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Anger at out-of-touch elite stoking Chile protests

Santiago - They send their children to the same schools, vacation in the same lakeside resorts, and marry into each others' families.

No love lost in 'Tinder K' support for Argentina's Kirchner

Buenos Aires - They say opposites attract but it doesn't seem so for many Argentine members of Tinder K, a closed Facebook dating group drawn together by a shared vision of the perfect romantic partner: single, Peronist and Kirchnerist.

Protest in Argentina turns creative with Evitas, flash-mobs and fruit

Buenos Aires - Women dressed as Eva Peron, old political anthems blaring in the streets, flash-mobs with step-perfect choreography -- it's all part of the present day cut and thrust of politics in Buenos Aires.

Food on the table the priority for poor Argentines

Buenos Aires - The giant pots simmering in Dagna Aiva's kitchen explain the long line of people outside her house located in a gritty district of southern Buenos Aires, where Argentina's economic crisis is hitting locals hard.

Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

- Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children.

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.

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Guayaquil - Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage.

'Christ of Theft' statue poses dilemma for Peru

- A giant statue of Jesus Christ that looms over Lima is causing controversy in Peru because of its financing by the graft-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and late ex-president Alan Garcia.

The sad end of Joao Gilberto, the voice of the bossa nova

Rio De Janeiro - As if to say goodbye, Joao Gilberto emerged from seclusion a few days before his death and had dinner at a restaurant on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Argentina's women protest for legal abortion, against violence

Buenos Aires - Thousands of Argentine protesters flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on Monday in a show of force for the abortion rights movement, and to denounce violence against women.

Dinner in white in Cuba: a French picnic and American ambience

Havana - "Dressing in all white -- the ambience, the Champagne, the sparkles -- I love it," exclaimed Kay Barnes, who traveled from Florida to participate along with hundreds of other Americans in Cuba's first Dinner in White, a giant, chic, French-inspired pic...

Miami Beach calls time as Spring Break party gets out of control

Miami Beach - Spring Break is a US holiday known for excessive partying, but in Miami Beach, one of the centers of festivities, residents have had enough.

'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers

Montevideo - She scrubs plates, mops floors and washes clothes with vigor. She works when others relax. And she plays games with children who are not hers, even though they might feel a bit like family by now.

Mexico leader's humble air travel a security headache

Mexico - Accompanied only by five unarmed aides and a small collection of amulets, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador makes police and flight attendants alike tremble when he embarks on air travel, always in economy class.

Cuban cigars hit record sales thanks to increasing Chinese demand

Havana - Boosted by growing demand from China, sales of Cuban cigars reached a record $537 million in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year despite global laws against tobacco, the partially state-owned Habanos said Monday.

Uruguay's Indian cricketers searching for a permanent home

Montevideo - Every Sunday, close to a statue of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a group of Indian ex-pats take over a patch of land in Uruguay's capital Montevideo for a game of cricket.

For Cuaron fans visiting Mexico, all roads lead to 'Roma'

Mexico - The success of "Roma," which garnered 10 Oscar nominations this week, has made a star out of one of the movie's key protagonists: the Mexico City neighborhood that gave it its name.

Ex-Argentina president in intensive care after heart attack

Buenos Aires - Former Argentina president Fernando de la Rua was in intensive care on Thursday after suffering a heart attack, medical sources said.

Face of Colombian coffee Carlos Sanchez dead at 83

Apo - Carlos Sanchez, the face of Colombian coffee for decades, and of Colombia's answer to Starbucks, has died in Medellin. He was 83.

Honduran president during US-funded 'Contra' war on Nicaragua dies

Tegucigalpa - Roberto Suazo Cordova, president of Honduras during the US-financed "Contra" war against Nicaragua of the 1980s, died on Saturday, officials said.

Cuba finally rolls out mobile 3G, though too costly for most

Havana - Cuba became one of the last countries in the world to get 3G mobile internet services on Thursday, though most citizens on the communist-run island won't be able to afford it.

After Nicaragua tumult, teen feels 'safe' in migrant caravan

Los Zacatones - With the national flag of Nicaragua draped over his wheelchair, 14-year-old Axel Sebastian Palacios cuts a distinctive figure among the thousands of mostly Honduran migrants traveling in caravan across Mexico.

New generation of Latin American tech 'unicorns' making mark

Montevideo - Nubank is the online bank with the greatest number of clients outside of Asia.

Bolsonaro's vision for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised in his victory speech Sunday to "change Brazil's destiny," after campaigning on a hardline law-and-order platform.

Bolivia's 'oldest woman" celebrates 118th birthday

La Paz - The oldest woman in Bolivia, and perhaps the world, turned 118 on Friday, remaining lucid and in good health, authorities in the South American country said.

Crime and crisis turn Caracas streets dark and deserted

Caracas - Crime and a grinding economic crisis have turned the traditionally vibrant, teeming streets of Caracas into no man's land once the sun goes down.Major thoroughfares like the Francisco Fajardo highway were empty during recent nighttime drives by AFP.

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

Workers fired for selling 15,000 apples to one client in Cuba

Havana - Several employees of a Cuban supermarket have been fired for selling 15,000 apples to a single customer in a country regularly plagued by food shortages.

Isolated tribe members in Brazil spotted in drone footage

S - In the sprawling greenery of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Peru, a group of people -- small in the distance -- walk through a clearing.

Leftist Chilean lawmakers lodge abortion bill in Congress

Santiago - Leftist opposition lawmakers in Chile on Tuesday presented a bill in Congress seeking to legalize abortion in the conservative South American country, weeks after a similar bid in Argentina was narrowly defeated.
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