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Independent presidential candidate Jaime Rodriguez, known as "El Bronco," arrives for the first of three debates among Mexico's presidential candidates in Mexico City, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Mexico will hold general elections on July 1. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Mexico holds its first presidential debate for July electionThe first of Mexico's presidential debates has opened with fire, with front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defending the idea of an amnesty to fight drug violence and reviving his 2006 campaign slogan of "the poor come first."
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Paraguay's citizens stand in line to cast their vote at "Dahlquist" school, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Mario Abdo Benitez, known as “Marito,” is running for ruling Colorado party. His closest rival is lawyer Efrain Alegre of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Paraguay ruling party candidate wins presidential electionThe son of an aide to Paraguay's former dictator won the presidential election Sunday, helped by a booming economy under his party
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Peruvian mob kills Canadian blamed for shaman's killingPeruvian authorities say a Canadian who traveled to Peru to study hallucinogenic medicine was killed by a mob in the Amazon rain forest after people blamed him for the slaying of an elderly shaman
The Associated Press10 hours ago
A young demonstrators walks past a barricaded door at a makeshift hospital inside the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua, UPOLI, in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Demonstrators and students have barricaded themselves inside the university campus for several days with police and pro-government supporters laying siege, as protests and disturbances sparked by government social security reforms continued into Sunday. Human rights groups say at least 26 people have been killed in several days of clashes. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
Nicaragua's president cancels social security overhaulNicaragua's president has withdrawn changes to the social security system that had triggered deadly protests and looting
The Associated Press11 hours ago
A young demonstrators walks past a barricaded door at a makeshift hospital inside the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua, UPOLI, in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Demonstrators and students have barricaded themselves inside the university campus for several days with police and pro-government supporters laying siege, as protests and disturbances sparked by government social security reforms continued into Sunday. Human rights groups say at least 26 people have been killed in several days of clashes. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
The Latest: Nicaragua cancels social security overhaulNicaragua's president says the government is withdrawing changes to the social security system that had triggered protests, riots and looting over the past week
The Associated Press12 hours ago
An anti-government protester holds up the Spanish sign: "Nicaragua free" at the Jean Paul Jennie round-about where protesters pulled down a statue that is emblematic of the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Ortega said Saturday that his government is willing to enter into talks over social security reforms that have sparked four days of protests and clashes in which, rights monitors say, at least 25 people have died. A journalist covering the unrest was also killed.  (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
Nicaragua's Ortega agrees to talk as deadly protests rage onNicaragua's president has agreed to talks with business leaders over controversial social security reforms that sparked four days of protests and clashes
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexico, EU reach deal to update trade agreementMexico says it has reached a deal with the European Union to update their trade agreement, including the elimination of tariffs on a number of agricultural products
The Associated Press1 day ago
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center right, walks with Cuba's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra before a ceremony at the Jose Marti Monument in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Maduro is in Cuba on a two-day visit. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as presidentCuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has received his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in his first official act as the country's leader
The Associated Press1 day ago
Priest shot dead in Mexico marks 2nd clerical murder in weekRoman Catholic authorities in Mexico say a priest has been killed in the west-central state of Jalisco, the second cleric slain in the country this week
The Associated Press1 day ago
Son of Stroessner-era figure expected to win Paraguay voteParaguayans are widely expected to elect conservative candidate Mario Abdo Benitez as president in Sunday's election
The Associated Press2 days ago
6 countries suspend membership in UNASUR regional blocA South American bloc created a decade ago to counter U.S. influence in the region has temporarily lost half its members after six countries suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the regional group
The Associated Press2 days ago
2 more killed in Nicaragua social security protests: reportsTwo university student protesters have been killed in Nicaragua in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to independent media reports
The Associated Press2 days ago
Former Mexico governor extradited to US to face drug chargesThe former governor of a Mexican border state has been extradited to the United States to face charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, money laundering and bank fraud
The Associated Press2 days ago
Outgoing President Raul Castro acknowledges members of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Castro said Thursday that he expected the newly elected president, 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel to serve two five-year terms and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031. (Ramon Espinosa/Pool via AP)
Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclearRaul Castro, who stepped down from the presidency Thursday, remains the most powerful person in Cuba as head of the Communist Party
The Associated Press2 days ago
Mexican relatives win injunction against Frida Kahlo BarbieDistant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll
The Associated Press2 days ago
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