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Mexico's drug cartels adapt to US pot legalization

Mexico City (AFP) - The growing legalization of cannabis in the United States is forcing Mexico's drug cartels to rethink their illicit business model, turning to opium poppy plantations and domestic pot consumption, experts say.
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Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach....
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Chile leader visits ailing 14 year-old who wants to end her life

Santiago (Chile) (AFP) - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday visited a 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who made a heart-wrenching video appeal to be allowed to end her life....
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Plane carrying Chile soccer stars found, 50 years on

Santiago (AFP) - Climbers in Chile's Andes say they have found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago with a team of soccer stars on board....
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Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations....
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Fidel Castro: 'I don't trust the US, nor have I spoken with them'

Havana (AFP) - Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday....
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Argentine prosecutor shot point blank in forehead: official

Buenos Aires (AFP) - An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner took a bullet point-blank to his forehead, justice officials said Saturday....
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Argentine Jews rally for 'truth, justice' over 1994 bombing

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina's Jewish community pressed for "truth and justice", rallying at the site of a 1994 bombing in the wake of the suspicious death of the prosecutor investigating the attack....
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Haiti unveils cabinet to fill political vacuum

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haiti's leaders unveiled the line-up Monday of a unity government supposed to bridge a dangerous political void and put the fragile Caribbean nation back on the road to elected government....
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Argentine prosecutor who accused Kirchner found dead: media

Buenos Aires (AFP) - An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center reportedly died just hours before he was due at a Congressional hearing Monday....
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