Latest Latin America and Caribbean News

Mexican elderly lose work as grocery baggers, protest

Jun. 18, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and changing consumer habits threaten to put an end to a decades-old practice of allowing elderly people in Mexico to earn extra income as grocery store baggers. Baggers over 60 had expected to return to stores last month as...

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

3 indicted in drug plot that included mail carrier abduction

Jun. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men authorities say participated in a plot in which drugs were sent through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island — and which included the alleged kidnapping of a mail carrier — have been indicted, federal prosecutors said Friday. ...

Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits USVI

Jun. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands' power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the U.S. territory's most populated island. Officials said the outage occurred late Thursday when a key power plant lost all...

Woman now 7th person wanted in Georgia taxi driver's slaying

Jun. 18, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A seventh person is now wanted in the April death of a Georgia taxi driver found slain far from her home. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that it has obtained a murder warrant for 28-year-old Maria Katherine Chavez Encarnacion of...

Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

Jun. 18, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world — science is on trial inside the country and the truth is up for grabs. With the milestone likely to be reached this weekend, Brazil's Senate is...

Mexico conservatives to sue over gay pride Twitter hacking

Jun. 18, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A socially conservative Mexican political party is threatening legal action Friday after someone hacked the Solidarity Encounter Party’s Twitter account and posted the gay pride banner and the slogan “Love is Love.” The party, whose slogan is...

Altidore, Guzan on early US roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jun. 18, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forward Jozy Altidore and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are on a preliminary 59-man United States roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Defender Reggie Cannon, and midfielders Kellyn Acosta,...

Rare poached cacti found in Italy sent home to native Chile

Jun. 18, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Armed with a search warrant, Italy’s police wildlife unit entered the house of a suspected cactus trafficker, finding over 1,000 rare cacti poached from Chile's Atacama Desert in a locked room. This February 2020 discovery became one of the largest known...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jun. 18, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

June 11 – 17, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP Senior Photo Editor for Latin America & Caribbean Leslie Mazoch in Mexico...