to democracy in Latin America's biggest country.

Army to withdraw from street patrols in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Troops in Guatemala withdrew from patrolling the country's streets Saturday, after 18 years of supporting the police in the fight against crime."This Saturday is the last day that the army will support the police.

Blast kills three Ecuadoran troops near Colombia border

Quito - Three Ecuadoran soldiers were killed and at least seven other people were injured Tuesday in a bomb explosion on the country's northern border with Colombia, the government said.

New Brazilian army operation in Rio favela

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian army swept into a crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro favela Wednesday, in its third major law enforcement operation since President Michel Temer put the military in charge of security in the former Olympic host city.

Vanished Argentine sub relatives launch campaign to fund search

Buenos Aires - Relatives of the 44 Argentine submarine crew members who disappeared in the southern Atlantic last November have launched a fundraising effort to continue the search for the missing vessel.

Brazil's senate approves military intervention in Rio

Bras - Brazil's Senate overwhelmingly approved the army's takeover of security in Rio de Janeiro following a breakdown of law and order in drug-ravaged neighborhoods.

Brazil's Temer gives army full control of Rio security

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday handed the military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence.

Brazil to use army in shock tactic to tame Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is to send in the army in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence in Rio de Janeiro, following a decree signed Friday by President Michel Temer.

Weekend violence kills 18 in western Mexico

Aguililla - At least eighteen people were killed in weekend violence on Mexico's west coast, authorities said Sunday.

New contact detected in search for vanished Argentine submarine

Buenos Aires - A sonar search for the Argentine submarine that disappeared on November 15 with 44 crew members on board has made a new contact in the South Atlantic, according to the navy.

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Buenos Aires - Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board."The defense minister asked him to retire.

New target in search for missing Argentine sub

Buenos Aires - Workers used sonar equipment Monday to get the facts on objects found 26 days after an Argentine sub went missing with 44 crew members aboard. President Mauricio Macri and the navy consider the crew to have been tragically lost.

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