- Former Brazil chief of staff arrested in Petrobras scandal Updated: Aug-04-15 2:07 pm
SAO PAULO - Police in Brazil have arrested former presidential chief of staff Jose Dirceu, the most senior member of the ruling Workers' Party to be taken into custody in connection with corruption at the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
- Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain Updated: Aug-04-15 1:56 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he's as popular as Pope Francis - or so it would seem.
- World Rowing to seek viral testing in Rio Olympic waters Updated: Aug-04-15 12:57 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The head of the governing body of world rowing says he will ask for viral testing at the rowing venue for next year's Rio Olympics, and says he expects all other water sports in Rio to follow suit.
- Court upholds $96M award to Chevron in dispute with Ecuador Updated: Aug-04-15 12:46 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has upheld a $96 million arbitration award to Chevron Corp. stemming from a 1990s-era oil contract dispute with the government of Ecuador.
- Venezuela first lady runs for congress; spouse's foe blocked Updated: Aug-03-15 7:43 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's first lady will run for congress while an opposition leader has been formally barred from the contest.
- Whale appears alongside yachts in luxury Argentine area Updated: Aug-03-15 6:57 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A whale appeared in the marina of one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighborhoods Monday, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while hundreds of onlookers tried to capture the moment with smartphones.
- Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup Updated: Aug-03-15 5:51 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.
- Amnesty report blasts police killings in Rio de Janeiro Updated: Aug-03-15 5:16 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's police force operates with "total impunity," targeting mostly young, mostly black and mostly poor people in the Olympic city's violent slums for extrajudicial executions, Amnesty International alleged in a report Monday.
- Chile poll: Bachelet's approval rating at new low Updated: Aug-03-15 4:21 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - The approval rating of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is at its lowest level since she returned to the office last year, a poll said Monday.
- HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit Updated: Aug-03-15 1:31 am
HONG KONG - HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion.
- Flamengo held to 2-2 draw in front of record crowd in Rio Updated: Aug-02-15 10:11 pm
SAO PAULO - Flamengo relinquished a two-goal first-half lead in a 2-2 draw against Santos in the Brazilian league on Sunday, disappointing a record crowd of 61,421 at the Maracana Stadium.
- Rousey attends soccer game at Maracana after UFC win in Rio Updated: Aug-02-15 9:32 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronda Rousey spent the day after her impressive victory over Bethe Correia at UFC 190 by going to a soccer game at Maracana Stadium.
- Rousey crushes Correia to defend her title at UFC 190 Updated: Aug-02-15 11:30 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - It's not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some extra motivation.
- IOC shakes up bid process for 2024 Summer Olympics Updated: Aug-02-15 10:30 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The IOC shook up the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics on Sunday, eliminating the cut-down phase and clearing the way for all the candidates to make it to the final vote.
- Peru government reports Shining Path captives rescued Updated: Aug-02-15 1:28 am
LIMA, Peru - Peruvian security forces rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, who had been held by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region, government officials said.
- Rousey says she'll do Roddy Piper 'proud' in Rio fight Updated: Aug-01-15 10:14 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronda Rousey says she will be fighting for the late Roddy Piper, the Hall of Fame wrestler who gave her his "Rowdy" nickname.
- USOC: 3 cities being contacted to replace Boston in 2024 bid Updated: Aug-01-15 8:35 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be "ancient history" by the time the host city is selected in 2017.
- IOC hears reports on Rio's dirty water, Tokyo emblem flap Updated: Aug-01-15 7:53 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members dealt Saturday with issues affecting the next two Summer Games - severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro and the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem.
- Venezuela governor: 1 killed during supermarket looting Updated: Jul-31-15 8:38 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said.
- Colombian military plane crashes, killing all 11 on board Updated: Jul-31-15 8:25 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - A Colombian military transport plane crashed in the country's north on Friday, killing all 11 personnel aboard.
- Report: Pinochet covered up burning death of US resident Updated: Jul-31-15 5:16 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - U.S. documents published Friday indicate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet covered up the military's role in the burning death of a 19-year-old U.S. resident during a 1986 protest, a case that drew worldwide condemnation and strained the regime's relationship with Washington.
- Freed Colombian warlord apologizes for atrocities Updated: Jul-31-15 3:14 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - One of Colombia's most-feared right-wing warlords has been released from jail and apologized Friday for his atrocities.
- Currency crisis has Venezuelans struggling to call abroad Updated: Jul-31-15 12:04 am
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis that is leaving the country increasingly cut off from the rest of the world.
- Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company Updated: Jul-30-15 8:49 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods.
- La Paz County authorities investigating jail inmate's death Updated: Jul-30-15 7:21 pm
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona - Authorities say they're investigating the death of a female jail inmate in Lake Havasu City.