US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels
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US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels

PUERTO BELLO, Colombia (AP) — Coca production in Colombia has surged to levels unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report released Tuesday, March 14. Cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine rose 18 percent last year from 2015, with coca crops planted on an estimated 188,000 hectares … Continue reading

OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections
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OAS head urges bloc suspend Venezuela over elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said Tuesday, March 14, is destroying the country’s democracy. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro made the request in a 75-page report … Continue reading

Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves
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Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday, March 14. Veracruz state’s top prosecutor, Jorge Winckler, said the clandestine pits appeared to contain remains of … Continue reading

Federal judge: Border Patrol in Arizona violated court order
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Federal judge: Border Patrol in Arizona violated court order

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has said the Border Patrol in Arizona violated court orders by failing to properly preserve surveillance video related to a lawsuit claiming the agency detains migrants in inhumane conditions. U.S. District Judge David Bury on Monday, March 13, partially granted a motion to hold the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector … Continue reading

US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market
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US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

VIENNA (AP) — The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official on Tuesday, March 14, hailed a pending United Nations move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledged it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said the U.N.’s proposal … Continue reading

Venezuela rallies past Italy 4-3 to reach 2nd round of WBC
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Venezuela rallies past Italy 4-3 to reach 2nd round of WBC

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tying homer and Rougned Odor delivered a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the ninth inning that carried Venezuela past Italy 4-3 on Monday, March 13, night and into the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a one-game tiebreaker that determined the final team … Continue reading

Pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives sued for plagiarism
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Pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives sued for plagiarism

MADRID (AP) — A Cuban singer and music producer has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives for allegedly copying his work in the Colombian duo’s award-winning music hit “La Bicicleta .” Livan Rafael Castellanos, also known as Livam, said he wants a court to decide whether parts of his 1997 … Continue reading

Deal made after Mexican man died at border gets initial OK
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Deal made after Mexican man died at border gets initial OK

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge tentatively approved an agreement Thursday, March 2, for the U.S. government to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by immigration authorities and shot several times with a stun gun. The settlement considered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Louisa Porter is … Continue reading

MS-13 gang suspects indicted in slayings of 3 teenagers
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MS-13 gang suspects indicted in slayings of 3 teenagers

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Thursday, March 2, they had captured the members of a violent street gang who killed three high school students, including two girls who were inseparable best friends and were attacked with a machete and baseball bats as they walked through their suburban neighborhood. Thirteen members of local … Continue reading

US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care
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US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care

DALLAS (AP) — An immigration judge granted bond Thursday, March 2, to a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States, allowing her to leave an immigration detention facility to seek treatment for a brain tumor. Sara Beltran Hernandez’s family in New York posted her $15,000 bond after the hearing and she was released late … Continue reading

Brazil sends 9,000 soldiers to Rio amid security crisis
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Brazil sends 9,000 soldiers to Rio amid security crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer issued a decree on Tuesday, February 14, to deploy 9,000 soldiers in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area until Feb. 22, one week before Carnaval ends. That’s almost half the troops used during last year’s Olympic Games. The decision partly fulfills Rio de Janeiro Gov. Luiz Fernando … Continue reading

Vatican inequality talks start in California farm heartland
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Vatican inequality talks start in California farm heartland

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Pope Francis said that “no people is criminal and no religion is terrorist” in a welcome letter read aloud at a conference on economic inequality that opened Thursday, February 16, in the small farming city in California. The gathering of Catholic clergy and activists in Modesto, California, came as the world … Continue reading

Despite charges, Brazil’s Lula eyes another run
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Despite charges, Brazil’s Lula eyes another run

SAO PAULO (AP) — He is facing several corruption charges, Brazil’s largest-ever graft probe has decimated the political party he founded and his hand-picked successor was impeached and ousted from office. Yet former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known to Brazilians simply as Lula, is topping polls for next year’s presidential race and traveling … Continue reading

Detained Mexican in Seattle pushed into immigration debate
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Detained Mexican in Seattle pushed into immigration debate

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina say he was asleep in a suburban Seattle house last week morning when immigration agents showed up to arrest his father, who authorities described as a previously deported felon. Despite Ramirez’s participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, … Continue reading