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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.


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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Videos for Latin America

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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Fashion chain Forever 21 files for bankruptcy [Video]Fashion chain Forever 21 files for bankruptcy

Fashion retailer Forever 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday as it joined a growing list of brick-and-mortar players who have succumbed to the onslaught of e-commerce.

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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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Majoritarianism taking India down ‘dark and uncertain path’: Rajan

The former RBI head also made a dark prognosis for the economy, stating in a recent lecture that the government’s economic performance is not sustainable and that there is a risk of the country going..
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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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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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U.S. to give additional $120 million to help Venezuelan migrants

The United States will give an additional $120 million in humanitarian assistance to help Latin America cope with the arrival of millions of Venezuelan migrants fleeing a crushing economic crisis, the..
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Nearly a year in, Mexico's president doubles down on management of economy

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his first state of the union address on Sunday, doubled down on his approach to managing Latin America's second-largest economy, saying the interests..
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Inspired by teen climate activist Thunberg, Latin American activists converge in Chile

Inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, a group of young activists from several Latin American countries have converged in Chile to exchange ideas on how to battle climate change.
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Venezuela government, opposition hold talks in Barbados as Maduro slams sanctions

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition are continuing to hold talks in Barbados in an effort to find ways to resolve the Latin American country's political crisis, the..
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Mexico keeps budget target despite weak economy

Mexico's finance ministry is holding onto an ambitious primary budget surplus target despite mounting evidence that the performance of Latin America's second-largest economy is falling short of..
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US designates Brazil as 'major' military ally, allows priority access to sophisticated weaponry for Latin American State

President Donald Trump on Wednesday boosted Brazil's status as a US military ally, easing the path for the Latin American giant to buy more sophisticated weaponry.
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In 21st century, threats 'from all sides' for Latin America's original languages

At school in Tecate in the 1950s, a city sitting on Mexico's border with the United States, Josefina Meza was welcomed by a chorus of children's chants in a language she did not understand.
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Russia's Lavrov says Venezuela dialogue should have 'no preconditions'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday a dialogue to resolve Venezuela's political crisis should have "no preconditions," as he visited the small South American country of Suriname at..
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Pompeo to visit four Latin American nations in security, migration push

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit four Latin American countries this week, with a focus on Venezuela's crisis, the surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border, and more security..
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'Best day ever!' Internet pokes fun at Mexico's finance minister grim-faced job acceptance

Mexico's Arturo Herrera looks grim in a viral video in which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador names him finance minister, a job Herrera's predecessor left in a huff at a time when Latin America's..
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Forged by debt crises, Mexico's new finance minister takes charge in choppy waters

Mexico's new finance minister Arturo Herrera is a pragmatic and respected policy maker who says he was inspired to study economics by the Latin American debt crisis that wrought financial chaos and..
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Mexico's new finance minister, believer in stability, takes charge of choppy economy

Mexico's new finance minister Arturo Herrera is a pragmatic and respected policy maker who says he was inspired to study economics by the Latin American debt crisis that wrought financial chaos and..
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U.S. dream pulls African migrants in record numbers across Latin America

Marilyne Tatang, 23, crossed nine borders in two months to reach Mexico from the West African nation of Cameroon, fleeing political violence after police torched her house, she said.
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'Here, I feel free': Mexico City celebrates role as haven for LGBTQ migrants

Tens of thousands of people paraded through the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to celebrate the capital's growing role as a beacon of tolerance for migrants fleeing persecution for their gender and..
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OAS seeks to increase pressure on Venezuela's Maduro at meeting

Latin American leaders will seek to increase pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and further isolate the embattled leader when the Organization of American States (OAS) begins two days of..
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Harrowing photo of drowned migrants at U.S. border draws global attention

A harrowing photo of a man and his young daughter who drowned on the U.S.-Mexico border has brought global attention to the dangers for a wave of mostly Latin American migrants traveling north, with..
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Asylum applications in EU rise as more Venezuelans seek refuge

The number of people seeking political asylum in the European Union is rising again, driven up by Latin American refugees, but flows are expected to remain well below the high levels seen during..
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Migrant deaths rise among Venezuelans, Central Americans: U.N.

At least 380 Latin American migrants have died on their journeys this year, many of them Venezuelans drowning in the Caribbean or Central Americans perishing while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico..
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Brazil leader signs law allowing foreign carriers to operate domestic flights

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday signed a bill into law allowing foreign airlines to operate domestic flights in Latin America's largest air market.
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Mexico says U.S. migration deal could draw in other Latam countries

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into their efforts, Mexico's..
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Mexico says other Latam countries could share burden of fighting migration to U.S

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict illegal immigration from Central America, including measures to bind Brazil and Panama into their efforts, Mexico's..
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Lima Group and EU urge more international involvement in Venezuela

The Lima Group regional bloc and EU-led contact group on Venezuela on Monday called on Latin America and the broader international community to play a more active role in restoring democracy to..
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