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Claudia Maquin, mother of Jakelin Caal, 7, reacts during her daughter's funeral at her home village of San Antonio Secortez, in Guatemala, Dec. 25, 2018.
A crowd of mourners said goodbye to the 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody this month, laying her to rest in a Christmas Day funeral that left her mother so crushed she could not bear to attend.Friends and family on Tuesday lowered the body of Jakelin Caal into a grave in an impoverished mountain village in Guatemala, some 2,000 miles from where she died in an El Paso, Texas, hospital on Dec. 8 after succumbing to a high fever.Relatives and…
FILE - The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Dec. 30, 2015.
Venezuela's foreign ministry on Tuesday described as "interventionist and disrespectful" U.S. comments on a weekend incident in which Venezuela's navy stopped two ships exploring for oil for Exxon Mobil off Guyana's coast.    Each of the neighboring South American countries says the incident on Saturday occurred within its territorial waters. In response to…
Police and rescue personnel stand at the scene where the helicopter transporting Martha Erika Alonso, governor of the state of Puebla, and his husband Senator Rafel Moreno Valle crashed, in Coronango, Puebla Mexico, Dec. 24, 2018.
A Mexican governor and her senator husband were killed on Monday in a helicopter crash near the city of Puebla in central Mexico, the government said, just days after she had taken office following a bitterly contested election. Martha Erika Alonso, a senior opposition figure and governor of the state of Puebla, died with Rafael Moreno, a senator and former Puebla governor, when their Agusta helicopter came down on Monday afternoon shortly after take-off, the government…
Dancers' shadows are cast on a stage backdrop during the contemporary dance production Ubuntu, at the Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 4, 2018.
 A stray bullet crushed Iraly Yanez’s aspirations of becoming a professional dancer eight years ago as it ruptured two of her vertebrae and left her paraplegic.But now the young Venezuelan dancer is pursuing her lifelong passion in a wheelchair — and hoping to put her career back on track — thanks to a contemporary dance company that is helping disabled people perform.Caracas based AM Danza works with 50 young Venezuelans who are pursuing their…
Balloons hang over the coffin that contain the remains of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin during a memorial service in her grandparent's home in San Antonio Secortez, Guatemala, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.
Christmas 2018 will be a day of sadness in the tiny Guatemalan village of San Antonio Secortez. It is the day when the family of seven year-old Jakelin Caal will hold her funeral.
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A picture of Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. custody after crossing illegally from Mexico to the U.S., is seen during a protest held to demand justice for her in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 15, 2018.
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A United Nations human rights expert called on U.S. authorities on Monday to conduct a full and independent investigation into the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl in U.S. custody and to stop detaining children.Felipe González Morales, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, also said the family of Jakelin Caal, from the Mayan indigenous community, should be given access to legal representation in the proceedings in a language they…
Anti-government protesters march outside the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua, Sept. 26, 2018, before police blocked the march from reaching its planned destination, the local U.N. headquarters.
In barely a week’s time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government’s alleged crimes.The heavy-handed raids on the country’s most prominent nongovernmental organizations and the seizure of the offices of the independent news outlets Confidencial and 100…
Cuba's former President Raul Castro, center left, talks to his grandson and bodyguard Raul Rodriguez Castro during a session of the National Assembly in Havana, Dec. 21, 2018.
Cuban lawmakers Saturday unanimously approved a revised draft of a new constitution that retains the island’s one-party socialist system but reflects its socio-economic opening since the fall of the Soviet Union.The draft new constitution, which has 229 articles and will replace a Cold War-era one, will maintain the Communist Party as the country’s guiding force and the state’s dominance of the economy, according to state-run media. A copy has not yet been…
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The annual Art Market at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian features traditional Native crafts, including textiles, jewelry and baskets.
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Friends and relatives hold a photograph of Efrain Segarra, who was kidnapped near the Colombian border with Ecuadorean journalists Paul Rivas and Javier Ortega (both not pictured), in Quito, Ecuador, April 1, 2018.
A former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country’s peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced Friday.The president said Walter Arizala was killed during a “heroic operation” earlier in the day after a months-long, U.S.-backed manhunt that followed the kidnapping and murder of three Ecuadorian press workers in the turbulent border area…
FILE - El Salvador's Attorney General Douglas Melendez speaks during an interview with Reuters in San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct. 10, 2018.
El Salvador's legislative assembly on Friday denied Attorney General Douglas Melendez a second term, after he pursued tough anti-corruption investigations and put a former president in prison.    In less than three years, career prosecutor Melendez also jailed his predecessor, a judge and a top businessman, among others, and faced death threats for his work.    But after several days of backroom negotiations, El Salvador's…
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media as she arrives at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Sept. 11, 2018, in Washington.
Canada moved away from diplomatic caution on Friday and made is first formal demand for China to immediately release two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.The U.S., the U.K. and the EU also issued statements in support of Canada. "We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release,'' Canadian…
Dead fish float in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 21, 2018.
Residents of a high-end neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro woke up to the unpleasant smell of 13 tons of rotting dead fish floating in the city's Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. Biologists believe the extreme heat caused by El Nino killed the fish overnight and caused them to wash ashore Friday. The lagoon played host to several events during the 2016 Olympic games and is a tourist attraction. Rio's environment ministry released a statement saying it…
FILE - Workers are seen at at Bri-Steel Manufacturing, a manufacturer and distributer of seamless steel pipes, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 21, 2018.
The Canadian economy expanded by a greater-than-expected 0.3 percent in October from September, pushed higher by strength in manufacturing, finance and insurance, Statistics Canada data indicated Friday. Analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted monthly GDP would increase by 0.2 percent. Fifteen of the 20 industrial sectors — which Statscan says represents around 80 percent of the economy — posted gains. The release could well be a pleasant surprise…
FILE - Paddle boaters make their way around a lake in the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, Nov. 19, 2012. Chapultepec is a park divided between shady stretches of forest and more-developed plazas, fountains and sculpture gardens.
Mexico’s president said Thursday that he plans for the military to build an urban development in the capital worth up to $1.5 billion, dashing the chances for private firms to swoop in on one of Mexico City’s last undeveloped swaths of land. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he is considering a project set on 74 acres (30 hectares) of a much larger site in an affluent residential zone of central Mexico City. “It’s not going to be…

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