Latin America

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentine President Seeks Intelligence Services Overhaul

President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana.

Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

At Odds on Human Rights, U.S. and Cuba Move Toward Embassies

Still at odds over human rights, the U.S. and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half century of estrangement.

Vector illustration of an increasing graphic bar statistics.

Venezuela Leader Pledges Wage Hikes Amid Faltering Economy

Venezuela's embattled president pledged to strengthen safety net programs and he rejected devaluing the currency during a long-delayed speech addressing the socialist country's deteriorating economy.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Havana Talks Start After Promises by Obama, Cuban Caution

The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.

Mystery Clouds Death of Argentine Prosecutor Set to Testify

Alberto Nisman was found with a bullet wound on the right side of his head, a .22 caliber handgun and casing next to his lifeless body, in the bathroom of his locked apartment, according to a preliminary autopsy that found no evidence of anyone else's involvement in his death.

Business Group: Cuba Deal Opens Prospects for U.S. Companies

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that U.S. efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade presents American companies with "extraordinary opportunities" to boost business by selling everything from cars to computers.

Graffitti in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Amid Its Other Struggles, Puerto Rico Enjoys Drop in Crime

The crime wave that marred Puerto Rico's image in recent years appears to have ebbed, with homicides decreasing and both residents and police adopting new measures to track problems and improve public safety.

Cuba Completes Release of 53 Political Prisoners

Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more than five decades of estrangement.

Jorge Perez

Related's Perez Sees Opportunity With End of Embargo

Related Group chairman Jorge Perez says an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba could help turn Havana into a mecca for real estate investment.

Dissidents Free But Questions Hang Over U.S.-Cuba Deal

Three dissidents were free Thursday after being abruptly released in what a leading human rights advocate said was part of Cuba's deal with Washington to release 53 members of the island's political opposition.

China Hosts Latin American Bloc, Hails Ties With Region

Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed growing ties with Latin America on Thursday, pledging to use his country's economic clout to support billions of dollars in regional projects and almost double two-way trade to $500 billion over the next 10 years.

Sean Penn

Not a Movie Role, Sean Penn Helps Man Escape From Bolivian Jail

It began with an attempt to salvage an ill-fated investment in Bolivian rice farms, devolved into a Third World prison nightmare and climaxed with an escape engineered with the help of actor Sean Penn.