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Mexico seizes more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine at sea

Feb. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's navy says it has seized more than 1,300 pounds (630 kilograms) of cocaine from a speedboat off the country's Pacific coast. A high-speed pursuit using a navy Black Hawk helicopter eventually stopped the boat that sported four powerful outboard motors. The navy said in a...

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes raising pension retirement age

Feb. 20, 2019 10:32 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is presenting a proposal to make Brazilians work longer before they can receive a pension as part of an effort to rescue the troubled retirement system. The plan presented to Congress on Wednesday would increase the minimum retirement age to 65 for...

Mexico activist killed days before pipeline referendum

Feb. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town has been killed three days before a scheduled public referendum on the project. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned Wednesday's murder of Samir Flores Soberanes as "vile,...

Top seeds Thiem and Fognini upset at Rio Open

Feb. 20, 2019 9:37 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top seeds Dominic Thiem of Austria, and Italy's Fabio Fognini and Marco Cecchinato were ousted in the first round of the Rio Open clay-court tournament on Tuesday. No. 1-seeded Thiem lost to Serbia's Laslo Dere 6-3, 6-3, while the second-seeded Fognini was defeated by Canadian Felix...

Reports: Russian medical aid arrives in Venezuela

Feb. 20, 2019 8:17 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say a shipment of Russian medicine and medical equipment has arrived in Venezuela. The reports on state news agencies RIA-Novosti and Tass did not give the overall size of the shipment or the specifics of what it contained. RIA-Novosti cited a diplomatic source as saying...

Customs intercepts over $12M in meth at border crossing

Feb. 20, 2019 6:44 AM EST

PHARR, Texas (AP) — Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine inside a truck carrying frozen strawberries that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. The agency on Tuesday said officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Texas...

Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

Feb. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome's Jesuit university, has been...

Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela

Feb. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jhonny Godoy had taken to Twitter to proclaim his opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, posting a video that showed him running through the streets waving the national flag as protests erupted across Venezuela's capital. Two days later, his family said, rifle-wielding special...

A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

Feb. 19, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country's economic crisis,...

Suspect in Pinochet-era crimes in Sydney extradition hearing

Feb. 19, 2019 10:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating back to Chile's 1973-1990 military dictatorship appeared in a Sydney court on Wednesday for an extradition hearing. Chile's Supreme Court requested the extradition of Adriana Rivas in 2014. The 66-year-old was wanted for her...