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Spanish court dismisses Shakira appeal in tax fraud case

May. 26, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain on Thursday dismissed Colombian singer Shakira's appeal in a tax fraud case, paving the way for a trial after a judge previously concluded there was enough evidence to suggest the pop star may have avoided her fiscal obligations to the state. The...

Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for carrying pistol on plane

May. 26, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil for having a gun while boarding a plane, police said Thursday. The 91-year-old Ecclestone was released on bail and Brazilian media reported that he took a private jet to Switzerland a short time...

Strong quake shakes southern Peru, but no report of victims

May. 26, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook a remote region of southern Peru on Thursday, sending frightened people running into the streets in nearby Bolivia, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7:02 a.m. (1202...

Powerful earthquake shakes southern Peru; no immediate reports of damage

May. 26, 2022 08:38 AM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Powerful earthquake shakes southern Peru; no immediate reports of damage.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to attend Americas Summit after doubts

May. 25, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next month and plans to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, close allies of the South American leader said late Wednesday. Three of Bolsonaro's Cabinet...

Brazil toughens environmental fines in reaction to a lawsuit

May. 25, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After a series of measures that weakened Brazil’s environmental laws, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signaled an about-face, signing a decree Tuesday relating to crimes involving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The new legislation increases...

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

May. 25, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America. But officials in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay hope high vaccination rates mean this latest wave will not be as deadly as previous ones. At the...

Police shootout at Rio de Janeiro favela kills more than 20

May. 24, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela before dawn Tuesday. setting off a fierce firefight that authorities said killed more than 20 people. The operation was aimed at locating and arresting criminal leaders, some from other states, police...

19 indicted in international drug money laundering scheme

May. 24, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nineteen people have been indicted in a complex money laundering scheme to move millions of dollars in drug proceeds from Colombian cartels through U.S. banks, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The charges brought in Massachusetts federal court are the result of a...

People in Brazil's Amazon rainforest again reel from floods

May. 23, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

IRANDUBA, Brazil (AP) — For the second straight year, inhabitants of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are being overwhelmed by flooding, with hundreds of thousands of people already affected by waters that are still rising. Heavy rainfall in the Amazon over the past two years is...