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A worker enters the migrant shelter where Tania Vanessa Avalos has been receiving assistance since her husband Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 25, and their nearly two-year-old daughter Valeria drowned Sunday when the family tried to cross the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The young migrant family was from San Martin, El Salvador. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Migrant: Young family ignored advice against border swimMigrant says she tried to discourage young family from El Salvador from trying to swim across the Rio Grande when they appeared in the Mexican border city of Matamoros over the weekend with fear already on their faces
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Sharks attack in Bahamas, killing Southern California womanA shark attack has killed a Southern California woman vacationing in the Bahamas
The Associated Press5 hours ago
A funeral home worker waits to receive the bodies of El Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramírez, 25, and his nearly two-year-old daughter Valeria, at the morgue in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The pair drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande to Brownsville, Texas on Sunday, June 23. Martinez's wife Tania Vanessa Avalos survived. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
'They died in each other's arms,' migrant's mother saysThe mother of a man who drowned alongside his 23-month-old daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas says she feels a hole that "nobody can fill."
The Associated Press6 hours ago
US: Coca cultivation in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018The Trump administration is reporting that coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018 for the first time in six years, but it remained at historical high levels
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Brazil's Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun lawsBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued several new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws, moving to rescue a signature campaign promise after the Senate rejected his earlier effort
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Venezuela gov't says it thwarted plot seeking to kill MaduroVenezuelan officials say they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Nicolas Maduro and his closest political allies
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Guatemalan authorities raid electoral offices amid recountGuatemala's Attorney General's Office says it searched the offices of the country's election commission following supposed inconsistencies in the voting count from its June 16 general elections
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Season's 1st tropical storm forms in Eastern PacificThe first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico
The Associated Press16 hours ago
First tropical storm of the East Pacific season forms off Mexico; poses no threat to landFirst tropical storm of the East Pacific season forms off Mexico; poses no threat to land
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Western Panama hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquakeThe U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck western Panama
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Rosa Ramirez cries when shown a photograph printed from social media of her son Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramírez, 25, granddaughter Valeria, nearly 2, and her daughter-in-law Tania Vanessa Avalos, 21, while speaking to journalists at her home in San Martin, El Salvador, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The drowned bodies of her son and granddaughter were located Monday morning on the banks of the Rio Grande, a day after the pair were swept away by the current when the young family tried to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. Her daughter-in-law survived. (AP Photo/Antonio Valladares)
A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrantsThe mother of a Salvadoran man who died with his young daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande says she begged the family not to go
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Brazil's top court denies petition to release ex-presidentBrazil's Supreme Court has denied a petition to release former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who is serving a sentence for corruption
The Associated Press1 day ago
Brazil's Supreme Court rejects another attempt by ex-President da Silva to get out of jail in corruption caseBrazil's Supreme Court rejects another attempt by ex-President da Silva to get out of jail in corruption case
The Associated Press1 day ago
Uruguayan prison chief quits after Italian mobster escapesThe director of Uruguay's prison system has resigned following the escape of a top Italian organized crime boss from the jail where he was being held while awaiting extradition to Italy
The Associated Press1 day ago
Guatemala ready for 'vote-by-vote election recountGuatemalan officials say they will begin on Wednesday a "vote-by-vote" recount of the country's June 16 general election results
The Associated Press1 day ago
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