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  • Uruguayan prison chief quits after Italian mobster escapes

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The director of Uruguay’s prison system has resigned following the escape of a top Italian organized crime boss from the jail where he was being held while awaiting extradition to Italy. The government announced Tuesday that it had accepted Alberto Gadea’s resignation. Rocco Morabito escaped from a Montevideo jail with three […]
  • Guatemala ready for ‘vote-by-vote election recount

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemalan officials say they will begin on Wednesday a “vote-by-vote” recount of the country’s June 16 general election results. Political party leaders say they reached an agreement with election officials to review the disputed vote tallies. Elmer Palencia of the Valor political party tells reporters: “Have confidence that we’re going to […]
  • Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants’ perils

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl’s head tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments. The searing […]
  • The Latest: Minnesota court orders hearing on PolyMet permit

    HOYT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota (all times local): 1 p.m. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a hearing on alleged irregularities in how Minnesota regulators dealt with federal regulators over a water pollution permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota. The […]
  • Pompeo says US hoping for Afghan peace pact before Sept 1

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Washington is hopeful a peace agreement to bring an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan can be reached before Sept. 1. Pompeo, in a brief visit to Afghanistan, spoke just days before the start of a fresh round of talks between […]
  • AP Exclusive: Imprisoned supercop’s escape from Venezuela

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom. Three weeks earlier he had fled house arrest in the Venezuelan capital, rappelling down a 75-foot (25-meter) wall in the dead of night, then took a bolt cutter to […]
  • Ukraine recalls Council of Europe envoy over Russia vote

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine’s foreign minister has recalled the country’s permanent representative to the Council of Europe after the human rights organization’s assembly approved a resolution to restore Russia’s participation. The parliamentary assembly stripped the Russian delegation of voting rights in 2014 over Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The assembly voted Monday for a […]
  • Court frees Turkish civil society leader pending verdict

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has decided to release a civil society leader from detention but kept prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala behind bars pending the outcome of their trial. The two are among 16 people accused of terror charges and organizing anti-government protests in 2013, allegations that rights group say are baseless and aimed […]
  • Mexico arrests couple with $1 million at northern border

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have arrested a couple trying to enter into the country with more than $1 million hidden in their car. A defense ministry statement said Monday night that the couple was arrested a day prior in the border city of Nuevo Laredo across from Texas. The nationality of […]
  • Europol: 6 arrested in UK, Netherlands in Bitcoin scam

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union’s police agency says authorities in the Netherlands and Britain have arrested six people suspected of involvement in a cryptocurrency theft worth 24 million euros ($27 million). Europol says five men and one woman were arrested in simultaneous raids Tuesday morning in the southwest of Britain and in […]