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Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across US

Sep. 21, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the U.S., traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted or left behind to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio undertook a dangerous...

US officials: Border crossings soar among Venezuelans

Sep. 19, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border with Mexico soared in August, while fewer migrants from Mexico and some Central American countries were stopped, officials said Monday. Venezuelans surpassed Guatemalans and Hondurans to become the...

El Salvador president re-election bid draws strong reaction

Sep. 16, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the hours since El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced he would seek re-election despite a constitutional ban, opinion quickly divided. Those who want to give more time to the man who has arrested more than 50,000 people in the past six...

Pope: Vatican seeks talks on Nicaragua's Catholic crackdown

Sep. 15, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday the Vatican was in contact with the Nicaraguan government about its crackdown on the Catholic Church and hoped “at the very least” that nuns from Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity religious order would be allowed to return to...

Nicaraguan judge sentences priest to 49 years for rape

Sep. 02, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Nicaragua sentenced a Roman Catholic priest to 49 years in prison Friday for the rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Edén Aguilar Castro sentenced Rev. José Leonardo Urbina to 24 years in prison on two counts of abuse and 25 years for one count of...

Fleeing Nicaraguans strain Costa Rica's asylum system

Sep. 02, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — After four years of trying to continue his studies in Nicaragua, Elthon Rivera finally reached the same conclusion as thousands of his countrymen. The government shuttered his university, its director told him he was going into exile and warned that the police were...

Cubans flee island's economic woes by air, land and sea

Aug. 29, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One Cuban man endured a trek through eight countries that lasted more than a month. Another man paid a small fortune for a furtive speedboat trip. A third decided to risk a perilous passage aboard a homemade raft rather than stay a moment longer on the island. Cubans...

Hawaii, Curacao take different routes to LLWS championship

Aug. 27, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii will play Curacao on Sunday in the Little League World Series championship following each team winning its bracket Saturday. Because of the coronavirus, it will be the first title matchup with an international team since 2019, which also featured Curacao. ...

Taiwan, Curacao look to win international bracket at LLWS

Aug. 26, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Taiwan will play Curacao on Saturday in a semifinal at the Little League World Series to determine which team will represent the international bracket in the championship against a U.S. team. Here’s a look at the matchup. HOW THEY...

Pope voices worry over bishop's detention in Nicaragua

Aug. 21, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis voiced worry Sunday about the situation in Nicaragua, where police detained several Roman Catholic clergy, including a bishop, critical of President Daniel Ortega’s administration. Calling for “open and sincere dialogue,” the pontiff made his...