The Associated Press

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Denies Ties to Criminal Gang

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang.

  • Sep 14, 2019
  • 12:51 PM

A New Face at the Reins of US Diplomacy Toward Latin America

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful general who was behind the murder of a leftist politician in Washington in the 1970s.

  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 11:44 AM

Bahamians Look for Loved Ones as 1,300 Missing After Dorian

MCLEAN’S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — They scan social media, peer under rubble, or try to follow the smell of death in an attempt to find family and friends.

  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 8:01 AM

Supreme Court Action on Asylum Rule Denounced as Inhumane

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum requests from Central Americans and other migrants caused despair along the border Thursday and was denounced by activists as a “death sentence” for those trying to escape poverty and violence in their homelands.

  • Sep 12, 2019
  • 4:21 PM

Mexico Says It Disagrees With US Supreme Court Order

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico’s government doesn’t agree with an “astonishing” U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders.

  • Sep 12, 2019
  • 12:22 PM

Ex-Venezuelan Spymaster Won’t Waive Extradition to US

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela’s former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won’t waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated.

  • Sep 12, 2019
  • 8:50 AM

Supreme Court Allows Broad Enforcement of Trump Asylum Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

  • Sep 12, 2019
  • 7:45 AM

New Film Explores Legacy of Puerto Rican Actor Raúl Juliá

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of Generation X may know Raúl Juliá for his energetic and playful role as Gomez Addams in the 1991 movie adaptation of “The Addams Family.” Others may think of Juliá in his critically acclaimed role in the 1985 “Kiss of the Spider Woman” as revolutionary Valentin Arregui.

  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 3:26 PM

Colombia Threatens to Denounce Cuba as Sponsor of Terrorism

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island.

  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 9:54 AM

Tent Courts Set to Open on Border for US Asylum Seekers

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is ready to open a tent court on the border to help handle tens of thousands of cases of asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico, with hearings held entirely by videoconference.

  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 9:43 AM

FEMA Officials, Contractor Accused of Hurricane Relief Fraud

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities said Tuesday they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Authority and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud in the efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane María.

  • Sep 10, 2019
  • 3:19 PM

Mexico Trans Women Fight for Justice as Murders Go Unpunished

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Months after Kenya Cuevas’ friend was slain in front of her, a funeral wreath with Cuevas’ name on it arrived at her doorstep. The implication was clear: Keep making noise about murdered transgender women and you’ll be next.

  • Sep 10, 2019
  • 9:42 AM

Papi’s Back: David Ortiz Throws Out First Pitch at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had a chance to thank his adoring fans at Fenway Park exactly three months after he was shot in the back while in his native Dominican Republic.

  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 8:23 PM

Judge Reinstates Nationwide Halt on Trump Asylum Policy Plan

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge in California on Monday reinstated a nationwide halt on the Trump administration’s plan to prevent most migrants from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 5:43 PM

Hondurans Feel Fate of Their Unpopular President Lies in US

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a closet-sized underground hip-hop studio in one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Honduras’ capital, Leonardo Sierra believes nothing will change in his country until the United States decides it should.

  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 10:17 AM

Mexicans March to Demand Safety and Justice for Women

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently in Mexico’s capital Sunday to urge justice for women who suffer violence in one of the most dangerous countries to be female, victims who include students murdered by rejected suitors, girls raped before they reach puberty and single mothers who disappear without a trace.

  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 9:39 AM

Housing Aid for Puerto Rican Evacuees Close to Running Out

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In the months after Hurricane María destroyed her home in Puerto Rico, Ashley Gonzáles moved to Connecticut, where federal and state aid helped her and her longtime partner avoid homelessness.

  • Sep 8, 2019
  • 5:26 PM

Maduro Rejects Talks With Opposition Over Envoy’s Remarks

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro says that he won’t resume talks with the opposition until it rejects calls by a top supporter in Britain to “drop the topic” of Venezuela’s longstanding claims to an oil-rich part of neighboring Guyana.

  • Sep 7, 2019
  • 11:09 AM

US Tells Migrant Woman 8 Months Pregnant to Wait in Mexico

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, an El Salvadoran woman crossed the Rio Grande, only to be apprehended by the Border Patrol. She was not allowed to stay.

  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 2:00 PM

Mexico Claims Success in Stopping Migrants But Activists Say No

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it has complied with a 90-day deadline from the U.S. to reduce the flow of migrants through its territory, but activists say Mexico’s crackdown has only forced migrants into greater desperation and more illicit, dangerous routes.

  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 8:03 AM

ICE Confrontation Leads to Shots Fired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent opened fire in a grocery store parking lot in Tennessee early Thursday during an attempted apprehension, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.

  • Sep 5, 2019
  • 4:29 PM