The Americas

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. …