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The Latest: Bolivia Senate leader declares herself president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:08 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on Bolivia's political turmoil (all times local): 7 p.m. An opposition leader in Bolivia's Senate has declared herself the country's interim president after the resignation of Evo Morales. The 52-year-old Jeanine Añez took temporary control of the Senate late Tuesday,...

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...

EU extends Venezuela sanctions for a year

Nov. 11, 2019 4:56 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is extending sanctions against Venezuela for a year due to the political and economic crisis that it blames on the government of President Nicolás Maduro. EU foreign ministers decided at a meeting on Monday to prolong an arms embargo and ban on equipment sales that...

The Latest: UN chief urges restraint for Bolivians

Nov. 10, 2019 11:01 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the situation in Bolivia, where Evo Morales resigned the presidency Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed...

Venezuelans charting escape selling off past at flea markets

Nov. 9, 2019 12:51 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Having decided it's time to abandon her crisis-torn homeland, Yenika Calderon spreads out her worldly possessions in the middle of a flea market in Venezuela's capital, hoping to pocket enough money to give her young family a fresh start far away in Spain. Millions of Venezuelans...

The Latest: Venezuela's Maduro celebrates Da Silva's release

Nov. 8, 2019 4:51 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Latest on Brazilian former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is celebrating former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's release from jail as a step toward rebuilding unity in South America....

Spain court grants US extradition of Venezuela's ex-spy boss

Nov. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a surprising court reversal on Friday, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs is one step closer to being extradited from Spain, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who was for over a decade the eyes...

Venezuelans charting escape selling off past at flea markets

Nov. 8, 2019 12:03 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Having decided it's time to abandon her crisis-torn homeland, Yenika Calderon spreads out her worldly possessions in the middle of a flea market in Venezuela's capital, hoping to pocket enough money to give her young family a fresh start far away in Spain. Millions of Venezuelans...

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

Nov. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the...

Crisis throws curve ball at opening of Venezuelan baseball

Nov. 6, 2019 1:52 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Maria Graciela Briceno and her two best friends squeezed into their seats behind home plate at the baseball stadium in Venezuela's capital, knowing this season's opening game wouldn't measure up to past years. A deepening crisis has left her nation in shambles, and a recent curve...