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FILE - In this March 9, 2013 file photo, Tibisay Lucena, the president of the National Electoral Council and president of Venezuela's National Board of Elections, arrives for a press conference, in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration hit Venezuela with new sanctions, Wednesday, July 13, 2017, targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro's government that include Tibisay. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals have in the United States and bar Americans from doing business with them. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
The Latest: US slaps Venezuela with new sanctionsThe United States has hit Venezuela with new sanctions targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro's government
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FILE - In this Dec 14, 2013 file photo, passengers walk near departures gates at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, near Caracas, Venezuela. Colombia's flagship airline Avianca announced Wednesday, July 26, 2017, it is halting service to neighboring Venezuela because of changes needed to improve airport infrastructure and ensure international standards are met. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
Colombia's Avianca halts Venezuela flights, citing securityColombia's flagship airline is suspending all flights to neighboring Venezuela, citing security concerns
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Mexican truckers' group protests rise in highway robberiesThe Mexican national truckers' association says highway robberies of freight trucks are "out of control" and calls the nation's roads "a no-man's land."
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5 Colombian citizens charged in Texas jewelry theftsA prosecutor says five Colombian citizens have been arrested in three violent robberies in 2016 targeting traveling jewelry salesmen in Texas, one of which resulted in a death
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Mexican Consulate official accused of selling work permitsAn official at the Mexican Consulate in Houston is accused in a lawsuit of offering U.S. work permits for sale
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A pedestrian walks past a solid storefront security gate spray painted with a message that reads in Spanish: "There is no peace when there is hunger!" during a 48-hour general strike beginning Wednesday in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. President Nicolas Maduro is promoting the constitution rewrite as a means of resolving Venezuela's political standoff and economic crisis, but opposition leaders are boycotting it. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuela opposition leader urges public, army, on strikeVenezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging compatriots to back a 48-hour general strike to protest government plans to rewrite the constitution
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Priest's conviction in sex abuse of Honduran orphans upheldThe sentence and conviction of a Pennsylvania priest accused of sexually abusing orphans during mission trips to Honduras have been upheld by a federal appeals court
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Tourists among 22 injured after boats collide in Puerto RicoPuerto Rico authorities say 22 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in a boat crash off the island's southwest coast
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AP Photos: Mexico City's 'Barrio Bravo' embraces frontballAP Photos: Residents of Mexico City's tough barrio of Tepito are taking up a new form of handball known as frontball after promoters chose it for the sport's first international tourney.
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2 hurricanes roar in Pacific far off Mexico coastTwo hurricanes and a tropical storm are moving through the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, but forecasters say they do not pose an immediate threat to land
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Blast damages offices of Mexico Catholic Bishops CouncilAn explosive device has damaged a door at the headquarters of Mexico's Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, but there are no injuries
The Associated Press19 hours ago
FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, from Syria, sits in front of the U.S. embassy while visiting former fellow detainees demanding financial assistance from the U.S., in Montevideo, Uruguay. Authorities reported on Monday, July 24, 2017, that Dhiab has returned to Uruguay after being deported from Morocco. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
Uruguay: Ex-Gitmo detainee also tried to travel to RussiaThe government liaison for Guantanamo ex-detainees resettled in Uruguay says one of the men tried to travel to Russia in recent months, at least his fourth such attempt to leave the South American nation
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Brazil prosecutors triple budget for corruption probeThe Brazilian Attorney General's office is tripling its 2018 budget for a probe of a sprawling corruption scandal that has engulfed political and business leaders across Latin America
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Authorities hold 2 judges appointed by Venezuelan oppositionVenezuela's intelligence agency has detained two more judges that the government-stacked Supreme Court threatened with arrest after being appointed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly
The Associated Press20 hours ago
In this Sunday, May 28, 2017 photo, former members of the Rhema Community Evangelical Ministry, from left, Marcelo Galvao Machado, Tania Machado, Naara Abe, Flavio Correa de Souza, Carlos, Rosangela Ferreira Souza, and Maria Reis, stand in a park in Franco da Rocha, Brazil, in the greater Sao Paulo area. Over the course of two decades, the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship mother church took command of theirs and another congregation in Brazil, applying a strict interpretation of the Bible and enforcing it through rigorous controls and physical punishment, The Associated Press has found. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
AP: Brazilians detail abuses by US church, shattered livesAP investigation reveals how over two decades, the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship church took command of two congregations in Brazil, breaking up families and enforcing a strict interpretation of the Bible that included physical punishment
The Associated Press21 hours ago
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