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  • Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt

    9 months, 2 days 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 cyber crackdown ensnares Web's Bitly

    9 months, 2 days 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 ...

  • Venezuela caps car prices as crackdown continues

    9 months, 4 days 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

    9 months, 8 days 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

    9 months, 23 days 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

    10 months, 5 days 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

    10 months, 26 days 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

    11 months, 19 days 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

    1 year 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 ...

  • Pope all smiles as Brazilians swarm his car in Rio

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis wants to ignite the passion of Roman Catholics for their faith while on his first international trip, and the boisterous, sometimes frenzied welcome he got on his first day in Rio seemed to fill ...

  • U.S. airlines cancel Mexico flights due to volcano

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) MEXICO CITY — At least six U.S. airlines canceled 47 flights into and out of the Mexico City and Toluca airports Thursday after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said. Mexico City airport spokesman Jorge ...

  • Obama doesn't foresee ground troops in Syria

    1 year, 4 months ago

    (AP) SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't foresee any circumstance requiring the U.S. to send ground troops into Syria, even as Washington pursues more evidence about the regime's purported use of chemical weapons. "I do ...

  • Young tourist in Puerto Rico injured by live munition

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities in Puerto Rico said Friday that a young tourist was burned after she picked up an old shell containing white phosphorous dropped by the U.S. Navy when it used the island of Culebra for ...

  • Venezuelan opposition leader wants to halt Cuba oil shipments

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he would stop trading oil to Cuba for services such as Cuban doctors providing medical care for Venezuela's poor. Capriles says he opposes selling petroleum to Cuba under preferential terms because ...

  • Raul Castro gets new term, says it will be his last

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) HAVANA — Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel ...

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