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of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation and of intervening in Latin America.Castro and his late, elder brother Fidel Castro led the rebel band that in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…