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El Salvador sends 10,000 police, army to seal off town

Dec. 03, 2022 13:27 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The government of El Salvador sent 10,000 soldiers and police to seal off a town on the outskirts of the nation’s capital Saturday to search for gang members. The operation was one of the largest mobilizations yet in President Nayib Bukele’s...

2 migrants found shot to death in car in southern Mexico

Dec. 02, 2022 22:17 PM EST

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Two migrants were found shot to death in a car in southern Mexico on Friday, authorities said. Officials believe the intended victim was the migrant smuggler who was also riding in the car but escaped. A law enforcement official in the...

Mexican police find 660 pounds of fentanyl in coconuts

Dec. 02, 2022 15:33 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico say police found 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of fentanyl pills packed into coconuts. The coconuts were found in a truck traveling on a highway in the northern border state of Sonora. Prosecutors said the truck was detected...

Spain in recovery mode after losing to Japan at World Cup

Dec. 02, 2022 06:07 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It’s not how Spain imagined reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup: finishing the group stage with a loss and having to rely on other teams to help it advance. Spain survived but heads into the round of 16 against Morocco with bruised confidence after...

Mexico tells US it wants to keep talking on trade disputes

Dec. 01, 2022 22:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economy secretary on Thursday proposed yet another round of talks with the United States on a dispute over Mexico’s energy sector. Mexico hopes to stave off a full-fledged trade complaint under the U.s.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. ...

Last of Mexico's World War II veterans dies at age 98

Dec. 01, 2022 18:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The last veteran of Mexico’s relatively small contingent of World War II veterans has died, Mexico’s Defense Department announced Thursday. The department said former Sgt. Horacio Castilleja Albarrán was 98 when he died Wednesday. A cause of death was not...

Germany out of World Cup despite 4-2 win over Costa Rica

Dec. 01, 2022 18:25 PM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Back-to-back early exits at the World Cup have Germany coach Hansi Flick wanting to go back to basics. The four-time champions were again eliminated from the group stage, four years after their embarrassing display as defending champions in Russia. ...

Airbnb urged to require carbon monoxide devices after 3 die

Dec. 01, 2022 18:17 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family members of three tourists who died while staying at an Airbnb in Mexico City, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning, urged the short-term rental company Thursday to require detectors in properties it lists to prevent future tragedies. “Our main goal is...

Japan beats Spain 2-1 as both teams advance at World Cup

Dec. 01, 2022 17:28 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Same stadium. Same result. Similar shocking victory for Japan at the World Cup. After beating Germany in the team's opener, Japan worked its way into the round of 16 of the World Cup on Thursday by defeating Spain 2-1 — the same score as last week. ...

Mexico minimum wage up to $10.5 per day, but inflation hits

Dec. 01, 2022 16:02 PM EST

Mexico declared a 20% increase in the country’s daily minimum wage Thursday. Starting next year, the basic minimum wage will be 207 pesos, or about $10.50, for an eight-hour day. That’s up from the current level of 172 pesos, or about $8.80 per day. Stubbornly...