Costa Rica fires ambassador in Venezuela after vocal support of Maduro

SAN JOSE - Costa Rica fired its ambassador in Venezuela after the diplomat gave an interview in which he defended the Venezuelan government, the Central American country said on Wednesday.

Venezuela collects three million anti-Obama signatures, foes denounce coercion

CARACAS - Venezuela's socialist government said on Wednesday it has collected more than three million signatures asking U.S. President Barack Obama to repeal measures declaring the South American country a security threat.

25 Mar 2015

Germanwings says 72 Germans died in plane crash

COLOGNE - The number of victims from Germany onboard a Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday currently stands at 72, the carrier's managing director said on Wednesday.

25 Mar 2015

Exclusive: U.S. bets on Brazil, extends new invitation to Rousseff

SAO PAULO - The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

World, Brazil 24 Mar 2015

Russian foreign minister praises new U.S.-Cuba relations

HAVANA - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations on Tuesday during a six-hour stop in Havana, his first visit here since the United States and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic ties.

World, Cuba, Russia 24 Mar 2015

Venezuelan leader's popularity inches up to 25 percent: poll

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's popularity inched up to 25 percent in March, according to leading local pollster Datanalisis, after the United States declared Venezuela a security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials.

24 Mar 2015

Venezuelan pharmacy says managers freed pending trial

CARACAS - Pharmacy chain Farmatodo said on Saturday two of its managers have been freed from jail pending trial on charges in an emblematic case of what President Nicolas Maduro calls Venezuela's "economic war."

21 Mar 2015

Russia, China, others snub U.N. meeting on Crimea human rights

UNITED NATIONS - Russia, China, Venezuela and Angola snubbed an informal United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday on human rights in Crimea a year after Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, diplomats said.

World, United Nations, Africa 19 Mar 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

HAVANA - The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed.

Politics, World, Cuba 17 Mar 2015

Cuba, U.S. renew talks while differing over Venezuela

HAVANA - Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba's closest ally.