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Diplomatic tensions between Ecuador and Russia over military equipment threaten banana exports

Feb. 04, 2024 15:40 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A diplomatic rift between Ecuador and Russia appeared to intensify over the weekend after the European nation decided to ban some imports of bananas from Ecuador. The two countries have been at loggerheads recently after Ecuador decided to...

El Salvador's Bukele has everyone's attention as he seeks reelection in spite of the constitution

Feb. 01, 2024 00:07 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — Love him or hate him, all eyes are on Nayib Bukele. To many, El Salvador’s president is a national hero who took on the country's violent gangs with an unrelenting hand. To others, the populist is a 21st century autocrat who has committed mass human rights...

Guatemala's new government makes extortion its top security priority

Jan. 19, 2024 18:53 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo’s new administration says it will make addressing widespread extortion its top security priority. Interior Minister Francisco Jiménez, a security expert who has previously held the position, explained that...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 19, 2024 00:02 AM EST

Jan. 12-18, 2024 Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa decreed a national state of emergency to deal with gang violence. In Rio de Janeiro, Carnival dancers rehearsed. Inmates in Bolivia crafted miniature cars and furniture to sell at a fair. Indigenous people in Guatemala held a...

In Ecuador, the global reach of Mexico's warring drug cartels fuels a national crisis

Jan. 13, 2024 00:10 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s two main drug cartels have long taken their deadly rivalry with them as they expand into distant markets from Asia to Australia to Africa, but never before with such intensive street gang violence and a presidential declaration of a state of “internal armed...

Violence rattles Ecuador as a nightclub arson kills 2 and a bomb scare sparks an evacuation

Jan. 11, 2024 18:11 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A bomb threat sent an anti-explosives unit scrambling into a bustling area of Ecuador's tense capital Thursday while authorities in an eastern city reported a nightclub arson killed two people as the South American country staggers under a spike of violence blamed on drug...

Ecuador hunkers down for a government war on drug gangs after attack during live TV newscast

Jan. 10, 2024 18:38 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Schools and stores sat shuttered, many people stayed home and soldiers roamed the streets of Ecuador’s biggest cities Wednesday, the day after armed men invaded a television station's live afternoon newscast and the president told the security forces to wipe out the drug...

Armed men storm an Ecuador TV studio during a live broadcast as attacks in the country escalate

Jan. 09, 2024 22:58 PM EST

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Masked men broke onto the set of a public television channel in Ecuador waving guns and explosives during a live broadcast Tuesday, and the president issued a decree declaring that the violence-plagued country had entered an “internal armed conflict.” ...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy visits Argentina in a bid to win support from developing nations

Dec. 10, 2023 15:58 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy witnessed the swearing-in on Sunday of Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei. It was the Ukrainian leader’s first official trip to Latin America as Kyiv continues to court support among developing nations for its...