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Australian judge says woman can be extradited to Chile

Jun. 23, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge on Thursday dismissed a woman’s appeal against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s. Adriana Rivas had appealed against a Sydney...

Ex-Colombian rebels, kidnapping victims meet face to face

Jun. 23, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Men and women who were kidnapped by Colombian’s biggest guerrilla group during a decades long internal conflict met face to face with their captors Wednesday during an event meant for the rebels to admit their responsibility, a step toward reconciliation...

Indigenous protest Brazil bill that could weaken land claims

Jun. 23, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of Indigenous people gathered outside Brazil's Congress on Wednesday to push for rejection of a bill that could loosen protections for their lands — a proposal that has already prompted clashes with police. Indigenous groups have been...

Brazil's environment minister resigns amid criticism, probes

Jun. 23, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles announced his resignation Wednesday, giving up his post amid sharp criticism of his tenure and two investigations into his actions involving allegedly illegal timber operations. The move comes as talks...

Judge threatens to toss DEA agent's plea in corruption case

Jun. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday threatened to throw out the guilty plea of a veteran U.S. narcotics agent who conspired with a Colombian cartel money launderer — an unexpected twist that could derail one of the most egregious misconduct cases in the history of the U.S. Drug...

Colombia reaches 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge

Jun. 23, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia reached 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 this week, becoming just the tenth country in the world to hit the grim milestone. The South American nation of 50 million has been registering a growing number of daily cases since April...

5.8-magnitude quake shakes Peru coast; no reports of damage

Jun. 23, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Peru's central coast late Tuesday, causing some residents of the capital to run out of their shaking homes or buildings. There were no immediate reports of damages. The U.S Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was...

Brazil probes Health Ministry deal to buy Covaxin vaccine

Jun. 22, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal prosecutor’s office is investigating possible irregularities in a Health Ministry contract to purchase 20 million doses of the Covaxin vaccine manufactured by Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech. The agreement signed in February...

Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest

Jun. 21, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua police announced late Monday they had placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of ex-President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state. There was no mention of Aleman or his...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...