The Americas

Cows remain in a corral at a dairy farm in San Silvestre, Barinas State, Venezuela, Nov. 28, 2018.
Rotting hides on the road are all that is left of three butchered cows.Such carnage is common in Venezuela's cattle country, where thieves, squatters and government policy threaten a vital food resource.Venezuela's severe economic crisis is felt keenly in cities — where food sources are limited — but it's also cutting a swath through what should be the country's food basket.Seeing the hides on the road — the handiwork of cattle poachers —…
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Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:30
Cuban First Secretary of Communist Party Raul Castro Ruz gives a speech, Jan. 1, 2019, during the celebration of 60th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.
On the 60th anniversary of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation and of intervening in Latin America.Castro and his late, elder brother Fidel Castro led the rebel band that in 1959 overthrew a U.S.-backed dictator and installed a Communist-run country on the doorstep of the United States, setting the scene for decades of Cold War hostility.At…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 1, 2019.
Honduras on Tuesday discussed with Israel and the United States moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial initiative that follows similar gestures by Washington, officials said.In a meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, "it was agreed to strengthen political relations and coordinate cooperation on development in Honduras," read a joint statement by Honduras,…
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Tue, 01/01/2019 - 21:02
People walk past a banner of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Dec. 31, 2018.
Cuba, long a source of inspiration for leftist Latin American governments, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its revolution Tuesday facing increasing isolation in a region dominated by a resurgent right.The first such anniversary of the post-Castro era coincided with the inauguration in Brazil of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, whose recent election victory is one of several for right-wing governments across the region.Bolsonaro, who had made a point of not inviting…
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Tue, 01/01/2019 - 18:02
Migrants run as tear gas is thrown by U.S. Border Protection officers to the Mexican side of the border fence after they climbed the fence to get to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 1, 2019.
U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock throwers apart from the migrants who were trying to cross.“No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at…
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra speaks to foreign media at the government palace in Lima, Oct. 29, 2018.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Tuesday he would ask Congress to declare the public prosecutor's office in a state of emergency after the agency's top official removed two investigators at the heart of the probe into a massive graft scandal triggered by Brazilian builder Odebrecht. Vizcarra, who had been attending the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, cut short his trip to deal with the surprise twist in the Odebrecht case, saying he…
Members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) attend an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, Dec. 31, 2018.
Mexico's leftist Zapatista movement is continuing its aggressive criticism of the country's new president, accusing Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of dishonesty and vowing to confront him. Zapatista spokesman Subcomandante Moises reiterated the group's opposition to some of Lopez Obrador's big projects such as the "Maya Train," which would run in part between the beach resorts of Cancun and the Palenque ruins. The criticisms came as the…
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with the foreign minister of Peru Nestor Popolizio Bardales at the United Nations Security Council during a meeting on North Korea, at the United Nations in New York, Sept. 27, 2018.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discussed tensions over Venezuela while on a South America trip. State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that Pompeo met Tuesday with Peru's foreign minister, Nestor Bardales. The U.S. says Pompeo thanked Peru for taking in hundreds of thousands of migrants from Venezuela, where 2.3 million people have fled their nation's hyperinflation and food and medical shortages over the past three years. …
Flanked by first lady Michelle Bolsonaro, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro waves as he rides in an open car after his swearing-in ceremony, in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 1, 2019.
Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressmen to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that…
Catarina Alonzo Perez, mother of the second Guatemalan child this month to die while in U.S. custody, stands in her kitchen in Yalambojoch, Guatemala, Dec. 29, 2018.
Relatives of Felipe Gomez Alonzo are remembering the boy in his home village with flowers, candles and photographs
FILE - A man carries a portrait of slain journalist Hector Gonzalez Antonio as his daughter, left, mourns during his funeral in Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2018.
An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years. The International Federation of Journalists said in an annual report set for release Monday that 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and conflict crossfire this year, 12 more than in 2017. Before the declines seen in five of the past six years, 121…
 Colombian President Ivan Duque speaks during a ceremony for the recognition of command of the Military Forces at the Jose Maria Cordova Military School in Bogota, Dec. 17, 2018.
Colombian authorities are investigating possible plots to assassinate President Ivan Duque that may involve Venezuelan nationals arrested carrying “weapons of war,” Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said Saturday. Without providing details, Trujillo said in a video message that there was intelligence indicating the existence of credible plans to target the right-wing Duque, who took office in August. Three Venezuelans were arrested in recent…
Nicaraguan expats living in Costa Rica hold pictures of people killed in riots or imprisoned as they take part in the "Caravan for Liberty and Justice" to protest against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in La Cruz, Costa Rica, o
Costa Rica said Saturday it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country. Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the charter's Article 20 may be activated when a member state produces an alteration in the constitutional order that seriously harms democratic order, and any nation or the OAS'…
Peruvian authorities demolish a Shining Path mausoleum in a cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Dec. 29, 2018.
Peruvian authorities on Saturday demolished a mausoleum holding eight Shining Path rebels killed during prison massacres more than three decades ago and relocated their remains to a cemetery in a northern part of Lima.    More than 50 police officers and dozens of workers from the cemetery in the Comas district of Peru's capital participated in the operation, said prosecutor Javier Zapata. The remains of the Maoist rebels will be buried in separate niches. …
FILE - Flags of Canada and China are placed for the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing, Nov. 12, 2018.
A Chinese appeals court on Saturday agreed with prosecutors that a 15-year sentence was too lenient for a Canadian man convicted of drug smuggling.  The court ordered that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg be retried in the city of Dalian, where he was originally tried and sentenced.
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