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Mexico's ancient beverage of pulque makes a comeback
SANTIAGO CUAUTLALPAN, Mexico (AP) -- Mexicans have been brewing pulque from the juice of cactus-like maguey plants for centuries, but the viscous, beer-like beverage fell out of favor starting in the 1970s as pulque got a bad reputation as a peasant's drink. The number of producers, consumers and bars known as "pulquerias" dwindled....

Mexico: 20 gunmen killed in shootouts in Veracruz
XALAPA, Mexico (AP) -- Twenty suspected criminals were killed in a series of shootouts with police and troops in recent days in Mexico's troubled Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Tuesday....

Bolivia detains airline's president as crash probe advances
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) -- The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week was detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning Tuesday as authorities look into whether the tragedy that killed 71 people stemmed from negligence....

Venezuela opposition skips planned meeting with government
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition walked away from a meeting with the government Tuesday, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis....

Mag-5.8 quake rattles Trinidad, nearby islands; no damage
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- A strong earthquake rattled Trinidad and Tobago and nearby Caribbean islands Tuesday but there were no reports of any significant damage or injuries....