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  • Ecuador leader fires military chiefs via Twitter

    6 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa says he has fired Ecuador's military high command for refusing to pay back to the state $41 million from an overvalued land deal. Correa announced via Twitter the sacking of the heads of the ...

  • Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop virus

    18 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can cause paralysis, local organizers said ...

  • U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Honduran vice president

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) Honduras' government says it has received a request from the United States for the extradition of former vice president and businessman Jaime Rosenthal, who is accused of money laundering. Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales says the request should be sent to ...

  • Costa Rica moves to deport 56 Cuban migrants

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) Authorities in Costa Rica have begun deportation proceedings for 56 Cuban migrants who entered that Central American nation after it stopped issuing special transit visas for Cubans who are trying to get to the United States. Costa Rican Immigration Director ...

  • Escaped prisoner’s head found in Jamaica

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) Jamaican officials say the severed head of a murder suspect who escaped from jail has been found along railroad tracks in a city west of the capital. Police say residents made the discovery Saturday morning near where 26-year-old Duran Colman ...

  • Castro urges US to end broadcasts aimed at Cuba

    1 month, 25 days ago

    (AP) Cuban President Raul Castro urged the U.S. government Friday to halt radio and television broadcasts aimed at the island and other programs that Cuba considers harmful while reiterating that he is interested in deepening the thaw in relations with the ...

  • Military to limit Guantanamo Bay media access

    1 month, 26 days ago

    (AP) New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the military's Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how ...

  • Women arrested for alleged Facebook baby sale

    2 months, 17 days 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

    3 months, 13 days 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

    3 months, 13 days 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

    4 months, 1 day 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

    4 months, 1 day 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

    4 months, 11 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

    4 months, 18 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

    4 months, 25 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 ...

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