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Brazil territory bans sales of toy guns

A Brazilian territory is believed to have become the first region in Latin America to ban the sale of toy guns as the country attempts to staunch an epidemic of firearm-related crime.

Brazil territory bans sales of toy guns
Brazil to spend $55 billion to defend sagging real
Brazil to spend $55 billion to defend sagging real

Markets and analysts cheered Friday after Brazil's central bank pledged $55 billion until year's end to prop up the sagging real while Latin America's biggest economy is showing weak growth.

Brazil to spend $55 billion to defend sagging real
LatAm nations express surveillance 'indignation' to UN
LatAm nations express surveillance 'indignation' to UN

Latin American bloc Mercosur reiterated Monday to the United Nations its indignation over US espionage practices revealed by Edward Snowden.

LatAm nations express surveillance 'indignation' to UN
Pope warns Latin America against legalizing drugs
Pope warns Latin America against legalizing drugs

Pope Francis warned Latin America against legalizing drugs on Wednesday, delving into a hot topic in his home region after celebrating the first public mass of his landmark visit to Brazil.

Pope warns Latin America against legalizing drugs
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S. American leaders back asylum amid Snowden row

South American leaders defended their right to offer asylum, venting anger at claims of US spying in the region while intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's fate hangs in the balance.

S. American leaders back asylum amid Snowden row
Latin America demands answers from US on spying
Latin America demands answers from US on spying

From its neighbor Mexico down to Argentina, Latin American nations are demanding answers from the United States after a report of vast US spying on close allies and leftist critics alike.

Latin America demands answers from US on spying
Pricey but worth it: Cubans finally surf the Web
Pricey but worth it: Cubans finally surf the Web

Cuban teacher Nancy Garcia would love to surf the Web at home. But since that is restricted in this communist country, she now logs on from new hotspots -- at a price few can afford.

Pricey but worth it: Cubans finally surf the Web
China's Xi sees new 'golden era' in Latin America
China's Xi sees new 'golden era' in Latin America

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday heralded the dawn of a new "golden era" for Latin America during a visit to Mexico and urged the region to hitch its economic development to China's solid growth.

China's Xi sees new 'golden era' in Latin America
China's Xi in Trinidad to boost Caribbean trade
China's Xi in Trinidad to boost Caribbean trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago late Friday for the first leg of a Latin America and Caribbean tour aiming to strengthen Beijing's trade ties in the region.

China's Xi in Trinidad to boost Caribbean trade
WHO urges action against obesity as poor nations get fatter
WHO urges action against obesity as poor nations get fatter

Alarmed at expanding waistlines around the world, the UN's health agency has urged countries to get serious about reining in a ballooning obesity crisis.

WHO urges action against obesity as poor nations get fatter
Biden in Trinidad on LatAm, Caribbean swing
Biden in Trinidad on LatAm, Caribbean swing

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Trinidad and Tobago Monday where he was to meet with other regional leaders on his 20-hour visit to the island nation.

Biden in Trinidad on LatAm, Caribbean swing
Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith
Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith

The world's top chefs say it's only a matter of time before Latin America, home to Brazil's black bean stew "feijoada," Peru's refreshing raw fish "ceviche" and Mexico's street tacos, cooks its way into gastronomy's elite.

Top chefs say Latin America will reach food's zenith
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Panama, in energy crisis, closes schools, universities

Up against the wall in a drought-sparked energy crisis, Panama said Tuesday it would shut high schools and universities for three days, in a desperate bid to reduce power usage.

Panama, in energy crisis, closes schools, universities
Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID
Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID

President Evo Morales on Wednesday announced the expulsion of USAID from Bolivia, accusing the US development agency of meddling in the country's internal affairs in a new souring of often-tense relations.

Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID
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Latin America threatened with cancer epidemic

Latin America faces a cancer epidemic unless governments act quickly to improve health care systems and treat the poor.

Latin America threatened with cancer epidemic
Venezuela's Maduro to Peru summit before swearing-in
Venezuela's Maduro to Peru summit before swearing-in

Election officials moved to defuse a political crisis on the eve of President-elect Nicolas Maduro's inauguration Friday, yielding to demands for an audit of the results in Sunday's bitterly contested elections.

Venezuela's Maduro to Peru summit before swearing-in
Odds stacked against an Asian pope
Odds stacked against an Asian pope

Catholics in Asia and other parts of the world where the Roman Catholic Church is growing fast would dearly like to see the cardinals choose an Asian pope for the first time in history.

Odds stacked against an Asian pope
LatAm leaders mourn Chavez, US urges improved ties
LatAm leaders mourn Chavez, US urges improved ties

Latin America mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday as the United States expressed hope his passing would lead to improved relations with the oil-rich state.

LatAm leaders mourn Chavez, US urges improved ties
Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts
Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts

Benedict XVI's legacy in Latin America, the world's most Catholic region, is marked by a victory of conservative theology and the demise of home-grown leftist religious thought.

Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts
LatAm leaders open summit, noting Chavez's absence
LatAm leaders open summit, noting Chavez's absence

After wrapping up talks with their European counterparts, Latin American leaders on Sunday opened their own summit here, with the event notable for the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

LatAm leaders open summit, noting Chavez's absence