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Madonna and Maluma to perform new song at Billboard Awards

Apr. 19, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna and Colombian singer Maluma will bring their new collaboration to life when they perform at next month's Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions announced Friday the duo will sing "Medellin" at the May 1 event in Las Vegas. The song, released on Wednesday, is from...

Mexican American group MEChA eyes name change amid furor

Apr. 3, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — MEChA, a Mexican American student group founded 50 years ago at the end of the turbulent 1960s, is considering a name change, highlighting the divisions between older civil rights leaders and college activists who are shunning traditional modes of ethnic identity. At a meeting...

Shakira defends her song against plagiarism in Spanish court

Mar. 27, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives appeared in a Madrid court Wednesday to answer allegations by a Cuban-born singer and producer that they plagiarized his work in their award-winning hit "La Bicicleta." Shakira smiled as she entered the court in downtown Madrid. She didn't answer...

New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982

Mar. 25, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts. Planning to spend several days behind rebel lines, the newsmen hoisted rucksacks onto their backs and, carrying their recording...

Czech Roma singer Vera Bila dies at 64 of heart attack

Mar. 12, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech singer Vera Bila, dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy music or the Queen of Romany, has died. She was 64. The Romea.cz server that writes about Roma issues says she died Tuesday morning of a heart attack in a hospital in Plzen. A member of her band, Jan Bendig, confirmed her death on...

Brewery apologizes for beer sharing name with Hindu deity

Feb. 27, 2019 2:57 PM EST

SALEM, Va. (AP) — A Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity. Olde Salem Brewing Company said in a statement to WSLS-TV that it was making a musical reference when it named its Spanish milk stout "Hanuman." The brewery says it was unaware of the religious...

Spanish court summons Shakira to answer tax evasion charges

Feb. 26, 2019 8:43 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court investigating Shakira for possibly evading 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million) in taxes has called on the pop music star to testify in mid-June. Prosecutors charged the singer in December for not paying taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country...

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido appears at aid concert

Feb. 22, 2019 10:01 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the delivery of...

The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border

Feb. 22, 2019 9:39 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia hours ahead of a U.S.-backed plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. Vice...

Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

Feb. 21, 2019 5:59 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As a showdown looms over humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country's border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot....