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Venezuelan prosecutor: Opposition leader linked to crimes

Jun. 18, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor is accusing opposition leader Juan Guaidó of being the author of an alleged public corruption scheme. Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Tuesday that his office is investigating two diplomatic representatives of Guaidó accused of...

Brazil court accepts Odebrecht bankruptcy protection filing

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian court says it has accepted a petition from construction giant Odebrecht to undergo bankruptcy protection while it restructures its debts. The Sao Paulo state 1st Court of Bankruptcy and Judicial Recovery said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday that a plan for...

Venezuela's misery doesn't even spare the dead in Maracaibo

Jun. 18, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Even the dead aren't safe in Maracaibo, a sweltering, suffering city in Venezuela. Thieves have broken into some of the vaults and coffins in El Cuadrado cemetery since late last year, stealing ornaments and sometimes items from corpses as the country sinks to new depths of...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 18, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US AND IRAN NEAR POTENTIAL FLASHPOINT Washington and Tehran are edging closer to a possible confrontation as Tehran says it's breaking compliance with a nuclear accord and the Trump administration orders...

Venezuela's Guaidó grapples with case of alleged corruption

Jun. 17, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition on Monday came under increasing scrutiny for a case in which two activists allegedly misappropriated funds designated to help Venezuelan security forces who deserted and crossed into Colombia. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó said his...

Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid

Jun. 17, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The huge blackout that left tens of millions of people in the dark in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay over the weekend raised serious questions about the vulnerability of the power grid in South America and brought criticism down on Argentina's leader. President Mauricio...

Brazil's Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 17, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht filed for bankruptcy protection Monday to restructure $13 billion in debt, worn down after spending five years at the center of one of the world's largest corruption investigations. Odebrecht said in a statement that it and its subsidiaries would...

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

Jun. 17, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup probably...

Sunday's US win most-watched Women's World Cup group match

Jun. 17, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Americans' 3-0 win over Chile set a record for the most-watched group-stage Women's World Cup match on U.S. English-language television. Fox drew 5,324,000 viewers for Sunday's game, topping 4,492,000 for the Americans' 0-0 group-stage draw against Sweden in 2015. The game was the...

Brazil not eager to advance by settling for a draw

Jun. 17, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A draw is all it would take for Brazil to advance in the Women's World Cup. Brazilian star Marta has zero desire to play 90 minutes aiming only to tie Italy in the Group C match Tuesday at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes. "To play for a draw? I don't like to enter a match thinking about...