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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 and Portuguese 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 and French are predominant and are typically not included in definitions of Latin America even if technically speaking they are.


Latam nations hosting Venezuelan migrants could get international backing: Peruvian minister

Latin American countries who are hosting the most Venezuelan migrants could in future receive financial support from an international fund, Peru's foreign minister said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Chile anti-government protests mar music festival's opening night

Protesters set cars alight near the venue of Latin America's biggest music festival in Viña del Mar.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Latin America

Thousands of women rally for abortion to be legalised in Argentina [Video]Thousands of women rally for abortion to be legalised in Argentina

Latin America has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, say activists.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:50Published

Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon [Video]Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon

Church mulls decision due to scarcity of priests in Amazon and decreasing number of Roman Catholics in Latin America.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018 [Video]PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018

After a record 2018, French carmaker PSA says global sales fell 10% last year to 3.49 million units, as it suffered declining volumes in China, the Middle East and Africa. Ciara Lee reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Drug trafficking: Guinea-Bissau used as transit point [Video]Drug trafficking: Guinea-Bissau used as transit point

Anti-narcotic agencies say Latin American traffickers use Guinea-Bissau as a transit point to Europe.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

Venezuela's Socialists snatch congress from Guaido [Video]Venezuela's Socialists snatch congress from Guaido

On Sunday the Socialist lawmaker Luis Parra was installed as chief of the legislature, after congress was seized and the opposition leader blocked from entering. The swearing in has been called a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:48Published

Review 2019: Protests break out across the globe [Video]Review 2019: Protests break out across the globe

From Europe to Latin America, demonstrations against inequality and corruption garnered international headlines.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:30Published

Venezuela refugee crisis: Collapsed economy causes many to flee [Video]Venezuela refugee crisis: Collapsed economy causes many to flee

Dire economic conditions in Venezuela cause worst refugee crisis in Latin America's history: Brookings Institute.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published


Argentina's talks with IMF moving 'in the right direction': Mnuchin

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday welcomed Argentina's talks with the International Monetary Fund after the heavily indebted Latin American country said it would launch consultations..
Reuters - Published

Pope moves slain Salvadoran priest, icon for poor, closer to sainthood

A Jesuit priest who was murdered at the threshold of the Salvadoran civil war and who in death became a icon for human rights in rural Latin America was moved a step closer to sainthood by Pope Francis..
Reuters - Published

Colombia first Latin American country to run coronavirus tests - government

Colombia is the first country in Latin America able to do its own diagnostic tests for the fast-spreading coronavirus, a flu-like virus which has killed more than 400 people in China and spread to..
Reuters - Published

Brazil sits out leftist Latin American nations' body on anti-democracy fears

Brazil has decided to suspend its participation in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a leftist regional body established by Venezuela, due to its failure to protect democracy,..
Reuters - Published

Chilean president says protest-hit police must be 'respected, protected'

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sent a bill to congress on Monday to strengthen protections for the country's security forces after two months of unrest that has rattled one of Latin America's..
Reuters - Published

Spain pledges funds for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

The Spanish government on Friday authorized nearly 150 million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to ease the strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivals from Latin America..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro wishes Argentina well under new government

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has criticized Argentina's new left-leaning Peronist government, said on Wednesday he hopes his neighbor will do well because it is the largest..
Reuters - Published

Argentina's Peronist left returns as Fernandez is sworn in

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

'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..
Reuters - Published

'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..
Reuters - Published

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...
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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...
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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,..
Reuters - Published

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.
BBC News - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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