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Soraya Santiago, Puerto Rico LGBTQ icon, dies at 73The first person from Puerto Rico to undergo gender reassignment surgery and a longtime icon for the U.S. territory’s LGBTQ community, has died
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Venezuelans care for animals injured during pandemicA group of Venezuelans are caring for lost or injured animals at a time when reduced human presence in the streets has lured some creatures into perilous encounters with an urban environment
The Associated Press16 hours ago
In this photo provided by the United Nations, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN via AP)
Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smearBrazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has told the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders that his country is being wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain, and defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest
The Associated Press17 hours ago
David Biller holds a photo of himself and his father on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at his apartment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The photo is from when they watched the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sept. 11, 2012, at Fenway Park, in Boston. One month later, the author moved to Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
VIRUS DIARY: As time ran short, a son rushed to say goodbyeAfter months of avoiding airplanes and hospitals, this Brazil-based writer rushed headlong toward both
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in BrazilBrazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big
The Associated Press2 days ago
Pompeo finishes Latin America tour with focus on VenezuelaU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up a tour of four South American countries
The Associated Press3 days ago
Peru’s president survives impeachment vote amidst COVID-19 turmoilPeru’s president survives impeachment vote amidst COVID-19 turmoil
The Associated Press4 days ago
Mexican intellectuals claim freedom of expression threatenedMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denies his administration has hurt freedom of expression, as claimed this week in an open letter signed by hundreds of people, including dozens of well-known intellectuals
The Associated Press4 days ago
FILE- In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, rescue workers search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City. The Mexico City prosecutor's office said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, it has requested a sentence of 57 years in prison for the owner and director of the elementary school who has been found guilty of charges equivalent to manslaughter. The school collapse killed 26 people in the devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake. (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros, File)
Mexico City school owner convicted in 2017 collapse The owner of an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during the 2017 earthquake has been found guilty of charges equivalent to manslaughter
The Associated Press4 days ago
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks as Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo looks on during a press conference at the Boa Vista Air Base in Roraima, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The stop in Brazil is part of Pompeo’s three-day visit of his South American tour. (Bruno Mancinelle/Pool via AP)
Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on VenezuelaU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited the small nation of Guyana looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer
The Associated Press4 days ago
National Guard troops equipped with riot gear stand guard at Las Pilas dam, two days after withdrawing from the nearby Boquilla dam after clashing with hundreds of farmers, in Camargo, Chihuahua State, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday he regretted the killing of a woman and the wounding of her husband following a Tuesday clash between National Guard troops and farmers over water. (AP Photo Christian Chavez)
Mexico official: Woman's death at water protest was accidentThe commander of Mexico's National Guard says the death of a woman shot by guard members at a water protest in northern Mexico earlier this month was “a regrettable accident.”
The Associated Press4 days ago
Passengers have their temperature measured before boarding a humanitarian flight to Canada at the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Authorities are preparing for the reopening of the airport on Friday as part of the gradual reopening of the country's borders by allowing national flights and some duly authorized international flights. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Guatemalan president tests positive for new coronavirusGuatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus
The Associated Press4 days ago
FILE - This undated photo provided on Jan. 24, 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, according to federal officials. The Mexican Defense Department announced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)
Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drugMexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against the other big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower
The Associated Press4 days ago
AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & CaribbeanAP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean
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