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Nonprofits turn to cryptocurrency to help needy Venezuelans

May. 22, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Andreina Cordero started the year skipping meals so her three kids could eat. Her husband, a construction worker, was out of a job. And the family's savings had been devastated by the nation's hyperinflation, limiting Cordero's children to a diet of rice, beans, pasta and...

Correction: Venezuela-Embassy story

May. 22, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 7 about the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, The Associated Press erroneously identified Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's appointee as ambassador to Washington as Gustavo Vecchio. His correct name is Carlos Vecchio. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Brazilian fatally stabs girlfriend, shoots 3 dead at church

May. 21, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man knifed his girlfriend to death in her home Tuesday, then went to a Baptist church and opened fire with a pistol, killing three more people, authorities said. The gunman was then shot and wounded by military police at the church in Paracatu in Minais Gerais state, officials said....

Amnesty International criticizes Brazil's far-right leader

May. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amnesty International published an open letter Tuesday criticizing the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, saying they will lead to more homicides and deny some Brazilians their human rights. The group said Bolsonaro's "anti-human rights" rhetoric throughout his career is now "being...

Argentina: Fernández in court for first corruption trial

May. 21, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández appeared in court Tuesday for the first in a series of corruption trials ahead of a planned run for the vice presidency. The trial comes just days after Fernández surprised Argentines by announcing that she would seek...

Soccer god Maradona's rise and fall in Asif Kapadia's doc

May. 21, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Asif Kapadia initially passed when, in 2012, producer Paul Martin approached him about making a documentary on Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona. Kapadia had just finished "Senna," his ground-breaking 2010 documentary on the late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. He...

IOC confident Tokyo can resolve complaints over budget cuts

May. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The heads of some international sports federations complained this month that Tokyo Olympic organizers were cutting too deeply to save money. One said the cost reductions could make venues look cheap, reminding of deep, last-minute budget slashing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. John...

Cop kills ex, then himself in Brazil government building

May. 20, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A police officer shot his ex-girlfriend to death at her office at the municipal education department in Brazil's capital and then killed himself Monday, authorities said. Debora Tereza Correia, 43, was shot three times and died immediately. The officer's body was found next to hers,...

Venezuelan migrants missing after 2nd sea tragedy in a month

May. 20, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official confirmed Monday that a small boat carrying at least 20 people sank in Caribbean coastal waters last week, with most of its passengers missing in the second sea tragedy in a month involving Venezuelan migrants taking great risks to escape their country's...

Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday celebrated the anniversary of his disputed re-election amid a growing humanitarian crisis and political upheaval. Maduro tweeted that the May 20, 2018, election, was a "victory" for Venezuelans, though the opposition and many...