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  • 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 […]
  • Lesotho’s prime minister to retire amid political crisis

    MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Lesotho’s prime minister broke his silence Friday on the southern African nation’s political crisis, saying he will soon retire. Addressing the media in the capital, Maseru, Thomas Thabane said that after decades of public service his stamina had worn down. He did not give a date for his retirement, and did […]
  • Portrait found in gallery’s walls verified as missing Klimt

    PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls last month is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago. The authentication of the painting announced Friday solved one of the art world’s enduring mysteries – where […]
  • Poland’s Senate rejects allowing politicians to fire judges

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s senators have rejected a much-criticized bill that would give politicians the right to fire or fine judges. The Senate’s vote on Friday can extend work on the legislation but not stop it from becoming law. The vote in the upper house of parliament came a day after European legal experts […]
  • TV hen mauled to death: German court backs bigger payout

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that the owner of a chicken that was mauled to death by a dog in 2017 deserves a higher payout because the hen was trained and had TV experience. German news agency dpa reported Friday that a regional court in the western town of Kleve concluded […]
  • Top Brazil culture official fired after Nazi-linked comments

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian culture secretary Roberto Alvim was fired on Friday after using phrases similar to some used by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Alvim made the comments while discussing a new art prize in Latin America’s largest democracy. Alvim had held the post since November. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro removed him after […]
  • EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union’s border agency said Friday. More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter Europe without authorization in 2019, […]
  • AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro’s censors

    MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, which is wholly owned by AT&T, quickly obliged, yanking the two networks off the air as live images of military trucks running over protesters were being […]