Latin America

Venezuela launches fifth forex plan in four years

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela on Tuesday announced a new foreign exchange auction mechanism to complement its currency control system, the fifth such plan in four years by a socialist government that has repeatedly balked at reforming its state-led economic system.<p>The mechanism, known as New Dicom, …

Venezuela

Shoves and Slaps in Congress as Brazil Tension Spills Over - Bloomberg

A Brazilian Senate committee hearing on labor reform has been suspended amid shouting, shoving and physical blows.<p>Senators on the Economic Affairs …

Brazil

Rio Olympic venues built with ‘no planning,’ according to prosecutor

A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”<p>The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the games ended. Many …

Rio De Janeiro

El Chapo’s lawyers say extradition to US was illegal

Lawyers for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán claim the drug kingpin’s extradition from Mexico to Brooklyn was illegal – and now they want the court …

Mexico

Fatal clashes hit Venezuela after man set on fire

<b>Thousands of doctors have rallied in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, against President Nicolas Maduro amid the unrest which has claimed over 50 people</b> …

Venezuela

Bullish on Brazilian Stocks and FX

Brazil’s stock market plunged more than 10% immediately after opening Thursday, wiping out almost all its gains for the year. Brazil’s currency, the real, also tanked more than 9% against the dollar, its worst day since the global financial crisis in 2008.<p>Markets sold off after the new bribery …

Brazilian Politics

Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing only sandals

<b>A 22-year-old woman from Mexico's Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 50km (31 miles) ultramarathon wearing only sandals.</b><p>María Lorena Ramírez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.<p>She ran without any …

Women's News

Brazil woman got longer jail term for Easter egg theft than corruption culprits

Woman in São Paulo state given three-year sentence for shoplifting chocolate Sentence exceeds punishments given to those found guilty in Lava Jato case<p>Even for a country numbed by injustice and inequality, Brazil has been shocked by revelations that a poor mother who stole an Easter egg for her …

Brazil

The Latest: Coca-Cola, Yankees to skip Puerto Rican parade

NEW YORK – The Latest on sponsors pulling out of New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade (all times local):<p>2:45 p.m.<p>Two more sponsors are saying they will skip New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade after a decision by organizers to honor a freed nationalist who once embraced armed resistance to …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Bondholders Say Everybody and Nobody Has Valid Claim - Bloomberg

A relatively paltry $16 million has ignited a skirmish among bondholders over who will get paid first and who gets stiffed in Puerto Rico’s $74 …

Puerto Rico

Brazil's ex-president Lula faces new corruption charges

Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been charged by prosecutors who said the leftist politician was the mastermind behind the country's biggest bribery scheme.<p>Lula, a founder of the leftist Workers Party (PT) that controlled Brazil's presidency from 2003 until last year, is …

Brazil

The Guardian view on Brazilian corruption: the public deserve a voice

The explosive allegations faced by Brazil’s president Michel Temer are just the latest manifestation of a sprawling scandal. A quick political fix will not solve the problems<p>“I will not resign. Oust me if you want,” Michel Temer said this week. Brazilians would like to take the president at his …

Brazil

Volunteer in Costa Rica with IVHQ - Trusted & Affordable Programs

The IVHQ Costa Rica volunteer program has volunteer placements located throughout Costa Rica, with the large majority based in and around San …

Central America

1917: Mexico Faces Ruin as Strikes Spread

NEW YORK — The New York Herald this morning prints an unusual despatch from its special correspondent “somewhere in Mexico,” and although, in accordance with the request of the United States Government, all matters appertaining to Mexico’s international relations are eliminated, the correspondent …

Veracruz

Medals from 2016 Rio Olympic Games are defective and show rusting, chipping

Olympic medals for more than 130 winners from the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer are rusting or chipping, according to officials.<p>“We’re seeing problems with the covering on between 6 or 7% of the medals, and it seems to do with the difference in temperatures,” Rio Games communications officer …

Olympics

Angry Venezuelan protesters take aim at Chavez statues, home

Anti-government protesters in Venezuela have settled on a new target for their frustration: Hugo Chavez.<p>Until recently, even as the economy cratered and Venezuelans abandoned support for President Nicolas Maduro, many in the socialist-run country continued to revere Chavez for standing up for the …

Venezuela

Special aide to Brazil's Temer arrested in corruption probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A special aide to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a fraud scheme and another aide gave police a bag filled with cash that was allegedly part of a bribe approved by the leader.<p>Tadeu Filippelli, who had an office neighboring …

Brazil

This Man Moved From New Jersey to Puerto Rico to Help Care for Over 200 Stray Cats

Animal lovers treat their companion dogs and cats like their very own fur babies. They always make sure their furry friends have enough food and …

Puerto Rico

Two indigenous brothers who defended tribal lands from cartels killed in Mexico

Authorities in Mexico are investigating the murder of two indigenous brothers and sending a special team to a far-flung village to protect other members of the Huichol tribe, the governor of the state of Jalisco said on Monday.<p>The double homicide comes amid a resurgence in violence from warring …

Mexico

Real Madrid will sign 16-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior for reported €45 million

Real Madrid have announced the signing of promising young Brazilian Vinicius Junior from Flamengo, activating his release clause with a reported €45 million fee the price to secure his services for the future.<p>The 16-year-old has played just 17 first-team minutes for Flamengo this season, but his …

Soccer

Canon puts out service notice for the 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens after autofocus issues detected

Canon’s 24-105mm f/4L lens has become a staple amongst Canon users. Whether pro or hobbyist it’s the perfect balance between quality, versatility and …

Puerto Rico

This upscale Mexico City department store hopes to rival Harrods and Neiman Marcus | Travel

MEXICO CITY -- Despite shops with familiar names such as American Girl, Burberry, Coach and Tiffany, El Palacio de Hierro -- in the Mexican capital's …

Mexico

Who is Vinicius Junior? Real Madrid's new Brazilian wonderkid

The 16-year-old Flamengo starlet's youth coaches say his precocious talent always stood out from the rest - even when the rest were 3 years older<p>Vinicius Junior is currently worth almost €3 million for each year he’s been on the planet.<p>The 16-year-pld Flamengo wonderkid only made his first ever …

Soccer

Brazil CEOs Cling to Wish Lists Crumpled by New Political Crisis - Bloomberg

Brazil’s business elite were tantalizingly close to long-sought legislative victories to scale back labor regulations and overhaul the pension …

Brazil

Trump Administration’s Failure to Recognize Haiti Is a Painful American Tradition

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced Monday that he has extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status for six more months. He</i> …

Haiti

Petrobras issues $4B in debt on international markets

Petrobras (PBR +1.5%) says it issued $4B in debt on international markets at the lowest interest average interest rate since 2013.<p>PBR, the world's …

Petrobras

Mexico warns on NAFTA sourcing: 'Don't shoot ourselves in the foot'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's economy minister on Tuesday sounded a note of caution to the three countries involved in NAFTA trade negotiations, saying they should be careful not to adjust rules on local sourcing of parts too much, or risk driving business elsewhere.<p>Speaking at an event in …

Mexico

Is Cuba Losing Steam as a Destination?

<i>PHOTO: A 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air leads a caravan of classic cars at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. (photo by Jason Leppert)</i><p>About a year ago, the …

Cuba

59: Brazil’s Afro-Descendants

Brazil is an extremely violent country. 2014 saw nearly 60,000 murders; since then, the death toll in the country has been nearly equal (or greater) than in Syria.<p>What’s particularly shocking and tragic is that of these victims, more than 30,000 of the individuals are young—extinguishing hopes for …

Brazil

Brazil Bribery Beef: JBS Sinks 31%, Pilgrim’s Pride Safe?

Brazil meat producer <b>JBS</b> (JBSAY) got slammed Monday, with its shares down 31% in U.S. trading, after fresh allegations surfaced Friday that its owners …

Brazil