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UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Feb. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack. The report urged local...

Women shout during a protest against gender violence outside the National Palace that includes the presidential office and residence, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico City to tighten school safety after girl, 7, killed

Feb. 18, 2020 5:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials said Tuesday they will tighten rules for children leaving government schools on their own after a 7-year-old girl was found murdered over the weekend. In Mexico City, even grade-school students often simply walk out of school after classes to meet parents waiting...

Baylor probe clears ex-chairman of racist, sexist comments

Feb. 18, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Law firm investigators hired by Baylor University concluded the former chairman of the university's board of regents did not make racist, lewd and anti-Semitic comments during a 2014 meeting in Mexico. The allegations against Richard Willis surfaced in late 2018 in federal court filings...

Brazil oil workers at war with Petrobras in massive strike

Feb. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras were locked in a power struggle Tuesday over the company's privatization plans, with the union saying thousands of employees are on an indefinite strike. A few hundred people gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the headquarters of...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo provided by attorney Jodi Goodwin, a Venezuelan teenager named Branyerly stands on an international bridge connecting Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, before she requested parole from U.S. border officers. Branyerly was forced back to Mexico by U.S. government authorities who denied her claims that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims from her father. The teenager is living alone in Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownsville. (Jodi Goodwin via AP)

US border clampdown forces Venezuelan teen into Mexico alone

Feb. 18, 2020 3:36 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Venezuelan teenager has been forced back to Mexico by U.S. government authorities who denied her claims that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims from her father. The teenager, who is being identified by only her first name, Branyerly,...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Maduro said Friday that authorities haven’t detained opposition leader Juan Guaido because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he warned: “It will come.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

Feb. 18, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in the South American country. Administration officials said...

FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart is reporting  disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales. The nation's largest retailer says that sales at its U.S. stores heading into the holiday season were weaker than expected. It also said that social unrest in Chile hurt its business. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A rare miss for Walmart to end the year

Feb. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile, where there are hundreds of Walmart stores, cut into international sales. Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the year and...

Scott Scheffler follows through on the third tee during the final round of The American Express golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

With steady play, Scottie Scheffler going places in a hurry

Feb. 18, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Most satisfying to Scottie Scheffler in his rookie season on the PGA Tour is his steady, consistent play. It has him going places in a hurry. One year ago, Scheffler missed the cut in a Korn Ferry Tour event in Florida and was No. 830 in the world. Now he is in his first World Golf...

Officials search for small plane that crashed near Dominica

Feb. 18, 2020 1:34 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities on the French island of Guadeloupe said Tuesday that they were looking for the remains of a small plane that apparently crashed at sea near the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica over the weekend. The Piper PA-28 was carrying four people, and crews have recovered...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, an archaeologist handles ancient bones and vessels from a previous Inca culture that were discovered by workers building a new natural gas line through the Puente Piedra neighborhood of Lima, Peru. About 300 archaeological finds, some 2,000 years old, have been reported over the past decade during the building of thousands of kilometers (miles) of natural gas pipelines in the capital. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru gas workers unearth centuries of history in Lima's soil

Feb. 18, 2020 1:13 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — For nearly two decades, workers for a company building gas lines across Peru’s capital have found themselves unearthing a treasure trove of history. On one recent afternoon, a team came across four burials accompanied by ceramics from a pre-Incan civilization. Two years earlier,...