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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.

Leftist Chilean lawmakers lodge abortion bill in Congress

Santiago - Leftist opposition MPs 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.

Frozen in time, Havana looks to put a modern stamp on its 500-year history

Havana - Havana could be compared to the colorful 1950s classic American cars that fill its roads: an object of desire for historians and tourists alike.To walk through its streets is to take a step back in time.

Behold the Amazonian eco-warrior drag queen

S - Bare chested, wearing an ankle-length dress, painted yellow, green and red, with flowers or leaves in his hair, it takes Brazil's Emerson Munduruku two hours to transform into Uyra Sodoma, his drag queen alter ego.

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.

Statues of Peru coach and top scorer unveiled in Lima

- Despite a disappointing World Cup run by Peru, a district in the capital Lima has unveiled statues of the national team coach Ricardo Gareca and top scorer Paolo Guerrero.

Corruption, violence, poverty: Mexico's voters speak out on the issues

Mexico - The mother of a missing student, a man deported from the United States, an indigenous woman, a yoga instructor: AFP asked Mexican voters to share the issues most important to them as the country holds historic elections on Sunday.

Cuba to get ready for same sex marriage: Castro daughter

Havana - In Cuba, where homosexuals once suffered harsh repression, a new reform-oriented constitution being drafted could pave the way for same sex marriage, Raul Castro's daughter Mariela Castro Espin says.

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

- Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas -- the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas -- through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.

Javier Bardem sounds free speech warning in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Oscar-winner Javier Bardem warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of expression with artists probed or jailed for voicing their opinions.
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