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Mexico Senate: civilian courts for soldiers
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Senate on Thursday unanimously approved amendments to the country's military justice code that will allow for members of the armed forces who commit a crime against civilians to be tried in civilian courts....

Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood....

Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been protesting to demand they have the option of rising to the rank of officer....

US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue....

Hagel says Russian military exercises up tensions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian military exercises on its border with Ukraine increase tensions and run counter to a diplomatic agreement it signed just last week....