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El Salvador bets safety on incarceration; unveils new prison

Feb. 03, 2023 15:53 PM EST

TECOLUCA, El Salvador (AP) — When El Salvador began making mass arrests of people with suspected gang affiliations last year, President Nayib Bukele ordered the construction of what would be the largest prison in Latin America. This week, Bukele rolled out the completed project, a...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 03, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

Feb. 02, 2023 13:47 PM EST

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that frigid night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to...

Why are people turning to psychedelics like ayahuasca?

Feb. 02, 2023 10:53 AM EST

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — Ayahuasca is a psychedelic tea whose roots go back hundreds of years to ceremonial use by Indigenous groups in the Amazon region. It's widely used in South America where it is legal in several countries, including Peru and Brazil. But in the United States, it...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 27, 2023 00:13 AM EST

Jan. 20-26, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Asteroid coming exceedingly close to Earth, but will miss

Jan. 25, 2023 18:24 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid the size of a delivery truck will whip past Earth on Thursday night, one of the closest such encounters ever recorded. NASA insists it will be a near miss with no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth. NASA said Wednesday that...

Brazil’s right-wing movement persists without Bolsonaro

Jan. 21, 2023 11:04 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s defeated former president, Jair Bolsonaro, was in Florida this month when his supporters tried — but failed — to overthrow the country’s young democracy. It was a sign that many in Latin America’s largest nation believe so fiercely in his movement that it...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 20, 2023 09:23 AM EST

Jan. 13-19, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Ex-Fox execs go on trial in soccer TV rights bribery case

Jan. 17, 2023 20:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former Fox executives went on trial Tuesday, accused of bribing South American soccer officials for TV rights to one of the continent’s biggest annual tournaments and using information gathered in the process to help the network’s winning World Cup broadcast bid. It's the...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Jan. 13, 2023 08:19 AM EST

Jan. 6-125, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: ...