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  • Utah man describes harsh Venezuela jail

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges says he's been harassed by police and forced to sleep in a hot cell barely big enough for a small bed. Laurie Holt told The Associated Press Tuesday that she ...

  • Colombia Cabinet publishes tax returns

    2 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) Colombians are getting their first look at the wealth of senior government officials after President Juan Manuel Santos published his entire Cabinet's tax returns as part of an anti-corruption push. Topping the list is leftist Labor Minister Clara Lopez with ...

  • Venezuela-Colombia border begins reopening

    11 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) Thousands of Venezuelans are crossing into Colombia to buy items they cannot purchase at home after the two countries agreed to allow the gradual, controlled reopening of the border. Five pedestrian border crossings opened early morning for the day Saturday ...

  • On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro criticizes Obama

    11 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. He appeared but did not speak at a gala in his honor broadcast on state television ...

  • Thousands march in Peru against gender violence

    11 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) More than 50,000 people marched in Peru's capital and eight other cities on Saturday to protest violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the judicial system. Officials said the size of the protest against gender violence ...

  • Brazilian plastic surgeon to the stars dies

    18 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, one of the world's top plastic surgeons who helped make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done, died on Saturday. He was in his 90s. Pitanguy's death came one day after ...

  • Coast Guard: 97 recently returned to Cuba

    18 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea have recently been returned to the island nation. The Coast Guard reported in a news release Saturday that the migrants were caught in the Florida Straits on seven separate ...

  • Rio welcomes world with sultry music, plea for conservation

    19 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) With fireworks forming the word "Rio" in the sky, hip-wiggling dancers and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of the "Girl from Ipanema," Rio de Janiero welcomed the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a ...

  • Main ramp collapses at Olympics sailing venue

    25 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the ...

  • Brazil cuts ribbon on subway line crucial for Olympics

    25 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) Brazilian officials have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion in Rio de Janeiro less than a week before the Olympic Games begin. Line 4 of the subway is billed as Rio's most important infrastructure project ...

  • El Salvador seeks new 'national reconciliation' law

    1 month, 2 days 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    3 months, 26 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 ...

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