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Brazil: 41 COVID-19 cases connected to Copa America event

Jun. 14, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health ministry has documented 41 cases of COVID-19 related to the Copa America, including 31 players or staffers and 10 workers who were hired for the event. The ministry said in a statement that all workers who tested positive were in...

Committed Brazil a favorite to defend Copa America title

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s international players were reluctant to play in the Copa America on home soil. Now that they’re committed, they're favored to win it. Argentina still looms as a threat to Brazil's title defense, but now as a visiting team. ...

Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns

Jun. 10, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, Iran's state TV reported on Thursday, without offering the vessels’ final destination. The trip by the...

US extends deadline letting Chevron stay in Venezuela

Jun. 01, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday gave Chevron Corp. and several other American companies six more months to continue operating in Venezuela. The special license exempting the companies from U.S. sanctions comes as the Biden administration reviews the...

Tanker’s impossible voyage signals new sanction evasion ploy

May. 28, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Cyprus-flagged oil tanker Berlina was drifting near the Caribbean island of Dominica earlier this year when the safety signals it is required to transmit showed it stopping in its tracks and in two minutes turning around 180 degrees. It was an amazingly...

Venezuela asks Spain to extradite leading opposition figure

May. 25, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela has filed a request to get a prominent opposition activist extradited from Spain to complete the remaining 8 years of a 14-year prison sentence for instigating violence in antigovernment protests and other alleged crimes, The Associated Press learned Tuesday. ...

Venezuelans tied to anti-Maduro plot sentenced to 6 years

May. 19, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Colombia has sentenced three Venezuelan men to six years in prison for helping organize an ill-conceived plot to remove President Nicolás Maduro involving former American Green Berets. The sentence handed down late Tuesday was the minimum...

Colombia rebel group claims leader 'Jesus Santrich' slain

May. 18, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A rebel leader who abandoned the 2016 peace accord with Colombia’s government and had been at large for three years was killed by Colombian troops in Venezuela, his new armed group said Tuesday. Seuxis Hernandez — known more commonly by his...

Ex-rebel capitalizes on Colombia unrest by showing restraint

May. 17, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As the streets of Colombia smolder amid the biggest antigovernment unrest in decades, a former rebel leader who would undo antinarcotics cooperation with the U.S. is looking to capitalize on the growing discontent and ride it to the presidency next year. In...

Venezuelan opposition says talks needed to resolve crisis

May. 12, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A prominent Venezuelan opposition activist said Wednesday that his movement’s recent offer to negotiate with President Nicolás Maduro’s administration was prompted by the country’s urgent humanitarian crisis and prolonged political stalemate. ...