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FILE - In this April 23, 2019 file photo, immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington. Leaders of advocacy groups warned lawmakers on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, that the fight over a failed citizenship question, the digital divide and the wording of questions on Hispanic origin and race may lead to the undercounting of some communities during the 2020 Census. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Advocates warn citizenship, digital divide may affect Census

Jan. 9, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Leaders of advocacy groups warned lawmakers on Thursday that the fight over a failed citizenship question, the digital divide and the wording of questions on Hispanic origin and race may lead to the undercounting of some communities during the 2020 Census. The leaders from ethnic advocacy groups and civil rights...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019 file photo, people carry the coffin of Agatha Sales Felix, who was hit by a a stray bullet, at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Police eventually announced that it was an officer who fired the shot that killed the 8-year-old girl. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Number of shootings down in Rio de Janeiro, report says

Jan. 2, 2020 4:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Shootings in the greater Rio de Janeiro metro area dropped nearly 24 percent in 2019, according to data published Thursday. There were 7,363 shootings in 2019, down from 9,642 in 2018, according to the Fogo Cruzado organization, which compiled and verified the data. The group reported...

FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro puts his hand over his heart as Army Commander Edson Leal Pujol salutes during the playing of the national anthem during a ceremony under the pouring rain to mark Army Day in Brasilia, Brazil. Heading into his second year as president, Bolsonaro has held firm to his combative culture-warrior policies while feuding with critics at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's Bolsonaro keeps to far right, faces tough 2nd year

Dec. 31, 2019 8:30 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Heading into his second year as Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro has held firm to his combative culture-warrior policies while feuding with critics at home and abroad — an approach that has thrilled supporters but eroded his efforts to win allies and lift the world's 9th-largest...

Swiss tourist in Rio de Janeiro critical after gunshot

Dec. 30, 2019 2:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A septuagenarian tourist to Rio de Janeiro is in critical condition from a gunshot wound after mistakenly entering one of the city's favelas. Police said in a statement that they rescued two Swiss tourists injured in a mugging on Sunday night. One of them, Michele Ângelo Galle,...

Bus driver pleads in crash that killed teacher, student

Dec. 23, 2019 6:14 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver has pleaded guilty in a New Jersey crash last year that killed a teacher and a fifth-grade student. Hudy Muldrow Sr., 79, entered pleas Monday in Superior Court in Morristown to reckless vehicular homicide, assault by auto and child endangerment. Prosecutors...

People watch a painting showing 1910-17 Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata nude, wearing high heels and a pink, broad-brimmed hat, straddling a horse, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. The work by Fabian Chairez is part of an exhibit about Zapata in one of Mexico City's premiere arts venues, the Fine Arts Palace. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

In Mexico, effeminate Zapata painting draws fury

Dec. 10, 2019 7:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A painting showing Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata nude and in an effeminate pose has drawn the ire of some of Zapata's descendants and led about 100 farmers to block the entrance to the building where it was on display Tuesday. The painting depicts a nude Zapata wearing high...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets attendees during a lunch with Armed Forces General Officers in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Dic. 9, 2019. (AP Photo /Eraldo Peres)

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...

Anti-government protesters clash with police in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. According to the Medical College of Chile at least 230 people have lost sight after being shot in an eye in the last month while participating in the demonstrations over inequality and better social services. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

U.N.D.P. says Latin America is wealthier but unequal

Dec. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Latin America has significantly reduced poverty over the last two decades. So why is there generalized discontent, prompting thousands of protesters to take to the streets? A report from the U.N. Development Programme released Monday concluded it's due to a new kind of inequality, no...

FILE - In this March 3, 2001, file photo, Christy Martin looks toward her corner following her unanimous 10-round decision over Jeanne

The 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame class

Dec. 4, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the 13 people to be inducted June 14, 2020 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum: MODERN (last bout no earlier than 1989) MEN BERNARD HOPKINS: Nicknamed “The Executioner” and “The Alien.” ... born Jan. 15, 1965 in Philadelphia....

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro flashes a thumbs up as he greets supporters after attending a Changing of the Guard at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Correction: Brazil-International Court story

Nov. 29, 2019 7:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about a group asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, The Associated Press erroneously cited a University of Amsterdam associate professor of international law as saying that a strategy had been adopted by some...