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Senate report urges charging Brazil's leader over pandemic

Oct. 20, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian Senate report recommended Wednesday pursuing crimes against humanity and other charges against President Jair Bolsonaro for allegedly bungling Brazil’s response to COVID-19 and contributing to the country having the world's second-highest pandemic death...

US sentence reduced for Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard

Oct. 20, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hugo Chávez's former bodyguard, who became one of the earliest and most-effective witnesses for U.S. investigations into corruption in Venezuela, is scheduled to be released from prison in the coming months. On Tuesday, a Miami federal judge reduced from...

Spanish court rules to extradite Venezuela spy chief to US

Oct. 20, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a former Venezuelan spy chief to the United States where he is wanted on charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a terror organization. Retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade...

Brazil Senate report recommends charges against President Jair Bolsonaro over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Oct. 20, 2021 10:40 AM EDT
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil Senate report recommends charges against President Jair Bolsonaro over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brazil senators readying call for Bolsonaro criminal charges

Oct. 19, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian senators met into Tuesday night discussing a report that will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted on criminal charges for allegedly bungling the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pushing the country's death toll to second-highest in the...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Oct. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration...

Ecuador's president decrees state of emergency over crime

Oct. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Monday to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security. In a national broadcast, the president said that...

Maduro ally appears in court to face corruption charges

Oct. 18, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A businessman who prosecutors say was a major conduit for corruption by Nicolás Maduro's inner circle appeared for the first time in Miami federal court Monday after a weekend extradition that has further strained relations between the U.S. and Venezuela's socialist...

Taddeo enters Florida's Democratic primary for governor

Oct. 18, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Sen. Annette Taddeo announced she'll run for Florida governor Monday, entering a Democratic primary that includes U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who chose her as his running mate in an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014. In a video announcing...

Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South...