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Mounting Venezuela exodus sparks fears of rising xenophobia

Oct. 17, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Freddy Brito had just finished belting out tunes on a bus in Peru's capital and was crossing a street on his one good leg when the driver of a blue taxi sped up and veered toward the singer. "Veneco!" the man yelled, using a derogatory word for Venezuelans. "Get out of here!" Brito...

Rights group meets in Brazil due to concerns about Bolsonaro

Oct. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is straining against democratic checks and balances, but so far is being restrained by Congress and the courts in a "still vigorous democracy," the executive director of Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Roth told The Associated Press that the board of...

Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...

Venezuelans seek strength, healing from mythical goddess

Oct. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

CHIVACOA, Venezuela (AP) — Every year, thousands trek to a mountainside in Venezuela for rituals played out with fire, blood and smoke to pay tribute to the indigenous goddess Maria Lionza, who is revered across the crisis-stricken South American nation. Devotees come to the weeklong observance at Sorte...

Venezuela boosts worker pay again amid hyperinflation

Oct. 14, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela announced a dramatic hike to the minimum wage Monday in a move that critics expect will do little to alleviate widespread suffering in the crisis-torn country. The monthly package of pay and bonuses workers will soon bring home equals roughly $15 monthly, socialist party...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

Oct. 13, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.  Under the agreement announced just before 10...

Venezuela denies entry of Guatemala's president-elect

Oct. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The president-elect of Guatemala said he was blocked Saturday from entering Venezuela where he planned to meet opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is seeking to oust socialist President Nicolás Maduro. Officials defended their actions, saying Guatemala's incoming leader,...

US hopes to keep Venezuela off UN Human Rights Council

Oct. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President Nicolás...

In black and white: Venezuelan fishermen among oil ruins

Oct. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — The landscape of Venezuela's once robust oil industry lies all around fishermen and their families who live in villages clustered on the edge of Lake Maracaibo. Their struggles on a briny bay fouled by petroleum seeps and derelict oil rigs are etched onto their faces and stained...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...