The Associated Press

International Criticism of Nicaragua Crackdown Grows

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International criticism of Nicaragua’s government grew on Tuesday after another night of arrests in Managua. Fifty-nine countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council signed onto a statement expressing concern over arbitrary arrests and the restriction of fundamental rights.

  • Jun 22, 2021
  • 12:43 PM

Mexico President to Investigate Border Shooting of Innocents

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president vowed to investigate the border shootings that left 19 dead over the weekend, even as the latest homicide figures showed a rebound in killings nationwide.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 8:48 PM

Ambassadors Recalled After Latest Nicaragua Arrest

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Mexico and Argentina recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations Monday, a day after President Daniel Ortega’s government arrested yet another presidential contender ahead of the November 7 elections.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 2:51 PM

US Ends Strict Trump-Era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims

The U.S. government on Wednesday ended two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum, especially Central Americans.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • 8:33 AM

Power Outage Hits 337K in Puerto Rico Amid Growing Outrage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico late Wednesday, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • 8:24 AM

Report Blames Poor Welds for Mexico City Subway Collapse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A preliminary report by experts into the collapse of a Mexico City elevated subway line that killed 26 people placed much of the blame Wednesday on poor welds in studs that joined steel support beams to a concrete layer supporting the track bed.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 5:00 PM

Banker Arrested as Nicaragua Crackdown Expands

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s police have arrested a prominent banker in a sign the government’s pursuit of opponents is expanding beyond political leaders and potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 4:47 PM

US and Mexico Seek Ways to Do More on Irregular Immigration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In consecutive visits this month, Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have conveyed to the most important U.S. partner that the Biden administration is taking a more nuanced approach to immigration than its predecessor, but still asking what more Mexico can do.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 1:16 PM

Colombian Protest Leaders Call Off Anti-Government Marches

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Protest leaders in Colombia said on Tuesday that they will stop organizing marches in the country’s largest cities following seven weeks of anti-government demonstrations that have resulted in at least 50 deaths.

  • Jun 15, 2021
  • 3:29 PM

Mexican Band Los Bukis to Reunite for 1st Tour in 25 Years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mexican band Los Bukis are reuniting for a concert tour that will bring them together for the first time in 25 years.

  • Jun 15, 2021
  • 8:54 AM

Panic Attacks Highlight Stress at Shelters for Migrant Kids

The conditions raise concerns about why it is taking more than a month on average to release the children when most have family in the United States.

  • Jun 14, 2021
  • 5:20 PM

Nicaragua Stages Unprecedented Roundup of Opposition Leaders

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend.

  • Jun 14, 2021
  • 9:52 AM

Biden to Return Diverted Border Wall Money, Spend Down Rest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 6:01 PM

Official: US Told Nicaragua It Will Respect Vote—If Free

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Thursday that less than two weeks ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Nicaragua’s foreign minister that the Biden administration would respect the results of free and fair elections in November.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 4:31 PM

Iowa Governor Questions Migrant Flights Into Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds complained in a letter sent Thursday that the federal government didn’t notify her before flying migrant children into the Des Moines airport in April, then shuttling them to other cities as part of an effort to join them with relatives.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 1:26 PM

Puerto Rico Probes Fire That Left 900K Clients Without Power

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating what sparked a fire at a key substation that plunged 900,000 customers into darkness across Puerto Rico, with tens of thousands still without power.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 10:58 AM

New Company, Same Woes: Puerto Rico Suffers Power Outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger as it scrambled Thursday to control a large fire at a main substation that left thousands in the dark.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 9:13 PM

‘In the Heights’ Lifts Hopes for a Latino Film Breakthrough

The hype for “In the Heights” has brought great expectations for Latinos in the United States, a group that’s been historically underrepresented and widely typecast in films.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 2:38 PM

El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first country to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 2:48 PM

Rights Group: Colombian Police Cause Deaths of 20 Protesters

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent civil unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 10:52 AM

‘Do Not Come’: Harris Seeks ‘Hope at Home’ for Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris offered an optimistic outlook for improved cooperation with Guatemala on addressing the spike in migration to the U.S. after her meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. She also delivered a direct warning to migrants considering making the trek: “Do not come. Do not come.”

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 3:22 PM

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