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AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Aug. 12, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

Aug. 5 - 11, 2022 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Mexican army seizes 1.5 tons of meth from truck

Aug. 11, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Acting on a tip, Mexican soldiers seized almost 1.5 tons of meth and 328 pounds (149 kilograms) of apparent powdered fentanyl at a checkpoint in the northern border state of Sonora, the army said Thursday. Soldiers also found 816,486 pills apparently containing...

2 dead, 4 injured in riot at northern Mexico border prison

Aug. 11, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two inmates were killed Thursday in a fight between rival gangs at a prison in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border city across from El Paso, Texas, officials said. The prosecutors' office in the border state of Chihuahua said Thursday that authorities called in the...

Brazilians rally for democracy, seek to rein in Bolsonaro

Aug. 11, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians flocked to a law school Thursday in defense of the nation’s democratic institutions, an event that carried echoes of a gathering nearly 45 years ago when citizens joined together at the same site to denounce a brutal military dictatorship. ...

Mexico raises key interest rate to 8.5%, highest in 16 years

Aug. 11, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s central bank has raised its interbank interest rate by 0.75% to 8.5% Thursday — the highest level in the 16 years since comparable bank policies went into effect. The Bank of Mexico cited continuing inflationary pressures, and predicted inflation...

FIFA moves World Cup start in Qatar up 1 day to Nov. 20

Aug. 11, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has formally moved the World Cup start up by one day to give host nation Qatar an exclusive Sunday evening slot with a global audience. Qatar will now play Ecuador in Doha on Nov. 20 — just 101 days after FIFA’s decision Thursday — stretching the World Cup...

FIFA moves start of World Cup one day earlier, lets host Qatar open tournament against Ecuador on Nov. 20

Aug. 11, 2022 16:22 PM EDT
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA moves start of World Cup one day earlier, lets host Qatar open tournament against Ecuador on Nov. 20.

Guatemalans march in protest of corruption, cost of living

Aug. 11, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Guatemalans set out from various points of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular government, the high cost of living and attacks on freedom of expression. University students, faculty and other employees marched...

Bartering increases in Argentina as inflation keeps soaring

Aug. 11, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina reported a monthly inflation rate of 7.4% in July, the highest number in two decades for a country where citizens are used to increasing prices. Over the past year, Argentina’s consumer prices have soared a whopping 71%, the INDEC national...

2nd firefighter dies as Cuba controls big oil facility fire

Aug. 11, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Officials said Thursday that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been...