- Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country's woes Updated: May-05-15 12:10 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 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.
- Venezuela raises minimum wage 30 pct amid raging inflation 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.
- May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked 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.
- Export freeze sows bitterness in Venezuela chocolate trade Updated: Apr-29-15 7:00 pm
EL CLAVO, Venezuela - William Machado worked all winter harvesting palm-sized yellow cacao pods and drying the flavorful beans inside. He's part of a chocolate trade that is one of this South American county's most prized industries, but Machado increasingly fears his hard work may be in vain, squandered by a freeze on exports.
- 2 adolescents get 4 years in slaying of ex-Miss Venezuela Updated: Apr-29-15 4:46 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Two boys ages 15 and 17 have been sentenced to four years each in the killing of actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear along with her ex-husband.
- Jailed Venezuelan mayor transferred from prison to hospital Updated: Apr-25-15 2:16 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital has been taken from prison to a hospital where he will undergo emergency surgery for a groin hernia.
- Spain recalls ambassador to Venezuela for talks Updated: Apr-22-15 10:11 am
MADRID - Spain on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Venezuela for consultations, a day after Venezuela's leader accused Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of backing a conspiracy to overthrow his government.
- Head of Venezuela congress sues news outlets for defamation Updated: Apr-21-15 7:06 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - The powerful head of Venezuela's congress announced Tuesday that he is suing several news outlets for publishing reports linking him to the drug trade.
- Correction: Uruguay-Obit-Eduardo Galeano story Updated: Apr-14-15 11:54 am
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - In a story April 13 about the death of Eduardo Galeano, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the author had three children with his third wife. Galeano's children were from his first two marriages.
- Obama-Castro meeting overshadows anti-US line at summit Updated: Apr-12-15 9:45 am
PANAMA CITY - As usual when Latin America's leftist leaders get together with U.S. officials, there were plenty of swipes at the U.S. during the seventh Summit of the Americas.
- Obama meets Venezuela's president on sidelines of summit Updated: Apr-11-15 10:22 pm
PANAMA CITY - President Barack Obama met privately with his Venezuelan counterpart Saturday amid a bitter dispute between the two nations over recent U.S. sanctions on seven senior Venezuelan officials.
- Latest on Americas Summit: US sees progress in Colombia Updated: Apr-11-15 3:00 pm
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- Obama turns to diplomacy at Americas summit Updated: Apr-09-15 9:52 pm
PANAMA CITY - President Barack Obama sought to reassert U.S. influence in the Caribbean and the Americas with pledges of energy assistance and diplomatic fence mending Thursday, a mix of modest steps and high ambition for a region struggling with economic and political stresses.
- Obama: Decision near on removing Cuba from terror list Updated: Apr-09-15 1:52 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica - President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, he said Thursday as he opened a three-day trip to the Caribbean and Central America.
- Energy security, good will top Obama agenda in Jamaica visit Updated: Apr-08-15 10:51 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Caribbean region collectively cheered when President Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008. Calypso and reggae songs were written in his honor, the French Caribbean island of Martinique named a road after him, and Antigua's highest mountain officially became "Mount Obama" as the small country saluted him as a symbol of black achievement.
- Senior US official in Venezuela for meetings with Maduro Updated: Apr-08-15 8:28 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A senior U.S. diplomat was in Venezuela on Wednesday for talks with President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a regional summit in which tensions between Caracas and Washington threatened to overshadow a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.
- Cuban dissidents heckled at Americas Summit Updated: Apr-08-15 8:11 pm
PANAMA CITY - About 100 supporters of Cuba's government aggressively heckled dissidents from the communist-run island attending a civil society forum Wednesday at the start of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.
- Venezuelan minister replaced as father-in-law charged Updated: Apr-08-15 12:10 am
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's tourism minister has been replaced just as his father-in-law, the mayor of Caracas, is being charged with conspiring against the socialist government.
- Latin America silent on Venezuela as US airs rights concerns Updated: Apr-07-15 5:07 pm
PANAMA CITY - From Mexico to Brazil, leaders in Latin America have largely kept silent amid charges of human rights abuses in Venezuela and are unlikely to speak out against their neighbor at this week's Summit of the Americas.