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  • Guatemala certifies result of Aug. 11 presidential vote

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal made it official Thursday: Alejandro Giammattei will be the country’s next president. Tribunal president Julio Solórzano said at a news conference that the results of the Aug. 11 runoff have been certified giving Giammattei the victory. The court also officially declared César Guillermo Castillo Reyes as vice […]
  • Mexico fines Cancun airport $3.7 million for taxi monopoly

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s anti-monopoly agency has fined the Cancun international airport the equivalent of about $3.7 million for not allowing more taxis to compete and lower fares for travelers. The federal competition commission said the airport improperly resisted allowing more taxis at the airport, resulting in prices that were about 8% higher than […]
  • 2 more El Salvador ex-officers to face trial in ’81 massacre

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Two ex-military officers were notified Thursday that they will join more than a dozen others in being prosecuted for the 1981 El Mozote massacre, a particularly infamous moment from El Salvador’s nation’s civil war. A judge in San Francisco Gotera, about 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of the capital, […]
  • France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

    CHANTILLY, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India’s prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir. The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon day of diplomacy for Macron, who […]
  • Mexico struggles: whether to talk to vigilantes or jail them

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s government appears to be split about whether it should talk to armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Thursday he disagreed with his assistant interior secretary’s decision to attend a ceremony with vigilantes, who often call themselves “self-defense” groups. “We cannot have illegal […]
  • US-Central America talks focus on drug, migrant trafficking

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. acting homeland security secretary met Thursday in Panama with officials from Central America and Colombia to discuss fighting drug trafficking and migrant smuggling. Kevin McAleenan described the meeting as “one of the most important engagements we have on security collaboration in the region,” and called for “concrete international actions, […]
  • Navalny to be released Friday, court rejects term extension

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has rejected an attempt to prolong the jail sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, clearing the way for him to be released on Friday morning. Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent foe, was sentenced last month to 30 days for calling on people to take part in an unauthorized protest. […]
  • Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

    TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide. One scientist called it the […]
  • Mexico arrests 6 police in 2015 killings of civilians

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have arrested six federal police officers in connection with a series of shootings in 2015 in which at least eight demonstrators died. They are the first arrests under the current administration of federal police, a force that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has downsized and […]
  • Rights group blames Brazilian government for Amazon fires

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says Brazilian government failures are responsible for fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. The comment by the rights group on Thursday came after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested some non-governmental groups could be setting the blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration. Bolsonaro did not […]