Latest South America News

Big flotilla of illegal gold miners splits up in Brazil

Nov. 26, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a threat of pollution — including toxic mercury — for the broader environment. ...

Argentina squeezes foreign travel to protect its dollars

Nov. 26, 2021 15:07 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government launched measures on Friday to discourage foreign travel as a way to protect the country's thin dollar reserves ahead of heavy debt payments. The Central Bank banned use of credit card installment payments for...

Argentine movement tries to make Black heritage more visible

Nov. 26, 2021 12:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — It wasn’t until Julia Cohen Ribeiro moved to Argentina that she discovered she was Black. Her hair was curly, but her skin was light. She had never identified as anything other than Brazilian in her country of birth. Then 11, she was...

Former Brazil Olympic boss sentenced to jail for corruption

Nov. 26, 2021 10:51 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public...

Brazilian mayors torn between Carnival and pandemic safety

Nov. 25, 2021 13:43 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayors across Brazil are divided on whether to maintain end of year festivities and February’s Carnival, traditionally celebrated lavishly in all four corners of the vast nation, with some fearing that now-low COVID-19 infection rates could roar back. ...

Brazilians find stock exchange bull unbearable, remove it

Nov. 24, 2021 15:35 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Many Brazilians felt bearish about the new Wall Street-inspired bull sculpture outside the stock exchange, and didn’t have to wait long for it to crash: The statue has been removed a week after it was installed. Sao Paulo's stock exchange had hoped to...

Nicaragua drops visa requirements for Cubans

Nov. 23, 2021 21:15 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has dropped visa requirements for Cuban citizens, a move that may spark an increase in Cubans travelling there in a bid to reach the United States. Nicaragua’s Interior Ministry posted a statement on its web page...

AP source: US delisting Colombia rebels as terror group

Nov. 23, 2021 20:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration notified Congress on Tuesday it is ending Colombia's largest guerrilla group's designation as a terrorist organization, according to a congressional aide granted anonymity to discuss the situation. State Department spokesman...

EU reports improvements, old tactics in Venezuela election

Nov. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s regional elections last weekend happened under better conditions compared to the country's elections in recent years but were marred by the use of public funds to benefit pro-government candidates, European Union monitors announced Tuesday. ...

Chile court raises sentence in torture-killing of singer

Nov. 23, 2021 14:31 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court on Tuesday increased the prison sentence for six former soldiers convicted in one of the most notorious killings by the former military dictatorship — the kidnapping, torture and murder of folk singer Víctor Jara— as well as that of a government...