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Mexico's most famous living author stands by sex abuse claim

Dec. 13, 2019 9:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's most famous living author, Elena Poniatowska, is standing by her claim that she was sexually abused by an older colleague in 1954. Poniatowska, 87, reacted this week after relatives of deceased novelist Juan Jose Arreola lashed out publicly at her. Poniatowska has said that...

Gang of gunmen on motorcycles kill head of Honduran prison

Dec. 13, 2019 9:00 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A gang of gunmen on motorcycles on Friday killed Pedro Ildefonso Armas, the director of Honduras'maximum security prison. The prison run by Armas was where a key witness against the president's brother was killed in October. Armas was seen on a video in October talking to...

Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

Dec. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis. But with hundreds of Brazilians crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, each week, the Motel 6 by the airport has become a stepping stone for...

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

Dec. 13, 2019 4:06 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants,...

Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to vote on Mayan Train project

Dec. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of 84 municipalities in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are scheduled to vote this weekend on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ambitious Mayan Train project. Already in the works for a year, the project's future is in the hands of the people who would be most...

Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Dec. 13, 2019 12:21 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and...

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

Dec. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SANTA ANA, El Salvador (AP) — María Teresa Carballo was worried. She hadn’t heard from her daughter-in-law since the young woman and her two young children left with a smuggler for the U.S. border a week earlier. The silence was unexpected: Seventeen other members of Carballo’s family...

Having approved trade accord, Mexico expects US to do same

Dec. 13, 2019 10:38 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday he expects the U.S. Congress to approve the new regional trade agreement with his country and Canada by Dec. 20. “It appears there is agreement between Republicans and Democrats,” López Obrador said....

Doncic's triple-double lifts Mavs past Pistons in Mexico

Dec. 13, 2019 12:13 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Luka Doncic’s Spanish was flawless. His game was pretty good, too. Doncic scored 41 points and posted his eighth triple-double of the season, Seth Curry added a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Detroit Pistons 122-111 on Thursday night in the...

Millions of Mexicans celebrate Virgin of Guadalupe

Dec. 12, 2019 10:03 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Millions of faithful visited Mexico City's Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Thursday during the annual celebration of the country's patroness. Steady streams of men, women and children arrived, many carrying portraits of the Virgin, known affectionately as “La Morena,”...