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World: Latin America

  • Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 69

    2 days, 14 hours 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

    9 days, 15 hours 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

    16 days, 10 hours 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

    5 months, 26 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

    7 months, 21 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

    8 months, 17 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, 10 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, 10 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, 10 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

    1 year, 10 months 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 ...

  • Mexican fisherman who found, then lost, treasure faces eviction

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) VERACRUZ, Mexico — Gulf-coast fisherman Raul Hurtado is a local legend, the man who found and lost millions of dollars' worth of Aztec gold almost four decades ago, was tossed in prison, then found peace making $150 a month selling ...

  • Venezuela government seizes U.S.-owned oil rigs

    1 year, 11 months ago

    (AP) CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela has quietly seized control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments. The seizure took ...

  • Fallen dictator Fujimori gets out of jail via Twitter, YouTube

    1 year, 12 months ago

    (AP) LIMA, Peru — Incarcerated for authorizing death squads and corruption, former President Alberto Fujimori is not permitted to give interviews or make public statements. Yet he has 10,000 Twitter followers three weeks after opening an account, and he's used YouTube ...

  • 58 more missing in Mexico in landslide caused by storm

    2 years ago

    (AP) ACAPULCO, Mexico — The death toll from devastating twin storms appeared set to nearly double after officials said late Wednesday that 58 people were missing and presumed dead in a massive landslide that smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep ...

  • 3 men convicted of raping U.S. student on Brazilian transit van

    2 years, 1 month ago

    (AP) RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian court has convicted three men in the gang rape of an American student on a transit van, a crime in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana seaside tourist district that shocked the nation and focused attention ...

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