Latin America

Puerto Rico Prepares for Luxury Shopping Amid Recession

A pair of nearly 5-inch black satin heels with a large gold alligator that serves as the front strap retails for almost $1,600 at the first Saks Fifth Avenue store to open in Puerto Rico, more than what the average person here earns in a month and where nearly half the population lives in poverty.

Fidel Castro

Who Claims What Property Seized in Cuba? Fact and Figures

Soon after Fidel Castro came to power, his government seized the refineries, hotels and sugar plantations that were the most visible signs of the American hold on the island's economy.

US Denies Young Mexican Visa for Transplant Treatment in US

Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant.

The Statue of Liberty

Appeals Court Sets April Hearing on Obama Immigration Action

A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced.

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee in Uruguay Wants to Discuss Future

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who led hunger strikes as a prisoner and was resettled in Uruguay along with five other ex-inmates said Monday he had requested a meeting with the foreign minister to talk about the men's future in the South American country.

Tax Amnesty in Argentina Enables 15% Discouny

Stock broker Juan Cruz is banking on an unusual group of Argentines as he hunts for his first home in Buenos Aires: tax cheaters.

Questions Over US-Cuba Talks Amid Venezuela Dispute

It has been a strange few days for U.S.-Cuba relations that are meant to be on the mend.

Talks Wrap Up and Cuba's Leader Lambastes US Over Venezuela

A third round of negotiations over the restoration of full diplomatic relations ended after a day of talks, Cuban and U.S. officials said Tuesday. Hours later, Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a toughly worded attack on the United States for levying a new round of sanctions on his country's closest ally, Venezuela.

Pope Francis

Pope's Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

Rev. Juan Barros has been tapped by Pope Francis to become bishop of a southern Chilean diocese this month, provoking an unprecedented outcry by abuse victims and Catholic faithful who contend he covered up sexual abuse committed by his mentor and superior, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, in the 1980s and '90s.

Producer for CBS' "Survivor" Reality Show Sentenced to 12 Years in Wife's Mexico Killing

A onetime American reality television producer was convicted Thursday of murdering his wife during a 2010 Cancun beach vacation, a state prosecutor said.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela President Seeks Increased Power After US Sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the U.S. for imposing sanctions on top Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations, saying he would ask his country's Congress to grant him additional powers to "fight imperialism."

Struggling Puerto Rico Cracks Down on Tax Cheats

A new plan backed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia aims to boost revenue and tackle the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt by creating a 16 percent value-added tax, or VAT.

Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) conference at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

U.S. Banking in Cuba: Olvidate! Don't Hold Your Breath

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Speakers at a Florida International Bankers conference don't expect big changes in Cuban banking.