The Americas

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, left, gives closing arguments during the trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court in New York City,  Jan. 31, 2019.
Lawyers for alleged Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are calling the government's case "a fantasy."Guzman is on trial in New York for 10 charges ranging from drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder when he allegedly led the Sinaloa drug cartel.In summing up, the defense's case for the jury, attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says prosecutors failed to see what he calls the "600 pound gorilla" in the courtroom — reasonable doubt.Lichtman told the…
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Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:29
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a meeting with soldiers at a military base in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 30, 2019.
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The commanding ranks of the military have remained loyal to the socialist president despite increasing political repression, corruption, hyperinflation and food shortages
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Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:30
Friends and relatives carry the coffin with the body of Vale SA employee Janice Helena do Nascimento, victim of the collapsed dam, during her burial in Brumadinho, Brazil, Jan. 29, 2019.
Brazilian rescue teams have recovered the bodies of 99 people buried after the rupture last week of a Vale tailings dam, and with over 250 people still missing, relatives at the disaster site are fast losing hope.No survivors have been found in the area of the dam burst since Saturday, indicating the death toll could rise to as many as 350 people, which would make it Brazil's deadliest-ever mining accident.Some relatives of people unaccounted for are joining rescue teams…
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido talks to the media before a session of the Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Jan. 29, 2019.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is calling on the international community to back his efforts to force embattled President Nicolas Maduro from power and restore democracy to the South American nation.Guaido, the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself interim president last week after the Assembly declared that Maduro's re-election last May was illegitimate, as most either boycotted the race or were prevented from running. The United…
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Thu, 01/31/2019 - 07:35
Members of Venezuelan security forces are seen on the background as documents regarding a proposed amnesty law for members of the military, police and civilians stand in a fence in Caracas, Venezuela, January 27, 2019.
Venezuelan authorities detained three foreign journalists and a driver working for the Spanish news agency EFE on Wednesday, the company said, in the latest arrests of reporters covering U.S.-backed efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Colombian photographer Leonardo Muñoz was arrested with his Venezuelan driver Jose Salas while reporting on protests against the government. Hours later intelligence officers detained Spanish reporter Gonzalo Domínguez Loeda…
A woman walks in front of the Canada's Embassy in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 30, 2019.
Canada has decided to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Cuba by up to half after another person fell ill, Ottawa said Wednesday, bringing the total to 14 Canadians suffering mysterious symptoms since 2017.Canadian and U.S. diplomats in Havana first began complaining of dizziness, headaches and nausea in the spring of 2017. The United States reduced embassy staffing in Cuba from more than 50 to a maximum of 18, after more than two dozen personnel developed unusual illnesses.
A woman chants anti-government slogans in a walkout against President Nicolas Maduro, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Jan. 30, 2019.
Venezuelans of every age, class and profession poured into the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that President Nicolas Maduro step down and to express their support for the young opposition leader who has declared himself interim president.   Dressed in suits, scrubs, and jeans, they waved the national flag, displayed signs, and chanted slogans. One disgusted vendor threw devalued national currency into the air.   Protesters who made an…