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Pope Francis Speaks to Record Crowds in Rio de Janerio

Pope Francis Speaks to Record Crowds in Rio de Janerio

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(RIO DE JANERIO) — Record crowds turned out to hear Pop Francis speak in Rio de Janerio Saturday night and Sunday morning.
About two million people packed into Rio de Janerio’s Copacabana beach to hear the pope speak…

Eleven-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal Spurs Abortion Debate in Chile

Eleven-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal Spurs Abortion Debate in Chile

Comstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) — “Belén,” an 11-year-old girl from a rural town in southern Chile, says that she was sexually abused by her 31-year-old stepfather since she was seven. She is now 14 weeks pregnant.
Belén, whose face was concea…

Why Are Latin American Countries Saying Yes to Snowden?

Why Are Latin American Countries Saying Yes to Snowden?

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The presidents of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia have publicly expressed interest in granting asylum to former CIA analyst Edward Snowden who is wanted by the United States on charges of revealing classified government inform…

Bolivian President Evo Morales Makes Asylum Offer to Edward Snowden

Bolivian President Evo Morales Makes Asylum Offer to Edward Snowden

AIZAR RALDES/AFP/GettyImages(SUCRE, Bolivia) — Bolivia has joined the ranks of South American countries offering refuge to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday that Snowden was welcome in his country.
Morales said he…

Can Snowden Get to Venezuela or Nicaragua for Asylum?

Can Snowden Get to Venezuela or Nicaragua for Asylum?

The Guardian via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Venezuela and Nicaragua reportedly are prepared to throw Edward Snowden a lifeline — if he can get there.
The accused NSA leaker has been stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremedevo International Airp…

Presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden

Presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden

Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela have offered political asylum to fugitive Edward Snowden.According to BBC News, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced his willingness to accept Snowden in a spee…

Four-Block Drug Den Made $44 Million Per Year

Four-Block Drug Den Made $44 Million Per Year

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) — In recent years, drug dealers have created a terrifying new form of criminal enterprise in Colombia. Micro-traffickers in Bogotá and other cities have taken over small neighborhoods to establish hubs c…

President of Uruguay Criticized Following Open Mic Gaffe

President of Uruguay Criticized Following Open Mic Gaffe

Dorling Kindersley RF(MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay) — President José Mujica of Uruguay is in hot water after he was overheard on an open mic making disparaging remarks about Arentinian President Cristina de Kircher.
Mujica called de Kirchner an old hag…

Colombian Company Selling Bulletproof Backpacks

Colombian Company Selling Bulletproof Backpacks

ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) — It was an ordinary school day for Demitric Boykin and his 4-year-old daughter, Jaliyah.Ordinary, except for her brand-new backpack.Despite the girly pink fabric and pretty fairies that adorned it, Jaliyah’s backpack offered m…

New Pope Faces Old Accusations in Argentina’s Dirty War

New Pope Faces Old Accusations in Argentina’s Dirty War

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(BUENOS AIRES) — Human rights activists say Pope Francis, formerly Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, may have turned a blind eye to some atrocities, then later denied knowing about those atrocities despite his own testimony to…

Hugo Chavez’s Body to Remain on Public Display After Funeral

Hugo Chavez’s Body to Remain on Public Display After Funeral

JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — As world leaders, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean, are gathering in Caracas ahead of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s funeral Friday, large crowds of mourners coming to pay their respec…

Hugo Chavez’s Body to Remain on Public Display After Funeral

Hugo Chavez’s Body to Remain on Public Display After Funeral

JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — As world leaders, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean, are gathering in Caracas ahead of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s funeral Friday, large crowds of mourners coming to pay their respec…

Hugo Chavez’s Funeral Set for Friday

Hugo Chavez’s Funeral Set for Friday

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuela says a state funeral for its late president, Hugo Chavez, will be held on Friday. The country’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, declared seven days of mourning and ordered all schools closed u…

WATCH: Barbara Walters’ Rare Interview with Hugo Chavez

WATCH: Barbara Walters’ Rare Interview with Hugo Chavez

Donna Svennevik/ABC News(NEW YORK) — In a rare interview, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sat down with ABC News’ Barbara Walters in 2007 to discuss his ire for President George W. Bush, his reputation and his lonely personal life.The interview…

Venezuelan VP Says Chavez Undergoing Chemotherapy

Venezuelan VP Says Chavez Undergoing Chemotherapy

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Speaking after a Mass for President Hugo Chavez on Friday, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro shed some light on Chavez’ health.Maduro told reporters that Chavez is battling for his life, ac…

Colombian Tailor Chosen to Make Garments for New Pope

Colombian Tailor Chosen to Make Garments for New Pope

Univision/ABC News(CALI, Colombia) — Immediately after the world learned of Pope Benedict’s resignation, a tailor in Colombia got a call from the Vatican to start working on garments for the new pope. That man is Luis Delgado, a 43-year-old tailor fro…

Colombian Coffee Growers Go On Strike

Colombian Coffee Growers Go On Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEDELLIN, Colombia) — While you brew your morning cup of coffee, trouble is brewing in Colombia among the country’s coffee growers.
In response to falling international prices and the lowest crop in decades, thousands of c…

Wide Uncertainty in Venezuela About Hugo Chavez

Wide Uncertainty in Venezuela About Hugo Chavez

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — As rumors continue to fly about the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, most of his countrymen still believe the socialist leader will eventually return to power.The government is not reve…

Missing California Cyclists Found on a Boat in South America

Missing California Cyclists Found on a Boat in South America

Facebook(NEW YORK) — A young California couple thought to be missing for a month while on a cycling trip through South America has been located on a boat and were surprised to hear of the search for them, according to Peru’s tourism ministry.The coupl…

California Couple on Biking ‘Dream Trip’ Missing in Peru

California Couple on Biking ‘Dream Trip’ Missing in Peru

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Two young bike enthusiasts from California have disappeared while on a biking “trip of a lifetime” through South America, according to the U.S. State Department. Jamie Neal and her boyfriend, Garrett Hand, both 25, embarked on the…

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