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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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…