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Locals work to clean up mud and debris around houses destroyed by a landslide after heavy rains in Vila Ideal neighborhood, Ibirite municipality, Minas Gerias state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Alexandre Mota-Futura Press)

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

Jan. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil that have killed at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. Civil Defense officials said 17 people are listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been...

The leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido smiles from a car during a visit to Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Juan Guaido, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Venezuela's Guaidó visits a politically agitated Spain

Jan. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Juan Guaidó, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on Saturday paid a visit to Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. Venezuela's main opposition leader is on an...

A relative of a victim cries during a tribute to those who died in the dam disaster last year in Brumadinho city, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. The wave of mud and debris that on Jan. 25, 2019 buried the equivalent of 300 soccer pitches and killed 270 people, continues to barrel over residents' minds, the local economy and the environment, one year later. (AP Photo/Gustavo Andrade)

One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse

Jan. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like she has so many other nights, Ana María Gomes is awakened by the cries of her husband and tries to calm him as he shouts for help from his mine coworkers. She convinces him the dam collapse that devastated their city of Brumadinho and killed at least 270 people happened a...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez smile during a ceremony announce her nomination as presidential candidate for the May 3 elections in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia's interim leader Áñez confirms candidacy in election

Jan. 24, 2020 10:03 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian interim President Jeanine Áñez, who replaced former leader Evo Morales when he left the country, on Friday announced her candidacy in the country's May 3 presidential election. When she took office on Nov. 12, Áñez said she her job as interim president...

In this picture taken Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, a Christ statue overlooks El Alto, a city adjoining the capital city La Paz, Bolivia. Ancestral indigenous practices became more visible during the presidency of Evo Morales, who recognized the Andean earth deity Pachamama. While Bolivians are divided on former President Morales' legacy, the interim President Jeanine Añez wants to make the Bible front and center in public life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs Andean earth deity

Jan. 24, 2020 9:16 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before....

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists after meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Bolsonaro spoke about maintaining commercial ties with Iran this morning, said he would speak to his foreign minister about talks with Iran, and reiterated that Brazil opposes terrorism. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil indigenous groups accuse Bolsonaro of racist comment

Jan. 24, 2020 4:30 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Indigenous leaders in Brazil have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro for making what they describe as racist remarks. Bolsonaro said on social media Thursday that Brazil's indigenous people were becoming human beings "the same as us,” the latest in a series of remarks that his...

Fire kills 11 youths hunting animals in field in Venezuela

Jan. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Eleven young people, mostly teenagers, who were hunting small animals died in a fire that swept through a sugarcane field in Venezuela, authorities said Friday. Investigators said those who died were trying to catch rabbits and iguanas fleeing a controlled burn Thursday afternoon...

In this picture taken Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, a Christ statue overlooks El Alto, a city adjoining the capital city La Paz, Bolivia. Ancestral indigenous practices became more visible during the presidency of Evo Morales, who recognized the Andean earth deity Pachamama. While Bolivians are divided on former President Morales' legacy, the interim President Jeanine Añez wants to make the Bible front and center in public life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bible vs indigenous beliefs at issue in Bolivia

Jan. 24, 2020 11:08 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before....

Police detain a protester in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Student and labor groups called for new protests as they hope to reignite demonstrations against President Ivan Duque that brought thousands to the streets late last year with a wide range of grievances with his conservative government. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 24, 2020 12:00 AM EST

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. In Colombia, student and labor groups called for new protests as they hoped to reignite demonstrations against President Ivan Duque that brought...

FILE - In this  July 24, 2019, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open exactly six months from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies analysis for leagues around the world and has a solid track record forecasting recent Olympics. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

Jan. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies...