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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega's government in Masaya, Nicaragua, June 2, 2018.
A U.S. citizen was found shot to death in the capital Saturday as violence and social unrest continue to grip Nicaragua.The body of Sixto Henry Vera was lying in a street beside two burned vehicles with a bullet wound to the head, the state forensic medicine institute said. Employees at the Managua bar owned by Vera, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said he left late Friday to help a friend who was being attacked.U.S. Ambassador Laura Dogu…
Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz, left, and Canada's Minister of Finance Bill Morneau hold a news conference after the G7 Finance Ministers Summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, June 2, 2018.
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Finance leaders of the closest U.S. allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs but ended a three-day meeting in Canada on Saturday with no solutions, setting the stage for a heated fight at a G7 summit next week in Quebec.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to soothe the frustrations of his Group of Seven counterparts over the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs that Washington imposed on Mexico, Canada and the European Union…
Venezuelan Army Gen. Angel Vivas, is helped by Foreign Ministry officers as he arrives for a meeting with a truth commission in Caracas, Venezuela, June 1, 2018.
A former Venezuelan army general famous for taking to the roof of his home with an assault rifle in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro's government has been freed from jail, supporters said. Angel Vivas, 61, had openly called for rebellion against the socialist government foes view as a dictatorship, and became widely-known to Venezuelans during a standoff at his Caracas residence during 2014 protests. He left jail late on Friday, footage on social media…
FILE - A police cordon that reads "Danger" is pictured at a crime scene where unknown assailants gunned down people at a garage in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Jan. 4, 2018.
Gunmen shot dead six traffic police in the central Mexican city of Salamanca on Friday, authorities said, one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months. The six were carrying out routine checks when they were killed, Guillermo Maldonado, a senior Salamanca city official, said in a video broadcast on Mexican television. The motive for the daylight attack was not clear. Broadcaster Televisa said at least three gunmen in a white vehicle…
Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, holds a press briefing to publicly blame North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack at the White House in Washington, Dec. 19, 2017.
Even as it signals a willingness to give up its nuclear arms, North Korea is brandishing another well-known weapon in its arsenal: cyber.Under heavy sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the cash-starved government in Pyongyang has for many years used cyberattacks to steal money from banks and other institutions.Those intrusions are continuing, primarily in Asia and Latin America, even as U.S. President Donald Trump says that a planned meeting with North Korean…
Masood Farivar
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 21:04
Venezuelan Army Gen. Angel Vivas, is helped by Foreign Ministry officers as he arrives for a meeting with a truth commission in Caracas, Venezuela, June 1, 2018.
Venezuelan officials said Friday that they had freed 39 political activists who were jailed for their involvement in protests against the government.Officials said the activists included the former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos.Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said earlier Friday that a truth commission was reviewing several cases.Human rights groups say the government of President Nicolas Maduro has jailed hundreds of people for…
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FILE - Roberto Rivas (C), President of the Supreme Electoral Council, speaks during a press conference in Managua, Nicaragua.
The Organization of American States says that Nicaragua's elections chief has agreed to resign as part of efforts to reform the country's electoral system. Roberto Rivas had held the top post on Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council for more than a decade. Many accused him of orchestrating electoral frauds that kept President Daniel Ortega in power. In December, the United States added Rivas to its list of corrupt actors under the Magnitsky Act,…
A protester poses with his homemade mortar during a protest against President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, Nicaragua, May 30, 2018.
Fifteen people were killed and more than 200 injured Wednesday in one of the worst days of violence since protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began more than a month ago, police said Thursday.The bloodshed was condemned by the Central American country’s Episcopal conference of Catholic bishops, which called it “organized and systematic aggression” and suspended talks with the government that had been scheduled for Thursday.Witnesses said…
Canada's Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks to CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, right, as he wears a G-7 Summit pin, in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, May
The United States' allies in the G-7 vowed Thursday to push back against Washington's decision to impose tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, saying as they gathered for a meeting that the move threatens global growth.The escalating trade conflict between the United States and many key allies will dominate the three-day meeting in Canada of financial leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations that began Thursday, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…
Lidia Gonzalez and Gilberto Gomez look at the body of their daughter Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, who was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas where she was trying to cross the border illegally, after her body was repatriated to Guatemala, May 31,
The body of a young Guatemalan woman who was shot dead last week by a U.S. border agent near Laredo, Texas, arrived Thursday in her home country and was turned over to her grieving parents.Lidia and Gilberto Gomez received the white coffin carrying their daughter Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez in the Guatemalan capital. Its cover partway lifted, they kissed and caressed the glass pane in which she was encased.They were taking the body later to her hometown of San Juan…
U.S. President Donald Trump is after signing a proclamation to establish tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum at the White House in Washington, March 8, 2018.
The United States is escalating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions, imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico beginning on Friday. The U.S. also negotiated quotas or volume limits on other countries, such as South Korea, Argentina, Australia and Brazil, instead of tariffs, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also told reporters Thursday by telephone. China's…
Steve Herman
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:05
FILE - Women carry a banner calling attention to the cases of people who have gone missing in the fight against drug cartels and organized crime, demanding authorities locate their loved ones, May 10, 2018.
Mexico is sending its national commissioner for missing persons to the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo after the U.N. said it documented the disappearance of 23 people there _ likely at the hands of a security force.   Mexico' Attorney General's Office also opened an investigation after the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights asked about the situation. The U.N. says there are strong indications a federal security…
A demonstrator, who was shot in the head and apparently died, is carried by paramedics after clashes erupted during a march against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua, May 30, 2018.
A massive march in Nicaragua against President Daniel Ortega’s government ended in violence Wednesday after gunmen opened fire on marchers.The gunshots sent thousands of demonstrators running for cover in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, and there were unconfirmed reports of about a dozen people wounded.An Associated Press photographer saw one person with a wound to the head carried off in a stretcher with a sheet covering his upper body, apparently dead.
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Canada will impose targeted sanctions on 14 Venezuelan officials, adding to its previous moves to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The sanctions were in response to Venezuela's "illegitimate and anti-democratic presidential elections," it said in a statement. Earlier this month, Maduro won a new six-year term in an election that was denounced by a string of countries as unfair,…
A police officer aims his shotgun at two men riding a motorcycle during a protest against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 28, 2018.
Nicaraguan police have used lethal force against protesters, aiming for heads, necks and chests, Amnesty International said Tuesday in the second of two international reports condemning President Daniel Ortega's response to dissent. At least 81 people have been killed and 868 wounded since April 18, according to the rights group, in violence "characterized by the excessive use of force, extrajudicial executions, control of the…

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