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Venezuelan opposition struggling for momentum against Maduro

Nov. 18, 2019 2:23 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is struggling to draw protesters into the streets after calling for daily demonstrations to drive President Nicolás Maduro from power. A few dozen Guaidó supporters scuffled with security forces on Monday in Caracas, falling...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its highest level in more than a decade, according to a government report published on Monday. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles), a 30 percent...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 12:43 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales, who resigned after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply...

Spanish court says wanted Venezuelan spy still missing

Nov. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish National Court official confirmed Monday that a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs remains missing since an order for his arrest pending extradition was issued this month. The official said the order for Maj. Gen. Hugo...

Ferrari’s troubles deepen at Brazilian GP

Nov. 17, 2019 11:06 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Ferrari hoped the Brazilian Grand Prix would bring some relief after poor performances and even accusations of cheating from opponents. Instead, the Formula 1 team ended the weekend with a collision involving its two drivers as they fought for only fourth place at Interlagos. Sebastian...

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Nov. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Shadowed by street violence and food shortages, a U.N. envoy is urging the government of Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on peacefully resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives, an official...

Sao Paulo bids to keep Interlagos on F1’s 2021 calendar

Nov. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo authorities made their case to Formula One owners on Sunday to keep the traditional Interlagos track on the calendar for another 10 years after its contract expires in 2020, and even had three-time champion Jackie Stewart join their pitch. State Governor Joao Doria said in a news...

4 homeless men dead, 4 sick in suspected poisoning in Brazil

Nov. 17, 2019 5:48 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Four homeless men are dead and four other people are hospitalized in critical condition after drinking from a bottle containing a “suspicious liquid” given to them by unidentified people, Sao Paulo police report. Police are investigating the case as a possible mass poisoning...

Verstappen wins Brazilian GP, Ferraris self-destruct

Nov. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended badly for both Ferrari drivers. It also finished poorly for six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to...

Lionel Messi in Israel despite rockets and boycott threats

Nov. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again. Messi and his Argentine teammates are in...