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Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

Dec. 2, 2019 9:29 AM EST

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up...

Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after 9 years

Nov. 19, 2019 10:27 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday dropped its investigation into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, because too much time has elapsed since the accusation was made over nine years ago. Assange, who is battling an extradition attempt by the U.S. so...

A timeline of Julian Assange's legal saga

Nov. 19, 2019 9:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The investigation into an alleged rape by Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, was dropped Tuesday, nine years after an arrest warrant was issued by Swedish prosecutors. A look at key events in the legal saga: — August 2010: Swedish prosecutors issue arrest...

Morales' exit stymies comeback for Latin America's left

Nov. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

The sudden resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales sent shockwaves throughout Latin America, where the indigenous leader had been the last survivor among a wave of leftist leaders swept to power two decades ago as commodity prices soared. But the upheaval that has recently rocked the region, threatening Trump allies...

Is boom, then slump, behind fiery Latin American protests?

Oct. 24, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia's is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators were marching this week to demand fundamental change, part of a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires,...

The Latest: Assange's legal team seeks delay to UK case

Oct. 21, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 10:55 a.m. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team is seeking to delay his full extradition hearing which is now set for five days in February. Mark Summers says more time is needed to prepare Assange's defense against...

Ecuador president proposes new finance reforms after turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno is proposing new economic reforms to help stabilize the nation's finances following recent political upheaval. The president announced Friday that his new plan will call on those, "who have more to pay more." If approved, he said high-earning...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 18, 2019 12:12 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. Ecuador's president signed a decree returning gas prices to traditionally low, subsidized levels a day after striking a deal to cancel a...

3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to...

After ending protests, Ecuador faces dire economic outlook

Oct. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge. Ten years of populist rule and a drop in oil prices have left Ecuador with a $64 billion public...