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  • new storyMexico replaces security chief and foreign relations head 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:19 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has replaced the country's national security chief, 1 ½ months after top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison.

  • Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:13 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."

  • UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 1:05 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

  • US blocks Nicaragua bid to extradite FIFA case suspect 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:51 am

    BERN, Switzerland - The United States has blocked Nicaragua's attempt to extradite FIFA bribery case suspect Julio Rocha to his home country.

  • Olimpia beats Sounders 1-0 in CONCACAF play 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 12:08 am

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Alberth Elis scored in the 60th minute to help Olimpia beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Wednesday night in CONCACAF Champions League play.

  • Japan beats Venezuela, reaches LLWS bracket title game 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:05 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Tokyo got down to its final strike before tying it in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then rallied again to overcame a two-run deficit in the eighth for a 5-4 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday and a berth in the International bracket title game at the Little League World Series.

  • Mexico airlifts big cats, coyote to US wildlife sanctuary story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:55 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican environmental authorities loaded eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday, after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.

  • Guatemalan ex-vice president held during corruption trial story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:02 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - A judge ordered Guatemala's former vice president to remain in jail Wednesday while she stands trial on charges of conspiracy, customs fraud and bribery, based on allegations that she accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of the scandal that forced her from office.

  • Allá bookstore is Santa Fe man's portal to Latin America 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:08 am

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - One of the nation's few Spanish-language bookstores hides in plain sight among art galleries, clothing stores and restaurants off the Santa Fe Plaza. Tourists and locals walking along West San Francisco Street can easily miss the second-floor shop where Jim Dunlap holds forth among wooden shelves filled with Latin American literature, history and art books, CDs and tapes of obscure regional folk music, and other items that reflect his interests.

  • Mexico's 11-1 win eliminates Taiwan from Little League WS story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:53 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Catcher Raul Leon drove in five runs with a homer and a single, and Mexico eliminated Taipei, Taiwan with an 11-1 victory on Tuesday at the Little League World Series.

  • Attorney General: El Salvador uncovers gang explosives plot 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:14 pm

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Salvadoran Attorney General Luis Martinez said Tuesday that authorities had captured a group of gang members who were preparing an attack with explosives on him and other government institutions.

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:07 pm

    CAIRO - A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

  • For Guatemala ex-dictator, trial but no punishment story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:31 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt can stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity - but can't be sentenced because the 89-year-old suffers from dementia, according to a court's decision announced Tuesday.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:06 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 4:49 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.

  • Nicaraguan man set to be executed in Texas gets reprieve story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 3:16 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas' top criminal court on Tuesday stopped the scheduled execution of a Nicaraguan man convicted of killing a Houston high school teacher during a robbery more than 18 years ago.

  • OSU veterinary students to volunteer in Nicaragua 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:44 am

    CORVALLIS, Oregon - A group of Oregon State University veterinary students and alumni, as well as local veterinarians are traveling to Nicaragua to volunteer care for livestock and pets.

  • Ex Guatemalan vice president faces bribery allegations story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 12:13 am

    GUATEMALA CITY - Prosecutors in Guatemala alleged Monday that former Vice President Roxana Baldetti accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of a customs corruption scandal that forced her from office and has shaken the government of President Otto Perez Molina.

  • Burwash leads Bowling Green, Kentucky, at LLWS story has photos
    Updated: Aug-24-15 10:59 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Eli Burwash scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning then earned the save pitching as Bowling Green, Kentucky, avoided elimination Monday at the Little League World Series by beating Taylors, South Carolina, 4-3.

  • Man admits forcing immigrant teenagers into egg farm work story has photos
    Updated: Aug-24-15 6:28 pm

    MARION, Ohio - The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the beginning of a terrible ordeal: Prosecutors say they were fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody by conspirators posing as friends or family who forced them to work as virtual slaves.

  • Mexico scores 9 in 1st inning to eliminate Australia at LLWS 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 4:02 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Mexico scored nine runs in the first inning to eliminate Australia from the Little League World Series, winning 14-3 in four innings on Monday.

  • Argentine family on road trip to see pope in Philadelphia 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 9:08 am

    They packed their bags and embarked on a months-long adventure through the Americas in a Volkswagen van they dubbed Francisca.

  • Police bust kidnap ring in northern Mexico, free 11 victims 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 11:59 pm

    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico - Mexican officials say federal police have arrested a cell of the Gulf Cartel in the border state of Tamaulipas and freed 11 kidnap victims showing signs of severe malnutrition and torture.

  • Tokyo beats Mexican team 3-1 in LLWS 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 7:32 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Pinch-hitter Fukutaro Kiyomiya homered in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Tokyo pitchers Nobuyuki Kawashima and Daiki Fukuyama shut down Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, in a 3-1 victory Sunday in the Little League World Series.

  • Mexico's jailed teachers' union leader denied home detention 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 7:28 pm

    MEXICO CITY - A Mexican federal court has denied home detention to former teachers' union head Elba Esther Gordillo, once a feared political operator who has been in jail since 2013 on charges of embezzlement and organized crime.