The Argentina Supreme Court was deliberating a case Tuesday that would decriminalize possessing small quantities of some drugs, which would make Argentina the second Latin American country in the past four days to allow personal use.
Three major public-sector labor unions in Honduras plan to begin a general strike Tuesday in support of deposed President Jose Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a military-led coup, a union official told CNN. “It will be an indefinite strike,” said Oscar Garcia, vice president of the Honduran water workers union SANAA. “We don’t recognize this new government imposed by the oligarchy and we will mount our campaign of resistance until President Manuel Zelaya is restored to power.” He estimated that 30,000 public-sector workers, as well as some private-sector workers and peasant farmers, could join the strike.
Eight years ago, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna became global pin-ups for the resurgence in Mexican filmmaking after their memorable breakthrough in coming-of-age road movie "Y tu Mama Tambien." Today, Luna and Bernal’s on-screen chemistry has once again grabbed the public’s attention, this time in Mexico, where their latest film “Rudo y Cursi” made box-office history. It became the fourth highest-grossing film in the country’s history when it was released at the end of 2008.
A hundred years ago a Brazilian physician, Carlos Chagas, showed that monkeys were susceptible to a rare parasitic illness carried by a particular Latin American bug.
A North Carolina man is accused of arranging to have his wife raped through personal ads on the Web site Craigslist, police said Wednesday.
Roger Federer charged into his 20th straight Grand Slam semifinal with a straight-sets victory over France’s Gael Monfils at the French Open on Wednesday. The Swiss former world No
Mauricio Funes was inaugurated Monday as El Salvador’s president, promising to work for the nation’s poor and disadvantaged.
As with most industries around the globe, the art world has been taking a hit, as collectors pare down purchases on expensive pieces. But in Latin America, there’s some light in the art world: affordable art is selling well. The Buenos Aires International Art Fair — known as ArteBA — took place this week and attracted more than 130,000 visitors during its five-day run.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has joined three other ex-leaders of Latin American nations calling for the decriminalization of marijuana. Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, said the current policy is clearly not working. “I believe it’s time to open the debate over legalizing drugs,” he told CNN on Tuesday.
The Cuban government, long the object of a U.S. economic blockade, is prepared to meet with the Obama administration, Cuba’s leader said. “We’ve told the North American government, in private and in public, that we are prepared, wherever they want, to discuss everything — human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners — everything, everything, everything that they want to discuss,” Cuban President Raúl Castro said Thursday at a summit of leftist Latin American leaders in Venezuela.