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Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Apr. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...

US players object to exhibition vs Venezuela in Cincinnati

Apr. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — American soccer players are objecting to the decision by the U.S. Soccer Federation to have them play Venezuela at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium, claiming the playing surface is dangerous. The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association said the June 9 match will be played on a temporary...

Assange friend jailed by Ecuador says case will collapse

Apr. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's confident the allegations that have him jailed in Ecuador lack substance and "will collapse." Privacy activist Ola Bini also says in a statement provided by his attorney that he's being held under "the best...

Brazil farmer arrested again in American missionary's murder

Apr. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil have again arrested a farmer convicted of ordering the 2005 assassination of American missionary Dorothy Stang. Regivaldo Pereira Galvão was detained this week after Brazil's supreme court overruled a May 2018 injunction that had blocked him from serving his...

Peru ponders corruption probe's cost after shocking suicide

Apr. 18, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The suicide of former President Alan Garcia shocked Peruvians and sparked a debate swirling Thursday on television channels and in newspaper columns: What will be the price of the country's painful reckoning with corruption? All but one of the nation's living elected former presidents are...

Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

Apr. 18, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BAUTA, Cuba (AP) — Just after 8 a.m., Pura Castell got in line behind about 100 other people waiting for a chance to buy frozen chicken legs. For two hours she leaned on her cane watching people leave the state-run market with their 5-pound limit. The chicken ran out at 10 a.m. while the 80-year-old...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...

As police wait to arrest him, ex-Peru president kills self

Apr. 17, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former President Alan Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru's most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption. Authorities broke through a door at...

The Latest: Memorial held for ex-Peru leader who killed self

Apr. 17, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The latest on former Peruvian President Alan García (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The body of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has been taken to the headquarters of his political party for a memorial service, after he fatally shot himself in the head moments as authorities...