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  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 26- Argentina's cabinet chief on Monday said journalists could work safely in the country after the reporter who broke the news of the mysterious death of a state prosecutor fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life under the current government. On Jan. 18, Damian Pachter was the first to report that prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 26- Argentina's cabinet chief on Monday said journalists could work safely in the country after the reporter who broke the news of the mysterious death of a state prosecutor fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life under the current government. On Jan. 18, Damian Pachter was the first to report that prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was...

  • The Jan. 2 disappearance of Moises Sanchez had sparked protests in Veracruz state, where at least 11 journalists have been killed since December 2010, making it one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for reporters. Sanchez was a social activist and journalist in the town of Medellin de Bravo who published a weekly, " La Union," which covered local government...

  • US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    MIAMI— A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Fears that falling oil prices could knock the wheels off the already wobbly economy of oil-dependent Venezuela have sparked apparent interest in alternatives to Petrocaribe, a trade program created by the...

  • WATFORD CITY, N.D.— Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels. Before, there was little chance police would see cars here from nearly 2,000 miles away.

  • 2 police killed in Peru mining clash Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Peruvian authorities say two police officers have been killed in the southern Andean highlands while trying to dislodge protesters blocking a mine entrance. District Mayor Cosme Cari tells RPP radio that the two were killed as local farmers hurling rocks with slingshots fought tear-gas-firing police Friday at the entrance to the Aguilas mine...

  • In a likely sign of things to come from a number of companies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co on Friday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million for its Venezuela business. Ford also said that it was unable to maintain normal production in Venezuela with the availability of vehicle parts constrained. Kimberly-Clark blamed increased...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ SAO PAULO/ MILAN, Jan 23- Oi SA, Brazil's most indebted phone carrier, is open to all options in a potential process of industry consolidation as long as the transaction helps create value for shareholders, Chief Executive Officer Bayard Gontijo said on Friday. However, management at Telecom Italia SpA, TIM's controlling shareholder, plans to meet...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 23- Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. He had been scheduled to appear before Congress on Monday to answer questions about his allegation that President Cristina Fernandez...

  • Before you book: A look inside Cuba Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:06 AM ET
    A closeup of a hood ornament on one of the classic American cars in Havana, Cuba.

    As the U.S. draws closer to Cuba, here's what American travelers can expect to see in colorful Havana.

  • SAN CRISTOBAL/ CARACAS, Jan 23- Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty. Crime has long plagued shops and roads in Venezuela, which has one of the world's highest murder rates. Armed National Guard troops have been deployed to...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 23- Brazil's inflation rate spiked to its highest in more than three years in mid-January as local and federal authorities raised electricity tariffs and bus fares to balance government finances, statistics agency IBGE said on Friday. Key producing regions in Brazil, the world's largest exporter of coffee, sugar, soy and beef, have received much...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Jan 22- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's crusade to win back investor confidence has entrusted policymakers with the tough mission of hiking interest rates while major central banks cut them, raising the prospect of another recession in Latin America's biggest economy. The move left the Brazilian central bank at odds with the...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 22- The death of a prosecutor investigating the bombing of a Jewish community center was not a suicide, as was initially reported, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday. He had accused Fernandez of trying to derail his investigation into the bombing and was due to present his case to Congress hours later on Monday.

  • The socialist-run OPEC member's economy shrank 2.8 percent in 2014 while inflation topped 64 percent, the socialist leader announced in a speech to parliament, in what is almost certainly the worst performance in Latin America. With oil prices down by more than half since mid-2014, Venezuela's economic mess has hit Maduro's popularity hard and threatened...

  • WASHINGTON— Macau, the Chinese territory known for casino gambling, outperformed the rest of the world's major cities economically last year, according to a report out Thursday. Cities in the developing world, especially China, dominated the top of the annual economic rankings of 300 cities worldwide by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's embattled president pledged Wednesday night to strengthen safety net programs and he rejected devaluing the currency during a long-delayed speech addressing the socialist country's deteriorating economy. President Nicolas Maduro had promised several times in the past month to make announcements regarding the South...

  • With oil prices down by more than half since mid-2014, Venezuela's economic mess has hit Maduro's popularity hard and threatened the future of the ruling "Chavismo" movement named for his charismatic predecessor Hugo Chavez. The 52- year-old Maduro blamed political foes for Venezuela's dismal economic data, but he also announced the most concrete changes in...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- OPEC member Venezuela's recession-hit economy shrunk 2.8 percent in 2014 while inflation topped 64 percent, President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday, in almost certainly the worst performance in Latin America. In his annual address to parliament, the 52- year-old successor to Hugo Chavez blamed political foes and an "economic war" for...