Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest
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Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government fired tear gas and rubber bullets at some of the thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who poured into the streets of Caracas Saturday, April 8, amid a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam. The demonstrations in the capital and several other cities came … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments
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Venezuela’s Maduro blasts foe for chemical attack comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on Sunday, April 9, for an investigation against a leading opposition politician for falsely suggesting the government was carrying out a Syria-like chemical attack against protesters. Caracas-area Mayor David Smolansky on Saturday denounced the presence of a previously unseen red gas used to scatter thousands of … Continue reading

US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels
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US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels

PUERTO BELLO, Colombia (AP) — Coca production in Colombia has surged to levels unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report released Tuesday, March 14. Cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine rose 18 percent last year from 2015, with coca crops planted on an estimated 188,000 hectares … Continue reading

OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections
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OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said Tuesday, March 14, is destroying the country’s democracy. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro made the request in a 75-page report … Continue reading

Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves
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Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday, March 14. Veracruz state’s top prosecutor, Jorge Winckler, said the clandestine pits appeared to contain remains of … Continue reading

Federal judge: Border Patrol in Arizona violated court order
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Federal judge: Border Patrol in Arizona violated court order

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has said the Border Patrol in Arizona violated court orders by failing to properly preserve surveillance video related to a lawsuit claiming the agency detains migrants in inhumane conditions. U.S. District Judge David Bury on Monday, March 13, partially granted a motion to hold the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector … Continue reading

US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market
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US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

VIENNA (AP) — The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official on Tuesday, March 14, hailed a pending United Nations move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledged it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said the U.N.’s proposal … Continue reading

Venezuela rallies past Italy 4-3 to reach 2nd round of WBC
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Venezuela rallies past Italy 4-3 to reach 2nd round of WBC

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tying homer and Rougned Odor delivered a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the ninth inning that carried Venezuela past Italy 4-3 on Monday, March 13, night and into the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a one-game tiebreaker that determined the final team … Continue reading

Pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives sued for plagiarism
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Pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives sued for plagiarism

MADRID (AP) — A Cuban singer and music producer has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives for allegedly copying his work in the Colombian duo’s award-winning music hit “La Bicicleta .” Livan Rafael Castellanos, also known as Livam, said he wants a court to decide whether parts of his 1997 … Continue reading

Deal made after Mexican man died at border gets initial OK
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Deal made after Mexican man died at border gets initial OK

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge tentatively approved an agreement Thursday, March 2, for the U.S. government to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by immigration authorities and shot several times with a stun gun. The settlement considered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Louisa Porter is … Continue reading

MS-13 gang suspects indicted in slayings of 3 teenagers
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MS-13 gang suspects indicted in slayings of 3 teenagers

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Thursday, March 2, they had captured the members of a violent street gang who killed three high school students, including two girls who were inseparable best friends and were attacked with a machete and baseball bats as they walked through their suburban neighborhood. Thirteen members of local … Continue reading

US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care
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US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care

DALLAS (AP) — An immigration judge granted bond Thursday, March 2, to a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States, allowing her to leave an immigration detention facility to seek treatment for a brain tumor. Sara Beltran Hernandez’s family in New York posted her $15,000 bond after the hearing and she was released late … Continue reading