Latin America and Caribbean News

Report: Inmates killed in Colombia riot shot intentionallyNew evidence indicates most of the 24 inmates killed during a prison riot in Colombia’s capital earlier this year over fears that crowded, unhygienic conditions would fuel a virus outbreak were shot to death intentionally
The Associated Press15 hours ago
People wait to be attended at a Western Union office on its last day of business in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Restrictions from the Trump administration on the military-controlled operator that handles cash deposits will go into effect Monday at 6 p.m. local, keeping Cubans from being able to retrieve money sent from abroad through Western Union – the main source of cash remittances for many families. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
Cubans receive last of remittances via Western UnionWestern Union has closed its 407 locations across Cuba, a sanctions-driven move that will leave thousands bereft of remittances on an island that depends heavily on them — or force them to use less reliable ways to bring in money
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Guatemalan Congress backs down on budget after protestsGuatemala's Congress has backed down on a 2021 federal budget that drew angry protests, including the burning of part of the Congress building
The Associated Press20 hours ago
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019 file photo, pilgrims arrive at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mexican Catholic Church announced on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 the cancelation of the annual pilgrimage, the largest Catholic pilgrimage worldwide. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
Catholic Church cancels Guadalupe pilgrimage over pandemicMexico’s Roman Catholic Church says the COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancelled this year's celebration of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage — for the Virgin of Guadalupe
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Officials: 113 bodies found in secret graves in MexicoMexican authorities say they've recovered 113 bodies and additional human remains from a secret grave outside the western city of Guadalajara
The Associated Press1 day ago
In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Bad Bunny presents the award for favorite latin female artist at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)
Reggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirusReggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexican church decries Senate's marijuana legalization voteMexico's Roman Catholic Church decried a vote in the Senate to legalize the possession, cultivation and use of small amounts of marijuana
The Associated Press1 day ago
Guatemala condemns fire at Congress; 12 injured in protestsGuatemala’s government says fires set by protesters at Congress are “terrorist acts” even as the Inter-American Human Rights Commission is condemning what it calls “excessive use of force” by police against demonstrators
The Associated Press1 day ago
Hurricane victims take refuge under a bridge in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges. The Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were affected by the back-to-back hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)
Hundreds of thousands at Honduras' shelters after hurricanesShelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges
The Associated Press2 days ago
Flames shoot out from the Congress building after protesters set a part of the building on fire, in Guatemala City, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Hundreds of protesters were protesting in various parts of the country Saturday against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of Congress for the approval of the 2021 budget that reduced funds for education, health and the fight for human rights. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros)
Protesters torch Guatemala's Congress building amid unrestHundreds of protesters have broken into Guatemala’s Congress and burned part of the building amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending
The Associated Press2 days ago
Black man killed by security guards is buried in BrazilA Black man who died while being beaten by supermarket security guards has been buried following protests that echoed those of the racial justice movement in the United States
The Associated Press2 days ago
Japanese woman killed in Brazil died from blow to the headThe Japanese woman whose body was found next to a waterfall in Brazil’s Goiás state died as a result of a blow to the head, probably from a blunt rock
The Associated Press3 days ago
Dr. Wille Baracho checks on Mario de Santos, suspected of suffering COVID-19, at his home in the Vila Vintem favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Vila Vintem is home to more than 15,000 people. Its name reflects its undesirable location: when first settled, the swampy area was said to be worth not even a vintem – the cheapest coin at the time, akin to a penny.  (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil has surge of virus cases, downplayed by politiciansCases of COVID-19 are rising again in the country with the world’s second-highest confirmed death toll and that's prompting Brazilian experts to express concern even as politicians to downplay its severity in the midst of an election season
The Associated Press3 days ago
Egili Oliveira, a member of the Mocidade Unida do Santa Marta samba school, smiles for a portrait as she attends a ceremony marking Black Consciousness Day in the Santa Marta favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Brazilians celebrate the holiday with Afro-Brazilian dance, music and religious ceremonies, reflecting the deep cultural and social ties of the Black community to the country's history and honor legendary anti-slave leader Zumbi dos Palmares on the day of his death. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
Death on eve of Brazil's Black Consciousness Day sparks furyA Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Friday’s Black Consciousness Day observations
The Associated Press4 days ago
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