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Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. Late Sunday, President Lenín...

Venezuela boosts worker pay again amid hyperinflation

Oct. 14, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has dramatically hiked the minimum wage in a move that critics expect will do little to alleviate widespread suffering in the crisis-torn country. Socialist party lawmaker Francisco Torrealba announced Monday that the monthly package of pay and bonuses will equal roughly...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

Oct. 13, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.  Under the agreement announced just before 10...

Venezuela denies entry of Guatemala's president-elect

Oct. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The president-elect of Guatemala said he was blocked Saturday from entering Venezuela where he planned to meet opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is seeking to oust socialist President Nicolás Maduro. Officials defended their actions, saying Guatemala's incoming leader,...

US hopes to keep Venezuela off UN Human Rights Council

Oct. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President Nicolás...

In black and white: Venezuelan fishermen among oil ruins

Oct. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — The landscape of Venezuela's once robust oil industry lies all around fishermen and their families who live in villages clustered on the edge of Lake Maracaibo. Their struggles on a briny bay fouled by petroleum seeps and derelict oil rigs are etched onto their faces and stained...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...

A look at who's who in Ecuador's deadly political crisis

Oct. 11, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

Over a week of deadly unrest has plunged Ecuador into crisis, with clashes, looting, blockades, hundreds of arrests, a state of emergency declaration, stalled economic activity and government operations moved out of the capital. The protests erupted over an end to subsidies that kept fuel prices low, while...

Venezuela's gas shortages stall ambulances in their tracks

Oct. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Ambulances have become the latest casualty of Venezuela's unraveling political and economic crisis, struggling to fuel up and speed away to emergencies as gasoline scarcities deepen. Long lines winding for miles up to service stations are often commonplace for residents...

Ex-Ecuador president wants new vote, denies planning coup

Oct. 10, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Thursday dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that he is plotting with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize the current Ecuador government amid violent unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. In an interview with The Associated Press, Correa...