South America

US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country’s embassy in Caracas had become a “constraint” on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The announcement came from Secretary of State … Continue reading US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested two suspects in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked and angered Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrest of the men comes two days before the anniversary of the killings on March 14, … Continue reading Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition protesters on Saturday confronted security forces on a main avenue in Caracas, venting their anger over a nationwide blackout, shortages of basic necessities and the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators on Avenida Victoria in the Venezuelan capital pushed against the shields of riot police, who later withdrew from … Continue reading As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

Trump to welcome Brazil’s president to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, to the White House later this month to discuss trade, defense cooperation, transnational crime and other issues. The White House said Friday that two leaders also would talk about providing humanitarian assistance to Venezuela and restoring democracy to the country when they meet … Continue reading Trump to welcome Brazil’s president to White House

Venezuela buckles under massive power, communications outage

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s worst power and communications outage on Friday deepened a sense of isolation and decay, endangering hospital patients, forcing schools and businesses to close and cutting people off from their families, friends and the outside world. While electricity returned to some parts of Caracas nearly 24 hours after lights, phones and the … Continue reading Venezuela buckles under massive power, communications outage

The Latest: IDB will have until March 15 to decide on Guaido

CARACAS, Venezuela(AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The 48 member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank will have until March 15 to vote whether they accept opposition leader Juan Guaido as the bank’s governor from Venezuela. An IDB official told The Associated Press the board of 14 … Continue reading The Latest: IDB will have until March 15 to decide on Guaido

The Latest: World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco $8bn

CARACAS, Venezuela(AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An international arbitration tribunal is ruling that Venezuela must pay ConocoPhillips more than $8 billion as compensation for the government’s expropriation of the U.S. oil giant’s investments in Venezuela in 2007. The World Bank‘s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 … Continue reading The Latest: World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco $8bn

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: MANAFORT ONLY GETS 4 YEARS IN PRISON WHEN 20 WAS POSSIBLE The former Trump campaign chairman has been sentenced to only 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians. HOW … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

Venezuela plunges into darkness amid widespread outage

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Much of Venezuela plunged into darkness Thursday evening, creating chaos as people struggled to navigate their way home amid what appeared to be one of the biggest blackouts yet in a country where power failures have become common. The power outage began just as commuters were leaving work. Hundreds crammed the … Continue reading Venezuela plunges into darkness amid widespread outage

Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

WASHINGTON (AP)  — For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn’t look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one. Now they have. An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these distinctly different orcas roaming … Continue reading Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

WASHINGTON(AP) — A group of 23 Democratic and one Republican senators asked President Donald Trump Thursday to protect Venezuelan citizens currently in the United States from deportation, given the crisis rocking the South American country. The 24 senators, including Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, asked Trump to designate Venezuelans for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Florida’s Marco Rubio … Continue reading 24 senators ask Trump to protect Venezuelans in US

German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

BERLIN (AP) — The presence of foreign diplomats at the Caracas airport earlier this week helped prevent the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday. Heiko Maas said he expressly asked Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, to join other envoys at the airport on Monday. He told reporters in … Continue reading German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

Venezuela’s adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela  (AP)  — Appearing a day after his rival returned home to a tumultuous welcome, President Nicolas Maduro denounced his opponents in a speech Tuesday at a military ceremony but did not refer by name to opposition leader Juan Guaido. The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile, escalated his campaign to … Continue reading Venezuela’s adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

FBI adds an anti-bribery squad focusing on South America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts not only on Miami but also in South America, a continent that has … Continue reading FBI adds an anti-bribery squad focusing on South America

WASHINGTON | FBI stepping up efforts to root out international corruption

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts not only on Miami but also in South America, a continent that has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FBI stepping up efforts to root out international corruption

Germany: Ex-execs make court deal over Colombia gun exports

BERLIN (AP) — Three former executives at German gun-maker Sig Sauer, including one who became CEO of a sister company in the United States, reached a deal with prosecutors over allegations they illegally exported arms to Colombia and likely won’t go to prison, a court official in Germany said Wednesday. Defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges … Continue reading Germany: Ex-execs make court deal over Colombia gun exports

Dramatics: Hearn’s jumper gives US 84-83 win over Argentina

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying game before this summer’s FIBA World Cup for both teams. Hearn — who played in more games than anyone else for the U.S. in … Continue reading Dramatics: Hearn’s jumper gives US 84-83 win over Argentina

BOGOTA, Colombia | Pence in Bogota to discuss ways to oust Venezuela’s Maduro

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital and … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Pence in Bogota to discuss ways to oust Venezuela’s Maduro

WASHINGTON | US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro

CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro’s opponents escalate rhetoric in Venezuela’s crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at potential U.S. military involvement. Guaido’s comments late Saturday came after a tumultuous day that saw President Nicolas Maduro’s forces … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro’s opponents escalate rhetoric in Venezuela’s crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at potential U.S. military involvement. Guaido’s comments late Saturday came after a tumultuous day that saw President Nicolas Maduro’s forces … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis

VATICAN CITY | Argentine bishop’s case overshadows pope’s sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis may have wrapped up his clergy sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican, but a scandal over an Argentine bishop close to him is only gaining steam. The Associated Press has reported that the Vatican knew as early as 2015 about Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Yet … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Argentine bishop’s case overshadows pope’s sex abuse summit

CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and 300 injured. As night fell Saturday, opposition leader Juan Guaido refrained from … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to “do the right thing” by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said the security forces could protect civilians … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout the turbulent day, as police and protesters squared off … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Guaido asks nations to keep ‘all options’ open

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he will ask the international community to keep “all options open” in the fight to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power. Guaido’s call came after a turbulent day in which a U.S.-backed … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Guaido asks nations to keep ‘all options’ open

CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Venezuela’s Guaido will meet VP Pence in Bogota

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting Monday of regional diplomats. The emergency meeting of foreign ministers from the so-called Lima Group of mostly conservative Latin American nations … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | The Latest: Venezuela’s Guaido will meet VP Pence in Bogota

CUCUTA, Colombia | National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s National Guard fired tear gas on opposition activists at a barricaded border bridge to Colombia on Saturday, and two protesters were killed near the border in Brazil, as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the obstinate refusal of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leader … Continue reading CUCUTA, Colombia | National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension