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Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

Nov. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is struggling to bring calm as demonstrators took to the streets again Monday, a month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation. More protests erupted after President Sebastián...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of President Evo Morales, who resigned and fled to Mexico after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts...

Chargers’ Okung, Chiefs’ Williams inactive in Mexico City

Nov. 18, 2019 7:26 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Left tackle Russell Okung is out for a second straight week when the Los Angeles Chargers face the Kansas City Chiefs at Azteca Stadium on Monday night. Okung has a groin injury that kept him out against Oakland 11 days ago, and he hadn’t improved enough to face the Chiefs (6-4)...

Colombia church massacre victims ID’d with DNA put to rest

Nov. 18, 2019 6:14 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Relatives of those killed in a Colombia massacre put their loved ones to rest Monday nearly two decades after the attack – while also warning that the government hasn’t done enough to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. Family members held a memorial...

Mexican president defends indigenous pensions plan

Nov. 18, 2019 6:07 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Monday defended a plan to provide pensions to indigenous people starting at age 65, compared with 68 for other Mexicans. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was elected last year after campaigning to help marginalized people, said those who question...

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Sixteen Nicaraguan opposition activists, including 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to deliver water to hunger strikers protesting the jailing of relatives they say are political prisoners, were charged Monday with allegedly transporting weapons. The charges,...

At least 4 wounded by gunshots during protest in Haiti

Nov. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At least four people were shot and wounded during a small protest in Haiti’s capital Monday after a speech by embattled President Jovenel Moise. Several hundred people were marching from the Delmas to Petionville neighborhoods when shots were fired from nearby....

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Venezuelan opposition struggling for momentum against Maduro

Nov. 18, 2019 4:35 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó is struggling to draw protesters into Venezuela’s streets just days after calling for daily demonstrations to drive President Nicolás Maduro from power, trying to reignite a movement he started early this year. Only several dozen...

Spanish court says wanted Venezuelan spy still missing

Nov. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish National Court official confirmed Monday that a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs remains missing since an order for his arrest pending extradition was issued this month. The official said the order for Maj. Gen. Hugo...