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Uruguay lawmakers Ok entry of US planes, soldiers for summit

Nov. 14, 2018 9:19 PM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday allowing eight U.S. aircraft and up to 400 American military personnel and civilians into the South American country to provide security for a Group of 20 summit of world leaders in neighboring Argentina. The law, which was...

Mexico president-elect will continue to lean on military

Nov. 14, 2018 9:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will continue to rely heavily on the military for internal security and appears to be dismissing aspirations of Mexico someday having effective civilian police forces. Lopez Obrador says he will seek a constitutional change...

Cuba ends medical exchange program with Brazil

Nov. 14, 2018 7:59 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Wednesday that it is ending a program that sent thousands of government doctors to underserved regions of Brazil in exchange for hundreds of millions in badly needed hard currency. The end of the "Mas Medicos," or "More Doctors," program signals a sharp deterioration in relations...

Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

Nov. 14, 2018 7:25 PM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana by the hundreds Wednesday, getting their first glimpse of the robust U.S. military presence that awaits them after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the border. Several hundred people from the caravan...

Cartel member testifies against 'El Chapo' at US trial

Nov. 14, 2018 7:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An admitted former Mexican cartel member first met the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when he helped him evade a manhunt, he said in court testimony Wednesday. Taking the witness stand for the government at Guzman's U.S. trial, Jesus Zambada identified Guzman in the courtroom...

Young Jonestown survivors lost everything, built new lives

Nov. 14, 2018 6:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jonestown was the highlight of Mike Touchette's life — for a time. The 21-year-old Indiana native felt pride pioneering in the distant jungle of Guyana, South America. As a self-taught bulldozer operator, he worked alongside other Peoples Temple members in the humid heat, his...

Mexican man who killed wife, 2 children set to die in Texas

Nov. 14, 2018 6:47 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Mexican citizen scheduled to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he is a "bipolar, brain-injured" person who was severely abused as a child. Roberto Moreno Ramos was set to die by...

Yupik the polar bear dies after 25 years in warm Mexican zoo

Nov. 14, 2018 6:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Yupik the polar bear died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo, and activists said Wednesday the zoo had resisted efforts to transfer her to a more suitable climate. The Benito Juarez zoo in the city of Morelia in western Mexico said Yupik died at...

Mexicans disappointed with NFL decision to move Chiefs-Rams

Nov. 14, 2018 5:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The NFL's decision to move the regular-season game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams due to the poor condition of the turf at Azteca Stadium has left many Mexicans disappointed, angered and wondering how it will affect the relationship with the league for the...

Chile: Former bishop questioned in sexual abuse case

Nov. 14, 2018 5:08 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A former Chilean bishop was questioned by authorities Wednesday about allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors by a former air force chaplain. Juan Barros was interrogated for almost four hours by prosecutor Sergio Moya in Rancagua, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the...