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  • Zimbabwe police raid opposition party offices, seek machetes

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police on Friday raided the offices of the country’s main opposition party, and a spokesman says the officers were looking for machetes. Police officers blocked roads leading to the Movement for Democratic Change party in the capital, Harare and, armed with a search warrant, forced their way in. The raid […]
  • Haitian president says he wants to reform constitution

    HAVANA (AP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse says he wants to use his new power to rule by executive order to reform the constitution and make his country easier to govern. In a statement Friday, Moïse said he was negotiating with opposition leaders to form what he called “a unity government” that would propose a […]
  • 2 dead, 1 gravely hurt in Mexico fireworks explosion

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion of a fireworks cache killed two people and critically injured another in a town on the northern outskirts of Mexico City. The government of Mexico State, which surrounds the capital, reported on its online information portal that a male victim died at the scene of Thursday’s blast in Zumpango […]
  • Canada provides money to families after plane shot down

    TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday his government will give Canadian $25,000 (US$19,122) to the families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who died in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week. Trudeau said he still expects Iran to compensate the families but […]
  • Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. Alejandro Giammattei said it will remain in place for seven days in Mixco and San Juan Sacatepequez, both of which are on […]
  • Mexico: accident caused drowning deaths of 4 personnel

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s army said Friday the drowning death this week of four soldiers was caused by an accident involving confiscated weapons. The patrol had picked up three seized assault rifles and were laying them in the bed of the patrol truck when one went off. The round hit and killed the driver […]
  • Mexico’s “Thousand Islands” yields 14 corpses in 7 pits

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police said Thursday they found 14 sets of skeletal human remains in seven clandestine burial pits in area known as Mexico’s “Thousand Islands.” Police, soldiers and National Guardsmen used boats to reach four islands in a reservoir in the southern state of Oaxaca, near the border with the Gulf coast state […]
  • Actors die in fall during rehearsal for Mexican TV show

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two actors fell from a bridge and died while rehearsing a scene on location for the Mexican TV series “Sin Miedo a la Verdad,” broadcaster Televisa said Friday. Televisa said in a brief statement that Jorge Navarro Sánchez and Luis Gerardo Rivera died Thursday night but did not give further details. […]
  • Mexico’s president hopes to raffle off presidential jet

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced the latest in a series of desperate ideas Friday to sell off his predecessor’s official jet, which he says is too luxurious for a country where half the people live in poverty. López Obrador said he is considering raffling off the plane by selling […]
  • Spain’s Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

    MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain’s tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in Europe. The islands’ regional government based in Palma de Mallorca on Friday passed a law prohibiting the organization and promotion of pub crawls and […]