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New president takes over in ParaguayMario Abdo Benitez has taken over as Paraguay's new president, replacing a seemingly disgruntled Horacio Cartes, who left the inauguration ceremony before it finished
The Associated Press37 minutes ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, and Argentina's Defense Minister Oscar Raul Aguad arrive for a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Mattis is on an official visit to several South American countries. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Mattis pledges closer defense cooperation with ArgentinaU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina
The Associated Press45 minutes ago
Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) organized the rally to show support for the president following what the government called a failed assassination attempt with explosives-laden drones. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturingThe exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Ex-Colombia spy boss convicted in satirist's 1999 killingThe former deputy head of Colombia's intelligence agency has been convicted in the 1999 killing of beloved satirist Jaime Garzon and sentenced to 30 years in prison
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Police officers prepare salvage a vehicle that collided with a Colombian-registered bus traveling to Quito, in Pifo, Ecuador, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. At least 24 people were killed and another 19 injured when a bus careened into another vehicle at high speed and overturned along the Pifo-Papallacta highway, near Ecuador's capital, local officials reported. (AP Photo/Carlos Noriega)
Bus crash in Ecuador kills 24 people, injures 22Ecuadorean officials say a bus apparently lost its brakes, then hit another vehicle at high speed and rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador's capital
The Associated Press17 hours ago
UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled VenezuelaThe United Nations says an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Mattis heard gunfire outside his hotel in Rio de JaneiroU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he heard gunfire early Tuesday during his stay in Rio de Janeiro
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Former President Jose Mujica retires from Uruguay's SenateFormer Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has resigned his senatorial seat despite having the right to remain as a Uruguayan lawmaker until 2020
The Associated Press19 hours ago
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Lilian Calderon, center, cries as she describes her experiences while in custody, alongside her husband, Luis Gordillo, right, during a news conference at the office of the American Civil Liberties Union in Providence, R.I.   Gordillo is a U.S. citizen, but Calderon is a native of Guatemala who came to the country with her family at the age of 3. She was ordered to leave in 2002 after her father was denied asylum.  (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
ACLU: Federal agencies setting 'trap' to deport immigrantsA civil rights group is arguing that federal immigration officials are violating the rights of immigrants seeking legal status by setting a deportation "trap" at their required interviews.
The Associated Press19 hours ago
More than 1,200 infected with measles in Brazil; 6 deadBrazil's Health Ministry says more than 1,200 people have been infected in a growing measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Afghan police officers search a vehicle at a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civiliansU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Taliban's use of civilian homes as fighting positions is forcing Afghan government forces to move slowly in expelling the insurgents from the city of Ghazni
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Brazil's Bolsonaro blames left for crime in presidency planA leading Brazilian rightist presidential candidate is blaming the left for a rise in crime as he promises to give further protection to one of the most lethal police forces in the world
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Puerto Rico officials say all of island now has power againPuerto Rico officials say the power has been restored to the entire island for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Ex-dictatorship police agents sentenced in ChileChile's Supreme Court has sentenced 24 former police agents to prison for the disappearance of a man who was arrested during the "dirty war" crackdown on leftists under dictator Augusto Pinochet
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Brazil's Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna, left, walks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, after their meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Mattis has spent six days visiting South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, ChinaDefense Secretary Jim Mattis says a Space Force is necessary to protect American satellites from being targeted by attack weapons in the hands of China and Russia
The Associated Press21 hours ago
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