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FBI tests find no evidence of wrongdoing in Dominican deaths

Oct. 19, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says FBI toxicology reports on the mysterious deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic showed no evidence inconsistent with the island nation's findings of natural causes. The department says "the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing...

US slaps new sanctions on Cuba over human rights, Venezuela

Oct. 18, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and its human rights record at home. The Department of Commerce said in a statement it is revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Ecuador's president signed a decree returning gas prices to traditionally low, subsidized levels a day after striking a deal to cancel a...

Protesters bar Haiti's president from visiting historic site

Oct. 17, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's embattled president was forced on Thursday to hold a private ceremony amid heavy security for what is usually a public celebration of one of the country's founding fathers. Jovenel Moïse and other officials appeared at the National Pantheon Museum in downtown...

Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

Oct. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday. Images on local television showed dozens of people in Maragogi, known for its natural pools of crystalline water, shoveling...

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As...

Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

Oct. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Cuban man who legally sought asylum died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. Roylan Hernandez Diaz, 43, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center, according to U.S....

Cuba to let citizens buy imports with foreign currencies

Oct. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it will allow citizens to use 10 foreign currencies to buy products like televisions and air conditioners at state stores in an attempt to compete with a multi-billion-dollar informal market in imported goods. The communist state has a monopoly on most forms of...

Haitian funerals turn to protests as mourners, police clash

Oct. 16, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police clashed with mourners Wednesday as thousands across Haiti attended funerals for protesters who have died in demonstrations aimed at ousting President Jovenel Moïse. Funerals for 11 of at least 20 people killed were held in six cities, including the capital of...

Rhode Island man charged in Caribbean vacation scam

Oct. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been charged with collecting $1,000 apiece from as many as 58 people for a Caribbean getaway that was never booked. East Providence police say 57-year-old Anthony DeBarros is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and unlawful appropriation....