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Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's vice president says he would support President Jair Bolsonaro if he decides to nominate his son to be ambassador to the United States. Vice President Hamilton Mourao said Monday that he believed Eduardo Bolsonaro met the country's legal requirements for the job and he didn't...

Venezuelan government, opposition resume talks in Barbados

Jul. 15, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government and the opposition are resuming talks aimed at ending the political crisis in their country, the country's information minister said Monday. Jorge Rodríguez said on Twitter that he and the rest of the government's delegation have arrived for...

Venezuelan authorities arrest 2 Guaidó security guards

Jul. 13, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities have detained two members of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's security team, keeping pressure on their U.S.-backed adversary even as the two sides hold talks aimed at finding a solution to the country's political standoff. The two men planned to sell...

The Latest: Halep says Slam losses helped her beat Williams

Jul. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Simona Halep figures her past problems in Grand Slam finals allowed her to come through against Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Halep lost the first three times she appeared in a major final, twice at the French Open and once at...

Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb city's crime

Jul. 13, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia (AP) — A Catholic bishop in Colombia hopes holy water will curb violence in a city struggling with crime and corruption. Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura's most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he...

Florida scheme to smuggle weapons to Argentina busted

Jul. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Another person has been charged in Florida with taking part in a massive weapons smuggling operation to Argentina and elsewhere in South America. Federal court records filed in Miami show that 47-year-old Cristian German Barrera of Palm Beach County is charged with violating arms export laws...

Spike in femicides raises alert in Bolivia

Jul. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Grief-struck family members followed Mery Vila's coffin outside the "Stairway to Heaven" funeral home in the Bolivian capital and angrily shouted: "Justice!" over and over again. Her mother, Luisa Ticona, said Vila's partner killed the 26-year-old woman by striking her several times...

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he may nominate son as US ambassador

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he's considering nominating his son to be ambassador to the United States, raising a storm of complaints Friday alleging nepotism and questioning his qualifications. Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is currently a congressman, met with Foreign Minister...

UN Security Council visits Colombia as peace worries mount

Jul. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Maria del Pilar Hurtado's son screamed in anguish at the sight of his mother's dead body on a dirt road in the poor community in northern Colombia the family called home. He kicked his feet on the ground and grasped his face in his hands. Passersby stopped and watched the boy's...

US extradites former Colombian agriculture minister

Jul. 12, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government extradited a former Colombian official on Friday to face a prison sentence in the South American nation after he was convicted of embezzlement and other charges. Andres Felipe Arias Leiva, who served as Colombia's minister of agriculture and rural development from 2005...