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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 America. 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.

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Peru's ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest in Odebrecht probe

Peru's former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, taking his own life, in the most dramatic..
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Peru's Garcia, former president and political chameleon, kills himself to avoid arrest

Alan Garcia was the charismatic chameleon of Peruvian politics, once popular enough to be elected president twice. But his terms were filled with ups and downs and he eventually became caught up in the..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Latin America

Peru's Former President Dies From Self-Inflicted Wound [Video]Peru's Former President Dies From Self-Inflicted Wound

​Alan García served two terms as president, from 1985-1990 and 2006-2011.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Peru’s ex-leader dies after self-inflicted gunshot wound [Video]Peru’s ex-leader dies after self-inflicted gunshot wound

Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday, hours after authorities say he shot himself in the head to avoid arrest. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Peru’s Former President Shoots Himself In The Neck [Video]Peru’s Former President Shoots Himself In The Neck

According to Business Insider, Peru's former president shot himself in the neck as officers came to arrest him over bribery allegations on Wednesday morning. García is accused of receiving bribes from..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

General Motors bets emerging market vehicles can deliver gold [Video]General Motors bets emerging market vehicles can deliver gold

General Motors has spent five years re-writing its playbook for making money in Latin America and the interior of China. Now, it's show time for the first results of a project code-named GEM, for..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published

Pompeo talks immigration, North Korea on Peru visit [Video]Pompeo talks immigration, North Korea on Peru visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Saturday (April 13) as part of a tour to shore up U.S. objectives in Venezuela

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions [Video]Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended sanctions on Venezuela and said the United States would not "quit the fight" in the socialist-run Latin American nation which is spiralling into..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

Pompeo lashes out at Russia, China on Venezuela [Video]Pompeo lashes out at Russia, China on Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of aiding Venezuela's economic collapse and slammed the arrival of Russian troops in Venezuela, calling actions by both countries "hypocritical." Rough..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published

UK Police Arrest Julian Assange [Video]UK Police Arrest Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning. The London Metropolitan Police's arrest comes after Ecuador revoked his..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

IMF cuts growth outlook [Video]IMF cuts growth outlook

The International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts for 2019. As Fred Katayama reports, it blamed U.S.-China trade tensions and Britain's messy divorce from the E.U., among other..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Half Ton Of Cocaine Found In Banana Crates In Germany [Video]Half Ton Of Cocaine Found In Banana Crates In Germany

Business Insider reports supermarket workers in northern Germany this week found more than half a ton of cocaine hidden inside banana crates. Employees found the cocaine hidden among bananas at six..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Houston's Venezuelan Wants Action Against Maduro [Video]Houston's Venezuelan Wants Action Against Maduro

According to Reuters.com, "U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak in Houston on Friday carrying a tough message against Venezuela’s government to an expatriate community eager for more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Latin American migrants strive to survive in Mexico [Video]Latin American migrants strive to survive in Mexico

As Trump tightens border control in bid to build wall, some plan to settle in Mexico instead of trying to reach the US.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

Venezuela Chaos Imperils Putin's Investment in Maduro Regime [Video]Venezuela Chaos Imperils Putin's Investment in Maduro Regime

Venezuela's ongoing political crisis puts Russia's significant investment in the country at risk.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

‘Russia has to get out’ of Venezuela: Trump [Video]‘Russia has to get out’ of Venezuela: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Trump hosts Venezuela opposition leader's wife [Video]Trump hosts Venezuela opposition leader's wife

U.S. President Donald Trump held an unexpected meeting with Fabiana Rosales de Guaidó, wife of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guido, at the White House on Wednesday, where he said Venezuela is..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Venezuelans migrants in Colombia share stories of their struggle [Video]Venezuelans migrants in Colombia share stories of their struggle

The UN describes Venezuela's refugee exodus as the worst crisis in Latin America. Al Jazeera met some who have fled.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Cuba despite U.S. crackdown [Video]Prince Charles and Camilla visit Cuba despite U.S. crackdown

The couple are the first British royals to visit the the Communist-run nation. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published

Uber’s wild drive for growth in Chile [Video]Uber’s wild drive for growth in Chile

Uber has vowed to turn over a new, more globally responsible leaf. However, Uber is still playing fast and loose in several countries in Latin America, including Chile, where ride-sharing services..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:25Published

Latin America's first thermosolar plant is being built in Chile [Video]Latin America's first thermosolar plant is being built in Chile

In northern Chile, the first thermosolar plant of Latin America is springing up in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Thousands protest on International Women's Day in Buenos Aires [Video]Thousands protest on International Women's Day in Buenos Aires

Thousands of women took to the streets of Buenos Aires on International Women's Day calling for an end to femicides. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

A defiant Guaido returns home to Venezuela [Video]A defiant Guaido returns home to Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido arrived at Caracas’ airport on Monday after flouting a court-imposed travel ban by touring Latin American countries to boost support for his campaign to oust..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published

Guaido returns to Venezuela [Video]Guaido returns to Venezuela

Venezuela's Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by most Western nations as the country's legitimate president, returned to his country on Monday after a "successful" tour of South American nations...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Venezuela's Guaido returns home to lead protests [Video]Venezuela's Guaido returns home to lead protests

Following a tour of Latin American nations, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has returned to Caracas to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

 

China says U.S. criticism of its role in Latin America is "slanderous"

China on Monday condemning as "slanderous" criticism U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made of Beijing's policies in South America, saying countries there would soon see who their "true friend" was.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday defended sanctions on Venezuela and said the United States would not "quit the fight" in the socialist-run Latin American nation which is spiraling into..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo defends U.S. sanctions on Venezuela on Latin America visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday defended sanctions on Venezuela and said countries in the region would understand that the United States was not the "malign actor" in the socialist-run..
Reuters - Published

On Pompeo's Latin America visit, Venezuela crisis and China trade loom large

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday began a three-day visit to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where China's growing presence is a concern for..
Reuters - Published

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