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Malaysian death sentences commuted for 3 Mexican brothers

Sep. 21, 2018 2:51 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The deaths sentences against three Mexican brothers convicted of drug trafficking in Malaysia have been commuted to prison terms, a lawyer said Friday. Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said the prison department confirmed the sentences had been commuted by the state sultan on March...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 21, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Guatemalans marched to protest President Jimmy Morales' ending the work of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that has helped lead high-profile graft...

Envoy: US, Canada working 24/7 on revamped NAFTA deal

Sep. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline. "Our officials are in pretty much constant contact," Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters after meetings...

Guatemalan protesters demand Morales reverse on graft body

Sep. 20, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands marched Thursday to protest President Jimmy Morales' decision to end the work of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that has helped lead high-profile graft probes targeting dozens of powerful Guatemalans, including one involving Morales. Students, farmers, clerics, academics...

American couple drowns at Costa Rica waterfall

Sep. 20, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Police in Costa Rica say a U.S. couple has died in an accident at a waterfall known as Belen de Nosarita. They are identified as 48-year-old Darren Mizokami and his 41-year-old wife Kimberly Tean Mizokami. Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Organization said Thursday that...

Mexican officials say 273 corpses were on wandering truck

Sep. 20, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A wandering refrigerated truck carrying corpses from an overflowing morgue in Mexico actually contained 273 bodies, not 157 as originally stated. Officials described late Wednesday how the truck was forced to move around the outskirts of the western city of Guadalajara as neighbors and...

Mexico's president-elect stuck aboard delayed flight

Sep. 20, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's austerity-minded president-elect has vowed to sell the presidential jet and fly commercial. And he even appears prepared to suffer the plight of average travelers: being trapped on delayed flights. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was stuck for at least three hours after his flight...

UN backs anti-graft investigator in standoff with Guatemala

Sep. 19, 2018 11:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.N. Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday rejected a request by Guatemala's government to name a new head of a U.N. commission investigating corruption in the Central American nation. Spokeswoman Florencia Soto told The Associated Press that the agreement between Guatemala...

Singer Belinda hit for involvement in Mexican politics

Sep. 19, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico's politics because she's a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday. A rival party filed a complaint because the singer gave out articles with Lopez Obrador...

Mexico's rights agency faults army in fuel-theft killings

Sep. 19, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers executed two men and planted rifles on their bodies during a 2017 shootout between authorities and fuel thieves in the Mexican state of Puebla, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday. A total of six civilians and four soldiers died in the running...