Politics

Blackwater Founder Prince Visited Venezuela’s Sanctioned VP

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Prince, a major Trump donor and the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last month for a secret meeting with Venezuela’s vice president, according to several people familiar with the visit.

  • Dec 14, 2019
  • 1:18 PM

UN Report: Chilean Police Abused Protesters’ Human Rights

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 4:40 PM

Brazilians Arrive in Waves at the US-Mexico Border

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he’d be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 4:25 PM

Mexico Transformed? Challenges, Changes After a Year of Leftist Government

Despite economic woes and enduring violence, López Obrador’s government has made considerable progress dismantling a system that almost solely benefits the political and economic elite and keeps more than 50 million Mexicans in poverty.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 12:24 PM

US Sends First Non-Guatemalan Migrant Families to Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala on Thursday received the first families of migrants sent by the United States under an agreement to return non-Guatemalans who passed through that country on their way to the U.S. border.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 8:40 AM

Former Bolivian Leader Morales Moves to Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has flown to Argentina, where the new center-left government said Thursday that it had granted him political asylum.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 5:33 PM

What the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Can Teach Us About the Border

When I think about the mom I met in Juárez, I think about Juan Diego.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 2:48 PM

A New Citizen Is Emerging: Will It Strengthen, Transform or Kill Democracy?

The world is seeing a new type of political actor.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 10:30 AM

Mexican Lawmakers Approve Amnesty for Drugs, Robbery

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The lower house of Mexico’s Congress approved a controversial law Wednesday to grant amnesty for non-violent robbery, drug and other crimes, as long as those were first offenses.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 9:20 AM

Biden Campaign Acknowledges ‘Pain’ of Obama-Era Deportations

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden has joined his top Democratic presidential rivals in pledging to end for-profit migrant detention centers that existed while he was vice president. He also acknowledged through his campaign the “pain” caused by deportations carried out by the Obama administration.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 7:10 PM

Brazil’s Amazon States Seek $500 Million From Norway

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil’s Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 6:26 PM

ICE Releases 2019 Enforcement Report

In the interest of sharing what the government is telling you, we are posting the full report here.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 6:04 PM

US Seeks Dismissal of New Mexico’s Immigration Lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. lawyers want a judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties earlier this year by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 5:18 PM

Immigrant Advocates Sue US Over Yanked Detention Hotline

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates sued the Trump administration Tuesday for ending a free hotline that allowed detained immigrants to report concerns about custody conditions after it was featured on the show “Orange Is the New Black.”

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 3:43 PM

2019 Was a Year of Global Unrest, Spurred by Anger at Rising Inequality, and 2020 Is Likely to Be Worse

This is not helped by an administration in Washington that has yielded ground to authoritarian dictatorships at a time of global unrest in which stable Western leadership has hardly been more necessary.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 10:12 AM

Mexican Ex-Security Chief Charged in US in Drug Conspiracy

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico’s former top security chief has been indicted in New York City on charges alleging he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity in Mexico.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 3:20 PM

Alberto Fernández Inaugurated as President of Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Alberto Fernández assumed the presidency of Argentina on Tuesday, returning the country to the ranks of left-leaning nations at a moment of right-wing resurgence in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 11:35 AM

Pelosi Announces Agreement on North American Trade Pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 10:56 AM

AP Explains: Peronism Returns in Argentina Amid Crisis

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Alberto Fernández becomes president of Argentina on Tuesday, returning the country’s Peronist political movement to power amid an economic crisis and rising poverty.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 10:34 AM

UN Report Says Latin America Is Wealthier But Unequal

NEW YORK (AP) — Latin America has significantly reduced poverty over the last two decades. So why is there generalized discontent, prompting thousands of protesters to take to the streets?

  • Dec 9, 2019
  • 8:12 PM