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Bolivia: 5 dead in clashes challenging interim government

Nov. 15, 2019 11:38 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore stability. Guadalberto Lara, director...

Cuba grants unprecedented access to presidential tour

Nov. 15, 2019 12:25 PM EST

GUANTANAMO, Cuba (AP) — President Miguel Díaz-Canel began the day in a small town overlooking the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay. He decried the U.S. trade embargo, then inspected a series of state-run enterprises alongside members of his Cabinet. By mid-afternoon, he and his ministers held an...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

Nov. 14, 2019 7:38 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, the country’s interim leader said Thursday, as supporters of the ousted president demonstrated for his return from asylum in Mexico. “Evo: Friend, the people are with...

Spanish king, Cuban president meet in Havana

Nov. 12, 2019 8:45 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel met Tuesday at the start of the first modern state visit to Cuba by a member of the royal family that once ruled the Caribbean island. The king and Queen Letizia began their official activities by offering a wreath at a...

Spanish king and queen arrive in Cuba for first royal visit

Nov. 11, 2019 9:19 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Cuba on Monday night on the first state visit to the island by a Spanish royal. The couple disembarked in Havana at the start of a three-day visit to Cuba's capital and the eastern city of Santiago. The king and queen will tour historic...

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

Nov. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the...

Marathon swimmer earns another posthumous honor

Nov. 3, 2019 10:03 AM EST

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio baker who swam from Cuba to Florida at age 65 in 1978 will receive another posthumous honor. Walter Poenisch (PAYN'-ish) has been selected for induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. The ceremony for the class of 2020 will be next May 2 at Fordham...

AP Explains: Argentina's next leader preps foreign policy

Nov. 1, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What kind of foreign policy can the world expect from Argentina when its new president takes office in December? The country's government sparred with the United States and other Western countries when Cristina Fernández was president. Now she is returning to power, this...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

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. Ecuador's president signed a decree returning gas prices to traditionally low, subsidized levels a day after striking a deal to cancel a...

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As...