South America

Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists?

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. It has miles of sandy, deserted beaches, and stunning flat-topped mountains. It invented samba and a devilish little drink called the caipirinha. It has massive reserves for native peoples and charming colonial towns built by the …

Brazil

Trump's approval rating hits an all-time new low as he travels abroad

While President Donald Trump is overseas on his first foreign trip as commander in chief, the heap of recent negative polls has continued to pile …

Juan Manuel Santos

A Journalist's Instagram-Famous Home in Buenos Aires

<b>Name:</b> Carina, her husband, and their daughters Isabel and Francisca <b><br>Location:</b> Nordelta — Buenos Aires, Argentina <b><br>Size:</b> 2580 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> …

Buenos Aires

Venezuela’s paradox: People are hungry, but farmers can’t feed them

YUMA, Venezuela — With cash running low and debts piling up, Venezuela’s socialist government has cut back sharply on food imports. And for farmers in most countries, that would present an opportunity.<p>But this is Venezuela, whose economy operates on its own special plane of dysfunction. At a time …

Venezuela

13 Amazing Things To Do In Argentina — The Discoveries Of

<b>Argentina barely needs an introduction – a vast country filled with stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and adrenaline opportunities galore. From the</b> …

Argentina

How Brazil's New Political Crisis Might Play Out: QuickTake Q&A - Bloomberg

Brazil plunged back into crisis when the Supreme Court authorized an investigation into President Michel Temer on accusations of passive corruption …

Brazil

Venezuela has a stockpile of 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil.<p>Venezuela's socialist …

Venezuela

Man set on fire during Venezuela protests

CARACAS (Reuters) - Photographer Marco Bello has covered many violent scenes during seven weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela, but he witnessed a particularly shocking incident at the weekend when a crowd set a man on fire.<p>Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to President Nicolas …

Venezuela

Trump, Hill Republicans target ‘overly generous compensation’ for feds

With President Trump targeting federal employees’ retirement programs and House Republicans taking aim at their compensation generally, Uncle Sam’s goal of being a model employer looks shaky.<p>The administration’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, scheduled for release Tuesday, includes a series of cuts …

Juan Manuel Santos

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

5 World Leaders Less Popular than President Donald Trump

Donald Trump had a historically bad series of news cycles this month, right up until he left the country on an overseas trip last week. But believe …

Venezuela

The Latest: Lawmaker says Chavez's childhood home set aflame

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local):<p>6:10 p.m.<p>An opposition lawmaker says protesters have set Hugo Chavez's childhood home and several government buildings on fire in western Venezuela.<p>Pedro Luis Castillo says the home of Venezuela's late president was set ablaze in the …

Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro blames Donald Trump for Venezuelan clashes, accuses him of involvement in 'terrorist' activities

<b>Caracas</b>: Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said that his US counterpart Donald Trump is deeply involved in "terrorist" activities, and the ongoing …

Venezuela

S&P Says Brazil's BB Rating May Be Cut on Political Uncertainty - Bloomberg

S&P Global Ratings said it may cut Brazil’s sovereign credit rating as the nation’s fiscal adjustment is at risk of stalling amid surging political …

Brazilian Politics

BRAZIL'S PRESIDENT: 'Oust me if you want, but if I stepped down, I would be admitting guilt'

(Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer, facing growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal, will not step down even if he is formally indicted by the Supreme Court, he said in an interview in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Monday.<p>Brazilians who have become inured to the …

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

Scathing report on Rio Olympics: venues 'White Elephants'

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 …

Olympics

The Chainsmokers' 'Closer' Becomes The Second Song To Reach One Billion Plays On Spotify

It seems like every week, The Chainsmokers are breaking this record or tackling that charting feat, and now they have yet another incredible accomplishment to their name.<p>The Chainsmokers have now become just the second artist in history to see one of their songs hit the one billion mark on Spotify. …

São Paulo

Brazilians Call for President to Resign After Graft Charges

(SÃO PAULO) — Brazilians around the country staged demonstrations Sunday calling for their president to step down after the supreme court opened an …

Brazil

Crackdown in crackland

Brazilian riot police arrested 34 in a pre-dawn raid on Sunday (May 21) in the downtown Sao Paulo neighbourhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland), a notorious zone where crack cocaine users and addicts can feel free to loiter while doping up.<p>The operation was spearheaded by the metropolitan …

São Paulo

Brazil Downsizes Economic Reform Agenda to Post-Crisis Reality - Bloomberg

Engulfed by a crippling corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer is regrouping his diminished political base and pushing a more modest …

Brazil

Chilean Cinema Punches Above Its Weight

“We’re there to talk about cinema, not national flags,” Cannes’ topper Thierry Fremaux argued after announcing Cannes’ Official Selection this year. …

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day - Bloomberg

<i>Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning? Sign up here</i><p>Trump's success in Saudi, crude's melt higher continues, and Brexit arguments go …

Dilma Rousseff

Top 3 Things to Consider When Reserving The Inca Trail

The single most important questions we receive is “can you reserve spots for the Inca Trail?” More often than not, we can. However, there are a few …

Latin America

Lawmaker: Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned by protesters | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Protesters set fire to late President Hugo Chavez's childhood home in western Venezuela on Monday, an opposition lawmaker said, as protests against …

Venezuela

I was naive, have done nothing wrong: Brazilian President Temer on corruption scandal

May 22, 2017 10:32 PM<br>RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Monday (May 22) that he'd been "naive" to hold the late-night …

Brazil

Brazil’s JBS tumbles to 4-year low on Temer accusations and ratings downgrade

JBS, the world’s largest meat processor that is at the centre of Brazil’s latest political scandal, is being butchered by investors, regulators, and …

Brazil

Brazilian Meatpacker JBS Shares Fall 30% Amid Insider-Trading Accusations

SÃO PAULO—Shares of Brazilian meatpacker JBS plunged more than 30% Monday, costing the company about $2 billion, after President Michel Temer accused its owners of insider trading as part of a bitter battle over the country’s corruption scandal.<p>JBS’s shares have slumped since its executives said in …

São Paulo

Former LPGA player Chela Quintana shows courage amid violence in Venezuela

Chela Quintana, the first Venezuelan to compete on the LPGA, has watched people get shot right in front of her. Recently, she said, troops began …

Venezuela

Brazil Selloff Resumes as Temer's Graft Defense Falls Flat - Bloomberg

Brazilian assets resumed a selloff Monday as investors fled what had been one of the most popular trades in emerging markets.<p>The real and local …

Brazil