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Ecuadorean townspeople build record pyramid of roses

Jul. 21, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

TABACUNDO, Ecuador (AP) — The people in this small Andean town are the proud creators of the biggest floral structure ever built — a life-size replica of an indigenous pyramid made from 546,364 roses. A judge for Guinness World Records took nearly all day Saturday to confirm that Tabacundo had...

Cuba approves new leader's Cabinet with old faces in place

Jul. 21, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro's government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform. At the same time, the national assembly received a proposed reform of Cuba's 1976...

Family, home still unfamiliar to Honduran baby

Jul. 21, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

LA LIBERTAD, Honduras (AP) — Baby Johan spent his first day home chasing his family's kitten, bouncing to music and playing like any 15-month-old boy. But his mom said Saturday he also seemed lost in his own home — not recognizing his favorite aunt and only able to sleep with the lights on after...

Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles

Jul. 21, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — World champion Karsten Warholm used the absence of Qatar rival Abderrahman Samba to finally win a 400-meter hurdles at the Anniversary Games on Saturday. And in a Norwegian record, too. Warholm was runner-up to Samba in the previous Diamond League meetings in Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, and...

Japanese Princess Mako begins visit to Brazil's biggest city

Jul. 21, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Japan's Princess Mako has arrived in Sao Paulo as part of her two-week visit to Brazil to celebrate 110 years of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Latin America's biggest country. Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. An estimated 1.9 million...

Treasury Secretary: Trump not threatening Fed's independence

Jul. 21, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Donald Trump was not trying to put pressure on the Federal Reserve when he criticized its decision to raise interest rates. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina,...

Mnuchin: Overall US economy not harmed by trade battles

Jul. 21, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that the overall U.S. economy has not been harmed by the trade battles set off by President Donald Trump's get-tough policies although some individual sectors have been hurt. He said the administration was exploring ways to...

The Latest: Baby didn't initially know parents at reunion

Jul. 21, 2018 6:43 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The Latest on a family reuniting in Honduras after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 5:05 p.m. A baby who came to symbolize the U.S. government's policy of separating immigrant families didn't recognize his parents at first when they reunited in...

'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

Jul. 21, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — For months, a Honduran couple watched their only son grow up in videos while he was kept in U.S. government custody. That's where he took his first steps and spoke his first words. The parents got to embrace the 15-month-old boy again Friday, five months after U.S....

Mexico president-elect defends earthquake fund

Jul. 20, 2018 10:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that a fund set up by his party to support those affected by last September's earthquake was above board and all transfers documented. Mexico's electoral authority levied a $10 million fine on the party over the fund this week,...