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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (R) and National Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval officially mark the beginning of construction of a new international airport, at Santa Lucia Air Force Base in Zumpango near Mexico City, April 2...
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday symbolically launched work on a new airport for Mexico City to replace the nearly half-built $13 billion project he cancelled upon taking office.   Lopez Obrador promised the new Felipe Angeles airport northeast of the capital won't exceed its budget and will save the government money even with the cancellation of the partially built airport.   "It's going to resolve the problem of saturation at…
Colombian President Ivan Duque addresses the Organization of American States Permanent Council during an official visit at OAS's headquarters in Washington, Feb. 15, 2019.
A multinational anti-narcotics operation led by Colombia has seized up to 94.2 tons of cocaine in the past 105 days worth some $3.2 billion, President Ivan Duque said on Monday. Joint operations involving 18 countries from Latin America and Europe as well the United States and Canada took part in the seizure of the cocaine as well as 26.7 tons of marijuana valued at $133.7 million, Duque said. "The head-on fight against drug trafficking is multinational, a…
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (C) delivers a speech on relations with the United States in the Mexican Senate, Feb. 28, 2017, in Mexico City.
Mexico's Senate approved a bill to strengthen the rights of trade unions on Monday, one of the final steps towards enacting a law that Democratic U.S. lawmakers have insisted must pass before they can proceed to a vote on the revamped North American trade pact. The bill, which was passed by the lower house earlier in April, enshrines the right of Mexican workers to organize and gives them more control over their contracts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a…
Congresswoman Joenia Wapichana, right, of the Wapixana tribe and Indigenous Leader Sonia Guajajara of the Guajajara tribe raise their hands during a meeting with congressmen in Brasilia, April 25, 2019.
Brazil's 850,000 indigenous peoples live on reservations that make up 13 percent of territory
FILE - Venezuelan migrants walk to Lima along the shoulder of the Pan-American Highway near Tumbes, Peru, Aug. 26, 2018.
Peru has granted special residency permits to 330,000 Venezuelans, allowing them to work and receive health and education services, and another 160,000 applications are being processed
Russian military personnel flying into Venezuela in recent weeks were likely sent to ensure the nation's sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles remain a credible deterrent to any U.S. military action against the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, according to defense analysts in Latin America, the U.S. and Russia.Analysts say the Russian military contingent, which reportedly arrived in late March, included air defense specialists with the necessary skills to…
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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.
Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter's Pence said in a statement.   In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, traveling on foot or with makeshift vehicles…
A supporter of Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro, holds a sign that reads in Spanish "OAS Hypocrites, Criminals" during a government rally in Caracas, Venezuela,, April 27, 2019.
The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Saturday staged a rally to celebrate its split with a key regional forum, the Organization of American States. Supporters of Maduro attended the demonstration in the Venezuelan capital to denounce the 35-member OAS, whose council voted this month to recognize an envoy selected by opposition leader Juan Guaido. A minority of countries voted against the resolution. In 2017, Maduro started a two-year process to…
Migrants demand better conditions or that they be transferred to another center, at an immigration detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, April 26, 2019.
About 600 mostly Cuban migrants who were part of a mass escape from a southern Mexico immigration detention center a day earlier remained at large Friday evening, immigration authorities said. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said in a statement that rather than the 1,300 escapees it reported Thursday night, only 645 migrants had actually fled. It said only 35 of those who escaped had returned without explaining why it had lowered its figures. The…
Senator Gracia Delva explains his phone conversations with alleged gang leader Arnel Joseph during a press conference in Port au Prince, Haiti, April 24, 2019.
A series of phone calls between a prominent Haitian senator and a notorious gang leader has piqued the interest of the Haitian parliament’s Justice and Security Commission.“There were a total of 24 phone conversations, some of which lasted 15 minutes, 92 seconds, others which lasted a minute, and were made between February 7 and February 22 of 2019,” said Sen. Jean Renel Senatus, who leads the commission, during a Port-au-Prince press conference.…
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Venezuela Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza shows pictures he said represent opposition members initiating violence during a meeting on Venezuela in the U.N. Security Council at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019.
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Move is aimed at increasing pressure on President Maduro and senior officials in his government, which has been widely criticized for economic collapse
 Federal police enter an immigration detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, late April 25, 2019. A large group of mainly Cuban migrants escaped on foot from the immigration detention center, about half of them later returned voluntaril...
At least 1,300 mainly Cuban migrants fled on foot from an immigration detention center on Mexico’s southern border Thursday in the largest mass escape in recent memory.The National Immigration Institute said 700 of the Cubans had returned voluntarily, but 600 were still on the loose.The institute said agents inside the compound weren’t armed and “there was no confrontation.”Federal police with riot shields later streamed into the compound to…
FILE - Inspectors check the work area on the roof of the Arena Amazonia stadium under instructions from the local prosecutor's office in Manaus, Brazil, Dec. 17, 2013.
A main government body responsible for the fight against slavery and labor infractions in Brazil is in a "calamitous" state, leading to a lower number of victims being rescued in recent years, top government officials told Congress on Thursday.The Labor Inspection Secretariat, which works with prosecutors and police to rescue victims, is understaffed and underfunded, said labor judge Guilherme Guimaraes, head of Brazil's National Association of Labor Judges."The [working]…
Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla talks with reporters in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 24, 2018.
Cuba denies allegations that communist government has embedded troops and intelligence agents throughout administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 25, 2019.
Facebook Inc broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a data sharing scandal involving Facebook and the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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