The Americas

Revellers take part in the annual block party known as "Carmelitas," during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, March 1, 2019.
Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival officially began with street parties and revelry Friday amid expectations the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office would target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities.At Carmelitas, one of Rio’s most traditional street parties, revelers sang along to a samba song titled: “Blue or pink, it’s all the same,” a reference to Bolsonaro’s human…
A burnt truck, that was used to transport humanitarian aid, is seen on the Francisco de Paula Santander cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela, after clashes with opposition supporters and Venezuela's security forces, in Cucuta, Colombia
The United States increased its pressure on Venezuela Friday, imposing sanctions on six high-ranking security officials as well as revoking the visas of dozens of other high officials.The Trump administration said the sanctions were a response to Venezuelan military officials, who last weekend blocked an opposition-backed effort to bring food into the country. At one border point, aid trucks caught fire and several people died. 
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Fri, 03/01/2019 - 20:18
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, and Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez look on after a meeting at the Lopez Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, March 1, 2019.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by many as Venezuela's rightful leader, tours South America to drum up support
FILE -  Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as she exits the court registry following the bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia on Dec. 11, 2018.
Canada says it will allow an extradition hearing to proceed against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, paving the way for a legal battle that could complicate the Canadian and U.S. relationships with China. Canada's Department of Justice announced Friday that a date for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing would be set in a Vancouver courtroom on March 6. "The department is satisfied…
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Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez attends a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Venezuela's opposition are pushing the military to let in humanitarian aid in the belief that it could break a month-long standoff over power in the troubled South American nation. But top commanders are showing no signs of breaking their loyalty to Nicolas Maduro and disgruntled rank-and-file troops have yet to act.In a speech to Venezuela's exile community in South Florida on Monday, Trump warned Venezuela's military that standing by Maduro…
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The U.S. Treasury Department issued fresh Venezuela-related sanctions on Friday against six individuals, according to a statement posted on its web site.Treasury targets six security officials loyal to Maduro as humanitarian aid destined for sick and starving Venezuelans is obstructed by border blockades.
Former Argentine President Carlos Menem sits in a courthouse in Buenos Aires, Feb. 28, 2019, ahead of the verdict in a trial in which he and other former officials were accused of hampering the investigation of the attack on a Jewish center in Buenos
A three-judge court in Buenos Aires on Thursday acquitted former Argentine President Carlos Menem of charges that he interfered with the probe into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. But the court convicted several others on charges related to the deadly terrorist attack that killed 85 and injured at least 300. Menem's attorney said the ex-president was "relieved."  But a victims group criticized the court's ruling, asserting that the…
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Thu, 02/28/2019 - 21:53