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Easter play in Brazil shantytown a voice against injustice

Apr. 19, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play Friday that mirrored the realities faced by its residents. For the 27th year in a row, people in the favela of Rocinha packed the streets to watch the "Via Sacra," a theatric recreation of the...

USSF defends use of temporary grass field in Cincinnati

Apr. 19, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation called Cincinnati "a perfect host" for its June 9 exhibition against Venezuela, a day after the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association claimed the Nippert Stadium playing surface is dangerous. Players said the temporary grass field on top of the venue's...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised...

Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister

Apr. 19, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian judge has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, highlighting political tensions in the country that evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the country's London embassy. Ricardo Patiño said in a video message on social media that he's being...

In Peru, supporters mourn ex-leader Garcia after suicide

Apr. 19, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Large crowds on Friday gathered in the Peruvian capital for the funeral procession of former president Alan Garcia, who killed himself after authorities arrived at his home to arrest him for alleged involvement in a corruption case. Mourners carried Garcia's coffin through the streets of...

Peruvian judge orders jail for former president Kuczynski

Apr. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge has ordered that former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski be jailed for up to three years as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption case. The order announced Friday against Kuczynski, which is designed to prevent him from trying to flee during the...

Peruvian judge orders former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski jailed for up to 3 years as corruption probe continues.

Apr. 19, 2019 5:05 PM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian judge orders former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski jailed for up to 3 years as corruption probe continues. .

Brazil leader wants to ease laws on carrying guns

Apr. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his administration will soon introduce legislation to make it easier to carry guns in public and to expand protections for people who kill in defense of their lives or property. The plans announced during the president's Thursday evening...

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...

Brazil judge reverses order censoring news sites

Apr. 19, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge on Brazil's top court has cancelled a ruling that forced two news sites to remove reports that a corruption investigation had included a reference to the court's president. Thursday's ruling by Judge Alexandre de Moraes overturns his own order issued Monday, which had been...