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  • Mexico: Burned remains probably are 43 missing

    JACOBO G. GARCIA Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. In a somber, lengthy explanation of the investigation,…

  • Mexico to try 7 soldiers in slaying of suspects

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge ordered seven soldiers to stand trial in the killing of suspected gang members after they were subdued, the latest chapter in the government’s tardy recognition that executions occurred at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico on June 30. The charges did little to resolve the mystery of how…

  • Mexico reopens bidding on high-speed rail project

    ALBERTO ARCE Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto has canceled a $3.7 billion high-speed rail concession granted this week to a Chinese-led consortium amid criticisms that it was the only bidder. A government statement released late Thursday said the process will be reopened to give others a chance at the project.…

  • Colombia Indians to try guerrillas for killings

    CESAR GARCIA Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Hundreds of Indians in Colombia armed with little more than wooden staffs have corralled several Marxist guerrillas and intend to bring them to justice for the killing of two tribe members. The fate of the seven rebels is to be decided Sunday at an assembly of Nasa…

  • Venezuela climate conference slams capitalism

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is hosting a meeting that’s meant to be a unique chance for environmental activists from around the world to talk with senior government negotiators ahead of the next round of global climate talks. But the United Nations-sanctioned conference has been marred by logistical mishaps. And some groups say they’re concerned…

  • Biggest Brazil metro area desperate for water

    ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press ITU, Brazil (AP) — It’s been nearly a month since Diomar Pereira has had running water at his home in Itu, a commuter city outside Sao Paulo that is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades. Like others in this city…

  • Mexican army accepts rights criticism in slayings

    MARK STEVENSON Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Defense Department said Thursday it will obey a recommendation by the country’s National Human Rights Commission that the army investigate the panel’s findings that soldiers executed up to 15 criminal suspects in late June. The recommendation also requires the army to compensate relatives of the victims…

  • Designer Kenneth Cole opens boutique in Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Kenneth Cole has opened a boutique in Haiti that the designer says will bring commercial and humanitarian benefit to the poor Caribbean country. The store celebrated its grand opening Thursday in a hotel complex in Petionville. The district in the hills above downtown Port-au-Prince has rebounded from the devastation of the…

  • Uruguay’s Mujica gets big offers for his VW Beetle

    LEONARDO HABERKORN Associated Press MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — President Jose Mujica says he has received a million-dollar offer to buy his blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, which has become a symbol of the Uruguayan leader’s austere lifestyle. The man once nicknamed “the poorest president in the world” told the Uruguayan weekly Busqueda that an Arab sheik…

  • Leather, wool big hits at Sao Paulo fashion week

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The tropically incompatible materials of leather and wool emerged as big winners during Thursday’s fall-winter catwalks at Sao Paulo fashion week. Veteran Rio de Janeiro-based designer Patricia Vieira served up easy, breezy leather garments, laser-cut so finely that the swingy cocktail dresses appeared to be made of lace. The leather on…

  • Severe flooding hits Haiti, Dominican Republic

    CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of families in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic have been displaced by floods from a storm system that drenched the countries for several days, officials said Thursday. Haiti’s Department of Civil Protection said at least 6,000 homes were flooded in Cap-Haitien and several nearby communities and at least 66…

  • Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs

    ALBERTO ARCE Associated Press SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence. Rather, to the bodies of dead women and girls pulled from clandestine graves. Raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces, they attest to the sadistic abuse…

  • Pope excommunicates pedophile Argentine priest

    ALMUDENA CALATRAVA Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical abuse. Jose Mercau was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 after admitting to sexually abusing four teenagers. He spent 15 days in jail and was then held…

  • Venezuelan official ruffles feathers in Brazil

    HANNAH DREIER Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official’s seemingly low-key visit to Brazil has drawn a rare rebuke from a staunch ally and prompted grumbling at home about privileges enjoyed by top government officers. Brazil contacted Venezuelan diplomats on Wednesday to complain that the socialist country’s former foreign minister, Elias Jaua, had…

  • El Salvador’s gangs target women and girls

    ALBERTO ARCE Associated Press SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence. Rather, to the bodies of dead women and girls pulled from clandestine graves. Raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces, they attest to the sadistic abuse…