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  • Women arrested for alleged Facebook baby sale

    4 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) Bolivian officials say they have arrested two women on human-trafficking charges: one for selling her baby for $250, the other for buying it after placing a "want ad" on Facebook. The top child-protection official in the eastern city of Santa ...

  • Peru Catholic society admits sex-abuse probe

    1 month ago

    (AP) A secretive Roman Catholic society with chapters across South America and in the U.S. has revealed under pressure that a Vatican investigator is looking into allegations that its founder sexually molested young recruits. The scandal at the Peru-based Sodalitium Christianae ...

  • Haiti officials look into sex-abuse allegations

    1 month ago

    (AP) Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against a U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti's capital decades ago. Police with an arrest warrant searched unsuccessfully Friday for Michael Geilenfeld at a modest ...

  • New films scrutinize Brazil’s World Cup legacy

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) Last year's World Cup in Brazil may have been the "cup of cups" for soccer fans, but for Brazilian taxpayers, who forked out some $11.5 billion for the month-long tournament, its legacy has proven negative, according to two new films. ...

  • Guatemala ends search for landslide victims

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday called off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital. The National Disaster Reduction Commission decided it was time to end the search ...

  • Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 69

    1 month, 28 days ago

    (AP) Rescue workers using shovels and pickaxes recovered more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed hillside on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Saturday as an official said the death toll had risen to 69 with another 350 people believed ...

  • NYC mayor meets with Cuban president

    2 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with Cuban President Raul Castro. A spokesman for the mayor says the two men met for an hour Saturday at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York. They ...

  • Pope is likely to shift message in Cuba

    2 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) Pope Francis opens his first full day in Cuba on Sunday with what normally would be the culminating highlight of a papal visit: Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in Havana's evocative Revolution Plaza. The morning Mass kicks off ...

  • Protests across Brazil seek ouster of president

    7 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) SAO PAULO — Nationwide demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff swept Brazil for the second day in less than a month, though turnout at Sunday's protests appeared down, prompting questions about the future of the movement. A ...

  • It’s mud madness at Brazilian Carnival party

    9 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) PARATY, Brazil — Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates and devils. At the Bloco da Lama Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Revelers in the seaside colonial town of Paraty on Saturday threw themselves into deposits ...

  • U.S., Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

    10 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) HAVANA — The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and ...

  • Venezuela cyber crackdown ensnares Web's Bitly

    1 year, 12 months ago

    (AP) CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the ...

  • Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt

    1 year, 12 months ago

    (AP) MEXICO CITY — Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state. The material, which the International Atomic Energy Agency called "extremely dangerous," ...

  • Venezuela caps car prices as crackdown continues

    1 year, 12 months ago

    (AP) CARCAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's government is setting limits on prices for cars as President Nicolas Maduro tries to close a popular loophole used by savers to guard against the fastest inflation in two decades. Maduro said Monday that he would ...

  • Mexican drug cartels now make money exporting ore

    2 years ago

    (AP) MEXICO CITY — Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even ...

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