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2 firms first to export LatAm medicinal marijuana to Europe

Apr. 24, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two companies from Uruguay and Colombia will become the first in Latin America to export medical marijuana products to Europe under deals announced Wednesday. Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia will export cannabis extract and dried marijuana flowers to...

Authorities: Death toll rises to 30 in Colombia landslide

Apr. 23, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The death toll in a devastating landslide that flowed over homes in a small community in southwestern Colombia has risen to 30. National disaster response agency director Eduardo Gonzalez says workers initially recovered the bodies of 17 people following the slide early Sunday in...

Avianca Brasil gives up 18 planes, cancels 1,045 flights

Apr. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Avianca Brasil canceled more than 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies. Brazil's National Aviation Agency said the planes needed to be returned Monday to avoid affecting Holy Week holiday passengers. Customers can either get refunds...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Apr. 19, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction...

Madonna and Maluma to perform new song at Billboard Awards

Apr. 19, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna and Colombian singer Maluma will bring their new collaboration to life when they perform at next month's Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions announced Friday the duo will sing "Medellin" at the May 1 event in Las Vegas. The song, released on Wednesday, is from...

Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBT rights

Apr. 17, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia's capital Wednesday, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country. The "kiss-a-thon" was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were...

US Secretary of State visits Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

Apr. 14, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia on Sunday as he wrapped up a four-nation tour of South America aimed at pressuring Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. Pompeo went to a migrant center in the border town of Cucuta with...

Ruud, Garin advance to US Men's Clay Court final

Apr. 13, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Trying to become the first Norwegian champion in ATP World Tour history, Casper Ruud beat qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship. The 20-year-old Ruud will face Christian Garin of Chile. The 22-year Garin beat American...

2-time Houston defending champ Steve Johnson upset by Galan

Apr. 12, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two-time defending champion Steve Johnson's nine-match winning streak at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship ended with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to 241st-ranked qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia on Thursday. Johnson was beaten in the second round, but it was his opening match this year at...

US looks for options as embattled Venezuelan leader hangs on

Apr. 11, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have been predicting for months that embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would soon give up power in the face of economic sanctions and a coalition of more than 50 nations calling for him to step down. But it hasn't worked out that way. Despite the sanctions,...