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Soldier slain, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raid

Jan. 27, 2020 8:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican soldier was killed and a general wounded Monday when traffickers opened fire on a military patrol that sought to intercept a drug plane as it landed on a roadway, officials said. The dramatic pre-dawn shootout in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo showed the brazenness...

Furniture en other belongings are left on a street after heavy flooding caused by rains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Over 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in southeast Brazil that also killed more than 50 people. (AP Photo/Gustavo Andrade)

Brazil downpour displaces 30,000, bracing for more rain

Jan. 27, 2020 6:23 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Over 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in southeast Brazil that also killed 54 people and left 18 missing. The storms in recent days caused floods and landslides, submerging entire neighborhoods and sending homes tumbling down hillsides in the states of Minas Gerais,...

Nicaragua police seize $1M, arrest 2 in weekend operation

Jan. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Police seized more than $1 million in suspected drug money and arrested two people in a weekend operation in northern Nicaragua, authorities announced Monday. Police Commissioner Victoriano Ruiz told journalists in the capital, Managua, that Saturday’s operation, involving the largest cash bust so far...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives his annual address to the nation before members of the Constituent Assembly on the grounds of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Ally of Venezuela's Maduro hires DC lobbyist to build ties

Jan. 27, 2020 4:09 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has hired a Washington lobbyist whose business has boomed under the Trump administration as part of a $12.5 million effort to ease sanctions and reset bilateral relations as the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the socialist leader stalls. The...

In this Jan. 6, 2020 photo, activist Ale Roque smiles as she sees a tree bearing fruit at her home in Rio's first favela, Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roque's project forms part of a recent wave of green projects in Rio, a city known for its jungle, but much of which is actually large expanses of concrete and brick with ever-hotter temperatures during the summer months. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio residents try to bring green to a concrete jungle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alê Roque wanders the untamed orchard in Rio de Janeiro, pushing aside leaves to point out what she helped plant last year. “This is cacao, developing well ... Look at this lime tree, it's full ... Lots and lots of tomato ... That one’s acai ...,” she says....

Authorities battle Atlantic storm to intercept cocaine yacht

Jan. 27, 2020 6:42 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international drug operation involving authorities from six countries captured a yacht carrying almost 2 metric tons of cocaine in the middle of an Atlantic storm. Portugal’s navy and air force took part in the seizure, with a street value of more than 70 million euros...

People wait to vote at a school being used as a polling station during congressional elections in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Peruvians are voting to elect 130 new members of the congress that will legislate for only one year in place of the congress that was dissolved by president Martin Vizacarra in September 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

No party emerging as clear winner in Peru congress elections

Jan. 26, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A hodgepodge of mostly centrist parties led early results in Peru’s election Sunday to replace the 130-seat congress dissolved by President Martín Vizcarra in his campaign to extinguish pervasive corruption. Early counts from the National Office of Electoral Processes and a...

A giant canvas showing late Argentinian player Emiliano Sala is pictured in La Beaujoire stadium prior the French League One soccer match between Nantes against Bordeaux in Nantes, western France, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Nantes paid an emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala by wearing a special blue and white (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Nantes fans remember Sala; Neymar pays tribute to Bryant

Jan. 26, 2020 5:51 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Nantes fans paid an emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala before Sunday's home game against Bordeaux, a year after the Argentine striker's death in a plane crash shook the soccer world. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar paid a tribute of his own to NBA great Kobe Bryant after scoring against Lille....

The leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido laughs after a meeting at the Madrid regional government building during a visit to Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Juan Guaido, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him.(AP Photo/Paul White)

Canada prime minister to welcome Venezuela opposition leader

Jan. 26, 2020 1:50 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó will visit Canada on Monday as part of an international tour aimed at bolstering support for his challenge to socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he and senior Cabinet ministers would meet...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 filer, Pope Francis is flanked by Gonzalo Aemilius as he greets faithful at the Vatican. Pope Francis has chosen a Uruguayan priest who has worked with street children to be one of his two personal secretaries.  The Vatican said on Sunday that Francis has known the Rev. Gonzalo Aemilius since 2006 when the pontiff was then archbishop of Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Antonello Nusca, File)

Pope's new aide is priest who worked with street kids

Jan. 26, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Pope Francis has chosen a Uruguayan priest who has worked with street children to be one of his two personal secretaries. The Vatican said Sunday that Francis has known the Rev. Gonzalo Aemilius since 2006, when the pontiff was then-archbishop of Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina. A few days after Francis...