Latest Latin America and Caribbean News

The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

May. 24, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. judge blocking President Donald Trump from building sections of a border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his...

Mexican Navy helicopter with 5 aboard crashes near fires

May. 24, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican Navy helicopter with five crew members aboard crashed Friday in a mountainous area while carrying water to help fight forest fires. The Navy said rescuers were searching for the crew of the Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter and it was not clear if any had survived....

Woman accused of Chile kidnaps asks for bail in Sydney court

May. 24, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A lawyer for a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating back to the country's 1973-1990 military dictatorship denied in a Sydney court on Friday that she was involved in the disappearances of seven people and argued she was working in a mundane secretarial job at the time. Adriana...

Argentines want justice after police car chase leaves 4 dead

May. 24, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines protested police brutality Friday after officers fired shots that led to the deaths of three teenagers and a young man in a car chase. Authorities have removed 13 officers from the force and detained seven of them pending an investigation. The case has caused a...

Official: 29 inmates killed in Venezuelan jail riot

May. 24, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A showdown between armed inmates and guards in an overcrowded cellblock of a Venezuelan jail Friday left at least 29 prisoners dead, an official said. The clash started when inmates, many armed, refused to let authorities enter, fearing they would be robbed, said Humberto Prado of...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

May. 24, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world. In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature to deliver a letter...

Witnesses: Self-help guru's sexual exploits destroyed family

May. 24, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of a close-knit family from Mexico ventured to upstate New York in the early 2000s to seek enlightenment from self-help guru Keith Raniere. They got something much darker. Prosecutors say Raniere sexually exploited three sisters in the family and confined one of them for two years...

Maduro invites Huawei to set up 4G network in Venezuela

May. 24, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is inviting China's Huawei to help set up a 4G network in Venezuela, prompting opposition leader Juan Guaidó to accuse him of having an "absolute disconnection with reality." Guaidó said Friday that telecommunications problems...

Trump's plan to fund border wall faces first legal test

May. 24, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge is expected to decide Friday whether to block the White House from spending billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. The judge is weighing two cases that challenged...