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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Apr. 19, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction...

Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Apr. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador...

US players object to exhibition vs Venezuela in Cincinnati

Apr. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — American soccer players are objecting to the decision by the U.S. Soccer Federation to have them play Venezuela at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium, claiming the playing surface is dangerous. The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association said the June 9 match will be played on a temporary...

Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

Apr. 18, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BAUTA, Cuba (AP) — Just after 8 a.m., Pura Castell got in line behind about 100 other people waiting for a chance to buy frozen chicken legs. For two hours she leaned on her cane watching people leave the state-run market with their 5-pound limit. The chicken ran out at 10 a.m. while the 80-year-old...

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Apr. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the...

The Latest: US sanctions on Venezuelan bank aimed at Maduro

Apr. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's position on Cuba (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. says it's imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela. The Trump administration says the bank has been instrumental in propping up the government of Venezuela's president, Nicolas...

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Apr. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to...

Trump to allow lawsuits over US properties seized in Cuba

Apr. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island's 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The move marks a change in more than two decades of...

After years of crisis, Venezuelans wonder what is 'normal'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A normal country? At first glance, the graffiti reading "Un pais normal?" seems ambiguous in Venezuela's frayed capital, where the government brandishes slogans like clenched fists and the opposition lobs insults at President Nicolás Maduro. Actually, the message on a Caracas...

Support strong for Guaidó in devastated Venezuelan oil city

Apr. 15, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has met obstacles at nearly every turn since he declared presidential powers in a bid to end socialist President Nicolas Maduro's rule, and his visit to this once-thriving oil center was no different. He was forced to take a boat to...