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FIFA picks 6 female referees, assistants for men's World Cup

May. 19, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar. Three female referees and three female assistant referees were announced Thursday by FIFA among 129 officials selected for World Cup duty,...

How gas interests slowed Chile's clean energy transition

May. 19, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Chile holds itself out as a global leader on climate change. Nearly 22% of Chile’s electricity is generated by solar and wind farms, putting it far ahead of both the global average, 10%, and the United States, at 13%. It was one of the first countries to declare a target...

Brazil's Lula gets married at 76 with a political touch

May. 18, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the front-runner heading into Brazil's presidential election in October, was married Wednesday in a ceremony that had a political touch. The 76-year-old leftist politician, who was president in 2003-2010 and leads...

Ashley Biden positive for COVID-19, skips Latin America trip

May. 18, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, has COVID-19 and is no longer accompanying her mother on a trip through Latin America, the White House said Wednesday. She is not considered a close contact to either of her parents, said Michael...

Brazil's top court rejects leader's complaint against judge

May. 18, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a complaint filed by President Jair Bolsonaro in which he accused a justice of abusing his authority, marking the latest escalation of confrontations between the far-right leader and the top court. Bolsonaro filed a...

Rubio Rubin approved for switch to Guatemala from US

May. 18, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin has been approved by FIFA to switch his national team affiliation to Guatemala from the United States. Guatemala's governing body made the announcement Tuesday. Rubin, a 26-year-old from Beaverton,...

Chris Wallace interview show to be featured on CNN Sundays

May. 18, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Wallace will host a Sunday night interview show for CNN starting this fall, the network said Wednesday in announcing a new home for the best-known personality from the since-imploded CNN+ streaming service. “Who's Talking to Chris Wallace,” which will also...

Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end

May. 18, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an anticipated increase in migrants crossing the border from Mexico, days before a public health order is set to end after being used to turn people away nearly 2 million times...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

May. 17, 2022 23:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs...

Tropical cyclone blacks out 182,000 homes in southern Brazil

May. 17, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tropical Cyclone Yakecan hit Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul and authorities said about 182,000 homes were without electricity Tuesday night. Local utility CEEE Equatorial said on its social media channels that it had all its staff out dealing with...