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Police: 81-year-old woman found with cocaine in wheelchair

Oct. 14, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An 81-year-old woman has been captured in Colombia after authorities discovered cocaine embedded in her wheelchair as she tried to board a flight to Spain. Police say Irene Mesa de Marulanda was caught with nearly three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine inside the metal tubing of...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...

Trump administration ramps up deportations to Cuba

Oct. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — After seeking asylum in the United States at the Mexican border, Pablo Sanchez was placed in a detention center and is now facing what has become an increasingly common scenario under President Donald Trump: deportation to Cuba. Since the end of the Obama administration, the number of Cubans...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 11, 2019 12:13 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. Anti-government protests convulsed Ecuador, with indigenous groups, union activists and others blocking roads and clashing with police after...

UN envoy: Vast majority of Colombia rebels back peace deal

Oct. 10, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "The vast majority" of former fighters with Colombia's largest rebel group remain committed to the 2016 peace deal with the government despite a few ex-commanders taking up arms again, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday. Carlos Ruiz Massieu told the Security Council the...

Venezuela's gas shortages stall ambulances in their tracks

Oct. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Ambulances have become the latest casualty of Venezuela's unraveling political and economic crisis, struggling to fuel up and speed away to emergencies as gasoline scarcities deepen. Long lines winding for miles up to service stations are often commonplace for residents...

Ex-Colombia president questioned on witness tampering

Oct. 8, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Powerful former President Alvaro Uribe appeared before Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday for questioning in a case involving alleged witness tampering that could potentially cast a dark shadow over is legacy. A magistrate queried Uribe behind closed doors for over seven hours...

Protesters move into Ecuador's capital; president moves out

Oct. 8, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous people, some carrying long sticks, converged on Ecuador's capital Tuesday as anti-government protests and clashes led the president to move his besieged administration out of Quito. The South American country of 17 million people appeared to be at a dangerous...

Hundreds mourn José José, star Mexican crooner at Miami wake

Oct. 6, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami, the second home to legendary Mexican crooner José José, mourned the iconic artist on Sunday by gathering several hundreds of his fans at a closed casket wake with his family. Known as the "Prince of Song," José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz died eight days ago in Miami at age...

The Latest: Ethiopia's Desisa wins marathon

Oct. 5, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships early Sunday (all times local): 3:00 a.m. Lelisa Desisa has won the men's marathon, narrowly beating fellow Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew at the finish. Desisa, the 2013 silver medalist, won in 2 hours 10 minutes 40 seconds in the heat of...