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Alberto Fernández inaugurated as president of Argentina

Dec. 10, 2019 7:42 PM EST

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. He pledged more aid for the poor and warned that the country would be unable to pay all its...

Chile combs Antarctic for missing plane with 38 aboard

Dec. 10, 2019 7:36 PM EST

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) — Search crews are combing the Antarctic for a Chilean military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent and will tirelessly press ahead as the hunt gains widening international support, officials said Tuesday. Gen. Eduardo...

Landslide in Brazil capital spills 4 cars into building site

Dec. 10, 2019 6:20 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A landslide at a construction site in Brazil's capital Tuesday tumbled four cars parked on an adjoining road into the excavation for a planned building. The accident occurred just a few miles from Brasilia's esplanade of government buildings. A broken water pipe at the job site...

AP Explains: Peronism returns in Argentina amid crisis

Dec. 10, 2019 1:43 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Alberto Fernández became president of Argentina on Tuesday, returning the country's Peronist political movement to power amid an economic crisis and rising poverty. He has said that to improve the economy and calm widespread public discontent, he plans to undo the austerity...

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"

Dec. 10, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16,...

US oil executives jailed in Venezuela given house arrest

Dec. 10, 2019 2:42 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for two years on corruption charges were granted house arrest Monday. The partial release of the six employees of Houston-based Citgo was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people familiar with the case who spoke on...

AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

Dec. 9, 2019 10:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound's curtains for fear of surveillance. But on Monday, 16 national...

Brazil's Bolsonaro backtracks on Argentine inauguration

Dec. 9, 2019 6:25 PM EST

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reversed course Monday and decided to send an official representative to neighboring Argentina's presidential inauguration ceremony. Vice President Hamilton Mourão will attend Tuesday's inauguration of Alberto Fernández, said the press...

US sanctions 2 Venezuelan officials for selling passports

Dec. 9, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on both the former and the current director of the Venezuelan government's office of identification, accusing them of receiving kickbacks involving the sale of passports. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...

3 arrested after home-made bombs detonated at Brazil stadium

Dec. 9, 2019 4:32 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested three people after home-made bombs were detonated at Mineirão Stadium as Cruzeiro was being relegated to the second division for the first time. More fans suspected of violence, which included breaking seats, were being sought, police in Belo Horizonte...