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Ecuador rations electricity as drought persists in the northern Andes

Apr. 16, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador on Tuesday began to ration electricity in the country's main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power. The power cuts were...

Venezuelans living abroad want to vote for president this year but can't meet absentee requirements

Apr. 14, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Giovanny Tovar left Venezuela five years ago in search of a job after his country came undone under the watch of President Nicolás Maduro. He now sells empanadas and tequeños in the streets of Peru’s capital, where he pushes around a small cart outfitted with a deep fryer. ...

Colombian security forces attacked with explosives after a cease-fire breaks down

Apr. 05, 2024 12:32 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ (AP) — Colombia suffered a series of attacks Thursday night and Friday morning, marking the first major assault against its military since a mafia group born from the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced it was scaling up operations earlier this week. ...

Panama and Colombia fail to protect migrants on Darien jungle route, Human Rights Watch says

Apr. 03, 2024 01:22 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia and Panama are failing to protect hundreds of thousands of migrants who cross the Darien jungle on their way to the U.S. and have become increasingly vulnerable to robberies and sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Wednesday. ...

Argentina and Colombia avert a diplomatic crisis, downplaying their presidents' war of words

Apr. 01, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina and Colombia have agreed to end a diplomatic spat that escalated over right-wing Argentine President Javier Milei’s visceral attack on his leftist counterpart in Colombia last week, prompting the country to order the expulsion of Argentine diplomats. ...

Argentina's Milei trades barbs with Mexican and Colombian leaders, ratcheting up tensions

Mar. 28, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Mudslinging between Latin American populist leaders dragged on Thursday, after days of Argentina’s President Javier Milei needling his leftist counterparts in Mexico and Colombia — coming to a head with a diplomatic blow the night before. Since right-wing...

Colombia threatens to break ties with Israel if it doesn't comply with a UN cease-fire resolution

Mar. 26, 2024 12:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Tuesday threatened to break off diplomatic ties with Israel if the country doesn't comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Petro made the announcement on X,...

Colombia suspends ceasefire with faction of ex-FARC rebels following attack on Indigenous community

Mar. 17, 2024 23:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Sunday suspended a ceasefire with one of a handful of armed groups with which he hoped to negotiate peace accords, saying its fighters violated the truce by attacking an Indigenous community. The government said that...

A seasoned prosecutor with few political ties is selected as Colombia's attorney general

Mar. 12, 2024 22:20 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday selected the nation’s new attorney general following a month of deliberations that were interrupted by protests outside the court and complaints from President Gustavo Petro 's supporters, who argued the judges were stonewalling his...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Mar. 10, 2024 19:33 PM EDT

March 1-7, 2024 Haiti's former elite police officer Jimmy Chérizier, now the leader of the “G9 and Family gang,” said he would target government ministers to prevent the prime minister’s return to Haiti and force his resignation. Protesters demonstrated against reforms...