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Mexican general says army wants out of law enforcement
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's top military officer says the army wants out of the law-enforcement role it has been given in the decade-old offensive against drug cartels....

Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- An Italian tourist was killed Thursday in a shantytown near the center of Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs, police said....

Mexican leftist senators defend battering Trump pinata
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Senators from Mexico's leftist Democratic Revolution Party are defending a private party at which they took turns whacking a pinata in the shape of U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump....

Inquest set for Washington state police shooting of Mexican
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- A coroner's inquest to shed more light into the police killing of a Mexican shot numerous times last year by three officers in the Washington state city of Pasco has been scheduled to start on Monday, officials said....

Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels
PUNTA DE ARAYA, Venezuela (AP) -- The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family....