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Expert: UN failed before Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar's military concluded that the organization's many bodies failed to act together, resulting in "systemic and structural failures." The...

Trump protesters rally at gay bar blocks from arena speech

Jun. 18, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Opponents of President Donald Trump's reelection announcement in Florida on Tuesday are launching their protests at a nearby gay bar where a mariachi band and a drag queen will perform in what they say is a juxtaposition of the president's policies. Organizers of the "Win With Love...

US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

Jun. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United...

Venezuela's misery doesn't even spare the dead in Maracaibo

Jun. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Even the dead aren't safe in Maracaibo, a sweltering, suffering city in Venezuela. Thieves have broken into some of the vaults and coffins in El Cuadrado cemetery since late last year, stealing ornaments and sometimes items from corpses as the country sinks to new depths of...

Mexico's crackdown on migrants sends some heading south

Jun. 17, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's efforts to slow Central American migration across its territory showed some bite Monday as some people turned around to head south in the face of increased enforcement, while government officials said they would target human smuggling rings. One government official...

DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmen

Jun. 17, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston. The man was...

Venezuela's Guaidó grapples with case of alleged corruption

Jun. 17, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition on Monday came under increasing scrutiny for a case in which two activists allegedly misappropriated funds designated to help Venezuelan security forces who deserted and crossed into Colombia. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó said his...

Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid

Jun. 17, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The huge blackout that left tens of millions of people in the dark in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay over the weekend raised serious questions about the vulnerability of the power grid in South America and brought criticism down on Argentina's leader. President Mauricio...

Brazil's Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 17, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht filed for bankruptcy protection Monday to restructure $13 billion in debt, worn down after spending five years at the center of one of the world's largest corruption investigations. Odebrecht said in a statement that it and its subsidiaries would...

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

Jun. 17, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup probably...