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July 2, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa and Cape Town, South Africa — Augusto Palacios , the Peruvian-born director of youth development for the Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa's oldest and most popular soccer teams, says the success of South American teams in this World Cup isn't something that happened overnight. Instead, it's the result of years of nurturing young talent. And until other countries emulate that, South America will always have an advantage, he said.
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
As in many a thriller, the helpful stranger in "The German Doctor" turns out to be a monster. In this case, he's no run-of-the-mill sadist but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death, and he finds prime subjects for experimentation in an Argentine family. The drama by Lucía Puenzo, adapting her novel "Wakolda," is a credible imagining of a brief period in Mengele's South American exile. The what-if conceit is intriguing enough not to be undone by increasingly heavy-handed symbolism.
November 15, 1985 | From Associated Press
The following, at a glance, is a profile of the South American nation of Colombia, where the volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted late Wednesday night about 100 miles northwest of the capital of Bogota. GEOGRAPHY--Colombia is bordered on the northwest by Panama, on the north by the Caribbean Sea, on the east by Venezuela and Brazil, on the southwest by Peru and Ecuador, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. With 456,500 square miles of territory, it is about three times the size of California.
July 30, 2013 | By Pablo Jaramillo Viteri
QUITO, Ecuador --  Much of Ecuador was in mourning Tuesday over the sudden death in Doha, Qatar, of one of its most popular soccer players,  27-year-old Christian  “Chucho” Benitez. Benitez was a stalwart on the South American country's national team, the leading scorer this year in the Mexican league, and most recently an imported star on the Al Jaish team in Doha. Benitez also was expected to play a major role in Ecuador's bid for the  World Cup next year in Brazil.
May 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II returned to Rome today after a 12-day South American tour in which he condemned drugs in Bolivia, preached reconciliation in Peru and Paraguay and reminded Uruguay of its Roman Catholic roots.
March 27, 1991 | From Reuters
The presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay signed a blueprint Tuesday to build a gigantic common market--stretching from the Equator to Antarctica--to compete with other world trading blocs. The Southern Common Market treaty, known as Mercosur, would dismantle trade barriers and encourage cross-border investment and joint projects during the next four years. It aims to integrate neighboring nations that have been stunted by protectionism, rivalry and political instability.
November 29, 1992 | From Associated Press
Often, what is called democracy in South America would be barely recognizable in North America. The word is used loosely to mean civilian government, which now exists in all the continent's 12 independent nations. But in Brazil and Argentina, presidents can make laws by decree. The armed forces often are seen as arbiters of democracy and have great political influence.
April 13, 2003 | Lucy Izon, Special to The Times
If you've been watching the "Survivor" TV series and thinking you'd like to try an eco-tour -- without eating grubs or building your own shelter -- G.A.P. Adventures may have what you are looking for. The company is known for guided small-group eco-adventures that give travelers a close look at foreign cultures. The groups often use public transportation and stay in small, family-run guesthouses. Late this summer G.A.P.
December 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Four presidents signed a trade agreement here Saturday that unites the countries along South America's eastern coast from the steamy Amazon jungle to the frosty south. The Mercosur trade bloc of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay will have a population of 200 million people and a combined economic output of $750 billion a year. The agreement takes effect Jan. 1. "Our predecessors always dreamed of a united America," said Argentine President Carlos Menem.
March 3, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
Dick Mandella had one of those days Sunday that trainers dream about, when they count horses in their sleep. Easy as 1-2-3, Mandella saddled the win, place and show thoroughbreds of the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, paying off anyone smart enough to bet the trainer across the board. The winning horse was Siphon, which went wire-to-wire under jockey David Flores, who kept peeking under his armpit for the supposed superhorse Gentlemen, stuck along the rail.
July 28, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
As Alejo Muniz was carried through the crowd after winning the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, he raised his fingers to the sky while a fan draped a Brazilian flag around his back. The flag read "Ordem e Progresso" ("Order and Progress"), although it was the disorder in his life that had caused him to come to tears. Four years to the day, his grandfather died. Two weeks ago, his grandmother followed. Yet, nothing could take his eyes off the sky above him at Huntington Beach. "In the end, I knew they were sending those waves to me. That is why I pointed to the sky," Muniz said.
July 3, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Latin American leaders expressed outrage Wednesday at decisions that forced a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to make an unscheduled landing in Austria, amid suspicions that U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden might be on board. “This is EXTREMELY serious,” Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, wrote on his Twitter account. Ecuador was one of the first countries that Snowden, the former National Security Agency contract worker who is apparently still holed up in Moscow's international airport, appealed to for refuge.
July 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden issued a plaintive appeal Monday from his diplomatic limbo at a Moscow airport, accusing the Obama administration of using the "bad tools of political aggression" to render him stateless. Snowden, whose U.S. passport was revoked after he began his globe-trotting flight from justice for leaking national security secrets, lamented in a statement posted on the WikiLeaks website that President Obama was obstructing his right to seek asylum by threatening countries willing to grant it. Snowden has been holed up in a transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for more than a week and the strain of being trapped in a judicial standoff of his own making was palpable in his accusatory statement.
April 11, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Deep into Marie Arana's wonderful new biography of Simón Bolívar, "the George Washington of South America," there's a deliciously unexpected pause in the action. It's 1816, and Bolívar has set sail from Haiti. He's on his way back to Venezuela, with an army set to take on the hated Spanish colonial authorities. At the island of St. Thomas, he ostensibly stops for "supplies. " In reality, his fleet of ships has anchored so that Bolívar can pick up his mistress, Pepita Machado.
March 22, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Detroit's automakers are doing better selling to young buyers, but South Korean car companies are making the biggest inroads in that segment, primarily at the expense of the Japanese. That's the finding of a study of auto registrations by auto research firms R.L. Polk & Co. and The U.S. automakers are doing better in the age 25-to-34 segment by offering “small, fuel-efficient and affordable cars that really appeal to a young set of buyers,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with
January 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah -- Michael Cera has embarked on some pretty quirky adventures in recent years - “Paper Heart,” or the collected canon of George Michael Bluth. But he's up for some serious noodling in “Crystal Fairy,” a new road trip dramatic comedy that helped open the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night and is told in a mix of English and Spanish. (Cera speaks mostly the former.) For one thing, the film was shot in Chile, over a period of 12 days, with nothing close to a script.
August 4, 1989 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
A South American festival at the Bavarian-theme Old World Village shopping center in Huntington Beach? What's next--a sauerkraut cook-off on Olvera Street? As incongruous as it may sound, it's for real and it is the brainchild of Juliette (Chaparro) Lewis, a native of Callao, Peru, who came to the United States in 1961.
Jose Funes left his native El Salvador for the United States at 15, arriving lost and alone without his family. Funes almost joined a gang just to belong to something. But five years later, he realizes he belongs to something much larger: a whole culture. "I know I have Indian blood inside me. I feel part of that culture and every time I pick up an Indian flute or a drum--I feel that connection and I feel proud," he said. "I know who I am."
August 19, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was a tough game that almost came to fisticuffs when one player fouled another. But in the end, it was the red-shirted Salvadorans who beat the Mexicans, 4-2, during a recent adult league soccer game at Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys. Giovanni Molina, the top scorer with two goals, celebrated at a sidewalk grill where the Nunez family was frying handmade pupusas , a doughy, cheese-and-bean-filled tortilla sold on every corner back home in El Salvador. Molina bought six - three for dinner and three more for tomorrow's lunch.
August 2, 2012
Colombia 's cocaine production fell by nearly 25% in 2011 from the previous year, and was down by more than 70% since 2001, according to the White House. A report released this week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy suggests that the Andean country once known as the largest producer of cocaine has scored a remarkable victory. That's great news, if indeed the latest estimates are accurate. But the report is at odds with a United Nations survey released last week that concluded that Colombia's cocaine production remains virtually unchanged, dropping by a mere 1% since 2010.
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