Latin America

Vladimir Putin

China, Russia Leaders Seek South American Inroads

During overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia have been welcomed with open arms by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Bolivia On Verge Of Legalizing Child Labor From Age 10

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia is on the verge of becoming the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Congress has approved the proposal and all that's now required is President Evo Morales' signature.

U.N. Pushes For Migrants To Be Called Refugees

By Alberto Arce and Michael Weissenstein |

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict.

Puerto Rico Touts Minimal Taxes To Mainland Rich

The Puerto Rican government signed a law in early 2012 that creates a tax haven for U.S. citizens if they live on the island for at least 183 days a year.

Default Would Spread Pain Beyound Puerto Rican Utility

Bondholders have been speculating for months that a Puerto Rico agency would default. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority seems poised to be the first if it can persuade three-quarters of its creditors to agree.

St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Ex-Ambassador Convicted of Sex Abuse

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans Support End To Embargo

About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island's government. That's according to a Florida International University poll.

FBI Questions Disrupt 9/11 Cases In Guantanamo

The FBI questioned two investigators, a classified material analyst and a translator on the team representing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Prostitutes Earn More Selling Dollars Than Sex

Prostitutes, who can more than double their earnings by moonlighting as currency traders, are the foreign exchange counter for sailors in a country where buying and selling dollars in the streets is a crime but prostitution isn't.

The Pascua River in Chile

Chile Rejects $8 Billion Dam Project In Patagonia

The dams would have drowned 14,000 acres and eliminated whitewater rapids and waterfalls that attract ecotourism.

First World Cup Winner? Brazilian Builder Odebrecht

Odebrecht helped erect or expand four World Cup stadiums, financed with $675 million in subsidized loans.

The Statue of Liberty

Immigrant Children Pushed To U.S. By Violence, Poverty

In the past eight months, 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the border in the U.S. Southwest.

U.S. Chamber Head Urges Cuba To Open Economy More

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a prescription for communist-run Cuba's struggling economy: less government control and a heavier dose of the open market.