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In this undated photo courtesy of the Heath family, Matthew Heath is seen at his mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on Sept. 10, 2020, and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump, but the American’s plight has largely gone unnoticed. (Heath family via AP)

Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela

Oct. 31, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. “Han Solo always wins!” The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its hopes on since the...

Tirso Luis, left, Ana Paez, and German Pinelli, right, members of the band Los 3 de la Habana, pose for a photograph, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Miami. The Cuban artists, who sought asylum in the U.S., have composed a salsa song in support of President Donald Trump, which is now being used as a full-fledged campaign ad. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With salsa, caravans, Cubans make last push to reelect Trump

Oct. 30, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — On the spur of the moment, a singer in a Cuban salsa band had an idea for a lyric to please fellow Trump supporters at a Miami birthday party. Tirso Luis Paez flicked his hand so his band mates would let him take over during a crowd favorite, “Cuba is Me,” and instead of singing...

Puerto Rico debt restructuring hits snag in public clash

Oct. 30, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A plan to pull Puerto Rico out of a type of bankruptcy by 2021 hit a major obstacle Friday when a new member that U.S. President Donald Trump appointed to a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances rejected the immediate filing of a debt restructuring...

A devotee holds up a framed image of the late Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez outside La Candelaria church where his remains are interred, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The remains of Hernandez, popularly known as the

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Oct. 30, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

OCTOBER 23- 29, 2020 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: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after arriving at Pope Army Field for an event with troops at Fort Bragg, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Pope Field, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

Oct. 29, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump quietly met with U.S. Special Forces troops involved in last year’s raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump flew into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday for what...

A framed image of Argentine-born Cuban Revolutionary hero Ernesto

Many Cubans hope US election will lead to renewed ties

Oct. 29, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Not so long ago the tables at Woow!!! restaurant in Havana were filled with tourists ordering mojitos and plates of grilled octopus. But as President Donald Trump rolled back Obama-era measures opening Cuba relations, the restaurant grew increasingly empty. Now entrepreneurs like...

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, people stand outside a Western Union in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. The Cuban Government announced Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it will move to close over 400 Western Union offices around the island because of a new Trump Administration sanction prohibiting a government agency from handling the financial transactions allowing Cuban citizens to receive dollar remittances from relatives abroad. The closures potentially could affect millions of residents who rely on the money relatives send to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, File)

Cubans fret as US sanctions threaten Western Union closures

Oct. 28, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — More than 400 Western Union offices that Cubans heavily rely on for remittances sent by family abroad are in danger of closing amid a growing number of sanctions the U.S. government has placed on the island. Cuba’s government said all 407 offices could close by late November, a move...

Puerto Rico scraps pandemic safe sex campaign amid criticism

Oct. 27, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Health Department unveiled a safe sex campaign Tuesday recommending masturbation as a way to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus, but scrapped the whole thing within hours under heavy criticism from the U.S. territory’s conservative society....

Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan

Oct. 27, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of...

Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, early Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2020. A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)

Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears

Oct. 26, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta lashed Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts around Tulum with high winds and rain Monday night as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta — the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic...