Latin America

Coronavirus Hits Rich and Poor Unequally in Latin America

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — From Mexico City to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Chile, the coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region, where many of Latin America’s first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States.

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • 11:11 AM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Makes Life-or-Death Coronavirus Gamble

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary.

  • Mar 29, 2020
  • 4:39 PM

Govt Under Fire After 1st Puerto Rican Coronavirus Death

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Government officials faced heavy criticism for their response to the coronavirus outbreak in Puerto Rico as details trickled out about the newest death reported Friday in the U.S. territory, which was the first for a resident.

  • Mar 29, 2020
  • 4:13 PM

Alleged Maduro Co-Conspirator Is in DEA Custody

MIAMI (AP) — A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday.

  • Mar 28, 2020
  • 10:47 AM

Mexico President to Continue Travel, Asks Fans to Stay Away

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday he will maintain his busy travel schedule dedicating infrastructure projects around the country in spite of growing restrictions prompted by the coronavirus epidemic, including a shutdown of most federal government operations.

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • 5:42 PM

Favela Residents Brace for Coronavirus

The threat of the coronavirus to Brazil’s low-income communities has hit home in recent days.

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • 1:50 PM

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Calls US Indictment of Maduro ‘A New Form of Coup’

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced an indictment of President Nicolás Maduro.

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • 1:05 PM

A Defiant Maduro Threatens ‘Cowboy’ Trump After Drug Charge

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and warning that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring Colombia dare to invade.

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • 12:14 PM

Puerto Rico Governor Tightens and Extends Coronavirus Curfew

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico announced Thursday that it would extend a two-week curfew to April 12 and warned of new restrictions to help curb coronavirus cases.

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • 6:52 PM

Deportation Contagions

In the age of COVID-19, anything other than ending deportations is a high-risk, potentially disastrous move.

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • 4:27 PM

In Brazil and Mexico, Leaders Downplay Dangers of Virus Outbreak

Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta warned that Brazil’s public health system will likely collapse by the end of April.

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • 1:00 PM

US Indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on Narcoterror Charges

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has indicted Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism.

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • 11:52 AM

Brazil’s Governors Rise Up Against Bolsonaro’s Virus Stance

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, dismissing his argument that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus is worse than the disease.

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • 10:00 AM

Residente Interviews El Salvador President Nayib Bukele About Coronavirus

In an Instagram LIVE, Residente asked Bukele about the ways in which he is combating the spread of COVID-19 in El Salvador.

  • Mar 25, 2020
  • 7:05 PM

The Virus as Carnival (OPINION)

Here in Latin America, for the first time in about 500 years, we don’t automatically trust those coming from the other side of the ocean.

  • Mar 25, 2020
  • 10:50 AM

Decades After Argentina’s Dictatorship, the Abuelas Continue Reuniting Families

Due to the coronavirus,  this year is the first time since 1983 that the Abuelas and Madres of Plaza de Mayo won’t march on the anniversary of Argentina’s military dictatorship. In this story, reporter Lucía Cholakian Herrera checks in with one of the reunited families.

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • 3:14 PM

Mexico Calls for Halt to Business That Puts People in Street

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health officials on Tuesday called on all businesses and organizations to suspend work that requires the movement of people.

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • 12:54 PM

Deportations to Central America Raise Concerns of Coronavirus Spread

The U.S. has come under repeated criticism for unsanitary conditions in its immigration facilities.

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • 12:49 PM

Mexico’s Busy Streetscape Slows, But Doesn’t Stop for Virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Increasingly empty beaches and quieter streets in Mexico contrast with a still-crowded subway system and active street vendors, as shutdowns and social distancing measures have begun but remain very uneven.

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • 9:40 AM

All Latinos Don’t Vote the Same Way: Their Place of Origin Matters

For many Latinos, political events that affect their places of origin significantly influence their electoral preferences.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • 1:22 PM

Colombia Prison Protests Over Sanitary Conditions Leave 23 Dead

Colombia is scheduled to begin a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • 1:00 PM