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AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EST

Feb. 9 – 15, 2024 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio de Janeiro as drummers, stilt walkers, trumpet players and costumed dogs reveled in the free morning street parties known as blocos. Performers danced and cheered their way through the iconic Sambadrome in the evening parades...

Key points of AP report into missed red flags surrounding accused US diplomat-turned-Cuban spy

Feb. 15, 2024 11:20 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Friends and colleagues of Manuel Rocha knew him for an aristocratic, almost regal, bearing that was fitting for an Ivy League-educated career U.S. diplomat who held top posts across Latin America. So former CIA operative Félix Rodríguez was dubious in 2006 when a...

Scandal-mired Toyota group automaker Daihatsu reshuffles leadership

Feb. 13, 2024 03:40 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Daihatsu on Tuesday named a veteran at its parent company Toyota to replace its president as it tries to repair the damage from a scandal over cheating on vehicle safety tests. The troubles at Daihatsu Motor Co. surfaced after a whistleblower...

Nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline, UN report says

Feb. 12, 2024 03:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of the world's migratory species are in decline, according to a new United Nations report released Monday. Many songbirds, sea turtles, whales, sharks and other migratory animals move to different environments with changing seasons and are imperiled...

Ukraine needs more troops fighting Russia. Hardened professionals from Colombia are helping

Feb. 09, 2024 17:33 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Melodic Colombian Spanish fills a hospital treating soldiers wounded fighting Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's ranks are depleted by two years of war. As it battles the Russian war machine, Ukraine is welcoming hardened fighters from one of the...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 09, 2024 00:04 AM EST

Feb. 2 – 8, 2024 Deadly wildfires devastated the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, burning homes to the ground, flipping cars and leaving scores of dead and missing people. The South American nation also mourned its two-time former President Sebastián Piñera who died in a helicopter...

Carnegie Hall’s 2024-25 season features a Latin music festival `Nuestros Sonidos'

Feb. 07, 2024 18:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall’s 2024-25 season will feature a festival celebrating Latin music titled “Nuestros Sonidos (Our Sounds).” Gustavo Dudamel opens the season and the festival on Oct. 8, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2...

ExxonMobil to explore for oil and gas in offshore area under dispute by Guyana and Venezuela

Feb. 07, 2024 13:32 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — ExxonMobil said it plans to explore for oil and gas in a disputed area off South America’s coast where the Venezuelan military had previously expelled two U.S. oil companies. The move could escalate tensions between Venezuela and neighboring Guyana, which awarded the...

Argentina lawmakers have approved Milei's sweeping reform bill but much negotiating remains

Feb. 02, 2024 18:33 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies on Friday approved in general terms a reform bill proposed by libertarian President Javier Milei to deregulate the economy, overcoming a hurdle for the sweeping initiative after three days of heated debate. But the...

Meet the newscaster in drag making LGBTQ+ history in Mexican television

Feb. 02, 2024 13:09 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guillermo Barraza buzzes with a nervous energy as he watches himself transform. Hands delicately paint stripes of bright pink eyeshadow onto Barraza’s angular face as newscasters and makeup crews bustle around him. Tonight, in a small studio set...