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Latin America: Region of the Americas where Romance languages are primarily spoken
Latin America is a group of countries and dependencies in the Western Hemisphere where Romance languages such as Spanish and Portuguese are predominantly spoken; it is broader than the terms Ibero-America or Hispanic America. The term "Latin America" was first used in an 1856 conference with the title "Initiative of the Americas. Idea for a Federal Congress of the Republics", by the Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao. The term was used also by Napoleon III's French government in the 1860s as Amérique latine to consider French-speaking territories in the Americas, along with the larger group of countries where Spanish and Portuguese languages prevailed, including the Spanish-speaking portions of the United States Today, areas of Canada and the United States where Spanish and French are predominant and are typically not included in definitions of Latin America even if technically speaking they are.


Venezuelan armed forces stage nationwide drills amid tensions with US

venezuelan armed forces stage nationwide drills amid tensions with us
Venezuela’s armed forces and civilian militia have staged nationwide military drills in a show of force by President Nicolas Maduro, as Washington ramps up pressure on the Latin American country. The..
WorldNews - Published

Pope dismisses proposal to ordain married men as priests in Amazon

pope dismisses proposal to ordain married men as priests in amazon
Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in the Amazon region to ease an acute scarcity of..
WorldNews - Published

Videos for Latin America

Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon [Video]Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon

Church mulls decision due to scarcity of priests in Amazon and decreasing number of Roman Catholics in Latin America.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018 [Video]PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018

After a record 2018, French carmaker PSA says global sales fell 10% last year to 3.49 million units, as it suffered declining volumes in China, the Middle East and Africa. Ciara Lee reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Drug trafficking: Guinea-Bissau used as transit point [Video]Drug trafficking: Guinea-Bissau used as transit point

Anti-narcotic agencies say Latin American traffickers use Guinea-Bissau as a transit point to Europe.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

Venezuela's Socialists snatch congress from Guaido [Video]Venezuela's Socialists snatch congress from Guaido

On Sunday the Socialist lawmaker Luis Parra was installed as chief of the legislature, after congress was seized and the opposition leader blocked from entering. The swearing in has been called a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:48Published

Review 2019: Protests break out across the globe [Video]Review 2019: Protests break out across the globe

From Europe to Latin America, demonstrations against inequality and corruption garnered international headlines.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:30Published

Venezuela refugee crisis: Collapsed economy causes many to flee [Video]Venezuela refugee crisis: Collapsed economy causes many to flee

Dire economic conditions in Venezuela cause worst refugee crisis in Latin America's history: Brookings Institute.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

Chile wealth inequality fuelling protests [Video]Chile wealth inequality fuelling protests

The Latin American country has the highest per capita income but also the highest inequality index.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:27Published


Fiat Chrysler profit rises, outlook 'firm' ahead of Peugeot merger

fiat chrysler profit rises, outlook 'firm' ahead of peugeot merger
Fiat Chrysler posted a 7% rise in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by strong business in North America and better results in Latin America as it headed into a merger with France's PSA ...
WorldNews - Published

Colombia first Latin American country to run coronavirus tests - government

Colombia is the first country in Latin America able to do its own diagnostic tests for the fast-spreading coronavirus, a flu-like virus which has killed more than 400 people in China and spread to..
Reuters - Published

India, Brazil sign 15 pacts to bolster defence, trade ties

Reaffirming a strategic partnership, India and Brazil on Saturday signed 15 agreements as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who will also be the chief..
IndiaTimes - Published

Brazil sits out leftist Latin American nations' body on anti-democracy fears

Brazil has decided to suspend its participation in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a leftist regional body established by Venezuela, due to its failure to protect democracy,..
Reuters - Published

India visit to salvage Donald Trump's foreign policy legacy?

Having torched United States’ relations with a host of countries in Europe, Middle-East, Latin America, and Asia, President Donald Trump may be looking at an India visit to salvage his foreign policy..
IndiaTimes - Published

EU envoys not in group visiting J&K

European diplomats will not be part of a group of envoys who will be taken to Kashmir on Thursday in a visit facilitated by the foreign office. The group of envoys are scheduled to travel and return on..
IndiaTimes - Published

15 foreign diplomats to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, EU envoys in next batch

Envoys of Latin America, ASEAN and Africa will be part of the group, while envoys of the European Union are expected to go on a later date.
DNA - Published

16 envoys from Latin American, African countries to visit J&K on Thursday

Sixteen envoys will be travelling to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday where they will meet civil society members and will be briefed on the security situation in the Union territory, officials said on..
IndiaTimes - Published

In 2019 protests around the world forced out leaders and put others on the defensive

The year 2019 was full of discontent. Street demonstrations rocked cities around the world – from Latin America to Asia, through Europe, Africa and the Middle East – leading to the downfall of..
France 24 - Published

Peru Watchdog Says McDonald's Franchisee Violated Safety Laws

peru watchdog says mcdonald's franchisee violated safety laws
Peru´s labor watchdog has found McDonald's Corp.’s Latin America franchisee Arcos Dorados guilty of six "very serious" violations of local safety and health laws following the deaths of two..
WorldNews - Published

French Foreign Minister Le Drian calls for stronger ties between Europe and Latin America

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave an interview to FRANCE 24 while on a trip to Mexico on Friday, calling for stronger ties between Europe and Latin America and for a return dialogue in..
France 24 - Published

Chilean president says protest-hit police must be 'respected, protected'

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sent a bill to congress on Monday to strengthen protections for the country's security forces after two months of unrest that has rattled one of Latin America's..
Reuters - Published

Spain pledges funds for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

The Spanish government on Friday authorized nearly 150 million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to ease the strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivals from Latin America..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro wishes Argentina well under new government

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has criticized Argentina's new left-leaning Peronist government, said on Wednesday he hopes his neighbor will do well because it is the largest..
Reuters - Published

Argentina's Peronist left returns as Fernandez is sworn in

Argentina's Peronist leader, Alberto Fernandez, was sworn in as president on Tuesday, marking a shift to the left for Latin America's No. 3 economy as the country fights rampant inflation, credit..
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Fed to hold fire as 2019 ends strong

fed to hold fire as 2019 ends strong
WASHINGTON, D.C.: With the strength of the world’s largest economy on display at year end, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) is all but certain to leave interest rates untouched at its final policy..
WorldNews - Published

English proficiency in UAE among best in region, report shows

english proficiency in uae among best in region, report shows
The UAE is one of the best Arab countries when it comes to proficiency in the English language, a new report has revealed. Experts said the financial and tourism sectors in Dubai, in particular, helped..
WorldNews - Published

Martin Guzman: Argentine whiz-kid economist and acolyte of Stiglitz

Argentina's Martin Guzman, a whiz-kid economist with close ties to influential U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz, will bring a sharp academic intellect but little policy-making experience to the daunting..
Reuters - Published

Brazil, Trump head to-do list for Argentina's incoming foreign minister

Argentina's incoming foreign minister will face a sizeable to-do list: navigating shifting political sands in Latin America, cementing ties with U.S. President Donald Trump, and easing a testy..
Reuters - Published

Latin America, U.S. to ban travel within their borders for Venezuela's Maduro, allies

Fifteen countries in the Americas agreed on Tuesday to ban 29 Venezuelans, including the oil-producing country's president, Nicolas Maduro, and his close allies, from traveling within their borders as..
Reuters - Published

Accused drug kingpin linked to shooting of David Ortiz arrested in Colombia

Cesar Emilio Peralta, an accused drug kingpin linked to the shooting of former Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz, was arrested Monday in Colombia. He had been wanted by the FBI since late 2018 for his..
CBS News - Published

Stocks drop as Trump's Latin American tariffs revive trade angst

Asian shares skidded on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump stunned markets with tariffs against Brazil and Argentina, recharging fears about global trade tensions, while weak U.S. factory data..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused Cuba and Venezuela of attempting to hijack democratic protests in Latin America, vowing that Washington would support countries trying to prevent..
Reuters - Published

US to help ‘legitimate Latin American govts’ to PREVENT protests from ‘morphing into riots’ – Pompeo

us to help ‘legitimate latin american govts’ to prevent protests from ‘morphing into riots’ – pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US will help "legitimate governments" in Latin America in order to prevent protests from "morphing into riots.” Pompeo made the comments while..
WorldNews - Published

Colombians protest against government, US backs Bogota

colombians protest against government, us backs bogota
Thousands of Colombians have flocked to the streets in the country’s capital during a second nationwide strike against the government’s economic reforms, corruption, and police violence. Colombian..
WorldNews - Published

Trump plan to label Mexican cartels as terrorists may backfire, Mexico, experts warn

Mexico on Wednesday rejected "interventionism" after U.S. President Donald Trump said he will designate the Latin American nation's cartels as terrorist organizations, while a former U.S. official..
Reuters - Published

'No intervention:' Mexico president reacts to Trump's cartel terrorism plan

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday rejected "interventionism" after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was working to designate the Latin American country's drug cartels as..
Reuters - Published

'Chile awakened': Graffiti across shattered city reflects protest intensity

A month of intense protests against inequality and police repression in Santiago have transformed the Chilean capital's streetscape into a caterwaul of graffiti whose messages reflect the deep..
Reuters - Published

U.S. charges Miami professor in Venezuela money laundering scheme

A University of Miami professor who studied drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America was arrested on charges he helped launder funds embezzled from Venezuela into the United States, U.S...
Reuters - Published

Colombia authorizes riot-control measures ahead of protests

Colombia on Monday said it would authorize local authorities to adopt exceptional measures to contain protests planned for Thursday, given the government's wariness over the sort of violent unrest that..
Reuters - Published

Chile's finance minister expects job losses, fuel hike in wake of protests

Chile's finance minister predicted on Thursday that as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost because of the impact of four weeks of rioting on one of Latin America's strongest economies.
Reuters - Published

Chile finance minister warns of job losses, rising fuel costs amid unrest: reports

Chile's finance minister warned as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost as the impacts of weeks of rioting hammer one of Latin America's strongest economies, according to a report in business journal..
Reuters - Published

Daca: Dreamers take fight with Trump to Supreme Court

daca: dreamers take fight with trump to supreme court
The Daca programme affects an estimated 700,000 young people who entered the US without documents as children. Another million people were eligible but did not apply for the scheme. Most of them are..
WorldNews - Published

Brazil reform process can withstand Lula release, regional tensions: Treasury Secretary

The recent release from prison of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and upsurge in political instability across Latin America will not hinder Brazil's economic reform process, a..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed lenders fund Guatemalan migrants, Washington Post reports

A new Washington Post report highlights how Guatemalan migrants are paying for their journeys to the U.S. border. Latin America reporter Kevin Sieff joined CBSN to explain how U.S.-backed and financed..
CBS News - Published

Bolivia's president resigns after losing backing of security forces

bolivia's president resigns after losing backing of security forces
Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. "I..
WorldNews - Published

Resignation of Morales, last of 'pink tide', polarizes Latin America

The resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the last serving member of the 'pink tide' of leftist leaders that swept Latin America two decades ago, polarized governments across the region on..
Reuters - Published

How did Bolivia end up in democratic crisis?

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, Latin America's longest standing leader, is facing the severest challenge since he took power in 2006, with weeks of protests and signs his support is waning after..
Reuters - Published

Brazil top court’s ruling could free ex-President Da Silva

brazil top court’s ruling could free ex-president da silva
Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday reached a narrow decision that could release almost 5,000 inmates who are still appealing their convictions, including jailed former President Luiz Inŕcio Lula da..
WorldNews - Published

Latin American left rising? First stop Mexico for Argentina's Fernandez

The prospect of a more united Latin American left grew on Monday after the incoming president of Argentina and his Mexican counterpart discussed reviving a regional diplomatic alternative to the..
Reuters - Published

How the Zika virus changed travel in Latin America and the Caribbean

The places hardest hit with Zika are also some of the most popular tourist destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. During 2015-2016 outbreak, tourism declined and traveler demographics..
CBS News - Published

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