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US lawmakers press Colombia on killings of rights activists

Washington - Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged President Donald Trump's administration to press Colombia over attacks on rights activists and warned that US assistance should not contribute to surveillance.

US sanctions five Iranian ship captains over Venezuela oil delivery

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on five Iranian ship captains who delivered oil to Venezuela, as Washington ratcheted up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose government it considers illegitimate.

Venezuela calls US warship presence 'a provocation'

Caracas - Venezuela accused the United States on Wednesday of "an act of provocation" after a US warship steamed close to the South American country's territorial waters the day before.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador says he will meet Trump in July

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he expects to meet with US counterpart Donald Trump in early July to kick-start the new North American trade deal.

Mexico ready to sell gasoline to Venezuela for 'humanitarian' reasons

Mexico - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday his government was ready to help ease Venezuela's gasoline shortage for humanitarian reasons despite pressure from the United States.

Mexico says 1,200 citizens died in US from coronavirus

Mexico - More 1,200 Mexicans have died of the novel coronavirus in the United States, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday, adding that another 12 citizens around the world have also fallen victim to the deadly virus.

Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions

Havana - Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday.

'They are the heroes now' — virus doctors join racism protests

New York - New York nurses and doctors, hailed as heroes for fighting the coronavirus outbreak, are denouncing racial segregation in the public health system by joining the George Floyd protests.

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd': HRW and Johns Hopkins

New York - Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact end up being thousands of times higher, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University.

Cuba dreading Trump re-election, says diplomat

Havana - The re-election of Donald Trump as president of the United States would be "the worst" scenario for Cuba, Havana's top diplomat in charge of relations with Washington told AFP."If the Republicans win ...

Congress presses Trump for answers on botched Venezuela 'invasion'

Washington - The head of a US congressional committee said Tuesday he was asking President Donald Trump's administration for explanations over a mysterious botched "invasion" of Venezuela in which two Americans were arrested.

US says Iran helping Venezuela oil sector

Washington - The United States said Thursday that cash-strapped Venezuela is paying Iran in gold to rebuild its troubled oil industry as it denounced what it saw as growing cooperation between its two adversaries.

US and Mexico 'need each other,' says president Lopez Obrador

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador played down on Thursday his counterpart Donald Trump's decision to temporarily halt immigration to the United States, saying it wouldn't affect business between the neighboring countries.

California orders sick leave for essential food workers

Los Angeles - California on Thursday ordered that food workers, considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic, receive two weeks' extra paid sick leave if they are affected by the virus or quarantine orders.

How will US bounty affect Maduro's hold on Venezuelan power?

Caracas - The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of "narco-terrorism" and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture.

Las Vegas grinds to halt as casinos close over virus

Los Angeles - Slot machines switched off, blackjack tables deserted... several of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas will shut their doors Tuesday to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

Bolsonaro says virus threat is 'overstated'

Miami - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday minimized the threat of the new coronavirus -- which has killed nearly 4,000 people in more than 60 countries and tanked global financial markets -- saying its destructive power has been "overstated.

Venezuela parliament authorizes Guaido to use frozen regime funds

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly on Thursday authorized its leader Juan Guaido to take control of around $80 million in assets frozen outside the country due to sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro.

Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to US

Mexico - The son of a powerful Mexican drug lord was Thursday extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for trafficking, a government source told AFP.

Morales opponents to seek ex-president's election disqualification

La Paz - Opponents of former Bolivia president Evo Morales said on Wednesday they will appeal the socialist leader's bid to run for a senate seat in May's general election.

Guaido calls for a 'great mobilization' ahead of Venezuela return

Miami - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido promised "a great mobilization in Caracas" when he returns to the country after a two-week international tour, drumming up support to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro celebrates Guaido 'failure' in Venezuela rally

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro goaded opposition leader Juan Guaido during a rally in Caracas on Thursday, taunting his rival for failing to unseat him.

Mexico detained more than 2,000 after caravan border crossing

Mexico - Mexican migration authorities released Wednesday an official count of the number of people detained along the country's southern border two days before, estimating that more than 2,000 people were "rescued" after they crossed the border with Guatemala....

Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala

Guatemala City - More than 1,000 Honduran migrants broke through a police barrier on the border with Guatemala on Thursday in a bid to join hundreds of others heading for the United States.

US eyes sanctions over growing Russian support for Venezuela

Washington - The United States will take action in response to growing Russian support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a senior US official warned Monday.

Ex-Mexican minister pleads not guilty in US to taking drug bribes

New York - Former Mexican public security minister Genaro Garcia Luna, accused of taking huge bribes to allow the notorious Sinaloa cartel to ship drugs into the US, pleaded not guilty Friday in a New York court.

Panama marks 20 years in charge of canal, faces climate threat

Panama - Panama on Tuesday marks two decades of control over the vital interoceanic Canal following its return by the United States, but worries over weak traffic and climate change loom.

'More churros, less cops!': New York food vendors feel the heat

New York - For two decades, Guadalupe Galicia has been waking up every day at 4:00 am to make tamales and rice pudding to sell on the streets of New York.

Undocumented migrants drive closer to American dream

New York - Driving a car in the United States -- a country similar in size to Europe -- is often a necessity, as well as being a key part of national culture for over a century.

Cuba to name first prime minister in 40 years

Havana - Cuba is to resurrect the position of prime minister in a parliamentary session at the end of the week, with President Miguel Diaz-Canel nominating a candidate to the post which has remained dormant for more than 40 years.
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