Latin America

Brazil Expands Labor Rights for Domestic Workers

The landmark domestic workers law, passed as a constitutional amendment last year and strengthened this month, aims to extend some of Brazil's generous labor protections to the more than 6 million maids, nannies, eldercare givers, gardeners and caretakers who work in privates homes.

Mariela Castro

A Castro Breaks Tradition With 'No' Vote in Cuba

Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

Panama Canal Turns 100 as Expansion Hits Snag

The centennial anniversary of the canal's opening Aug. 15 was marred by doubts about the country's ability to harness the full benefits of a multibillion-dollar expansion beset by cost overruns, strikes and the threat of competition from rival projects.

Demonstrators with Witness Against Torture, a network of anti-torture activists, stand outside the Supreme Court

Six Guantanamo Detainees May Be Headed to Uruguay

The prisoners, who are likely to be released soon, have been offered a refuge in Uruguay, where President Jose Mujica agreed as a humanitarian gesture to accept men that the U.S. has decided do not pose a threat but cannot return to their homelands.

Problems Seen in Venezuela-Colombia Border Closures

Venezuelan's decision to close its border with Colombia at night to fight contraband is drawing complaints from both sides of the frontier.

Mexico To Award Private Oil Contracts For First Time Since 1938

Mexican lawmakers gave final approval to rules for awarding private oil contracts in the country for the first time since 1938.

Carnival Plans To Build Cruise Port in Haiti

Miami-based Carnival Corp., the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, has signed a letter of intent to develop a new port on an isolated Haitian barrier island that's long been a major launching spot for smugglers.

Talks Fail, Sending Argentina Into Second Default

The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets.

Wall Street Job Boom Fades as Puerto Rico Convulses

Money managers in the municipal market are adding analysts at the slowest pace since before the financial crisis, a sign research staffs are able to manage the volatility stemming from beleaguered Puerto Rico.

Argentina In Last-ditch Effort To Avert Default

A delegation is traveling from Argentina to New York to meet a court-appointed mediator a day before a deadline for paying bondholders $539 million.

Miami Makes Mark By Hearing Panama Canal Dispute

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Panama Canal Authority and the contractor expanding its locks are arbitrating a $1.6 billion dispute in Miami.

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.