Most recent Americas blogs and columns

  • In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Floribeth Mora stands by her shrine to Pope John Paul II inside the entrance to her home in La Union de Cartago, Costa Rica. Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared in May of 2011 in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint. Mora will attend the ceremony at the Vatican on April 27, 2014 as a guest of honor. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez, File)

    Floribeth Mora Says Her Life Was Saved by Pope John Paul II

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica—On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon... Read more

  • 8 Dead in Northern Mexico Plane Crash

    MEXICO CITY—A private plane has crashed in a northern Mexico city, killing all eight people on board. Civil Protection official Francisco Contreras says the Hawker... Read more

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    Earthquake Today in Mexico: 7.5 Magnitude Quake (Temblor) Strikes Acapulco, Mexico City

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but... Read more

  • Gabriel García Márquez in a March 6, 2014 file photo in Mexico City. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead: Colombian Writer Dies on April 17 at Age 87

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died just weeks after leaving the hospital in Mexico City, according to a report. Fernanda Familiar with La Periodista de Vida... Read more

  • In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in handcuffs, is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican navy marines in Mexico City, Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán News: Extradition to United States Off the Table, Top Mexican Official Says

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will not be extradited to the United States, a top Mexican official has declared. Mexico has “no intention” of passing along... Read more

  • Gabriel García Márquez in a March 6, 2014 file photo in Mexico City. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Gabriel García Márquez ‘Stable’ But ‘Fragile’ After Leaving Hospital in Mexico City

    Gabriel García Márquez is in “stable” but “fragile” health after leaving the hospital following an eight-day stay. Marquez, a famed Colombian writer, was in the... Read more

  • Striking workers stand in front the entrance of the Olympic Park, the main cluster of venues under construction for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The labor dispute centers around which union represents the construction workers, and also involves benefits and working conditions. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Brazil Olympics Construction Strike Continues

    RIO DE JANEIRO—More than 2,000 workers stayed away from venue construction sites for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday as a strike that... Read more

  • Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza, center, accompanied of Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, third right, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, fourth right, and Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, fifth right, prepares to speak to the media after a closed door meeting between the government and opposition representatives in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014. Venezuela's opposition resumed negotiations with the government Tuesday amid rising doubts that the talks will produce a long-sought political opening. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Venezuelan Crisis Talks Show Signs Of Progress

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Negotiators from Venezuela’s government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who’s to blame for 41 deaths... Read more

  • Police investigate the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

    Police Report Five Dead in Calgary Stabbings

    CALGARY, Alberta—Five people are dead and a suspect is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party near the University of Calgary in Alberta... Read more

  • Firefighters take a break from battling blazes after an out of control forest fire reached urban areas in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, early Monday April 14, 2014. Firefighters struggled for a second night to contain blazes that reached this port city, killing at least a dozen people, destroyed hundreds homes and has forced the evacuation of thousands. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Wildfires Still Burn in Chile’s Valparaiso; 12 Dead, 500 Hurt

    VALPARAISO, Chile— Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods Monday as sailors in riot gear prepared to evacuate... Read more

  • A person tries to extinguish flames as sparks fly during a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, early Sunday, April 13, 2014. Authorities say the fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, forced the evacuation of thousands and claimed the lives of eleven people. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Chile Fire Toll: 11 dead, 1,000 homes destroyed, 10,000 evacuated

    VALPARAISO, Chile—A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city throughout the night and day on Sunday, killing at least 11... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire destroys homes in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday April 13, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    Valparaiso, Chile: Death Toll Rising in Fire, Thousands Flee

    VALPARAISO, Chile— A fire raging in this colorful port city has killed at least 16 people and destroyed 500 homes, President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday... Read more

  • In this pool photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, attorney James Connell, center, Pentagon-appointed defense lawyer for Sept. 11 co-conspirator Ammar al Baluchi, questions retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald, who last served as the 40th Judge Advocate General of the Navy, via video conference during the pretrial hearings at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, June 17, 2013. Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of helping orchestrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks returned to court Monday as arguments resumed over the preparations for a trial that remains distant. At far right is the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin)

    Window Opens on Secret Camp Within Guantanamo

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba—Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire rages towards urban areas in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    Valparaiso, Chile: Forest Fire Kills 7, Destroys at Least 500 Homes

    SANTIAGO, Chile— A fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least seven people and destroyed 500 homes, officials said Sunday... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire destroys homes in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday April 13, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    4 Dead in Chile Forest Fire; 500 Homes Destroyed

    SANTIAGO, Chile— A large forest fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least four people and destroyed 500 homes, officials... Read more

  • A girl walks in front a home damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Friday, April 11, 2014. Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega declared red alert Friday after an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude on the Richter scale that shook the country on Thursday and left one dead, hundreds of houses damaged and thousands of people affected . (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Earthquake Today: 6.6 Quake, Temblor Strikes Nicaragua; Damage Reported

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake... Read more

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders and Latin American Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on April 10, 2014. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

    Maduro Holds Talks to Calm Venezuela’s Violent Protests (video)

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is meeting with opposition leaders to discuss the country’s violent anti-government protests.  …... Read more

  • Squatters carrying building materials, walk in an abandoned area they recently occupied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Brazil Police Clash With Squatters in Rio De Janeiro

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Squatters in Rio de Janeiro are clashing with police after a Brazilian court ordered that 5,000 people be evicted from abandoned buildings of... Read more

  • Peru Arrests 24 From Shining Path Political Wing

    LIMA, Peru—Peruvian security forces have arrested 24 leaders of the political wing of the Shining Path rebel movement including the lawyer of its imprisoned leader... Read more

  • Strikers sit on a main highway with banners that read in Spanish; "Active strike," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina Paralyzed by Nationwide Strike Over Inflation

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—A nationwide strike has paralyzed Argentina’s economy, shutting down air, train and bus traffic while also closing businesses, public schools and ports. That... Read more