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Trump cancels first Latin America trip to ‘oversee Syria response’: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday abruptly announced the cancellation of US President Donald Trump's first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to "oversee the American response to Syria." The announcement comes as the Republican president weighs military strikes in the war-wracked country -- and shortly after the FBI raided the offices of President's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Peru in Trump's stead for the Summit of the Americas, press…

US, China rivalry poses risks, benefits for Latin America

MENDOZA, Argentina: As the trade dispute between the United States and China was gaining steam last month, a half-dozen Chinese dancers and a person in a panda bear suit paraded across a stage inside a hotel lobby in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. The March 24 ceremony celebrated the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) choice to hold its next annual meeting in Chengdu, China, a decision criticized by the United States, whose regional influence has been increasingly challenged by the Asian…

Latin America slams Trump’s Venezuela ‘military options’ threat

CARACAS/LIMA: After months of attacking Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against U.S. threats of military action against the struggling OPEC nation. U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise comments on Friday may give beleaguered leftist leader Maduro a regional boost, just as Venezuela was on verge of becoming a pariah. Following Trump's comment on Friday that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, Maduro's critics are caught between backing the idea of a foreign…

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO report

PARIS, FRANCE: One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday. During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general's report said. The worst hit areas were Arab States including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Latin America is the next worst affected region, the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity report said. Unsurprisingly, most deaths - 59 per cent over the last two years of the…

Obama to visit Cuba in ‘coming weeks’

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will make a historic visit to Cuba "in coming weeks," a US official said Wednesday, a powerful sign of the thaw in relations between the former Cold War foes.