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Colombia launches talks with rebel group led by fighters who returned to arms after 2016 peace deal

Jun. 24, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia launched peace talks with the Second Marquetalia rebel group on Monday as the administration of leftist President Gustavo Petro tries to pacify rural areas of the country that have seen rising violence despite efforts to broker ceasefires with various armed...

Without main opposition contender, Venezuela candidates vow to respect presidential election results

Jun. 20, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Eight of 10 candidates in Venezuela’s upcoming presidential election, including President Nicolás Maduro, on Thursday signed an agreement binding them to respect the results of the contest as announced by electoral authorities. The agreement put forth...

Immigrant families rejoice over Biden's expansive move toward citizenship, while some are left out

Jun. 19, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of immigrants had reason to rejoice when President Joe Biden unveiled a highly expansive plan to extend legal status to spouses of U.S. citizens but, inevitably, some were left out. Claudia Zúniga, 35, married in 2017, or 10 years after her...

Russian warships reach Cuban waters ahead of military exercises in the Caribbean

Jun. 12, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fleet of Russian warships reached Cuban waters on Wednesday ahead of planned military exercises in the Caribbean that some see as a projection of strength as tensions grow over Western support for Ukraine. The fleet, made up of a frigate, a nuclear-powered...

Venezuela's ruling party tests its organizing efforts ahead of next month's presidential election

Jun. 09, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With its decades-long grip on power under threat, Venezuela’s ruling party on Sunday tested a voter organizing campaign aimed at shoring up President Nicolás Maduro's bid for a third term. The assessment followed weeks of efforts by local organizers of...

As Maduro shifts from migration denier to defender, Venezuelans consider leaving if he is reelected

May. 30, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — One of the most influential politicians in Venezuela once deemed images of his fellow citizens abandoning their home country the result of a professionally scripted, “Hollywood-type blockbuster.” Migration, Diosdado Cabello said, was an issue...

Venezuela revokes invitation for European Union mission to observe presidential election in July

May. 29, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral authorities on Tuesday revoked an invitation for a European Union mission to observe the country's upcoming presidential election, in which President Nicolás Maduro is seeking reelection. The head of the National Electoral Council,...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

May. 24, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

May 17-23, 2024 In the Dominican Republic, Haitians and migration featured heavily in the election conversation. Argentine President Javier Milei belts hard rock at a presentation of his new book in Buenos Aires. Mexico's heatwave is so dire, howler...

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Gonzalez seeks unity in first rally

May. 18, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The presidential candidate of Venezuela’s chief opposition coalition on Saturday sought to cultivate a mood of hope and possibility in a large rally that marked the start of a campaign he admittedly never imagined leading. Edmundo González Urrutia,...

Venezuela's barred opposition candidate is now the fiery surrogate of her lesser-known replacement

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — At an intersection packed in four directions, rallygoers scream and light up cellphones in the evening as Venezuelan opposition figure María Corina Machado climbs onto a flatbed truck like a presidential candidate. She has been barred from the...