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This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

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It's a day for dogs as Brazil ramps up for Carnival

Feb. 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is ramping up toward the world's most famous Carnival celebrations and already the dogs have had their day. Dozens of costumed dogs joined their owners in a traditional pre-Carnival parade Sunday along Avenida Atlantica bordering Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. “At...

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

Feb. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the U.N. weather agency said Sunday. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks, accompanied by televangelist R.R. Soares, at an International Grace of God Church event, at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrated the 40th anniversary of the evangelical church. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Bolsonaro stresses Christian morals amid Rio's pre-Carnival

Feb. 15, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro addressed tens of thousands of evangelicals on a Rio de Janeiro beach Saturday, telling them Brazil's government is working to restore morality in Latin America’s largest nation, just as pre-Carnival festivities get under way. Brazil “is changing...

A member of the Bolivarian National Militia brandishes a rifle during an invasion drill in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered two days of nationwide military exercises, including participation of civilian militias. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Denouncing US, Venezuelan troops, militias stage drills

Feb. 15, 2020 3:44 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's armed forces and civilian militias took the streets in cities, beaches and border regions on Saturday for drills ordered by President Nicolás Maduro, amid tensions between Washington and Caracas. Despite the maneuvers, there are no indications that the U.S. plans...

Census, community groups work to accurately count Hispanics

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Spanish music played in the streets of Beechview as a restaurant worked through its lunch crowd. Spanish-language signs advertising products filled the windows of the Las Palmas IGA Market on Broadway as customers of all ethnicities filtered in and out, purchasing authentic Mexican food....

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, Howard Buffett receives presents during a visit, with Colombia's President Ivan Duque, right, to a cocoa farm in La Gabarra, Colombia. As a philanthropist, Buffett's priority now is helping Colombia and El Salvador, whose fight against drug trafficking has a direct impact on the U.S. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Warren Buffett's son helps Colombia kick cocaine curse

Feb. 15, 2020 1:00 AM EST

TIBU, Colombia (AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth. Waiting under a tin-roofed shack is a small group of coca farmers. They’ve never heard of...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, a police officer aims his weapon during an operation in the Mare complex slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil homicides fall to lowest level in at least 12 years

Feb. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro celebrated Friday after a crime index showed homicides fell to their lowest level in more than a decade during the first year of his term. Brazil had 41,635 killings in 2019, down 19% from the prior year and the least number of homicides since 2007,...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up a copy of his country's case taken to the International Criminal Court regarding U.S. sanctions during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Venezuela is demanding that Washington stop piling on punishing financial sanctions aimed at forcing a regime change in Venezuela. The international court must next decide whether it will open an investigation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan president says arrest of Juan Guaidó "will come"

Feb. 14, 2020 6:02 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said Friday that Venezuelan authorities haven't detained opposition leader Juan Guaidó because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he warned: “It will come.” Maduro made the remark in a meeting with the international press...

Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...