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Latin America looks to space, despite limitations on ground

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mars missions, astronauts coming and going at the International Space Station, China's increasingly ambitious space program. Space-related news is flowing, and not just from the world's richest, biggest nations. Take Latin...

 

It's complicated: Zimbabweans see Mugabe's legacy as mixed

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean politician summed up her reaction to Robert Mugabe's death with one word: Complicated. Mugabe, 95, stood tall on the world stage for decades, first as a celebrated liberator and then as a combative enforcer,...

 

7 Venezuelan military officers killed in chopper crash

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Seven Venezuelan military officers were killed on Saturday when their helicopter crashed while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro appeared alongside troops, days after the opposition called in vain for a mi...

 

Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead dispersing crowds...

 

Clashes rock Venezuela as Guaido urges opposition uprising

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration and...

 

US adds Venezuela foreign minister to sanctions target list

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States on Friday added Venezuela's foreign minister and a judge who has ruled against Venezuelan opposition figures to a sanctions list aimed at forcing a change of government in the South American country. The...

 

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and...

 

Weary Venezuelans adapt to more nationwide power cuts

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans reacted with despair and resourcefulness on Tuesday as nationwide power cuts closed schools and businesses, paralyzing a nation that was only starting to recover from its worst blackouts earlier this month....

 

Venezuelan opposition aide is seized, US and allies protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's top aide was taken away in the middle of the night by masked intelligence agents who broke down his door early Thursday, drawing condemnation from the United States and other coun...

 

Trump warns of tougher sanctions on Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States could impose harsher sanctions on Venezuela in its campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Recent power outages across Venezuela show that "something terri...

 

Last remaining US diplomats leave Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela left the country on Thursday, amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "I know it is a difficult moment for them," U.S....

 

More blackouts hit Venezuela as opposition, government rally

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition and government loyalists held rival demonstrations in Caracas on Saturday, as both sides prepared for what some fear could be a protracted power struggle. The rallies unfolded as power and...

 

Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Signaling a major pivot in its narrative, Saudi Arabia on Thursday said evidence shows that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, an apparent effort to ease international outrage over the death of...

 

Turkish president: Saudis must name masterminds of killing

ISTANBUL (AP) — Saudi Arabia must identify those who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and turn over the suspects for trial, the Turkish president said Tuesday in remarks that carefully ratcheted up pressure on a country that is a...

 

Sexual violence, a savage feature of conflict over centuries

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Through the ages, sexual violence has been a savage feature of armed conflict, often systematically inflicted by combatants on girls and women in what the world today defines as a war crime. It happened in the time of the...

 

Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is...

 

China's Xi warns of no winner in Trump trade dispute

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday the world faces "a choice between cooperation and confrontation" amid a trade war with the United States that he warned would have no winner. Those who pursue "economic hegemony" will...

 

Captive-bred lions killed on South African farm for bones

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The killing of dozens of lions on a South African farm last week has led to increased scrutiny of the country's policy allowing the annual export of 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions to meet demand in Asia for bones. The SPCA...

 

Over 10,000 endangered tortoises are rescued in Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water....

 

South African triathlete severely injured in saw attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, an athletic director said Wednesday. Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was...

 

Health of world's last male northern white rhino in decline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching. The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan, listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor...

 

South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's president with a message of clean government and inclusiveness on Thursday, stirring the hopes of many South Africans that he can reverse a corrosive period of decline and divisio...

 

South African president pledges to "turn tide" on corruption

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a message of optimism and renewal Friday in his first state of the nation address, saying it's time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country...

 

South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, ending a turbulent tenure marred by corruption scandals that sapped the popularity of the ruling African National Congress and hurt...

 

South Africa's ruling party finally turns against Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday disowned President Jacob Zuma after sticking with him through years of scandals, ordering him to resign in an attempt to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted government business...

 

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