In frightened Mexico town, a mob kills 2 young pollsters
Latin America & the Caribbean

In frightened Mexico town, a mob kills 2 young pollsters

AJALPAN, Mexico (AP) — It was evening in Ajalpan when two young pollsters from Mexico’s capital ducked into a store to conduct a survey about tortilla consumption. Someone didn’t like it, and they called the cops. “There are suspicious people on Guerrero Street. They’re asking a lot of questions,” the anonymous tipster reported, Police Chief … Continue reading

Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage on Mexican coast
Latin America & the Caribbean

Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage on Mexican coast

CHAMELA, Mexico (AP) — Just a day after menacing Mexico as one of history’s strongest storms, Hurricane Patricia left surprisingly little damage in its wake Saturday and quickly dissipated into a low-pressure system that posed little threat beyond heavy rain. The hurricane’s most powerful punch landed on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast … Continue reading

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
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United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aims to encourage trade … Continue reading

At ‘home’ in Peru, World Bank chief unfazed by slower growth
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At ‘home’ in Peru, World Bank chief unfazed by slower growth

CARABAYLLO, Peru (AP) — In the 1990s, Jim Yong Kim would climb the dusty streets and hillsides of this sprawling slum outside Peru’s capital distributing expensive pharmaceutical drugs he’d brought hidden in his luggage to tuberculosis patients. Residents recall the Harvard-trained physician as a smiling do-gooder with basic Spanish and shoes permanently caked with dust. … Continue reading

Singer and mom Shakira promotes early childhood development
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Singer and mom Shakira promotes early childhood development

NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira, a longtime promoter of early childhood development and education, says being a mother has given her an even stronger connection to the issue. The Grammy-winning performer and her soccer pro-partner Gerard Pique are the parents of 2-year-old Milan and 8-month-old Sasha. “I’ve been an advocate for education long before I … Continue reading

Probe continues in killing of Mexican filmmaker’s relatives
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Probe continues in killing of Mexican filmmaker’s relatives

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz say there have been few advances in the investigation into the killings of the father and brother of Mexican movie director Alejandro Monteverde a week after their bodies were found. Omar Zuniga, spokesman for the Veracruz state prosecutor’s office, said Thursday that the … Continue reading

Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal
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Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A stunning diplomatic breakthrough leaves a minefield of problems standing between Colombia and the tantalizing prospect of peace after generations of armed conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are celebrating Wednesday’s announcement that they had crossed what many see as the point of … Continue reading

Strong quake shakes Chile capital, causing buildings to sway
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Strong quake shakes Chile capital, causing buildings to sway

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile’s northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. Authorities reported one death in a town north of the capital. Four aftershocks above magnitude-6 and other strong shakes rattled the region as tsunami … Continue reading