Latest Latin America and Caribbean News

US judge denies bail for ex-Peruvian president Toledo

Jul. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson ordered Toledo held pending an...

Venezuelan teen blinded by police fire still wants to study

Jul. 19, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan teenager who lost his eyesight when he was hit by police buckshot during a protest says he wants to continue studying. Wearing reflective sunglasses, 16-year-old Rufo Chacón also spoke briefly Friday about difficult living conditions in his home state of...

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

Jul. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, where thousands of people are already camped, some for several months. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it would implement its...

Bedbugs, bad food at Mexico migrant detention center

Jul. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says a migrant detention center in the capital suffers from bedbugs, bad food and overcrowding. The governmental commission on Friday said the issues were pointed out more than a year ago and still haven't been resolved. It also said the Las...

Lobbyist: Venezuela's Falcón not seeking presidency

Jul. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian lobbying firm hired by a Venezuelan political party has filed amended paperwork showing that opposition leader Henri Falcón will not make a new presidential run. Falcón's adviser Francisco Rodríguez previously told The Associated Press that a reference to his...

Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country. A corrected version of the story is below: Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor...

Artists struggle to save Haiti museum after 2010 earthquake

Jul. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Franck Louissaint sighed and frowned as he stepped onto his patio and flung aside shower curtains protecting a painting by a former voodoo priest who became a renowned Haitian artist. The painting from the 1960s once depicted a seemingly joyous voodoo spirit known as a loa, but...

Harbaugh, Michigan looking to play game outside US

Jul. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan hasn't played a game outside the United States in more than a century but coach Jim Harbaugh said that will change soon. Asked about the possibility of playing a game in Mexico, Harbaugh tipped an upcoming international date. "We're close to announcing playing a team on foreign...

Border Patrol makes arrests in Rangeley area

Jul. 19, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says agents have arrested six people working in the Rangeley, Maine, area who are in the country illegally. Agents said Friday two men from the Dominican Republic and one from Guatemala entered the United States illegally through Texas and three Ecuadorians...

US targets senior Hezbollah operative with sanctions

Jul. 19, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is targeting a senior operative of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group with sanctions as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran. The government is also issuing a $7 million reward for information leading to the capture of the operative, Salman Rauf Salman. The...