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Strong Earthquake Kills at Least 14 in Ecuador, 1 in Peru
A strong earthquake shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, trapping others under rubble, and sending rescue teams out into streets littered with debris and fallen power lines.
Top Court Ruling Unleashes Permit Upheaval in Puerto Rico
A ruling by Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has thrown into limbo hundreds of thousands of business and construction permits issued by a U.S. territory already struggling to attract investors amid an economic crisis.
Indigenous Farmworker Leader Bids for Guatemala Presidency
An Indigenous female farmworker leader hopes to become Guatemala’s next president. But Thelma Cabrera faces an uphill fight after the country’s Electoral Tribunal refused to allow her to register her candidacy.
Musk Brought Internet to Brazil’s Amazon; Criminals Love It
Starlink, a division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has almost 4,000 low-orbit satellites across the skies, connecting people in remote corners of the Amazon. The lightweight, high-speed internet system has also proved a new and valuable tool for Brazil’s illegal miners.
Mexican President Says His Country Safer Than United States
Mexico’s president claimed Monday that his country is safer than the United States, a week after two U.S. citizens were killed and two kidnapped and later rescued in the border city of Matamoros.
Puerto Rico Breaks World Record as Baseball Fans Go Blond
Puerto Rico on Friday broke the Guinness World record for the most hair dyed, with 192 men going blond to support the U.S. territory’s team vying to win the World Baseball Classic after finishing twice as runner-up.
Mexican President to US: Fentanyl Is Your Problem
Mexico’s president said Thursday that his country does not produce or consume fentanyl, despite enormous evidence to the contrary. His statement comes amid calls by some U.S. Republicans to use the U.S. military to attack drug labs in Mexico.
Officials to Transfer Animals, Drop Probe on Puerto Rico Zoo
Federal authorities said Wednesday they are dropping all investigations into Puerto Rico’s lone zoo where various species have died, saying the decision came after reaching an agreement with local officials to transfer the animals to sanctuaries on the U.S. mainland.
Women Enlist in Colombia’s Army for First Time in 25 Years
After a 25-year ban, the Colombian army is once again allowing women to join its ranks through voluntary military service, which is a requirement for men.
2 Kidnapped Americans Found Dead in Mexico, 2 Others Alive
Two U.S. citizens missing since their violent abduction last week in the northern Mexican border city of Matamoros have been found dead and two others are alive, the state’s governor said Tuesday.
4 Americans Kidnapped in Northern Mexico
Four U.S. citizens have been kidnapped after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the northern Mexico border city of Matamoros, the FBI said.
Gunmen Threaten Messi, Shoot Up Family-Owned Supermarket
Gunmen threatened Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi in a written message left Thursday when they opened fire at a supermarket owned by his in-laws in Argentina, police said.
Activist Appears Targeted at Mexican President’s Press Briefing
A human rights activist in Mexico’s dangerous northern border city of Nuevo Laredo said Wednesday that he suspects the Mexican army —and the government in general— are behind claims linking him to a drug cartel, which could put his life at risk.
Latino Republicans Push Back on Party’s Immigration Agenda
The GOP has made inroads with Latino voters in recent years in much of the U.S. and especially in Florida. That strong showing, however, is leading to some tension as the newly emboldened Republicans in Washington aim to launch an aggressive agenda around immigration policy.
Puerto Rico to Close Lone Zoo After Years of Complaints
Puerto Rico’s government is closing the U.S. territory’s only zoo following years of suspected negligence, a lack of resources, and deaths of animals that were highlighted by activists.
Mexican States in Hot Competition Over Possible Tesla Plant
Mexico is undergoing a fevered competition among states to win a potential Tesla facility in jostling reminiscent of what happens among U.S. cities and states vying to win investments from tech companies.
Mexican President Hopes Ex-Security Chief Will Turn Informer
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he hopes Genaro García Luna will make a deal with prosecutors to reduce his sentence, in exchange for testifying about López Obrador’s predecessors.
Guatemalans Protest Ban on Leftist Presidential Candidate
Thousands of people demonstrated in Guatemala on Tuesday to protest a court’s decision not to allow an Indigenous candidate to register for the country’s June 25 presidential elections. Thelma Cabrera was to have been the presidential candidate for the leftist Peoples Liberation Movement
Brazil Downpour Kills 36; Dozens Missing
Hundreds of rescuers searched Monday for survivors of landslides and flooding that killed at least 36 people along the coast of Brazil’s southern state of São Paulo following a huge weekend downpour.
Puerto Rico Judge Finds Golfer Guilty in Fatal Dog Shooting
A Puerto Rico judge on Thursday found a businessman guilty of animal abuse for fatally shooting a stray dog on a golf course nearly two years ago, noting the defendant did so not out of fear but because the animal was interrupting the game.
Officer Often Fed Information to Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio
A police officer frequently provided Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio with internal information about law enforcement operations in the weeks before other members of his far-right extremist group stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to messages shown Wednesday at the trial of Tarrio and four associates.