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Mounting Venezuela exodus sparks fears of rising xenophobia

Oct. 17, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Freddy Brito had just finished belting out tunes on a bus in Peru's capital and was crossing a street on his one good leg when the driver of a blue taxi sped up and veered toward the singer. "Veneco!" the man yelled, using a derogatory word for Venezuelans. "Get out of here!" Brito...

Mexico deports 311 Indian migrants back to South Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican immigration authorities say they have deported 311 Indian citizens in an unprecedented repatriation to that South Asian nation. The National Immigration Institute said in a statement late Wednesday that it had flown the 310 men and one woman to New Dehli from Toluca. The migrants...

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

Oct. 16, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United Auto...

Mexico oil union leader resigns amid complaints

Oct. 16, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Longtime Mexican oil workers union boss Carlos Romero Deschamps, who ruled the syndicate with an iron fist for nearly three decades, resigned Wednesday following repeated scandals over alleged corruption. Deschamps, who had been in the job since 1993, presented his resignation at a...

Rights group meets in Brazil due to concerns about Bolsonaro

Oct. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is straining against democratic checks and balances, but so far is being restrained by Congress and the courts in a "still vigorous democracy," the executive director of Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Roth told The Associated Press that the board of...

Argentina's presidential front-runner focuses on economy

Oct. 16, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The front-runner in Argentina's presidential race said Wednesday that his main concern is the country's economic woes, which he blamed on his main opponent, conservative President Mauricio Macri. Alberto Fernández also dismissed the worries of some Argentines that he...

Mexico's Slim supports president's objectives

Oct. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says he supports President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's objectives and estimates that he will make investments of more than $5.2 billion through his companies during López Obrador's six-year term. Slim highlighted the president's efforts to...

Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

Oct. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Cuban man who legally sought asylum died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. Roylan Hernandez Diaz, 43, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center, according to U.S....

Closings in US drug trial of Honduran president's brother

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez created "state-sponsored" drug trafficking by corrupting the country's politics to protect drug dealers, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments Wednesday at a drug trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove in New York made...

Cuba to let citizens buy imports with foreign currencies

Oct. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it will allow citizens to use 10 foreign currencies to buy products like televisions and air conditioners at state stores in an attempt to compete with a multi-billion-dollar informal market in imported goods. The communist state has a monopoly on most forms of...