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Spain: U.S. man tells judge he was duped into carrying drugs

Jul. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A 77-year-old American man facing drug smuggling charges in Spain told a judge Thursday that he didn't know cocaine had been hidden in the jackets he carried across the world on behalf of a man he thought represented the United Nations. Victor Stemberger took the stand at a Madrid provincial...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Bolsonaro imposes 4-month ban on fires to preserve Amazon

Jul. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday banned setting agricultural and forest fires as the country enters the dry season at a moment when the government faces pressure from local and foreign companies to show greater commitment to environmental protection....

People wear masks while viewing the gorilla habitat at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Latest: 2 more big Calif cities keeping schools shut

Jul. 15, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco and Sacramento have become the latest cities in California to announce that public school students will not return to classrooms when the new term begins because of surges in coronavirus cases and delays in getting test results back. They join Los Angeles and San Diego, the...

Soldiers in protective gear amid the new coronavirus pandemic patrol the streets of Usme, an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. COVID-19 cases have been steadily increasing in Colombia, as the nation also grapples with massive coca production, drug trafficking, and the killing of social leaders and former guerrillas in the aftermath of Colombia’s historic 2016 peace accord. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia: Illegal groups using violence to enforce lockdowns

Jul. 15, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Illegal armed groups are imposing strict COVID-19 quarantines in parts of Colombia where the state has a weak presence, threatening and even killing those who don’t comply, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. At least nine people have been assassinated in recent months for...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center right, wearing a protective face mask, talks with staff outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Last week, Bolsonaro announced that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, making him one of the more than 1.6 million Brazilians with confirmed infections. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets new positive coronavirus test result

Jul. 15, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus for a second time, following his July 7 announcement that he had COVID-19. “I did the test yesterday, and at night the result came back that I am still positive for coronavirus,"...

Colombia relocates village of ex-rebels as killings surge

Jul. 15, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

A village of former guerrilla fighters who laid down their arms in a historic 2016 peace deal was relocated by Colombian authorities Wednesday after 11 of its residents were murdered over the past three years. The Roman Ruiz Reincorporation Center in northwest Colombia was home to a group of ex-Revolutionary...

US imposes restrictions as pressure builds on Guyana leaders

Jul. 15, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Wednesday that it has imposed visa restrictions on people in Guyana who were involved in “undermining democracy" in the South American nation, which held a disputed election on March 2 and has yet to declare a winner. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

Brahma beer is displayed at a bar that's open for deliveries only amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. An interfaith coalition is pressuring the world’s largest brewer to remove the name of the Hindu god, saying the name is offensive to Hindus, who worship Lord Brahma, the religion's god of creation. An Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery spokesman says the beer actually was named to honor Joseph Bramah, an Englishman who invented the draft pump handle, and the spelling was changed to adapt the name to the Portuguese language. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

Jul. 14, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

An interfaith coalition is pressing the world's largest brewer to remove the name of a Hindu god from a popular beer that dates to the late 1800s — a dispute the beermaker insists is a case of mistaken identity. The group, which includes representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

Jul. 13, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia...