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Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city

Jul. 17, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. Government forces began advancing on Masaya's Monimbo...

Fiery Hall of Fame jockey Manny Ycaza dies at 80

Jul. 17, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Manny Ycaza, a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1964 Belmont Stakes and paved the way for generations of Latin Americans to ride in North America, has died. He was 80. Ycaza died Monday of pneumonia and sepsis at a hospital in Forest Hills, New York, according to his wife, Jeanne De Ycaza. She said he had been...

US announces drug charges against Honduran congressman

Jul. 17, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities in New York filed charges against a Honduran congressman accused of being a member of a violent drug trafficking organization responsible for shipping loads of cocaine into the United States. Midence Oqueli Martinez Turcios helped the Cachiros drug gang import hundreds...

Mexicans mob 'AMLO' HQ seeking help for matters big or small

Jul. 17, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Each morning hundreds of Mexicans crowd at the gates of 216 Chihuahua Street in the capital, home to the white, two-story building that served as President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign headquarters. They bear handwritten notes, medical records, retirement papers and other...

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Jul. 16, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old university...

US challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs

Jul. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday brought cases against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey at the World Trade Organization for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The United States has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10...

Salvadoran mother separated from son to remain in custody

Jul. 16, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Salvadoran woman who was separated from her 8-year-old son when she entered the U.S. must remain in custody, prolonging her reunification wait, under a ruling Monday by an immigration judge. Blanca Orantes-Lopez has been separated from her son, Abel Alexander, since late May, when...

Funeral home attack leaves 5 dead, 9 wounded in Mexico

Jul. 16, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen burst into a funeral home in Mexico and attacked mourners, killing five people and wounding 17. The victims were gathered in Fresnillo in the north-central state of Zacatecas on Sunday for a funeral service for a man killed in a shooting at a local bar the day before. The...

'Credible fear' for US asylum harder to prove under Trump

Jul. 16, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) — Patricia Aragon told the U.S. asylum officer at her recent case assessment that she was fleeing her native Honduras because she had been robbed and raped by a gang member who threatened to kill her and her 9-year-old daughter if she went to the police. Until recently, the...

Mexican president-elect slashes his own salary

Jul. 15, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he plans to earn less than half of what his predecessor makes when he takes office in December as part of an austerity push in government. "What we want is for the budget to reach everybody," he told reporters in front of...