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Region of the Americas where Romance languages are primarily spoken

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Latin America: Region of the Americas where Romance languages are primarily spoken
Latin America is a group of countries and dependencies in the Western Hemisphere where Romance languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French are predominantly spoken; it is broader than the terms Ibero-America or Hispanic America. The term "Latin America" was first used in an 1856 conference with the title "Initiative of the Americas. Idea for a Federal Congress of the Republics", by the Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao. The term was used also by Napoleon III's French government in the 1860s as Amérique latine to consider French-speaking territories in the Americas, along with the larger group of countries where Spanish and Portuguese languages prevailed, including the Spanish-speaking portions of the United States Today, areas of Canada and the United States where Spanish, Portuguese and French are predominant are typically not included in definitions of Latin America.


Argentina's Peronist left returns as Fernandez sworn in to power

Argentina's Peronist leader, Alberto Fernandez, was sworn in as president on Tuesday, marking a shift to the left for Latin America's No. 3 economy as the country fights rampant inflation, credit..
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'We're back': Argentina's Peronists return as Fernandez takes office

Argentina's new Peronist leader Alberto Fernandez will assume the presidency on Tuesday, a sharp gear shift from conservative Mauricio Macri as the Latin American country firefights rampant inflation,..
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Videos for Latin America

Mexican President Says They Will Handle Country issues Without Intervention [Video]Mexican President Says They Will Handle Country issues Without Intervention

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said they will not accept intervention from abroad. Lopez said his government will deliver justice to the victims of organized crime in Mexico. According..

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Latin America protest wave crashes into Colombia [Video]Latin America protest wave crashes into Colombia

Latin America protest wave crashes into Colombia

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Colombians across the country protest Duque gov't. [Video]Colombians across the country protest Duque gov't.

At a time of unrest in several South American countries, Colombian unions and student groups marched in Bogota and other cities on Thursday to insist that Colombian President Ivan Duque's government..

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Uber Will Audio-Record US Rides in Response to Safety Concerns [Video]Uber Will Audio-Record US Rides in Response to Safety Concerns

The new feature is set for a pilot test next month in unspecified Latin American cities.

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'I see no reason to stop' - At 38 Federer not thinking of retirement [Video]'I see no reason to stop' - At 38 Federer not thinking of retirement

Roger Federer says he is still enjoying the tour so sees no reason to stop playing.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:16Published

Putin Comments On Bolivian President Resigning [Video]Putin Comments On Bolivian President Resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Bolivia was on the brink of chaos. He also said there was a power vacuum created after Evo Morales resigned as president under pressure. Puting said: “Everything..

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Bolivia protesters celebrate Morales' resignation [Video]Bolivia protesters celebrate Morales' resignation

Bolivian opposition protesters celebrated joyously in the streets of La Paz on Sunday evening after Bolivian President Evo Morales said he would resign following weeks of protests over a disputed..

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Russia Sends Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Venezuela [Video]Russia Sends Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Venezuela

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been shipped from Russia to Venezuela. According to Business Insider, $315 million was sent from Russia between May 2018 to and April 2019. The money can be used in..

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Tear gas, arson and a hug mark Chile's protests [Video]Tear gas, arson and a hug mark Chile's protests

Thousands of Chileans are mounting a movement against inequality, in a country once known for being one of the most wealthy and stable regions in Latin America. Michelle Hennessy reports.

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Martin Guzman: Argentine whiz-kid economist and acolyte of Stiglitz

Argentina's Martin Guzman, a whiz-kid economist with close ties to influential U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz, will bring a sharp academic intellect but little policy-making experience to the daunting..
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Brazil, Trump head to-do list for Argentina's incoming foreign minister

Argentina's incoming foreign minister will face a sizeable to-do list: navigating shifting political sands in Latin America, cementing ties with U.S. President Donald Trump, and easing a testy..
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Latin America, U.S. to ban travel within their borders for Venezuela's Maduro, allies

Fifteen countries in the Americas agreed on Tuesday to ban 29 Venezuelans, including the oil-producing country's president, Nicolas Maduro, and his close allies, from traveling within their borders as..
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Stocks drop as Trump's Latin American tariffs revive trade angst

Asian shares skidded on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump stunned markets with tariffs against Brazil and Argentina, recharging fears about global trade tensions, while weak U.S. factory data..
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Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused Cuba and Venezuela of attempting to hijack democratic protests in Latin America, vowing that Washington would support countries trying to prevent..
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Trump plan to label Mexican cartels as terrorists may backfire, Mexico, experts warn

Mexico on Wednesday rejected "interventionism" after U.S. President Donald Trump said he will designate the Latin American nation's cartels as terrorist organizations, while a former U.S. official..
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'No intervention:' Mexico president reacts to Trump's cartel terrorism plan

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday rejected "interventionism" after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was working to designate the Latin American country's drug cartels as..
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'Chile awakened': Graffiti across shattered city reflects protest intensity

A month of intense protests against inequality and police repression in Santiago have transformed the Chilean capital's streetscape into a caterwaul of graffiti whose messages reflect the deep..
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U.S. charges Miami professor in Venezuela money laundering scheme

A University of Miami professor who studied drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America was arrested on charges he helped launder funds embezzled from Venezuela into the United States, U.S...
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Colombia authorizes riot-control measures ahead of protests

Colombia on Monday said it would authorize local authorities to adopt exceptional measures to contain protests planned for Thursday, given the government's wariness over the sort of violent unrest that..
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Chile's finance minister expects job losses, fuel hike in wake of protests

Chile's finance minister predicted on Thursday that as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost because of the impact of four weeks of rioting on one of Latin America's strongest economies.
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Chile finance minister warns of job losses, rising fuel costs amid unrest: reports

Chile's finance minister warned as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost as the impacts of weeks of rioting hammer one of Latin America's strongest economies, according to a report in business journal..
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Brazil reform process can withstand Lula release, regional tensions: Treasury Secretary

The recent release from prison of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and upsurge in political instability across Latin America will not hinder Brazil's economic reform process, a..
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Resignation of Morales, last of 'pink tide', polarizes Latin America

The resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the last serving member of the 'pink tide' of leftist leaders that swept Latin America two decades ago, polarized governments across the region on..
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How did Bolivia end up in democratic crisis?

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, Latin America's longest standing leader, is facing the severest challenge since he took power in 2006, with weeks of protests and signs his support is waning after..
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Latin American left rising? First stop Mexico for Argentina's Fernandez

The prospect of a more united Latin American left grew on Monday after the incoming president of Argentina and his Mexican counterpart discussed reviving a regional diplomatic alternative to the..
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Argentine markets in limbo as investors seek clarity from president-elect

Argentina's markets were in limbo on Wednesday, as traders and investors awaited signals from President-elect Alberto Fernandez about the future direction in which he will take Latin America's no. 3..
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Argentina's Fernandez pledges to 'turn the page' as left wins power

Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernandez vowed on Monday to 'turn the page' on the IMF-backed policies of incumbent Mauricio Macri, after voters weary of rising poverty and inflation swept the..
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Left's win in Argentina strains ties with Brazil, deepens split in Latam

The election of leftist Alberto Fernandez in Argentina, who Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has called a "red bandit," sets the stage for a run-in between South America's two biggest..
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Argentina's Peronists sweep back into power as Macri ousted

Argentina's Peronists swept back into power on Sunday, ousting conservative president Mauricio Macri in an election result that shifts Latin America's No. 3 economy firmly back toward the left after it..
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Argentina's Fernandez leads Macri with first results counted, heading toward outright win

Argentina's Alberto Fernandez was leading the presidential election on Sunday and was on track to win outright, according to a count of 73% of the ballots, a result that would shift Latin America's No...
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Brazil's Bolsonaro criticized over plans to attend Copa final

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, an admirer of Latin America's military dictatorships, courted controversy on Friday when he said he might go to next month's Copa Libertadores final in the Chilean..
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Alberto Fernandez: political broker to Argentina's main man

Alberto Fernandez has already pulled off something of a coup. The fixer and confidante of presidents, little known outside Argentine political circles just five months ago, is set to take on the top..
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Explainer: Chile's inequality challenge: What went wrong and can it be fixed?

Chile, known as one of Latin America's wealthiest, most stable and peaceful countries, is in the grip of a political and economic upheaval with thousands of people protesting since Oct. 6 after the..
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Bolivian election polls show opposition reeling in President Morales

Bolivian opposition candidates are closing in on President Evo Morales in polls ahead of a general election later this month, with Latin America's longest continuous standing leader possibly being..
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Lender CAF proposes $400-million Venezuela credit: Guaido

Latin American development bank CAF has proposed a $400-million credit line to Venezuela, but it will not be administered by President Nicolas Maduro's government, the opposition leader said on..
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Seven Latam nations suggest Maduro behind unrest in Ecuador, back Moreno

Seven Latin American countries reject any attempt by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize democracies in the region and back Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno as he tries to calm unrest,..
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Spain gets 127,000 citizenship applications from Sephardic Jews

Most applicants are Latin American, under a law atoning for Spain's medieval expulsion of Jews.
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Mexican activists take to streets demanding safe, legal abortions

Mexican activists took to the streets in large cities on Saturday to demand safe and legal abortions, many wearing green bandanas that have become a symbol with the abortion rights movement in Latin..
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Venezuela opposition leaves U.N. with 'gestures of support' but no breakthrough

During their week representing Venezuelan congress chief Juan Guaido at the U.N. General Assembly, an opposition delegation received words of support from U.S. President Donald Trump, funding from the..
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Peruvian Congress shelves Vizcarra's proposal for snap election, markets rattled

Peruvian opposition lawmakers shelved a snap election proposal from centrist President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday, knocking the country's sol currency and setting the stage for a new bout of political..
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Trump bans Venezuelan officials from U.S., boosts aid in support of opposition

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reinforced his support for Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido on Wednesday, praising Latin American leaders who back him, boosting aid funding and..
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Venezuela's opposition gets Trump boost at U.N., keeps pressuring Europe

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told a meeting of Latin American leaders who recognize Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader that they were part of a..
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Venezuela's Maduro to hold talks with Putin in Moscow on Wednesday: Kremlin

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday and discuss efforts by third countries to meddle in Latin America, the Kremlin..
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Latam neighbors agree to impose sanctions on members of Venezuelan government

Latin American countries on Monday agreed to impose sanctions on some members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government as part of efforts to force him out of office but expressed..
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Latam neighbors willing to use sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro, but not force

Latin American countries on Monday said they are willing to implement sanctions to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but expressed deep reservations about any use of force.
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Venezuela sanctions by Latam countries likely to be bolstered: U.S. official

A meeting of signatories to a Latin American mutual defense pact, known as the Rio Treaty, on Monday afternoon is likely to lead to “wider implementation” of sanctions on Venezuela, a senior U.S...
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Colombia's Duque seeks international sanctions on Venezuela to protect region

Colombian President Ivan Duque called on Saturday for coordinated international sanctions targeting Venezuela to help stop President Nicolas Maduro's support for Colombian rebels and drug traffickers..
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