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FILE - This Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, shows a monarch butterfly in Vista, Calif. The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a new record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the millions of monarchs that in 1980s clustered in trees from Marin County to San Diego County. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering groundsThe number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Health workers carry doses of China's Sinovac Corona Vac vaccine for COVID-19 to give seniors in their homes as part of a vaccination program for the house-bound elderly in Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 250,000
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Pedestrians walk past a body of a prison inmate lying on a street near the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison after an attempted breakout, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. At least seven people were killed and one injured on Thursday after eyewitnesses told The Associated Press that several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery).
8 dead, including prison director, after Haiti jail breakA prison director was among at least eight people killed after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, a police officer and witnesses said
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Relatives of inmates cry outside the Centro de Privación de Libertad Zona 8 prison where riots broke out in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Deadly riots broke out in prisons in three cities across the country due to fights between rival gangs, according to police. (AP Photo/Angel Dejesus)
Weapons, cellphones seized after deadly Ecuador prison riotsAuthorities in Ecuador say law enforcement officers responding to the country’s deadliest prison riots have seized firearms, cellphones, handmade weapons and other banned objects
The Associated Press9 hours ago
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021 file photo, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele speaks before the start of vaccination of medical staff with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Atlacatl Medical Unit of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute in San Salvador, El Salvador. Since Bukele was elected, the hold that the opposition maintains on congress has been a point of constant frustration for the young president, but that could change on Feb. 28, 2021, when voters go to the polls in local and legislative elections that observers and surveys suggest could remake the country’s political landscape. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)
El Salvador election could remake political landscape In the two years since President Nayib Bukele won a stunning victory over El Salvador’s established political parties, the hold that the opposition maintained on the congress and other key positions has been a point of constant frustration for the young president and his fervent supporters
The Associated Press16 hours ago
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez arrives for the swearing-in ceremony for Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei at the National Theater in Guatemala City. Orlando Hernandez denied once again Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, accusations from United States prosecutors that he protected drug traffickers in exchange for bribes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangeredHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is warning that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” accusing him of cooperating with traffickers
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez arrives for the swearing-in ceremony for Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei at the National Theater in Guatemala City. Orlando Hernandez denied once again Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, accusations from United States prosecutors that he protected drug traffickers in exchange for bribes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangeredHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is warning that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” in U.S. courts accusing him of cooperating with traffickers
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE- In this July 17, 2019 file photo, New York City police officer Ishmael Bailey, right, moonlights as a bodyguard for Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, as they leave Brooklyn federal court in New York, following Guzman's sentencing. Despite her status as the wife of the world’s most notorious drug boss, Coronel Aispuro lived mostly in obscurity -- until her husband went to prison for life. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
El Chapo's wife goes from obscurity to celebrity to arrestAfter Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was sent to prison for life, his wife suddenly embraced public life
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro said Wednesday, Feb. 17, that he is open to dialogue with the new U.S. administration on calming tensions between the two governments. But he is also leveling fresh accusations that six American oil executives jailed in Caracas spied for the CIA. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
Sanctions prompt Venezuela to expel head of EU delegationVenezuela’s government has ordered the expulsion of the head of the European Union delegation in the South American nation following the bloc’s decision to impose sanctions on several Venezuelan officials accused of undermining democracy or violating human rights
The Associated Press1 day ago
Brazil's Bolsonaro visits Amazon jungle state hit by floodsBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting the northern state of Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, where several cities have been hit by floods
The Associated Press1 day ago
Honduran children migrant play at the Pan de Vida shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. After waiting months and sometimes years in Mexico, people seeking asylum in the United States are being allowed into the country starting Friday as they wait for courts to decide on their cases, unwinding one of the Trump administration's signature immigration policies that President Joe Biden vowed to end. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
Asylum seekers rush to register for US border processingIn the first five days since the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden began to process the thousands of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees registered 12,000 people
The Associated Press1 day ago
Tear gas rises from parts of Turi jail where an inmate riot broke out in Cuenca, Ecuador, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Deadly riots broke out in prisons in three cities across the country due to fights between rival gangs, according to police. (AP Photo/Marcelo Suquilanda)
Gang clashes result in Ecuador's deadliest prison riots everEcuador has experienced its deadliest prison riots ever this week after seemingly coordinated fights broke out in facilities in three different cities
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this July 27, 2020 file photo, a soldier stands guard inside the former Mexican presidential plane during a media tour following the daily, morning press conference of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. López Obrador’s quixotic bid to sell off the presidential jet has now stretched into its third year in 2021, with no sign of a buyer in sight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
Mexico bid to sell presidential jet stretches into 3rd yearMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's quixotic bid to sell off the presidential jet has now stretched into its third year, with no sign of a buyer
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexican prosecutor denies political charges against governorMexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero is denying that corruption accusations against the opposition governor of the border state of Tamaulipas are politically motivated
The Associated Press1 day ago
Prosecutors target Mexican border state governorMexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office has asked Congress to remove legal immunity from the governor of the border state of Tamaulipas so he could face potential charges of organized crime and other offenses
The Associated Press2 days ago
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