Central America and Caribbean

An electric company worker mounted on a crane uses a machete to cut away tree branches felled on power lines

Cuba Begins To Turn On Lights After Hurricane Ian Blacks Out Island

Lights started to flicker on in the capital, Havana, but much of the city and other parts of western Cuba remained without power Wednesday.

 | By Associated Press

A man walks through a flooded street in front of a hotel powered by an oil generator during a blackout in Havana, Cuba

Cuba In The Dark After Hurricane Ian Knocks Out Power Grid

Power was initially knocked out to about 1 million people in Cuba's western provinces, but later the entire grid collapsed.

 | By Associated Press

U.S. President Joe Biden and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell.

Biden Vows Government Won't Walk Away From Storm-Struck Puerto Rico

More than 60% of power customers remained without energy on Thursday, and a third of customers were without water.

 | By Associated Press and Newsy Staff

People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City

6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexican State Of Michoacan

Mexico's president said via Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday's quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

 | By Associated Press

People gather outside after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake

Strong Earthquake Shakes Mexico's Pacific Coast; 1 Killed

There were some early reports of damage to buildings from the quake, which hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 | By Associated Press

Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the La Luz del Mundo, Spanish for The Light of the World

Mexican Faith Leader Jailed For Sex Abuse; Flock Stays Loyal

Legions of Naasón Joaquín García's followers remain loyal to him, viewing his imprisonment as a challenge that will strengthen their church.

 | By Associated Press

A member of the Texas National Guard looks across the Rio Grande to Mexico from the U.S. at Eagle Pass, Texas.

Border Patrol: 9 Migrants Die Crossing Swift Texas River

CBP said U.S. crews rescued 37 others from the river and detained 16 more, while Mexican officials took 39 migrants into custody.

 | By Associated Press

An image says "Protecting Caribbean Coasts."

Will Luxury Resorts Threaten Caribbean Coasts?

Newsy + Bellingcat dig into a luxury development that has divided a Caribbean island, raising questions about protections for vulnerable environments.

 | By Jake Godin and Newsy Staff and Bellingcat

Friends and relatives seeking justice for the missing Ayotzinapa students gather round a monument dedicated to the student

Official: 6 Of 43 Missing Mexican Students Given To Army

The role of the army in the students' disappearance has long been a source of tension between the families and the government.

 | By Associated Press

Protesters hold up a sign.

How Reproductive Rights Were Won In Latin America

A movement called "The Green Wave" has pushed the success of the reproductive rights movement in three of Latin America's most populous countries.

 | By Newsy Staff

Migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States

Why Are Border Encounters At An All-Time High?

CBP estimates show one in four people agents encountered in May were caught crossing the border more than once.

 | By Newsy Staff

President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

López Obrador Urges Rejecting U.S.-Mexico Border 'Status Quo'

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador is using a visit to the White House to call for rejecting the “status quo” on the border.

 | By Associated Press

President Joe Biden meets with world leaders

President Biden, Leaders Reach Migration Pact Despite Attendance Flap

A set of principles to be announced Friday includes legal pathways to enter countries, border management and aid to communities affected by migration.

 | By Associated Press

Building that is hosting the Americas Summit in Los Angeles.

U.S. Excluded Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela From Americas Summit

The White House downplayed the number of missing leaders at the table, indicating that the summit can still be effective.

 | By Adi Guajardo

Tourists on the beach in Cuba

Biden Administration Moves To Ease Some Trump-Era Restrictions On Cuba

The policy changes will loosen remittance rules and allow some scheduled and charter flights to places outside Havana.

 | By Associated Press

Attorney General Merrick Garland

Haitian Gang Leader Charged In Kidnapping Of U.S. Missionaries

One of the stated goals of the hostage-taking was to get the Haitian government to release Germaine from prison, prosecutors said.

 | By Associated Press

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, center, is taken in handcuffs to a waiting aircraft

Hondurans In New York Celebrate Ex-President Hernandez's Arrest

He appeared virtually in federal court to face drug trafficking and weapons charges after he was arrested in Honduras and extradited to the U.S.

 | By Axel Turcios

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez

Former Honduran President Hernández Extradited To U.S.

Prosecutors allege Juan Orlando Hernández participated in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that moved more than 550 tons of cocaine into the U.S.

 | By Associated Press

Honduras President Xiomara Castro

Honduras To Inaugurate First Female President Xiomara Castro

There are suspicions that Castro's husband, Manuel Zelaya, whose past presidency was overthrown by the military, will play some role in hers.

 | By Axel Turcios

The Noecker family grabs food.

Michigan Community Welcomes Home Family Kidnapped In Haiti

The family was among 17 people kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang in October while in Haiti for a mission trip with Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

 | By Marisa Orbele

People gather at the Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, Haiti

Police: All From U.S. Missionary Group Freed In Haiti

Sixteen U.S. citizens, one Canadian and their Haitian driver were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on Oct. 16.

 | By Associated Press

Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo wave in Guatemala City.

VP Harris Announces Private Investments In Central America

It's part of what the White House describes as addressing the "root causes" of migration to the United States.

 | By Associated Press

An injured migrant woman is moved by rescue personnel from the site of an accident

At Least 55 Die In Crash Of Truck Smuggling Migrants in Mexico

Rescue workers said even more migrants had been aboard the truck when it crashed and had fled for fear of being detained by immigration agents.

 | By Associated Press and Ben Schamisso

A Haitian refugee family stands on a porch.

What's Next For Haitian Migrants Who Made It To The U.S.?

Families able to stay in the U.S. after fleeing are waiting to see how their asylum cases will play out, with one group taking refuge at a church.

 | By Ben Schamisso

A man walks past a mural of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega Secures 4th Term As President

So far, the U.S., United Kingdom and the European Union have rejected the elections. But some countries have shown support or have not condemned them.

 | By Axel Turcios

Mural of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua's Ortega Expected To Win Election After Jailing Rivals

Many have decried the election as rigged after President Daniel Ortega arrested his strongest potential opponents before voting began.

 | By Associated Press

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Biden Administration Sanctions Cuban Officials Over Protest Response

The sanctions target military leader General Alvaro Lopez Miera and the country's Interior Ministry Special National Brigade.

 | By Associated Press and Kamil Zawadzki

Residents in Honduras wade through flooding from Hurricane Eta

Hurricane Eta Slows Over Central America, Heading Toward Florida

Slower winds could bring more flash flooding to the region.

 | By LeeAnne Lowry

Daritza Araya Arguedas and Alexandra Quirós Castillo kissing

Costa Rica Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica became the first country in Central America and the sixth country in Latin America to allow same-sex couples to wed.

 | By Stephanie Sandoval

Map of earthquake

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Caribbean Islands

The epicenter was in the Caribbean Sea, about 80 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 | By Antoinette Miller