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  • new storyChile's Bachelet asks ministers to resign 
    Updated: May-06-15 10:50 pm

    SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that she has asked all her Cabinet ministers to submit their resignations and she will decide who stays and who leaves in the next 72 hours.

  • Drug trade's lowest rung: Peru's cocaine backpackers 
    Updated: May-06-15 8:21 pm

    HUANTA, Peru - The lung-searing ascents into the Andean highlands aren't what worry the untold hundreds of young men who hump backpacks loaded with drugs out of the remote, lawless valley that produces about 60 percent of Peru's cocaine.

  • Argentine medical teams debate death of late prosecutor story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 6:42 pm

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Two medical teams are meeting in Argentina's capital in an extraordinary session aimed at concluding whether the head prosecutor investigating the country's worst terrorist attack killed himself or was slain by another person.

  • Venezuelan military officers sentenced for plotting coup 
    Updated: May-06-15 6:09 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - A group of Venezuelan military officers the government accused of plotting to blow up the presidential palace have been sent to prison, officials said Wednesday.

  • Brazil police seek charges for 19 in fatal overpass collapse 
    Updated: May-06-15 4:59 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's investigative police say they're seeking homicide charges against 19 people in the deaths of a man and a woman caused by the collapse of unfinished overpass in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte.

  • Round 2 in Buenos Aires for River Plate vs. Boca Juniors 
    Updated: May-06-15 3:12 pm

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - It's time for Round 2 of River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, a bitter Buenos Aires rivalry that will be played out on Thursday at River's Monumental Stadium in the Copa Libertadores.

  • Rio museum opens its doors to Carnival's anonymous artisans 
    Updated: May-06-15 10:12 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" and Henry Moore's "Archer" are among some of the world's most iconic sculptures competing for space at a new museum exhibition where one of Alberto Giacometti's signature figurines appears to stride boldly into the room.

  • Venezuelan president's bout with thrown mango inspires game story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 12:14 am

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Two Venezuelans who emigrated to escape the country's economic woes are drawing laughs with a mobile game mocking President Nicolas Maduro for his decision to give a new home to a woman who threw a mango at him seeking attention for her plea to get housing.

  • Rio museum opens its doors to Carnival's anonymous artisans 
    Updated: May-06-15 12:05 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" and Henry Moore's "Archer" are among some of the world's most iconic sculptures competing for space at a new museum exhibition where one of Alberto Giacometti's signature figurines appears to stride boldly into the room.

  • Brazil court acquits 3 in 2007 plane crash trial 
    Updated: May-05-15 4:29 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian court has cleared three people of responsibility for a 2007 jetliner crash that killed 199 people at a Sao Paulo airport.

  • Tips for visiting Milan Expo, from dining to weather 
    Updated: May-05-15 12:23 pm

    MILAN - The theme of this year's Milan Expo 2015 world's fair is food, and global fare is a big draw. Many of Expo's foreign visitors will be looking to sample Italian food and wine, which will be complemented by street food and cuisine from around the globe.

  • Robinho called up for Brazil's Copa America squad story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 11:44 am

    SAO PAULO - Veteran striker Robinho was summoned by Brazil for the Copa America, while an injured Oscar was left out of the squad on Tuesday.

  • Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country's woes story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 9:49 am

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos' small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends.

  • Coca production in Colombia jumped 39 pct in 2014 story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 11:32 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new White House report that's likely to pressure authorities here to preserve a threatened U.S. aerial eradication program at the heart of the drug war.

  • Brazil weighs investigating ex-leader Silva story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 6:37 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Federal prosecutors in Brazil confirmed Monday that they are weighing whether to open a full investigation into former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's alleged overseas lobbying efforts for the scandal-plagued construction firm Odebrecht, the nation's biggest builder.

  • Colombia stunned by theft of Garcia Marquez's first edition 
    Updated: May-04-15 5:55 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

  • Rio environmental official takes dip in polluted bay 
    Updated: May-04-15 4:06 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian state environmental secretary has plunged into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay as part of a televised stunt meant to assuage worries about health risks faced by sailors competing in the 2016 Olympics.

  • Otter to lead businesses on trade mission to Peru, Mexico 
    Updated: May-04-15 3:51 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will lead a group of Idaho-based business leaders on a weeklong trade mission to Peru and Mexico next week.

  • Boca beats River 2-0 in Superclasico to top Argentine table story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 9:27 pm

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Substitutes Cristian Pavon and Pablo Perez scored in the last six minutes to lift Boca Juniors to a 2-0 win over bitter rival River Plate on Sunday in the "Superclasico," a victory that pushed Boca three points clear of River and San Lorenzo in the Argentine first division.

  • Vasco da Gama beats Botafogo 2-1 to win Rio state title story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 7:59 pm

    SAO PAULO - Striker Gilberto scored in second-half injury time to help Vasco da Gama defeat Botafogo 2-1 to win its first Rio de Janeiro state title in 12 years on Sunday.

  • Donations help undocumented student with college 
    Updated: May-02-15 12:17 pm

    MIAMI - One Miami teen is heading to the University of Florida and hopes to become a doctor thanks to donations from hundreds of friends and strangers.

  • Venezuela raises minimum wage 30 pct amid raging inflation story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 9:07 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation.

  • Rainfall in area of Chile volcano could cause mudslides 
    Updated: May-01-15 4:20 pm

    SANTIAGO, Chile - Authorities in southern Chile say rain over the weekend could cause problems related to the Calbuco volcano's eruptions over the last week.

  • Pacifying police move into violent Rio slum, replacing army 
    Updated: May-01-15 1:23 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's state government says police have begun replacing the soldiers stationed as a "pacifying force" in part of the sprawling Mare slum.

  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 1:21 pm

    HAVANA - Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.