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US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

Sep. 23, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts. The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Eskinder Debebe/UN via AP)

World leaders who skipped past UN meetings get their moment

Sep. 23, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — He's not recognized as a head of state by the country he'd be visiting. His diplomatic immunity is granted by the United Nations, not an unfriendly American administration that could decide to pick him up on drug-trafficking charges if he sets foot in the United States. Then...

In this image made from UNTV video, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

Sep. 22, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in...

The veterinarian and environmentalist Grecia Marquis feeds a spectacled owl who when if fell from a tree a month ago was dehydrated and skinny, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Marquis, founder of Feathers and Tails in Freedom, said that the rescue of wild animals in the capital

Venezuelans care for animals injured during pandemic

Sep. 22, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Shut in by quarantine measures for the new coronavirus, Carmen Borges shares her small apartment in Caracas with her hustand, two daughters and, of late, a squirrel pup rescued by a neighbor. The animal scurries across the kitchen floor and sleeps on the balcony in a nest...

Ada Mendoza's nephew touches her pregnant belly while standing in her parents' apartment where she lives with her partner and seven relatives in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Mendoza, who must use public transport to get to her prenatal care visits, is doing her best to avoid contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP Photos: Mothers-to-be face challenges in Venezuela

Sep. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The birth of a first baby is usually a source of immense joy for couples. In Venezuela, however, the worries can override the excitement. Twenty-four-year-old Adaimar Mendoza became pregnant for the first time in the midst of her nation’s worst economic crisis and the...

In this handout photo released by Colombia's Presidential Press Office, Colombian President Ivan Duque and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bump elbows before their meeting at the presidential house in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. (Nicolas Galeano/Colombia's Presidential Press Office via AP)

Pompeo finishes Latin America tour with focus on Venezuela

Sep. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. After a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque on Saturday, the two...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks at Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo speaking during a press conference at the Boa Vista Air Base in Roraima, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The stop in Brazil is part of Pompeo’s three-day visit of his South American tour. (Bruno Mancinelle/Pool via AP)

Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela

Sep. 18, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the small nation of Guyana on Friday looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer. During the brief visit, Pompeo and President...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Experts cite 'crimes against humanity' in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts for the U.N.’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

US denies sending American accused of spying in Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday rejected claims that the government sent an American citizen to Venezuela where he’s been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and labeled a spy. Venezuelan authorities say they captured a man identified as Matthew John Heath with a...

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds a photo of bullets he says were seized with other weapons in connection with what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Sep. 14, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest. The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had...