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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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Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:51
Sea lions are seen in San Cristobal Island at Galapagos Marine Reserve, Ecuador, Oct. 10, 2016. Ecuador has banned fireworks on the Galapagos Islands to protect the animal inhabitants.
The government of Ecuador has banned most fireworks on the Galapagos Islands to protect the islands’ unique animal inhabitants from the stress caused by the sound of explosions.Officials announced the ban Friday, just days before New Year’s celebrations in which fireworks are traditionally set off.The Galapagos Islands’ local council said in a statement that it had passed “unanimously a resolution that prohibits the importation, sale, distribution…
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Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:34
FILE - Flags of Canada and China are placed for the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing, Nov. 12, 2018.
Canada's government says a Canadian teacher detained in China over a problem with her work permit has been released.       Albertan Sarah McIver was arrested this month, but Global Affairs Canada spokesman Richard Walker said Friday that she had returned home.      McIver's detention followed the arrests of two other Canadians on allegations they were harming China's national security. China detained…
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands before a lunch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dec. 28, 2018.
Authorities in Brazil say they are making massive security preparations for the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1.Security around the future president has been high since he was stabbed with a knife on Sept. 6, causing a ruptured intestine. …
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Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:49
California Highway Patrol police cars block the highway leading from Mexico into San Diego after the border between Mexico and the U.S. was closed in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego, California, U.S. November 25, 2018.
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday once again threatened to close the entire U.S.-Mexico border and cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if Congress fails to give him money to fund the border wall.We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our…
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Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:24
Mortuary employees carry the body of Jakelin Caal Maquin after her remains were repatriated to Guatemala, at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Dec. 23, 2018. Caal Maquin, 7, died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into cu
An autopsy has revealed that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy had the flu when he died while in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico.The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said in a statement Thursday that the results of nasal and lung swabs on Felipe Gomez Alonzo “tested positive for influenza B.”
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Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:35
Flavio Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is seen behind him at the transition government building in Brasilia, Nov. 27, 2018.
A lingering financial scandal involving Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's son has soured his inauguration next week and tarnished the reputation of a far-right maverick who surged to victory on a vow to end years of political horse trading. Bolsonaro, who spent nearly 30 years in Congress, takes office on Jan. 1 after an electoral win that gave him a mandate to hobble violent drug gangs, cut through red tape to kick-start Brazil's economy and go after the…

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