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A young performer stands with her troupe during the "Tambores de Olokun" street party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Thousands have started attending the popular street parties ahead of the world's famous carnival festival that begins on Feb 21. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse Two of Rio de Janeiro's samba schools have used the platform of the annual Carnival parade to call for an end to religious intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions that are a tiny minority in Brazil
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Illegal net snares humpback in endangered porpoise refugeRescuers in Mexico have partially freed a humpback whale that became entangled in an illegal fishing net inside a refuge for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the Gulf of California
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Haiti says soldier died of wounds after shootout with policeThe Haitian Ministry of Defense says a soldier has died from wounds suffered during an exchange of gunfire with police officers protesting outside army headquarters
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Man accused in cruise ship death to face Puerto Rico judgeAn Indiana man accused of dropping his granddaughter from an 11th floor window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico last year declined his right to a jury trial on Monday
The Associated Press2 hours ago
'Deportation with a layover:' US sends migrants to GuatemalaThe United States government is preparing to expand a program that sends asylum-seekers to Guatemala before they can formally ask to stay in the U.S. The program that began in November has been called “deportation with a layover” because many migrants give up and return to the countries they fled rather than wait to be processed by Guatemalan authorities
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, Dugleidi Salcedo complains to a neighbor about the high price of food as she prepares arepas for her three sons in her kitchen in the Petare slum, in Caracas, Venezuela. Hunger drove Salcedo to send her four-year-old daughter to live with an aunt when she could no longer feed her. "My boys cry," the single mother of four said. "But they resist more than her when I tell them that there's no food." One of every three people in Venezuela is struggling to meet minimum food needs amid the country's long political and economic upheaval, according to a study published Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, by the U.N. World Foo Progam. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
UN study: 1 of every 3 Venezuelans is facing hungerA study by the U.N. World Food Program says one in every three people in Venezuela is struggling to put enough food on the table to meet minimum nutrition requirements as the nation's severe economic contraction and political upheaval persist
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Stalled mega power project in central Mexico stirs discordThe thermo-electric plant looms over Huexca, a farm hamlet in central Mexico where many people view it as a sleeping monster
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Colombians grapple with a big problem: wandering hipposAn estimated 80 hippopotamuses, perhaps more, live in the area around the Rio Magdalena, Colombia’s principal river, which runs through the center of the country
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Off-duty police officers run towards and armed clash with army soldiers during a protest over police pay and working conditions, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palaceHaitian police officers have exchanged gunfire for hours with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Transgender godmother Camila Prins from the Colorado do Bras samba school performs during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Prins entered the parade grounds, in a costume of feathers that displayed her sinuous body, fulfilling a dream nearly three decades old. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade tabooNot many things happen for the first time in Brazil's Carnival
The Associated Press1 day ago
Dancers from the Tom Maior samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo early Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
In Brazil, fear of spreading police protests during CarnivalA violent police strike in northeastern Brazil has shed light on dissatisfaction among cops elsewhere in the country, with some forces threatening to protest as rowdy Carnival celebrations start
The Associated Press2 days ago
Mexicans march to protest major infrastructure projectsMore than 1,000 people have marched through the center of Mexico City in opposition to the government's largest infrastructure projects
The Associated Press2 days ago
Opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a interview with the Associated Press in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
AP Interview: Venezuela's Guaidó extols Trump allianceVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump's "firm and determined” backing following a White House meeting aimed at helping him steer the crisis-stricken nation toward a democratic transition
The Associated Press2 days ago
Dominican government asks OAS to investigate e-vote failureGovernment officials announced Friday that they have asked the Organization of American States to investigate the failure of an electronic voting system some believe was tampered with in an incident that sparked protests and delayed municipal elections
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Judge: High-profile corruption trial to stay in Puerto Rico A federal judge on Friday denied a request to move an upcoming corruption trial against former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Julia Keleher to the U.S. mainland
The Associated Press3 days ago
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