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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Life as a Brazilian Woman

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:22 GMT

Each year, Brazil sells a hyper-sexualized Carnival to tourists, treating women’s bodies as a national attraction.

World Briefing: Brazil: Deadly Violence Erupts in Rio

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:58:58 GMT

At least two people died on Tuesday after a day of violence in a slum that abuts the Copacabana tourist district of Rio de Janeiro.

Mexico Honors a Colombian Writer Whom Many Considered One of Their Own

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:22:33 GMT

For some writers and admirers, it seemed fitting that the first public memorial service for Gabriel García Márquez took place in Mexico City, where he had lived for many years.

Supreme Court Weighs Aid to Holders of Argentine Debt

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:11:10 GMT

Holders of defaulted Argentine bonds are seeking subpoenas to document its assets and collect on court judgments.

From Boom to Rust, Lavish Projects Are Languishing in Brazil

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:35:15 GMT

An array of projects conceived when economic growth was surging now stand abandoned, stalled or wildly over budget, fueling accusations of waste, incompetence and corruption.

Aracataca Journal: Magic Ebbs From Colombian Town That Informed an Author’s Work

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:06:12 GMT

For Gabriel García Márquez, Aracataca served as the model for the fictitious town of Macondo in “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” For Cataqueros, it serves as home.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The April Invasion of Veracruz

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:32:34 GMT

In 1914, the people of the city, left to their own devices, defied a U.S. force sent to teach Mexico some lessons.

U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:06:22 GMT

The United Nations, facing a shortage of supplies to handle the epidemic, refuses to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of the disease into the country.

About New York: A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:09:28 GMT

In the care of smugglers, a 12-year-old girl set out from Ecuador to join her parents, who had immigrated illegally to New York. She made it to Mexico before she died.

Powerful Earthquake Rattles Mexico, Shaking Buildings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:21:17 GMT

A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths.

World Briefing | The Americas: Haiti: Housing Effort Said to Lag

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:46:21 GMT

A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti financed by the United States Agency for International Development has delivered only a quarter of the planned number of houses.

World Briefing: Venezuela: Opposition Talks Resume

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:51:49 GMT

Venezuela’s opposition resumed negotiations with the government on Tuesday, despite rising doubts that the talks will produce a political opening.

World Briefing: Canada: 5 Students Killed in Alberta

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:50:58 GMT

A guest at an end-of-semester party in Calgary, Alberta, stabbed and killed five other university students early Tuesday morning, the police said.

Brazil’s Star, Petrobras, Is Hobbled by Scandal and Stagnation

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:19:11 GMT

Petrobras has recently come to symbolize disarray in Brazil’s sluggish economy and the reassessment of growth prospects in emerging markets.

World Briefing: Mexico: Homicides Decline Near Border, Report Says

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:50:11 GMT

Murders in Mexico declined in 2013, and they decreased significantly in several cities near the border with the United States, according to a new report.

São Paulo Journal: Immigrants Stir New Life Into São Paulo’s Gritty Old Center

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:05:12 GMT

Entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia and Spanish-speaking Latin America are starting up businesses alongside the squalor and social ills of a downtrodden district.

After Fire, Picturesque Hills of Chilean Port City Are Left in Ruin

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:40:03 GMT

Firefighters were still battling outbreaks of fire in Valparaíso on Monday, two days after a blaze first swept through the city’s hilltops and destroyed 2,000 homes.

World Briefing: Mexico: Convicted Trafficker Now Aiding U.S. Officials

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:03:30 GMT

The United States attorney in Chicago said that a top member of the Sinaloa gang had been cooperating with the authorities since he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges a year ago.

Bus Crashes and Burns in Mexico, Killing at Least 36

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:32:26 GMT

The victims were businesspeople who were traveling from Villahermosa in Tabasco State to Mexico City when the bus slammed into a broken-down truck.

Fire Races Through Hills of Chilean Port City

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:56:29 GMT

The blaze started on Saturday and forced the evacuation of thousands of people from the steep, crowded hills above Valparaiso, Chile.

Chile: 16 Dead, Toll Rising in Valparaiso Fire

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:48:39 GMT

A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 500 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.

From Boom to Bust to Rust, Big Projects Are Languishing in Brazil

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:35:51 GMT

Projects conceived in boom times stand abandoned, visible symbols of waste and the country’s crippling bureaucracy.

Salvadoran General Accused in Killings Should Be Deported, Miami Judge Says

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:02:21 GMT

Gen. José Guillermo García is accused of participating in the assassination of an archbishop and the massacre of over 1,000 peasants in El Salvador at a time when Washington was supporting the country’s military.

World Briefing: Cuba: American Ends Hunger Strike

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:17:21 GMT

Alan P. Gross, an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting his treatment by the Cuban and United States governments.

Police Clash With Squatters in Rio de Janeiro Slum

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:27:46 GMT

The violence, which erupted when officers removed thousands of people from a newly built favela, came just weeks before the World Cup of soccer.