More South America Articles

  • BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree. The results are a blow to President...

  • Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested

    PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner. National police chief Omar Pinzon said Armando Alberto Perez was captured in...

  • Ecuador heralds digital currency plans

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar. The electronic money, which Central Bank officials...

  • Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname "Popeye," was paroled Tuesday evening despite...

  • Argentina says US-based BNY Mellon not welcome

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Bank of New York Mellon, which has played a central role in the legal dispute that pushed Argentina into default last month, is no longer authorized to operate in the South American country, the government said Tuesday. Argentina has revoked the BNY Mellon's...

  • NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court. U.S. District Judge...

  • Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. Under legislation that...

  • AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count. The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of...

  • Brazil: Socialist pres. hopeful surges in polls

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The politician chosen to replace the Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate who died in a plane crash has surged in a poll measuring voters' intentions. The survey shows 21 percent of voters favor Marina Silva, who's replacing the late Eduardo Campos on the PSB...

  • Brazil party replacing candidate who died in crash

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Leaders of a Brazilian party that lost its presidential candidate in a plane crash have chosen his running mate to stand in his place, officials said Saturday, creating a new challenge to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election. Former Environment Minister Marina Silva, who made...

  • No recording of crash that killed Brazil candidate

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Air Force says the black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed a presidential candidate does not contain a recording of the flight. The Air Force says the black box contains two hours of recordings, but not from Wednesday's fatal flight,...

  • Argentina seeks charges in US firm's plant closing

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of Argentina will seek criminal charges against representatives of a U.S.-based global printing company that abruptly shuttered its plant in the South American country, the president said Thursday. Representatives of RR Donnelley & Sons may have...

  • Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate less than two months before the election. The death of politician Eduardo Campos in a plane that smashed into a white-collar neighborhood in the port...

  • US fund says no deal to end Argentina default

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Negotiations have apparently ended without success on a private-sector deal to end the legal battle that forced Argentina into default last month for the second time in 13 years. Aurelius Capital Management LP said it had been in talks with private parties to sell...

  • Gunmen wreak havoc in Caracas emergency rooms

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At first, the operating room doctors thought the quiet man in jeans was a distressed family member. One shouted at him to leave as another fought to save the gunshot patient unconscious on the table. The anesthesiologist was the first to see the man's gun. He dove to...



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