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Even as Mexico's top transportation official said the plane carrying Jenni Rivera spiraled to the ground in a tailspin that may have surpassed 600 mph, some of the singer's family members were holding out hope on Wednesday.
After weeks on the run and days in immigration detention, American technology pioneer John McAfee arrived in Miami on Wednesday.
Two top Venezuelan officials struck a somber tone Wednesday when discussing President Hugo Chavez's cancer surgery.
Here is a look at the life of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela since 1998.
Investigators have found human remains at the site of a crash in northern Mexico believed to have killed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, but the family continues to hold on to a sliver of hope for a miracle.
Doctors in Havana, Cuba, completed a six-hour surgical procedure on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday evening in a televised address.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived Monday in Cuba for surgery just days after saying his cancer had returned.
The man is nothing if not mercurial.
Mexican authorities said Sunday they found the wreckage of a small plane that they believe was carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera.
With Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health in the spotlight, fiery speeches filled the halls of the country's National Assembly on Sunday.
He began his career as a bus driver in Caracas, then rose through the ranks to become a member of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's inner circle.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced late Saturday that his cancer has returned and that he will go to Cuba to undergo surgery.
A chipper Hugo Chavez bantered in front of the cameras early Friday morning upon returning to Venezuela from medical treatment in Cuba.
In Guatemala, and other Latin American countries, it's called "aguinaldo" -- the term used for the bonus government and private sector workers receive this time of the year, their right by law.
A judge in Guatemala has granted a stay of the deportation of John McAfee to Belize, where authorities want to question him about the killing of a neighbor, an attorney for the internet software pioneer said Friday.
Software pioneer John McAfee ended the day Thursday as he started it: imprisoned in a Guatemalan immigration detention center.
A foul-smelling cloud wound its way through Argentina's capital Thursday, but it was not toxic as initially feared, officials said.
Brazil's most influential modern architect Oscar Niemeyer, whose resume includes the United Nations building in New York, passed away on Wednesday.
Four poisoned dogs. A dead neighbor. A millionaire on the run.
Software mogul John McAfee could be deported to Belize on Thursday after being detained by immigration officials, a Guatemalan official said.
The story of American tech mogul John McAfee reads like a bestselling mystery: murder, poisoned dogs, young women and international intrigue fueled by weeks on the run.
Brazilian authorities arrested dozens of police officers on Tuesday, accusing them of taking bribes from drug traffickers.
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For weeks, John McAfee hid from authorities, donning a disguise and using disposable cell phones to communicate.
The U.S. State Department called on Cuba on Monday to release an American who is serving a 15-year sentence on the island.
Colombian military combat planes opened fire on hidden rebel camps over the weekend, killing at least 20 members of the country's largest guerrilla group just days after negotiators finished a round of peace talks.
The journey to interview Internet security guru John McAfee began with a secret phrase, a mysterious driver and a circuitous route full of left turns, right turns and U-turns.
Enrique Pena Nieto was sworn in as Mexico's new president Saturday, returning his party to power and promising to change the country's fight against organized crime.
The Cuban government on Friday reduced its expensive telephone rates between the island and the United States.
The order was to be followed immediately. The entire school was to be put on lockdown. Students, teachers and even administrators were to stay inside; no excuses, no exceptions. The year was 1988. The place; a small mining town in northern Mexico called Cananea. Inside the classrooms, dozens of puzzled high school students were quietly wondering, if they were in danger. I was one of those students.
Negotiators from Colombia's government and largest insurgent group concluded their first round of talks Thursday and voiced cautious optimism that they will eventually forge a peace deal.
Protesters carried a Mexican flag stained with fake blood in the country's capital this week -- a symbol, they said, of President Felipe Calderon's six-year term.
Mexico's federal police had harsh words Wednesday for an American-born accused drug lord who claimed he paid off top security officials.
An American jailed in Cuba has chronic health problems but is not suffering from cancer as had been suggested by his attorney, the Cuban government said on Wednesday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Havana early Wednesday for a new round of medical treatment, Cuban state media reported.
Authorities in Bolivia have arrested six government officials on suspicion of trying to extort and steal from an American businessman imprisoned there, state news reported Tuesday.
The first time an assassin's bullet tried to find her, Maria Santos Gorrostieta escaped, but her husband was killed.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Cuba to continue "medical treatments," officials said, leaving unclear whether the trip is a sign of a relapse of the cancer that has ailed him or is for a check-up.
A Mexican beauty queen was killed during a weekend shootout in Sinaloa, a northern state known for drug-fueled violence, authorities said Monday.
In a remote town in northern Mexico, a 10-year-old-boy is struggling with his homework. His name is Oscar Castellanos, and the fifth-grader is getting extra help from his father because he's having trouble adjusting to his new school.
Eight bodies and the remains of others were found in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua over the weekend, sources and state news said.
It's the one fact about Mexico that you probably didn't know. The country's name is not really Mexico, at least not officially. After gaining independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico officially became the "United Mexican States."
Colombia's top rebel group, FARC, announced Monday it will temporarily halt its decades-old battle against government forces starting at midnight as a goodwill gesture amid peace talks with the Colombia government.
Marta Umbelina pulled up in front of her house with her 11-year-old daughter. When she stepped out of the car, she was shot 10 times in the back.
To look for John McAfee, you must be willing to travel a narrow, rutted and muddy road. And the more I bumped and backfired along it in my temperamental, rented, gas golf cart ... the deeper down the rabbit hole I fell. This is one weird story.
A dead neighbor. Headless dogs. And a millionaire on the run. All set against a backdrop of spectacular tropic beauty.
Mother Earth, it's shower time.
Three people have been detained for questioning in Belize in the weekend killing of Gregory Faull, a neighbor of Internet pioneer John McAfee, who was being sought for questioning, police said.
Authorities in Belize are trying to find and talk to Internet antivirus pioneer John McAfee about a fatal shooting in the Central American nation, a police spokesman said Monday.
Throngs of people banged pots and pans Thursday, as they protested government policies in Argentina.
It was the first time that 6-year-old Giovanni went to "work" at the local sand quarry near his home in southwestern Guatemala.
A powerful earthquake off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Wednesday sent debris crashing down onto cars, collapsed roads and killed dozens in the Central American nation, officials said.
It's a question most of us seem to have pondered at some point: When should stores start on the Christmas season?
As Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York, Glenda Moore drove frantically across Staten Island in an attempt to get her sons to safety.
In Colombia, one in five girls age 15-19 is or has been pregnant, nearly triple the U.S. rate.
Just days after an arson attack left a Bolivian radio personality in critical condition, police arrested four suspects.
Argentinian lawmakers passed a new measure Wednesday lowering the nation's voting age to 16.
A tsunami warning for Hawaii, triggered by a powerful earthquake in Canada, proved nothing more than a pre-Halloween scare for thousands of people this weekend.
A top Bolivian official has a stern warning for those who criticize President Evo Morales on social networks: He's watching what they say, and taking names.
Eleven people died as Hurricane Sandy pummeled Cuba on Thursday, state media reported.
A dark day in Jamaica turned into a dark night as most of the island was without power and one person was killed as Hurricane Sandy passed through.
Mexican crooner Vicente Fernandez, an icon of folk music known for his ranchera ballads, will undergo a liver biopsy in Houston on Tuesday, he announced.
Investigators exhumed the mother of one of Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpins Monday, two weeks after thieves apparently made off with her son's body before authorities could conclusively confirm his identity.
Cuba has stepped up efforts to douse speculation over the health of its former leader Fidel Castro by publishing an article under his name in state-run media in which he scoffs at recent rumors and those who circulated them.
Fidel Castro "is doing very well," Venezuela's former vice president said Sunday, showing reporters a snapshot of the former Cuban leader that he said was taken the day before.
At least five soldiers were killed and a dozen wounded in an apparent rebel attack in southwest Colombia, CNN affiliate Caracol reported Saturday, the first such attack since the rebels and the government began peace talks this week.
Although a massive earthquake destroyed her home and her office in January 2010, Malya Villard-Appolon has been relentless in her efforts to support rape victims in Haiti.
Five years ago, the Venezuelan government had a mystery to solve, and a Florida man who held the key to unlocking it readily offered a helping hand.
On the first day of formal peace talks between Colombia and FARC rebels, one point was already agreed upon: Peace means more than simply putting down their weapons.
Haiti's terror didn't end when the ground stopped shaking.
Several children were among the victims when a mudslide sent a mass of tree and rock debris crashing into homes in Peru's jungle Wednesday, killing at least 11 people.
Cuban state media released a message from Fidel Castro, the first communique said to be from the ex-leader since speculation over his health reached a fever pitch last week.
The senate of the tiny South American nation of Uruguay, the current standard-bearer on progressive policies on the continent, on Wednesday passed a bill legalizing abortion.
Hundreds of Peruvian farm workers, the majority of them women, became sick after inhaling a pesticide sprayed on a nearby field, the state-run Andina news agency reported.
Talks aimed at ending 50 years of fighting between FARC guerrillas and Colombian forces are expected to take place Wednesday in Norway.
A Canadian border officer was shot in her booth Tuesday afternoon by a motorist, who then apparently killed himself, Canadian police said.
A Peruvian court absolved former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos of murder charges in a case stemming from a 1997 hostage rescue that prosecutors said went too far.
U.S. authorities have arrested a woman they believe is the daughter of Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a federal source told CNN.
Starting next year, Cubans traveling abroad will face fewer hurdles leaving the country.
As Hurricane Rafael sped away from Bermuda, taking with it heavy rain and wind, the government discontinued storm watches for the island.
The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning Monday for parts of the west coast of Baja California as Hurricane Paul became a major storm, the U.S. hurricane center said.
A Spanish politician accused of reckless driving after a car crash that killed two Cuban dissidents was sentenced to four years in prison, Cuban state media said Monday.
Fifty years ago, 15-year-old Omar Lopez knew a secret that governments around the world would have killed to learn or safeguard: Soviet troops were building hidden military installations in Cuba.
As Rafael grew into a hurricane, residents and officials on the tiny island of Bermuda were expecting the storm to pass by Tuesday.
Tanks, troops and police pushed through the streets of two shantytowns in northern Rio de Janeiro Sunday in a move to retake control of some of the city's most crime-ridden areas.
Tropical Storm Rafael unleashed heavy rain and powerful gusts on the Leeward Islands on Sunday and could turn into a hurricane by Monday, forecasters said.
Tropical Storm Rafael unleashed heavy rain and powerful gusts to the Virgin Islands and threatened more areas in the Caribbean Sea late Saturday night.
Two people drowned and at least 11 went missing, when a raft bearing 23 refugees from Cuba sank off the coast of Isla de Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico Friday, according to immigration authorities.
A ferry that stranded 34 people for 24 hours after it ran aground on a Lake Erie sandbar has been pulled out by a tugboat, authorities said Friday.
Her YouTube video started out innocently enough. The Canadian teen, her face obscured from the camera, held a stack of cards each filled with messages in black marker.
All eyes were on the opposition candidate as word of the election results spread.
Fresh off an electoral victory, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has named a new vice president, a closely watched move as questions over his health linger.
Family members requested a humanitarian pardon Wednesday for former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori, saying he should be released from prison because of health problems.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Chevron to block an $18 billion judgment against it in an Ecuadorian court.
Looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense sent 7,500 troops to the country's northwest borders with Peru and Bolivia for another in a series of crackdowns on "cross-border crimes."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sharply criticized his political opponents Tuesday and vowed to continue pushing his socialist programs in the oil-rich South American country.
Mexico confirmed Tuesday that its forces killed Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, reputed boss of the ruthless Zetas cartel, but it remains uncertain what effect, if any, the killing will have on the larger scourge of drug trafficking and violence.
For more than two years, details about the investigation into who killed David Hartley have been as murky as the waters where his body disappeared.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is one of the leading leftist figures in Latin America and one of the United States' most vocal critics, aligning himself with former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.