In frightened Mexico town, a mob kills 2 young pollsters
Latin America & the Caribbean

In frightened Mexico town, a mob kills 2 young pollsters

AJALPAN, Mexico (AP) — It was evening in Ajalpan when two young pollsters from Mexico’s capital ducked into a store to conduct a survey about tortilla consumption. Someone didn’t like it, and they called the cops. “There are suspicious people on Guerrero Street. They’re asking a lot of questions,” the anonymous tipster reported, Police Chief … Continue reading

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Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage on Mexican coast
Latin America & the Caribbean

Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage on Mexican coast

CHAMELA, Mexico (AP) — Just a day after menacing Mexico as one of history’s strongest storms, Hurricane Patricia left surprisingly little damage in its wake Saturday and quickly dissipated into a low-pressure system that posed little threat beyond heavy rain. The hurricane’s most powerful punch landed on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast … Continue reading

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Obama announces education commitments for Latino students

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrating Hispanics’ contribution to the nation, President Barack Obama said Thursday that America is made great “not by building walls, but by tearing down barriers to opportunity.” Obama spoke as the White House observed Hispanic Heritage Month. His remarks contrasted with concerns about immigration among some Republican presidential contenders. Front-runner Donald Trump … Continue reading

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
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United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aims to encourage trade … Continue reading

At ‘home’ in Peru, World Bank chief unfazed by slower growth
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At ‘home’ in Peru, World Bank chief unfazed by slower growth

CARABAYLLO, Peru (AP) — In the 1990s, Jim Yong Kim would climb the dusty streets and hillsides of this sprawling slum outside Peru’s capital distributing expensive pharmaceutical drugs he’d brought hidden in his luggage to tuberculosis patients. Residents recall the Harvard-trained physician as a smiling do-gooder with basic Spanish and shoes permanently caked with dust. … Continue reading

Singer and mom Shakira promotes early childhood development
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Singer and mom Shakira promotes early childhood development

NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira, a longtime promoter of early childhood development and education, says being a mother has given her an even stronger connection to the issue. The Grammy-winning performer and her soccer pro-partner Gerard Pique are the parents of 2-year-old Milan and 8-month-old Sasha. “I’ve been an advocate for education long before I … Continue reading