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A journalist was beaten to death in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on Tuesday, local prosecutors said, becoming the third reporter in Mexico to be killed in the past two weeks. The body of Hector Gonzalez, a local correspondent for national daily newspaper Excelsior, was found in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas attorney general's office said in a statement. Gonzalez is at least the…
A couple walk their dog on the shore near the Kinder Morgan Inc. Westridge oil tanker terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, May 3, 2018.
Canada's federal government said Tuesday it is buying a controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast to ensure it gets built. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government plans to spend $4.5 billion Canadian (US$3.4 billion) to purchase Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. The pipeline expansion would triple the capacity of an existing line to ship oil extracted from the oil sands in Alberta across the snow-capped peaks of…
FILE - The foundation of a heavily damaged house stands amid broken trees in the mountains after the passing of Hurricane Maria in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico, Sept. 30, 2017. Environmental groups and volunteers are gathering
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Hurricane Maria claimed more than 4,600 lives in Puerto Rico last year, more than 70 times higher than the U.S. government's official death toll of 64, according to a study published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings, based on a survey of thousands of Puerto Rican residents conducted by researchers from Harvard University and elsewhere, show the fatalities…
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Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:58
An anti-government demonstrator with a Spiderman mask fires a home-made mortar during a protest demanding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, stand down, in Managua on May 26, 2018.
Violence returned to protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega when riot police confronted students who had seized a university.Students demanding greater democracy and Ortega's resignation took over the Engineering University in Managua, the capital.Government supporters moved to end the takeover, but anti-government protesters took the students' side. The opposition demonstrators then partially set fire to the pro-government radio station Radio Ya, whose…
Venezuela's re-elected President Nicolas Maduro gestures after receiving a certificate confirming him as winner of Sunday's election, at the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Caracas, May 22, 2018.
European leaders on Monday called for a new presidential election in Venezuela, saying they will "swiftly'' levy a new round of sanctions targeting those close to President Nicolas Maduro. Despite widespread calls for a return to democratic rule, Venezuela's election showed the country was further straying from constitutional order, the European Union's foreign ministers said. The threat from the EU's foreign ministers drew backlash from Maduro, who said that…
Students from El Alto Public University shout slogans against the government of President Evo Morales and carry a mock coffin representing Jonathan Quispe, a student who was killed in clashes, in La Paz, Bolivia, May 28, 2018.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of several cities across Bolivia on Monday to demand justice after a university student was killed during a demonstration last week. Some of the protesters clashed with police in the central city of Cochabamba. Authorities did not immediately report injuries or arrests. College student Jonathan Quispe was killed last Thursday during a protest demanding an increase in the budget for the public university of El Alto, the…
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and members of the military high command attend a military honor ceremony in Caracas on May 24, 2018.
Two active generals with Venezuela's National Guard were part of a group of 15 military officials arrested around the time of the socialist-run nation’s widely criticized May 20 presidential election, a local rights group said on Monday. Generals Pedro Naranjo and Nelson Morales appeared on Sunday before a military tribunal at the Defense Ministry, according to Gonzalo Himiob of the Penal Forum group, who said the men were the highest-ranking recent detainees…
President Donald Trump speaks with Joshua Holt, who had been detained in Venezuela for two years, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on May 26, 2018.
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The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is urging engagement with Venezuela's socialist government after he traveled to the South American nation to bring home a Utah man jailed for two years without a trial.Joshua Holt is scheduled to return to Salt Lake City on Monday night after receiving medical care and visiting President Donald Trump in Washington. He was released over the weekend following secret, backchannel negotiations between members of the U.S…
FILE - An aerial view of the Whale Nazca Lines in the Nazca desert, Peru.
Archaeologists using drones have discovered more than 25 geoglyphs etched into a swath of coastal desert in southern Peru near the Nazca Lines, a culture ministry official said Monday. Most of the newly found geoglyphs, which include figures of a killer whale and a woman dancing, appear to have been made by the Paracas culture more than 2,000 years ago, hundreds of years before the Nazca people created similar giant drawings nearby, said Johny Isla, an archaeologist who…
FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, legislators ratify the election of Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba.
When Cuba adopted its current constitution, the sugar-based economy was being bolstered by aid from the Soviet Union, citizens were forbidden to run private businesses or sell homes and gays kept their sexual identity a tightly guarded secret.Now a rewrite is on the way as the country's communist leaders try to adapt to the post-Soviet world in which hundreds of thousands of Cubans work for themselves, American remittances and tourism keep the economy afloat and the daughter of…
In this Jan. 25, 2018 photo released by Mexico's National Security Commission, packages containing illegal drugs are seen inside a sports utility vehicle near Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Mexican authorities have arrested the wife of the leader of Jalisco New Generation, one of the country's fiercest drug cartels, as well as a top lieutenant for the organization, setting the western state of Jalisco on high-alert for possible reprisals.  Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said at a Sunday press conference that marines took into custody Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, the wife of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as "El Mencho," the night…
Members of the Brazil's military police and Sao Paulo's traffic police clear a blocked road in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the sixth day of a truckers' strike protesting rising fuel costs, May,
Brazil faced serious supply disruptions on the seventh day of a truckers' strike Sunday, although the government said the country was "on a path to normalization." Brazilian authorities have deployed the military to clear barricades erected by strikers and have been escorting fuel trucks since Friday to maintain access to refineries. But federal transportation police reported that as of Saturday night, nearly 600 roads were at least partially…
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Sun, 05/27/2018 - 20:11
In this May 26, 2018, image from video released by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases as it enters the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island on Sunday, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava. The lava breached the property overnight and was within 200 yards (183 meters) of the nearest well, said David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Asked about safety hazards, he replied: "I think it's safe to say authorities have…
 FILE - This combination of two file photos shows Colombian presidential candidates Gustavo Petro, left, and Ivan Duque, both in Bogota, Colombia. Colombian voters head to the polls May 27, 2018. For the first time in Colombia’s recent history voters
Colombia's contentious but peaceful presidential election appears headed for a runoff between a leftist former rebel and a conservative who wants to rewrite the peace deal with the rebels. With nearly all the votes counted, conservative former Senator Ivan Duque is expected to finish far out in front with 39 percent, followed by left-wing Gustavo Petro with 25 percent. But no candidate will finish with the 50 percent needed to avoid a June 17 runoff. …
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Sun, 05/27/2018 - 05:16
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House, May 26, 2018, in Washington.
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Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Holt had been a prisoner in Venezuela since the summer of 2016, but on Saturday he told U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House that he was “overwhelmed with gratitude” for those who had worked for his release. Trump said Holt had been “incredibly brave.”Holt and his Venezuelan wife, Thamara Candelo, arrived in the U.S. Saturday accompanied by Senator Bob Corker, who helped negotiate their release.Holt, a former Mormon missionary,…
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