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US judge denies bail for ex-Peruvian president Toledo

Jul. 19, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. "If the defendant were to flee, this would be a diplomatically...

Brazil leader seeks greater control over cinema industry

Jul. 19, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he wants a "filter" on the country's audiovisual production, possibly limiting public funding to projects his administration deems fit. Bolsonaro said Friday that without some sort of filter, he will consider shutting down the government-run...

Pocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets

Jul. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. And the mysterious pouches that it's named for, up near its front fins? Scientists say they squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named...

Venezuelan teen blinded by police fire still wants to study

Jul. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

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

Brazil's state oil company denies fuel to 2 Iranian ships

Jul. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's state oil company has refused to supply two Iranian ships anchored in the southern port of Paraná because they belong to a company sanctioned by the United States. Petrobras said in a statement Friday that the Iranian ships, which were hired by an export-import company,...

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...

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...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jul. 19, 2019 12:01 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. People in Puerto Rico took to the streets to demand that Gov. Ricardo Rossello resign after the leak of online chats that showed him making...

Navy brass, low budget blamed for Argentina sub tragedy

Jul. 18, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine legislative commission has concluded that the sinking of a submarine with all 44 crewmembers was caused by the inefficiency of naval commanders and budget limitations, discarding theories the vessel was attacked or hit by a ship. In a report released Thursday,...