Cuba says terror list, banking issues are blocking better ties with the U.S.

(Ramon Espinosa / AP)

The two nations are set to resume talks Friday in Washington on the restoration of diplomatic relations.

    Venezuelans on edge after arrest of Caracas mayor for ‘endless coup’

    Venezuelans on edge after arrest of Caracas mayor for ‘endless coup’

    Antonio Ledezma will be indicted on charges of “conspiracy,” state prosecutors said.

    Amid twists in Argentine prosecutor case, thousands stage protests

    Amid twists in Argentine prosecutor case, thousands stage protests

    Demonstrators took to the streets as the death of Alberto Nisman remained unsolved after a month.

    Mass shooting plot thwarted, Canadian authorities say

    Mass shooting plot thwarted, Canadian authorities say

    Three planned an assault on mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of murder-suicide, police say

    Brazil’s ruling party wonders how it lost its populist touch

    Brazil’s ruling party wonders how it lost its populist touch

    Bad economy and festering extortion scandal have taken the shine off a group in power for the past 12 years.

    Forensic team: Mexico mishandled probe of teachers’ disappearance

    Forensic team: Mexico mishandled probe of teachers’ disappearance

    Experts hired by the victims’ families have publicly questioned the government’s conclusions.

    Afro-Brazilian religions facing evangelical hostility

    Afro-Brazilian religions facing evangelical hostility

    Practices that came over with the slaves have been denounced as Satanic.

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    Sao Paulo’s severe drought: The remnants of reservoirs

    Aerial photos illustrate the serious depletion of the giant city’s water supply, a result of the driest summer in 84 years.

    Grandmothers play handball

    The Aymara indigenous women use the sport as a way to ease the aches and pains of growing old.

    Haiti mourns after Carnival parade deaths

    At least 16 people were killed after a man was shocked by high-voltage wires, setting off a panic.

    Cuban capitol restored, inside and out

    Emptied when Castro took power and dissolved congress, building is being upgraded and lawmakers are preparing to return.

    Gas blast at Mexico children’s hospital, at least 4 dead

    A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three adults and one baby and injuring dozens.

    Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

    The win by 22-year-old Paulina Vega keeps the title in the hands of another Latina — reigning Gabriela Isler is from Venezuela.

    U.S. set to begin historic talks in Cuba

    Both countries express optimism, but Havana wants change in migration policy.

    Mixed reaction to change in Cuba policy

    Supporters and opponents of Obama’s decision to normalize relationships with Cuba face off in Miami and Washington.

    U.S., Cuba move to end decades of enmity

    The two nations exchange prisoners and begin to overhaul relations.

    Alan Gross freed after
    5 years in Cuban prison

    U.S. officials announced the American’s release after a swap of prisoners.

    Anger grows over disappearance of 43 students in Mexico

    Protesters take to the streets — blocking highways, seizing town squares and vandalizing property — to demand accountability.

    In Bolivia, drilling brings tension to tribal areas

    The arrival of energy companies has brought protests from indigenous people whose land was recently returned to them.

    A hunger strike to help illegal immigrants

    Rosario Reyes is protesting near the White House, seeking relief for those such as she who are in the country unlawfully.

    Protesters in Mexico decry probable massacre

    Demonstrators take to the streets to demand justice for 43 students who are missing and presumed dead.

    Mexico official’s remark becomes rally slogan

    “Enough, I’m tired” is used as a hashtag by protesters.

    An Andean architect’s designs sizzle and shine

    Freddy Mamani livens up buildings in a big way with spellbinding mixes of color.

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