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Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's use of military money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall has survived a Senate effort to overturn the move. Senate legislation would have reversed Trump's move to take money from military base projects. Trump vetoed the legislation, and senators on Thursday...

Protesters bar Haiti's president from visiting historic site

Oct. 17, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's embattled president was forced on Thursday to hold a private ceremony amid heavy security for what is usually a public celebration of one of the country's founding fathers. Jovenel Moïse and other officials appeared at the National Pantheon Museum in downtown...

The Latest: US envoy blasts Venezuela seat on UN agency

Oct. 17, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on voting for the U.N. Human Rights Council (all times local): 2:10 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says Venezuela's election to the Human Rights Council "is an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela." Kelly Craft said...

Hurricane Center: Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast

Oct. 17, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical storm that will hit the northern U.S. Gulf Coast with wind and rain, forecasters said Thursday. Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low pressure system was likely to develop into a tropical or subtropical...

AMLO lauds departure of oil union chief, who defends record

Oct. 17, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president on Thursday celebrated the resignation of the head of the country's oil workers union, who ruled the organization for nearly three decades with an iron fist before quitting following repeated scandals over alleged corruption. Carlos Romero Deschamps issued a public...

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Oct. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record. There was scattered applause in the General Assembly chamber when its...

Coast Guard seizes $92M of cocaine, brings it to San Diego

Oct. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cocaine valued at an estimated $92 million was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard from boats in the Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego. About 6,800 pounds (3,084 kilograms) of cocaine were offloaded from the Coast Guard cutter Alert on Wednesday. The Coast Guard says the cocaine was...

Survivors sue German manager over fatal Brazil dam collapse

Oct. 17, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Five relatives of people killed in a devastating dam collapse in Brazil are suing a manager of Germany company TUeV Sued that was involved in inspecting the structure. German news site Spiegel Online reported Thursday that criminal complaints were submitted against a manager and a lawyer, as...

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...