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Water from sewage rivers used to grow vegetables in Bolivia

Dec. 12, 2018 12:03 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — What gets flushed down in Bolivia's capital city is used to irrigate the green, leafy fields that supply its produce markets. For farmer Richard Mamani it's part of a family tradition. Like his parents before him, he uses water from untreated sewage to tend to vegetables that are his...

AP PHOTOS: AP photojournalist portrays volcano's devastation

Dec. 12, 2018 12:00 AM EST

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — They call it the Volcano of Fire, one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas, frequently spewing ash and gas across a swath of Guatemala west of the capital. On June 3, the mountain erupted with a fury not seen in more than a century, exploding with 1,300-degree...

Mexico passes law restructuring Attorney General's Office

Dec. 11, 2018 11:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The lower house of Mexico's Congress has passed legislation aimed at restructuring the Attorney General's Office amid a growing wave of homicides in the country. The bill must still be signed into law by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Lopez Obrador's Morena party backed the...

Family: German journalist jailed in Venezuela as spy

Dec. 11, 2018 8:13 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — German freelance journalist Billy Six has circled the globe with a hand-held video camera asking people living through wars and strife to tell their stories. But when he turned his lens to Venezuela, documenting the economic collapse and mass migration from the socialist country,...

Yellow, green, saffron: Colors of protests around the world

Dec. 11, 2018 6:29 PM EST

When you're an activist looking for a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way. So what's more elemental than associating yourself with a specific color? Just as this month's...

Mexico cancels February bidding round on oil concessions

Dec. 11, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced that it will cancel a planned round of bidding on oil exploration concessions. The announcement by the government's national oil commission is in line with previous statements by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has said he will suspend new...

Unfinished business: UN migrant pact inked, but foes remain

Dec. 11, 2018 5:47 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Seeking to remind the world that migrants are people, too, a U.N. migration conference ended Tuesday with pledges to put a landmark new accord to work, but it left unfinished business on ending the divisive debate between nationalists and globalists as migrant detention centers,...

Ex-Argentina VP Boudou released from prison despite sentence

Dec. 11, 2018 5:15 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou was released from prison under bail Tuesday while he appeals a corruption conviction. Boudou was freed four months after a court sentenced him to five years and 10 months in prison for bribery and conducting business incompatible...

Gunman kills 4, then himself, after Mass at Brazil cathedral

Dec. 11, 2018 5:13 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said. The shooting happened right after the midday...

Venezuela vows to reactivate Goodyear plant

Dec. 11, 2018 3:50 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says it will reactivate an assembly line after U.S.-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber announced it will no longer produce tires in the crisis-wracked country. The socialist government said in a statement Tuesday that it aims to preserve some 1,160 jobs. The...