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For the First Time, More Latin Americans Are Middle Class Than Poor

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the past decade, Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous progress in reducing poverty and in boosting shared prosperity. Poverty has fallen by half to 12.3 percent. The middle class -- currently 34 percent of the population -- is growing. Meanwhile, inequality in Latin America -- historically the world's highest -- has fallen, even as it rises in practically every other part of the globe. For the first time, the number of people in the middle class surpasses those living in poverty.

PHOTOS: News From Latin America You Missed

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

After the death of Colombian literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Associated Press photojournalists in Latin America captured celebrations last week...

Death Toll In Venezuela Rises

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 03.23.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Three more people were reported killed in Venezuela's political unrest as both supporters and opponents of President Nicol...

Rio Officials Ask For Federal Help After Slum Attacks

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 03.22.2014 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top officials from Rio de Janeiro said Friday they want elite federal police and possibly army troops sent to the city to help...

What Cristina Fernández And Fidel Castro Did When They Met Up This Week

Posted 01.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Cristina Fernández has not only returned to the public eye -- she's fully embracing Twitter. After a 40-day silence following her head surgery, t...

PHOTOS: This Week In Latin America

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

A photo by Associated Press photo stringer Matilde Compodonico showing Uruguayan President Jose Mujica sporting sandals alongside his suit-wearing vic...

The Biggest News Stories From Latin America In 2013

VOXXI | Juliana Barrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

It’s been quite a year for Latin America. We take a look at the moments that have brought joy and heartbreak to Latin America this year: 1. Argen...

PHOTOS: This Week In Latin America

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.22.2013 | Latino Voices

Campaigning wound down in Chile while election fever heated up in Honduras, where voters will cast ballots in Nov. 24 general elections. Michelle Bach...

U.S. Counter-Drug Mission Plane Crashes In Colombia

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA | Posted 12.06.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia — BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of norther...

Colombian President: Ex-Marine's Release Will Not Be Media Show

AP | Posted 07.24.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's president says he refuses to let the country's main rebel group make a media event of the release of a 26-year-old form...

Cow Falls Through Roof, Kills Brazilian Man

AP | Posted 07.14.2013 | Latino Voices

SAO PAULO -- Police say a cow fell through the roof of a small house in southeastern Brazil killing a man and narrowly missing his wife. A police off...

Evo Morales On Snowden Plane Incident: 'This Is An Aggression Against Latin America'

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

The European rerouting of the Bolivian presidential plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard ignited outra...

'A Regional Brotherhood' Through Trade

AP | Posted 08.30.2013 | Latino Voices

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Heads of state of Petrocaribe nations have ended a summit in Nicaragua with agreements to promote a regional economic bloc ...

Venezuela Rethinks Role In Colombia Peace Talk After Santos' 'Stabbing Of Venezuela In The Back'

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he now doubts his Colombian counterpart is serious about making peace with FARC rebels. Maduro says he doubt...

Mexico Recaptures Fugitive Charged In 2009 Sex Ring Case

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico say police have captured a German man who had been a fugitive since escaping from jail in 2009 after being c...

'My Brother Was Abandoned' By Pope Francis

AP | MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 04.19.2013 | Latino Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Pope Francis was harshly criticized on Thursday in an Argentine courtroom, where a woman said he didn't help protect her br...

WATCH: Chilean Sailors' Warlike Chant: 'I Will Kill Argentines...'

AP | Posted 02.07.2013 | Latino Voices

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's presidency gave the navy 24 hours to punish those responsible for a sailors' nationalist chant that got posted on Youtube a...

Peru Arrests Top Colombian Narco, Police Chief Says

AP | Posted 04.09.2013 | Latino Voices

LIMA, Peru — Peru's police chief says agents have arrested a top Colombian drug trafficker and gangster who entered Peru in late January with a ...

Argentine Court Upholds Decision To Freeze Chevron Assets After Amazon Contamination

AP | MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 01.31.2013 | Latino Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- An attempt by Chevron Corp. to unfreeze its assets was dismissed Wednesday by an appeals court in Argentina, where the winn...

FARC Rebels' Prison-Taking Could Affect Colombia Peace Talks In Cuba

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Colombia's peace talks are resuming in Cuba amid acrimony over the rebels' insistence on their right to take security force members prisoner. Chief g...

Nicaragua Sentences Fake Journalists For Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

AP | LUIS MANUEL GALEANO | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

A Nicaraguan judge on Friday sentenced 18 Mexicans who posed as members of a television crew to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laun...

Argentina Begins To Dismantle Media Group

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 02.16.2013 | Latino Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's government told the country's largest media conglomerate on Monday that it has begun a process to break up...