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  • El Salvador seeks new 'national reconciliation' law

    5 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador's president says he has begun talks with political parties on a new "national reconciliation" law after the Supreme Court overturned an amnesty covering crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war. President Salvador ...

  • Police arrest 9 in Madrid meth bust

    1 month, 3 days ago

    (AP) Spanish police have arrested nine people on drug trafficking and racketeering charges after raids of their underground laboratories in Madrid revealed the synthetic drug known as Tucibi, a relatively new type of methamphetamine. Eight of the nine are Colombians, according ...

  • 2 nations want China to finance jungle highway

    1 month, 3 days ago

    (AP) GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The governments of Guyana and Brazil will try to tap China's $10 billion Latin American infrastructure fund to finance a 350-mile jungle highway linking the two South American nations. Guyana Finance Minister Carl Greenidge said Saturday the ...

  • Brazil police seek charges in bike path collapse

    1 month, 3 days ago

    (AP) SAO PAULO — Brazilian police are asking prosecutors to file charges against 14 people in connection with the deaths of two men in the April collapse of an elevated bike path that was heralded as a top legacy project of ...

  • Venezuela boosts minimum wage 30 percent

    2 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) Venezuela's president is ordering a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation. The boost announced Saturday night by President Nicolas Maduro comes after a 25 ...

  • Ecuador buries dead as hope for survivors fades

    3 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) MONTECRISTI, Ecuador — Ecuadoreans began burying loved ones felled by the country's deadliest earthquake in decades, while hopes faded that more survivors will be found. In the small town of Montecristi, near the port city of Manta, two children were ...

  • Cuba’s aging leaders to be in power years longer

    3 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) The former guerrilla fighters who founded Cuba's single-party government will hold power for years to come after a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress kept President Raul Castro and his hardline deputy in the top leadership positions. Fidel Castro, who held power ...

  • Aid begins to flow in after earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador

    3 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) PEDERNALES, Ecuador — Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark. Officials said ...

  • 5 die after music festival in Argentina

    3 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) The second night of a major electronic music festival being held in Argentina's capital was canceled on Saturday following the deaths of at least five people of suspected drug overdoses. Another five festival-goers were in critical condition. Health officials in ...

  • Raul Castro presents grim portrait of reforms

    3 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a grim report on the state of the country on Saturday, saying that the communist bureaucracy had failed to implement most of the hundreds of changes the ruling party launched five years ago to stimulate ...

  • Video shows Obama with famed Cuban comedian

    4 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) In a direct appeal to the Cuban people's sense of humor, the White House has released a video of President Barack Obama joking with the country's most famous comedian a day before the president makes a historic trip to the ...

  • Venezuelans hold marches for, against government

    4 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) Hundreds of opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro held rival marches in Caracas on Saturday, with anti-government forces demanding Venezuela's leader step down and his sympathizers denouncing U.S. sanctions on some top officials. The marches were animated but peaceful, ...

  • Gunmen kill 12 at Honduran pool hall

    4 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Authorities say that assailants armed with AK-47 assault rifles burst into a pool hall in Honduras' capital and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and wounding three others. Police spokesman Edgardo Barahona said at least three ...

  • Activists denounce sewage in Rio de Janeiro waters

    5 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Activists alleging that decades of neglect and authorities' repeated failure to make good on cleanup promises have effectively killed one of Rio de Janeiro's most iconic waterways staged Saturday a symbolic burial of the Guanabara Bay, the sewage-filled waters where ...

  • Cuba gives dissidents OK to travel abroad

    5 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) The Cuban government has loosened travel restrictions on some of the island's best-known dissidents, granting them one-time permission to travel abroad ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the island, activists said Wednesday. Obama has said his March 21-22 trip ...

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