Latest South America News

The Latest: Cuba begins commercial exports of local vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

HAVANA — Cuba has begun commercial exports of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced the arrival in Vietnam on his Twitter feed Sunday. Cuba’s Center of...

Police swoop on Balkan cartel's European ‘cocaine pipeline’

Sep. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organization allegedly running the continent's largest cocaine distribution network, making 61 arrests and seizing more than four metric tons (4.4 tons) of the drug, authorities said Monday. ...

All-Black Everest team aims to diversify outdoors industry

Sep. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Phil Henderson sees the outdoor industry like a cruise ship. It’s taken a long time for the largely white industry to embrace people of color. But the ship has turned. Almost every corner of the industry is focused on building a diverse population of...

Haitians heading to US change plans, ready to wait in Mexico

Sep. 25, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Violene Marseille, her husband and two children were on a bus heading north through central Mexico when they received messages warning them their destination on the U.S.-Mexico border was no longer a safe place to cross. Other Haitians already...

Bodies of 9 suspected migrants found in eastern Panama

Sep. 25, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Nine bodies of suspected migrants have been found near a remote community in the Panamanian jungle close to the border with Colombia, local prosecutors said Friday. The bodies, including one child, were found near the Tuqueza and Canaán Membrillo...

Back in Haiti, expelled migrant family plans to flee again

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — You’re lucky, the U.S. officials said. “You’re going to see your family.” The authorities had called out numbers corresponding to raffle-like tickets the Haitians had been issued when they were detained after crossing the border into...

Back in Haiti, expelled migrant family plans to flee again

Sep. 24, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — You’re lucky, the U.S. officials said. “You’re going to see your family.” The authorities had called out numbers corresponding to raffle-like tickets the Haitians had been issued when they were detained after crossing the border into...

Body of Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmán cremated in Peru

Sep. 24, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of Peru's brutal Shining Path insurgency who died on Sept. 11, was cremated Friday. The cremation took place after Congress in the South American nation expedited a debate on a law to dispose of Guzmán's...

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

Sep. 24, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dyane Rodrigues used to enjoy strolling along Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach after a hot summer's day. Daylight saving time meant her workday went by faster, and ended early enough for her to take in the golden sunset, the 28-year-old said from her fruit stand,...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...