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Sergio Cardenas, whose father Gustavo is being held in a Venezuelan jail along with five other Citgo executives since November 2017, holds a necklace emblazoned with a logo "Free the Citgo 6," as he poses for a photo outside his home in Katy, Texas, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Sergio, who suffers from a rare metabolic disease called mucolipidosis that stunted his physical growth, visited his father for two hours at a Caracas jail, after he was taken there by his mother who fears their son could die before his father’s release. (AP Photo/John L Mone)
Jailed Citgo executives in limbo amid Venezuela turmoilSix executives from the Houston-based Citgo oil company, five of them Americans, have spent 15 months jailed in Venezuela on what their families say are trumped-up corruption charges
The Associated Press10 minutes ago
Vendors wait for clients at an open-air market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations over prices that have doubled for food, gas and other basic goods in recent weeks and allegations of government corruption. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protestBusinesses and government offices are slowly reopening across Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters over skyrocketing prices and allegations of corruption
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE - In this May 12, 2005 file photo, inmates have their meal in the mess hall at the Islas Marias federal prison island, located 90 miles south of Mazatlan, Mexico.  President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 that he will close the famed island penal colony and will have it converted into a cultural and environmental education center. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region's lastMexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon."
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation convictionA Honduran lawmaker has been stripped of her seat in Congress after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protestsA Nicaraguan judge has given lengthy prison terms to three farmers' leaders who participated in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Brazil president fires key aide linked to corruption scandalBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially dismissed his key aide in charge of dealings with congress, days after a newspaper linked him to a corruption scandal involving phony candidates and the misuse of campaign funds
The Associated Press7 hours ago
1 month after Mexico pipeline fire, toll stands at 130 deadMexican officials say that one month after a fiery explosion at an illegally tapped gasoline pipeline, the death toll stands at 130
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poetPope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Bus hits dump truck in Bolivia; at least 24 reported deadBolivian police say a bus has crashed head-on with a dump truck, killing at least 24 people and injuring 12 more
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Brazil's #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuseHundreds of women have accused Brazilian spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria of sexual abuse, turning him into the first major Brazilian figure to do down in the #metoo era
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Venezuelan women shout slogans against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in La Parada, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. As part of U.S. humanitarian aid to Venezuela, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla, is visiting the area where the medical supplies, medicine and food aid is stored before it it expected to be taken across the border on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enterU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is warning Venezuelan soldiers they will commit a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of U.S. aid that is being channeled through rivals of socialist President Nicolas Maduro
The Associated Press1 day ago
Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditionsNicaragua says it has held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but opposition groups and civil society are demanding a raft of preconditions
The Associated Press1 day ago
El Salvador arrests ex-soldier in slaying of US advisersEl Salvador police say they've arrested a man convicted of participating in the 1981 killing of two American labor advisers and the head of the country's land reform agency _ a case that shook U.S. relations with the Central American nation
The Associated Press1 day ago
US immigration officials detain 2 bankers wanted in EcuadorU.S. immigration authorities have detained two brothers from Ecuador wanted in the South American country for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from a now-defunct bank
The Associated Press1 day ago
Brazil mining company evacuates people due to dam riskBrazilian mining giant Vale say it has evacuated nearly 200 people after inspectors reported signs that a nearby dam holding mining waste could collapse
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