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MLB bans players from Venezuelan Winter League

Aug. 22, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government. MLB said Thursday it is in contact with the U.S. government to determine how to proceed...

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Aug. 22, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call "the lungs of...

US-Central America talks focus on drug, migrant trafficking

Aug. 22, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Officials from the United States, Central America and Colombia agreed Thursday at a meeting on drugs and migrant-trafficking to adopt unspecified increased controls to combat people-smuggling as part of a regional effort. The three-page joint declaration did not give concrete measures on...

Argentina candidate rules out default as an option

Aug. 22, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine presidential candidate Alberto Fernández said Thursday that no one wants a default for the South American country and he's ruling it out if elected. The center-left candidate appeared to be trying to calm investors who reacted to his strong finish against...

Killings by police divide Brazilian city weary of crime

Aug. 22, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It happens, on average, more than five times a day in Rio de Janeiro: Police open fire and someone dies. Brazilian human rights and victims' groups are raising alarms about the record levels of deaths at police hands in the state of 17.2 million people, with 1,075 slain in the first...

US Homeland Security head in Panama to talk drugs, migrants

Aug. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. acting homeland security secretary has arrived in Panama to discuss drug trafficking and migrant smuggling, though Kevin McAleenan says he isn't seeking any specific agreement during the visit. Panama has been the bridge for many migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia who arrive...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

In Venezuela, Guaidó questions Maduro claims about US talks

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and...

Israel appoints ambassador to Paraguay after embassy dispute

Aug. 21, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Yoed Magen has been accredited as the new Israeli ambassador to Paraguay amid tensions between the two nations, the Paraguayan state news agency said Wednesday. The announcement comes after Paraguay announced last September that it was moving its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem...

99-year-old grabs spotlight at Argentine Tango championship

Aug. 21, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At the age of 99, James McManus embraces his partner and grabs the spotlight when he glides across the floor with his elegant two-toned shoes at the World Tango Championship in Argentina's capital. It's a dream come true for the Scotland-born tango aficionado. McManus had not...