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A woman's place? Out hunting with spears, study finds

Washington - A new study says a woman's place might never have been at home to begin with.Scientists said Wednesday they had discovered the 9,000-year-old remains of a young woman in the Peruvian Andes alongside a well-stocked big game hunting toolkit.

US, regional powers recognise Maduro opponent as Venezuela leader

Apo - The United States and major South American nations recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim leader Wednesday while the EU called for free elections to restore democracy, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

Regional powers recognize Maduro opponent as interim leader

Davos - The United States, Canada and major South American nations recognized the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature as the country's interim leader on Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

US, S. American nations recognize Maduro opponent as interim leader

Davos - The US, Canada and several major South American nations recognized the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature as the country's interim leader on Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

Trump to make first trip to Latin America

Washington - Donald Trump will make his Latin America debut next month, visiting Peru and Colombia after harsh rhetoric towards Hispanic migrants and neighbors to the south.

French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge election

Washington - A day before France votes for a new president, expatriates and residents in overseas territories in the Western Hemisphere cast their ballots Saturday, with some hoping to stop a global wave of right-wing nationalism from claiming their country.

New evidence shows people lived in Americas before Clovis people

Arroyo Seco - More evidence has been found that supports the growing belief that early humans, predating the Clovis people made it to the Americas over 14,000 years ago.

The most dangerous tree in the Americas is also found in Florida

The Spanish conquistadors called it the "little tree of death." They were referring to the manchineel tree, found in parts of the Americas and in southern Florida. The tree has been described as the most toxic tree in the world.

Zika virus has potential to spread throughout Americas

Researchers studying the spread of infectious diseases say the Zika virus, possibly linked to birth defects, has the potential to spread across the Americas, including parts of the U.S.

Op-Ed: Now that’s a fact — 10 facts about Pan Am Games

Toronto - As Toronto gets ready to welcome the athletes from the Americas for 2015 Pan Am Games, here are some facts to get you all excited about the tournament.

Obama, Castro hold 'candid' historic meeting in Panama

Panama - Barack Obama and Raul Castro held the first face-to-face talks between US and Cuban leaders since 1956 in Panama, vowing to pursue their historic effort to bury Cold War-era enmity.

Obama, Venezuela's Maduro meet for first time

Panama - US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions.

Castro tells Obama diplomatic thaw requires patience

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told US counterpart Barack Obama during historic face-to-face talks Saturday that negotiations to restore diplomatic ties will require much patience.

US, Cuban leaders hold first meeting in half-century

Panama - US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro held unprecedented face-to-face talks in Panama on Saturday, soothing decades of Cold War-era antagonism in a historic effort to restore diplomatic ties.

Maduro doesn't 'trust' Obama but wants talks

Panama - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told an Americas summit on Saturday that he does not trust US President Barack Obama but is willing to talk to ease tensions.

Cuba's Castro says Obama is 'an honest man'

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told the Summit of the Americas on Saturday that US President Barack Obama, who was in attendance, is an "honest man" as the leaders seek to restore diplomatic ties.

Obama, Castro set for historic sit-down in Panama

Panama - US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro headed toward historic talks in Panama on Saturday, sealing efforts to bury more than 50 years of animosity.

Obama, Castro stand together at historic summit

Panama - US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro stood near each other at a historic Summit of the Americas on Friday, marking a major milestone in their efforts to end decades of animosity.

Obama meets Cuba dissidents on eve of Castro talks

Panama - On the eve of an historic meeting with Raul Castro, US President Barack Obama pointedly met two of the Cuban leader's fiercest critics and launched a staunch defense of opposition activists Friday.

Obama, Castro head toward historic encounter

Panama - US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro will break bread with other leaders from around the Americas at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity.

Obama advised to take Cuba off terror list

Panama - President Barack Obama moved closer to removing a major hurdle in the US-Cuba diplomatic thaw, as a lawmaker indicated he could take Havana off a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Obama advised to take Cuba off terror list

Panama - US President Barack Obama has been advised by aides to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a major hurdle in his diplomatic thaw with Havana.

Civil society forum overheats at Americas summit

Panama - Jeering and insults marred a civil society forum ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, pitting supporters of the Cuban and Venezuelan governments against opposition figures.

Latin American ex-leaders urge 'free' polls in Venezuela

Panama - Former Latin American leaders called Thursday for "free and fair" elections in Venezuela and the release of "political prisoners," in pointed criticism of the government ahead of a regional summit.

Obama close to decision on Cuba terror list status

Panama - US President Barack Obama closed in Thursday on deciding whether to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a major hurdle in his diplomatic thaw with Havana.

Erdogan slams ridicule of 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence".

Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

WHO: Alcohol kills millions per year

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants global governments to crack down after study shows that alcohol kills millions per year.

Ainslie making progress on America's Cup team for Britain

Ben Ainslie is making good progress on putting together an 80 million pounds ($130 million) British challenge for the next America's Cup, the four-times Olympic champion said on Thursday.

Sailing-Belcher to skipper Australian America's Cup challenge

Olympic sailing champion Mathew Belcher has been named skipper of America's Cup challenger Team Australia.
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