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Morales' exit stymies comeback for Latin America's left

Nov. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

The sudden resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales sent shockwaves throughout Latin America, where the indigenous leader had been the last survivor among a wave of leftist leaders swept to power two decades ago as commodity prices soared. But the upheaval that has recently rocked the region, threatening Trump allies...

Man pleads guilty to trafficking Galapagos tortoise

Nov. 9, 2019 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Nevada man has been sentenced in South Florida to 120 days of home confinement and ordered to pay a $7,000 fine for trafficking an endangered Galapagos tortoise. Court records show that 33-year-old Alan Wheelock was sentenced in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to...

Is boom, then slump, behind fiery Latin American protests?

Oct. 24, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia's is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators were marching this week to demand fundamental change, part of a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires,...

The Latest: Assange's legal team seeks delay to UK case

Oct. 21, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 10:55 a.m. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team is seeking to delay his full extradition hearing which is now set for five days in February. Mark Summers says more time is needed to prepare Assange's defense against...

Ecuador president proposes new finance reforms after turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno is proposing new economic reforms to help stabilize the nation's finances following recent political upheaval. The president announced Friday that his new plan will call on those, "who have more to pay more." If approved, he said high-earning...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 18, 2019 12:12 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. Ecuador's president signed a decree returning gas prices to traditionally low, subsidized levels a day after striking a deal to cancel a...

3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to...

After ending protests, Ecuador faces dire economic outlook

Oct. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge. Ten years of populist rule and a drop in oil prices have left Ecuador with a $64 billion public...

IMF welcomes attempt to resolve dispute in Ecuador

Oct. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it welcomes the decision by Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to cancel an austerity package following more than a week of protests. Gita Gopinath, IMF's chief economist, said the agency welcomes the attempt "to bring in all stakeholders...

Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...