Latest Latin America and Caribbean News

The Latest: Mexico 'does not agree' with new US asylum rule

Jul. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's new rule for Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country "does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who birthed a baby into a toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández had already...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register , asylum seekers who pass through...

Cuban singer becomes pioneer of #MeToo movement on island

Jul. 15, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dianelys Alfonso has a bold presence — brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair — and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton. Now she's also the center of a new phenomenon in Cuba...

Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border

Jul. 15, 2019 8:50 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border.

Trump meeting with Guatemalan president rescheduled

Jul. 14, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a meeting planned Monday between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to talk about immigration and security issues is being rescheduled. In its update, the White House said the United States will continue to work with the Government of...

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandal

Jul. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Protesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board...

Guatemala cancels meeting between Morales and Trump

Jul. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A meeting in Washington between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales purportedly over a potential "safe third country" agreement for asylum seekers has been canceled, Guatemala's office of the presidency said Sunday. The presidency said that the...

Mexico expects US to ramp up deportations in coming days

Jul. 14, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say they expect 1,807 Mexicans who have been issued final deportation orders in the U.S. to be returned to their country in the coming days. Officials at the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry say there was no indication of an uptick in arrests of Mexicans without visas...

Vargas grinds out decision over Kameda, keeps 122-pound belt

Jul. 14, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Rey Vargas grinded out a unanimous-decision victory over Tomoki Kameda on Saturday night to defend his WBC super bantamweight title. Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) made his fifth defense of his 122-pound belt in his usual workmanlike style, with the Mexican champion outboxing his Japanese...