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Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead

Sep. 21, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history. At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which...

Hurricane Lorena skirts east coast of Mexico's Baja

Sep. 20, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Lorena skirted along the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula late Friday, prompting new warnings and watches for coastal areas but apparently sparing a direct hit on the resort-studded twin cities of Los Cabos. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape...

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

The Latest: US may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador

Sep. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. and El Salvador to make it a haven for migrants seeking asylum. (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A copy of an agreement between the United States and El Salvador says the U.S. may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador but not until both countries...

'Climate strike' crosses continents: A look at the protests

Sep. 20, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched, rallied and demonstrated around the world Friday, demanding action to combat climate change. A look at some of the "Global Climate Strike" protests: AFRICA — KENYA: Some young protesters in Nairobi wore hats and outfits fashioned...

Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs. Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto Rico on Friday remembered those who died two years ago. The Category 4 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in its...

Brazil aims to deflect criticism over Amazon deforestation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private...

Twitter: Accounts targeting Ecuador's president deleted

Sep. 20, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Twitter has taken down 1,019 accounts in Ecuador, saying they're mostly fake and aimed at undermining President Lenín Moreno. Twitter on Friday said the accounts tied to the PAIS Alliance political party posted content about the president's administration, focusing on free...

Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Sep. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will fail to force concessions by his government. Rodríguez told reporters that Cuba was...