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Puerto Ricans turn to life-saving self-help in Maria's aftermath

Humacao - Desperate and alone -- and with the US government nowhere to be seen -- many Puerto Ricans turned to each other for salvation as they faced the furies of Hurricane Maria one year ago.

Mexico ranch helps American bison make a comeback

Mexico - Hundreds of years ago, the American bison roamed freely across the widest natural range of any herbivore on the continent -- a vast habitat extending from northern Mexico across the United States to Alaska, and Canada.

Some separated children in US opt to join their deported parents

Los Angeles - Under oath before a US immigration judge, 14-year-old Sandy quietly asks the authorities to send her back to her native Guatemala, which she had left only months earlier.

Mexico, US close to a deal on NAFTA overhaul

Washington - Mexico and the United States are close to finalizing a preliminary agreement on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would let the third partner, Canada, sign on to the agreement, Mexico's lead negotiator said Wednesday.

Honduran families traumatized by US-imposed separations

- Since being returned to his parents in Honduras, 16-month-old Johan has suffered from stomach problems and sleepwalking.

The sweet taste of success: a Syrian's journey from Gitmo to pastries

Montevideo - Ahmed Ahjam spent more than 12 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, but now he has seen a dream come true by starting a business in the country that welcomed him when the nightmare ended."Ahmed Ahjam.

Trump administration pressures judges to speed deportations

Los Angeles - US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations -- or risk removal if they delay.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.

California blazes threaten populated areas

Lake Elsinore - Authorities battling massive wildfires in large swathes of California issued mandatory evacuation orders and health warnings Friday over the worsening air quality as the flames grew ever closer to populated areas.

Puerto Rico says hurricane-linked deaths may top 1,400

Miami - Puerto Rico for the first time has told Congress that its 1,427 additional deaths last year compared to 2016 may have resulted from Hurricane Maria, a dramatic spike from the official toll of 64.

Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump

New York - The Slovenian-born parents of Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, reportedly taking advantage of a family reunification program President Donald Trump has vehemently denounced.

US police find body of boy at raided camp

Los Angeles - The body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a dilapidated camp in the US state of New Mexico where 11 children were rescued in appalling conditions, police said.

Two arrested in $1.2 bn Venezuela currency scam

Miami - The United States has arrested two people in a ring of ex-officials and business people who laundered $1.2 billion in funds from Venezuela's state oil firm, authorities said Wednesday.

Mexico and Canada stress NAFTA pledge after Trump warning

Mexico - Mexico and Canada reaffirmed their commitment to the NAFTA trilateral agreement on Wednesday despite a veiled threat from United States President Donald Trump 24 hours earlier to walk away from the deal.

Top US diplomats probe latest health 'attacks' in Cuba visit

Washington - Recent mystery illnesses that have injured 26 US diplomatic personnel and their families in Cuba have prompted a surprise visit by three senior State Department officials to the communist island nation.

Separated for 45 days by US policy: a mother and son tell their story

Los Angeles - Otilia Asig-Putul's voice breaks when she recalls the interminable 45 days she was separated from her son.

G20 finance ministers to tackle trade war impact on global economy

Buenos Aires - Global trade conflicts triggered by the protectionist policies of US President Donald Trump are set to dominate this weekend's meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers in Buenos Aires.

Forest fire threatens California's fabled Yosemite

Los Angeles - A vast fire in northern California has destroyed 50 km2 (more than 12,000 acres), left one person dead and is threatening Yosemite National Park, authorities said Tuesday.

Puerto Rico allowing transgender people to fix birth certificates

Miami - Transgender people in Puerto Rico can now modify their birth certificates to match their gender identity, after activists won a lawsuit against the US territory's governor.

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 bln damages ruling against Chevron

Quito - Ecuador's highest court upheld in a ruling released Tuesday a $9.5 billion damages award against oil giant Chevron over decades of pollution that harmed indigenous people.

Top US officials to meet Mexico president-elect in modest house

Mexico - Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top US officials this week in his offices, located in a modest house with little security.

Panama prosecutors request 21-year spying sentence for ex-president

Panama - Panamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital Panama City.

US orders non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-hit Nicaragua

Managua - The United States on Friday ordered all of its non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-stricken Nicaragua amid a wave of anti-government protests and violence that has left 230 dead, the embassy in the capital Managua said.

Mexican drug baron lawyer asks to push back trial

New York - The lawyer for imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Friday asked for his client's trial to be postponed, arguing that thousands of new documents produced by the prosecution would make it impossible to prepare the defense in time.

US deporting 80% more Guatemalans than in 2017

Guatemala City - Deportations of Guatemalans have increased 80 percent this year on the back of US President Donald Trump's controversial "zero tolerance" policy towards unauthorized migrants, Guatemala said on Thursday.

Trump-AMLO: clash of populists, or chance for a fresh start?

Washington - Like Donald Trump before him, Mexico's new leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swept to victory with a promise to shake up corrupt elites and put his country's interests first.

Calls to abolish US immigration agency over border 'abuses'

Miami - The separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents and guardians at the US-Mexico border has sparked international outrage and growing calls in the United States for the abolition of the immigration agency on the frontlines of the dispute.

Fleeing for their lives, migrants trek for the US

Tapachula - First, the family store was looted. Then came phone calls demanding money, lots of it. Finally, threats to kill their two daughters.

Pence to Central Americans: Stay put

Guatemala City - US Vice President Mike Pence urged Central American leaders Thursday to halt what he called an exodus of people that has triggered a humanitarian crisis at the US border with Mexico.

Pence travels to Ecuador, will address Venezuela crisis

Quito - US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Ecuador Wednesday on a visit that will include a meeting with President Lenin Moreno and talks on the Venezuelan crisis.
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