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APNewsBreak: Informant in top Venezuela case lied to feds

Sep. 26, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A key informant against one of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s closest aides has been accused of lying to his law enforcement handlers in a case involving millions of dollars transported on private jets in violation of U.S. sanctions, The Associated Press has...

In this image made from UNTV video, Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters.  (UNTV via AP)

In leaders' UN videos, the backgrounds tell stories, too

Sep. 26, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the world to “reject attempts to build blocks to keep others out” as an image of his country’s storied Great Wall hung behind him. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used photos and videos to illustrate what he was talking...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo, a supporter, wearing a mask depicting former President Evo Morales, strikes a pose during a campaign rally for Luis Arce Catacora, the Bolivian presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism Party, or MAS, in La Paz, Bolivia. MAS is the party founded by Morales who was ousted in November 2019, after several weeks of demonstrations that erupted over allegations of fraud in last year's October presidential election that Morales claimed to have won. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

He's not running, but Morales looms large in Bolivia vote

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Even in exile, Evo Morales looms over Bolivia’s election next month. National rifts that contributed to chaos in Bolivia in 2019 threaten to destabilize the Oct. 18 vote and its aftermath nearly one year after Morales, Bolivia's first Indigenous president from the Aymara...

A group who have been stranded in Tahiti, pictured from left, Benjamin Baude, Kissy Ika Chavez Baude, Gaïa Baude Ika and Thierry Gourtay in Afareaitu on Moorea Island, Tahiti, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. A group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island has been stranded far from home for six months now. Many arrived in March planning to stay for just a few weeks. But they got stuck when the virus swept across the globe and their flights back home on LATAM airlines were canceled. LATAM says it doesn't know when it will restart the route.(Teraihau Rio via AP)

Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months

Sep. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For people around the world, the coronavirus has caused distressing separations and delayed homecomings. But the situation for a group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island stands out. For six months now the group has been stranded far across a vast stretch of ocean on...

The Sambadrome parade runway stands empty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Sept. 24, said it has delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Sep. 25, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February. And while the decision is being characterized as a...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Assange 'binge-watched' suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general

Sep. 24, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing...

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Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Sep. 24, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus...

Argentine lawmaker suspended for conduct in virtual session

Sep. 24, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine lawmaker was suspended Thursday for inappropriate conduct with a woman during a virtual session of congress, when he appeared on camera touching his wife as she sat on his lap. During the broadcast of the virtual session of Argentina's Lower House, the images of...

Yin Weidong, CEO of the Chinese pharmaceutical company SinoVac, speaks to journalists during a tour of a vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China's pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

Sep. 24, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the...

Thieves steal business jet in Mexico, crash in Guatemala

Sep. 24, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thieves stole a business jet from an airport in central Mexico, flew it to Venezuela, apparently loaded it with drugs and then flew to Guatemala where the plane crashed, authorities said Thursday. Prosecutors in Guatemala said a total of four bodies were found around the site where the...