Latin America

Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala

UN Anti-Crime Panel's Future Uncertain in Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina says he will decide soon whether Guatemala will continue cooperating with U.N. International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala or hand its responsibilities over to local law enforcement.

US and Cuba Open Talks on Two of America's Most Wanted Fugitives

The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced.

Ex-Colombia Ministers Convicted of Bribes on Behalf of Uribe

Colombia's Supreme Court convicted two close aides of former President Alvaro Uribe of bribing lawmakers to support the conservative leader's 2006 re-election.

Cubans Hail Removal From List of State Terrorism Sponsors

Cuban officials and ordinary citizens alike hailed the island's removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the move by President Barack Obama heals a decades-old insult to national pride and clears the way to swiftly restore diplomatic relations.

Obama to Remove Cuba from State Sponsor of Terror List

President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

Chile President Bachelet Signs Same-Sex Civil Union Law

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations.

Dilma Rousseff

Protests Across Brazil Seek Ouster of President Rousseff

Nationwide demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff swept Brazil for the second day in less than a month, though turnout at Sunday's protests appeared down, prompting questions about the future of the movement.

Homicides in El Salvador Reach Record as Gang Violence Grows

By Marcos Aleman and Alberto Arce |

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark milestone that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce and one that could mark a trend of greater violence to come.

Stronger US Economy and Dollar Tighten Latin American Ties

By Paul Wiseman |

Across Latin America, companies increasingly are looking to the United States for business.

Panama's President an Unlikely Champion for Clean Government

By Joshua Goodman and Juan Zamorano |

President Juan Carlos Varela is an unlikely champion of clean government in Panama.

Cuba-US Warming Held Up by Listing of Cuba as Terror Sponsor

By Michael Weissenstein and Bradley Klapper |

American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba's presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats' freedom to travel and talk to ordinary Cubans without restriction, officials say.

Raul Castro

Castro, the CUC and the Coming Cuban Currency Crisis

Thanks to the expected normalization of relations with the U.S., tourism, already the engine of Cuba's current economic boom, is expected to grow enormously—though by this time next year foreigners will be required to negotiate their visits with mounds of regular pesos. Raúl Castro is effectively gambling that he can release some control over the economy in exchange for growth, ensuring the regime's survival.

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro Appears in Public in Cuba

Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, official media reported.