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Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Flying rocks. Burning tires. Acrid smoke. ...

Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo isn't quietly fading away. In his final days as secretary of state, he's issuing orders that have caused international...

Trump hits Cuba with new terrorism sanctions in waning days

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday re-designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” in a move that hits the country with...

Pompeo to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as terrorist group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he will designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization” as...

Yemen, China, Cuba top Pompeo to-do list as time runs down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday announced that he will designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization”...

Trump administration announces $3.7 billion for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will award a $3.7 billion grant to help Puerto Rico rebuild water and wastewater...

Puerto Rico to reopen beaches, relax coronavirus curfew

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s new governor announced Tuesday that he will reopen beaches, marinas and pools, eliminate a Sunday lockdown...

Caribbean hotelier Gordon “Butch” Stewart dies at 79

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gordon “Butch” Stewart, a Jamaican hotelier who founded Sandals Resorts International, has died. He was 79. ...

Alberta leader reverses course, punishes for pandemic travel

TORONTO (AP) — Alberta’s premier has reversed course and is now punishing members of his government for vacationing outside Canada despite government guidelines urging...

Boat with more than a dozen migrants sinks off Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Rescue workers in Colombia were searching for five migrants missing after their boat carrying 16 people sank as it tried...

New governor sworn in as a wary Puerto Rico demands changes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pedro Pierluisi vowed to achieve statehood for Puerto Rico and fight against poverty, corruption and COVID-19 after he...

Ontario finance minister resigns after tropical vacation

TORONTO (AP) — The finance minister for Canada's most populous province resigned Thursday after going on a Caribbean vacation during the pandemic and seemingly...

Eastern Caribbean issues rare alerts for rumbling volcanoes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to...

Argentine Senate weighs fate of abortion in pope’s homeland

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The decades-long fight by Argentine women’s groups for legal abortion was being decided by the Senate in a debate...

Feral pigs flummox Puerto Rico, infiltrate communities

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs are snorting and squealing their way across Puerto Rico in what many fear...

Falsely accused “Anonymous” re-emerges at VOA sister network

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House aide falsely accused of penning anonymous criticism of President Donald Trump has been named to head the...

Pro-Trump shakeups continue at VOA’s parent agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of U.S.-funded international broadcasting is pressing ahead with his shakeup of the Voice of America and sister outlets by...

More than 17K vaccinated in Puerto Rico; new doses en route

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than 17,800 people in Puerto Rico have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the first dose was administered...

Cayman Islands jails US college student in coronavirus case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. college student and her boyfriend have been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman...

Venezuelan village mourns 23 drownings, seeks those missing

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Twinkling Christmas lights have been turned off in the remote fishing village of Güiria in Venezuela as hundreds mourn and...

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada on sex charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested on charges alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them into...

Respiratory therapist receives Puerto Rico’s 1st vaccine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A respiratory therapist who treated the first two COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Puerto Rico became the first person...

Bermuda swears in its first female, Black governor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rena Lalgie has been sworn in as Bermuda’s governor, marking the first time that the British territory in...

UK steps up compensation for victims of immigration scandal

LONDON (AP) — Britain will step up compensation for thousands of long-term U.K. residents originally from the Caribbean who were wrongly caught up in...

14 migrants drown after fleeing Venezuela for Trinidad

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The bodies of at least 14 migrants who were traveling by boat from Venezuela to the nearby Caribbean nation of...

Giants, catcher Chadwick Tromp agree to 1-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chadwick Tromp and the San Francisco Giants agreed on a one-year deal Wednesday after the team declined to tender a...

Jackson loses team as affiliated minors shrink to 120

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackson, Tennessee, lost its Double-A baseball team for next season, one of 40 cities dropped as professional affiliates as Major...

Migrants in US on temporary status get 9-month extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will allow migrants from six countries to extend their legal U.S. residency under a...

Hovland birdies the last hole to win Mayakoba Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Viktor Hovland says his nerves are a jangled mess when he gets into contention. It sure didn't look...

Report finds microwave energy likely made US diplomats ill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by a National Academy of Sciences committee has found that “directed” microwave radiation is the likely cause of...

Puerto Rico seeks to arrest US tourist who refused face mask

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered the arrest of a tourist from the U.S. mainland who is accused of...

Daddy Yankee achieves new balance, readies for his comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after a series of concerts in Puerto Rico that ended up being his last because of the pandemic,...

Supreme Court wrestles with non-unanimous juries case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners who were convicted by...

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for...

Artists say Cuba government agrees to dialogue, tolerance

HAVANA (AP) — A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals say they won an unusual government vow of greater tolerance for independent art on...

Biden’s win means some Guantanamo prisoners may be released

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oldest prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center went to his latest review board hearing with a degree of hope,...

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country...

Reggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his representative said Monday. ...

Cut off: School closings leave rural students isolated

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — The midday arrival of a school bus at Cyliss Castillo's home on the remote edge of a mesa breaks up...

AP source: USA Basketball entering bubble for AmeriCup games

USA Basketball and the national teams from Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico will be moving into a bubble in Indianapolis over the coming days...

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope to close in blow to science

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it will close the huge telescope at the renowned Arecibo Observatory...

Pandemic upends plans, lives of renowned Cuban musicians

HAVANA (AP) — Renowned Cuban musicians are turning to the internet or seeking other jobs to survive a pandemic that has closed bars, clubs...

Iota’s devastation comes into focus in storm-weary Nicaragua

MACIZO DE PEÑAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua (AP) — The devastation caused by Hurricane Iota became clearer Wednesday as images emerged showing piles of wind-tossed lumber...

In McQueen’s ‘Small Axe,’ an epic of West Indian heritage

NEW YORK (AP) — For Steve McQueen, bringing back the London of his childhood began with remembering the scents of his youth. ...

Puerto Rico policeman accused of theft while in uniform

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A police officer has been charged with stealing more than $1,300 worth of goods from Home Depot while...

Dangerous Hurricane Iota makes landfall on Nicaragua coast

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Iota made landfall on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast late Monday, threatening catastrophic damage to the same part of Central...

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The giant, aging cables that support one of the world's largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in...

Iota threatens 2nd hurricane strike for Nicaragua, Honduras

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Iota was strengthening in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday, threatening a second major hurricane strike for Nicaragua...

Tropical Storm Iota forms, could follow Eta’s deadly path

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Just as the remnants of Eta finally blew out to sea on Friday, another storm formed that could follow...

Puerto Rico to activate National Guard to fight COVID-19

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Friday that she will activate the National Guard to help enforce a curfew aimed...

COVID-19 cases hit 1st Caribbean cruise since pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the first cruise ships to ply through Caribbean waters since the pandemic began ended its trip...

Man in accident steals car of good Samaritan in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A man who was in a traffic accident stole the car of a good Samaritan who had stopped...

Puerto Rico unearths uncounted ballots 1 week after election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s elections commission said Tuesday that it has discovered more than 100 briefcases containing uncounted ballots a...

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Just when you thought it should be safe to go back to the water, the record-setting tropics are going...

UN: Pandemic threatens Latin America’s next generation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jenashly Matos may only be 9, but she has big dreams of one day becoming a doctor and helping people....

Eta strikes Florida Keys; expected to become hurricane

HAVANA (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Florida's Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday night, days after leaving scores of dead...

Guatemala searches, Eta regains storm status, heads to Cuba

PURULHA, Guatemala (AP) — Searchers in Guatemala dug through mud and debris looking for an estimated 100 people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled...

Pedro Pierluisi wins gubernatorial race in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party won a majority of votes to become the U.S....

Elation and Anger: Catharsis in the streets as election ends

As soon as the news buzzed on their phones, Americans gathered spontaneously on street corners and front lawns — honking their horns, banging pots...

Guatemala digs through landslide where 100 believed buried

PURULHA, Guatemala (AP) — Guatemalan search brigades pulled the first bodies Friday from a massive rain-fueled landslide where at least 100 people are believed...

Puerto Rico to provide free virus testing at toll booths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Health Department announced Friday that it will provide free rapid testing at toll booths across the...

Puerto Ricans in unfamiliar territory as vote count delayed

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — For the first time in decades, voters across Puerto Rico are still waiting for officials to confirm the...

Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across...

Eta brings heavy rains, deadly mudslides to Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Eta moved into Honduras on Wednesday as a weakened tropical depression but still bringing the heavy rains that have drenched...

Puerto Rico awaits final result in tight gubernatorial race

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — People across Puerto Rico awaited final results Wednesday of elections that saw long lines of voters and produced...

Nation by nation, the world watches Election Day in the US

For four years, the world’s nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn’t. ...

CONCACAF Champions League to finish at US site in December

MIAMI (AP) — CONCACAF intends to finish its 2020 Champions League in a centralized U.S. location starting Dec. 15 and 16. ...

Mystery surrounds former Marine’s imprisonment in Venezuela

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock....

Puerto Rico debt restructuring hits snag in public clash

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A plan to pull Puerto Rico out of a type of bankruptcy by 2021 hit a major obstacle...

The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico’s Yucatan

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the...

Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta lashed Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts around Tulum with high winds and rain Monday night as it headed toward...

New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

MIAMI (AP) — Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane...

Tropical depression forms south of Cuba, set to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed Saturday afternoon south of Cuba amid forecasts that the system would become a named tropical storm later...

A decade after deadly cholera epidemic, Haiti awaits help

MEILLE, Haiti (AP) — Ten years after a cholera epidemic swept through Haiti and killed nearly 10,000 people, families of victims still struggle financially...

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place...

Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police on Saturday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and...

Residente signs with Sony Music to create TV, films and more

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s directed his own music videos and now he will help develop TV shows, films and other on-screen content for...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

Jamaicans in Florida energized by Harris on 2020 ticket

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are entering the final stretch of the campaign in a fierce battle for...

Ex-Guantanamo commander sentenced for lying in man’s death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for...

Navigating by mango trees, pink houses in rural Puerto Rico

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Firefighters in this city near Puerto Rico’s capital cheered when they recently got updated maps that include rural neighborhoods,...

Trump to appoint new member to Puerto Rico oversight board

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The White House said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to appoint a man who once advised...

Nearly 40 nations criticize China’s human rights policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticized China’s treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed...

New chairman to lead board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A bankruptcy and corporate law professor will be the new chairman of a federal control board that oversees...

Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus

MIAMI (AP) — As President Donald Trump recovers from the coronavirus, Joe Biden is capitalizing on having the campaign trail largely to himself by...

Delta grows into hurricane in Caribbean; eyes Yucatan, Cuba

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Delta rapidly strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean Monday, aiming to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula potentially as...

Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus

MIAMI (AP) — As President Donald Trump recovers from the coronavirus, Joe Biden is capitalizing on having the campaign trail largely to himself by...

Another judge steps away from stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another military judge has stepped down from the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay,...

Check’s in the mail? Trump doling out aid before election

CHICAGO (AP) — It's almost as if he's writing a personal check. ...

New rules for Liverpool as virus cases in England quadruple

LONDON (AP) — Britain imposed tighter restrictions on social gatherings in the port city of Liverpool and three towns as scientists reported Thursday that...

Report: FEMA fumbled in Puerto Rico after storms Irma, Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. government report published Thursday found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the distribution of goods...

UN: Pandemic has cost 34 million jobs in Latin America

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N.’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due...

US imposes sanctions on Cuba’s Raul Castro’s son-in-law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is targeting the son-in-law of retired Cuban leader Raul Castro with sanctions as it steps up its campaign...

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who...

Swafford’s late birdie leads to victory at Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Hudson Swafford lost control of the tournament without ever losing any confidence he could hit the right shot...

Adam Long posts 64 to take the lead in Dominican Republic

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Adam Long went from trying to hit a fairway to a course so open it's hard to miss....

Hornet sting, birdies take Swafford to lead at Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — A hornet sting early and a bunch of birdies late carried Hudson Swafford to a 5-under 67 on...

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Angry restaurant and bar owners demonstrated in Marseille on Friday to challenge a French government order to close all public...

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