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Thousands of women rally for abortion law in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Thousands of women, many sporting the green scarves that have become the symbol of Argentina's abortion rights movement, rallied in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to campaign for a new bill to legalize abortion.

Chile president launches health care reform project

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera launched on Sunday a reform project to create a "universal health plan" following months of protests against social inequality and his leadership.

Undocumented migrants drive closer to American dream

New York - Driving a car in the United States -- a country similar in size to Europe -- is often a necessity, as well as being a key part of national culture for over a century.

Brazil approves sale of medical cannabis in pharmacies

S - Brazil's health watchdog on Tuesday approved the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use in pharmacies to people with a prescription.

Argentina's leftist president-elect reignites abortion debate

Buenos Aires - The inauguration of Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernandez next month has reignited a debate over the legalization of abortion, a year after conservatives narrowly blocked its decriminalization, leaving the country bitterly divided over the issu...

Brazil lawmakers water down Bolsonaro's bill to ease gun controls

S - Lawmakers in Brazil have watered down pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal that would have allowed ordinary people to carry weapons in public.

Cuba's intranet creators, thriving despite regulatory clampdown

Havana - What, no internet? That is no problem for Juan, who used to play the e-sports game Dota 2 on a giant local intranet created with a massive network of cables and antennas connecting thousands of homes in Havana.

Guatemala court blocks signing of migration deal with US

Guatemala City - Guatemala's constitutional court has granted an injunction blocking President Jimmy Morales from signing a controversial deal with the United States that would oblige the Central American country to welcome migrants, at least in the short term.

Activists in Argentina launch new bid to legalize abortion

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in Argentina launched a fresh bid to legalize abortion on Tuesday, presenting a new bill to Congress and resuming a battle that has divided the homeland of Pope Francis ahead of October's general election.

Costa Rica court orders same-sex marriage ban struck down

San Jos - Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ordered a statutory ban on same-sex marriages be struck down as unconstitutionally discriminatory and has given lawmakers -- including a high proportion of evangelicals who promote heterosexual-only unions -- 18 months to...

Argentina Senate votes against legalizing abortion

Buenos Aires - Argentina's senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by the legislature's lower house months earlier.

Venezuela's Constituent Assembly helping Maduro disassemble opposition

Caracas - Venezuela's controversial Constituent Assembly marks its first anniversary on Saturday as the embodiment of President Nicolas Maduro's entrenchment in power despite an economic crisis that has crippled the country's public services and destroyed its cu...

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Santiago - Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.

Ex-Colombian rebels take up seats in congress hostile to them

Apo - Former leftist guerrillas in Colombia took up seats Friday in a congress dominated by conservatives opposed to a peace accord that ended a 50 year war and provided for the ex-guerrillas' representation in the legislature.

Uruguay marks a year of pot pharmacies — 'it's like selling aspirin'

Montevideo - Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains."I had to sell what they didn't sell," he told AFP.

Mexico president-elect to have Congressional majority: official results

Mexico - Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will have a majority in both houses of Congress, according to preliminary official results released Tuesday, cementing the anti-establishment leftist's landslide win.

Argentine Senate starts debating historic abortion bill

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Senate on Tuesday began debating a historic abortion bill passed by the lower house Chamber of Deputies last month.

Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in conservative Argentina prepared to vote Wednesday on a decisive bill to legalize abortion which if passed, would make it the most populous Latin American country to do so.The debate has divided Argentinian society.

Argentine Congress set for historic abortion vote

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in traditionally conservative Argentina began a key session Wednesday ahead of a divisive vote on a bill to legalize abortion.The debate has divided Argentinian society.

Chilean towns to fine men for street harassment of women

Santiago - Two Chilean municipalities have announced they will begin issuing fines of up to hundreds of dollars to anyone guilty of street harassment of women.

Chile court strikes down ban on for-profit universities

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court on Tuesday struck down a law that would have banned universities operating for profit, dealing a blow to free tuition reforms brought in by former leftwing president Michelle Bachelet.

US Congress takes up fate of 1.8 million young immigrants

Washington - The citizenship hopes of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States as children hung in the balance Monday as Congress launched debate on the hot-button issue, with President Donald Trump eager to "make a deal" on new legislation.

Honduras lawmakers debate bill seeking to curb online speech

Tegucigalpa - Lawmakers in Honduras are debating a bill that wants to fine administrators of social media networks for online comments deemed offensive or promoting "hate campaigns.

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