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Nurses holds a sign with a fake Venezuelan's bills, representing how low their salaries have been devalued by inflation, during a protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The government is lopping off five zeroes from the "Strong Bolivar," which will remain legal tender, in a bid to tame inflation the IMF estimates will reach 1,000,000 percent this year. But economists see it as a Band-Aid solution more likely to freeze up the payment system than address Venezuela's economic problems. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaulVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised wages for the fifth time this year while saying he's looking to establish a single exchange rate tied to the nation's fledgling cryptocurrency
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Mexico says major drug lab busted with 50 tons of syntheticsMexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs
The Associated Press14 hours ago
6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damageA strong earthquake has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities say there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries
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Police officers escort Franco Sepulveda off a plane, after he was detained in Antofagasta, for making multiple bomb threats about several airline flights, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Sepulveda caused nine commercial airline flights to take emergency measures. Police chief Mario Rojas said Sepulveda was angry because his suitcase was not returned. (Javier Torres/Aton Chile via AP)
Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threatsChilean authorities charge that a man angry over an airline not returning his suitcase made false bomb threats that caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Mexico's AMLO says public should decide fate of new airportMexico's president-elect says that a decision about whether to cancel a Mexico City airport project should be left to the public
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TS Ernesto aims at Ireland, Hurricane Lane forms in PacificTropical Storm Ernesto is speeding through the north Atlantic toward Ireland and the United Kingdom, and Hurricane Lane has grown into a Category 2 storm in the remote Pacific _ far from land on a forecast path that would take it south of Hawaii next week
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Men suspected of being in violent MS-13 gang are indictedA federal grand jury in California indicted 12 men suspected of being members of the violent MS-13 gang on charges that include murder, extortion, arson and drug trafficking
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, Venezuelan citizens stand in a line outside of Foreign Ministry office in Lima, Peru. Peru announced on Friday, Aug. 17, that all Venezuelan citizens that want to travel to Peru will need a passport to do so. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
Peru, Ecuador tighten requirements for Venezuela migrantsTwo South American nations are stiffening entry requirements for the flood of Venezuelans fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian crisis, a move that could make their plight even more arduous
The Associated Press17 hours ago
A supporter of jailed, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, holds a sign that reads in Portuguese: "Free Lula" at a march in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 15 2018. Supporters of jailed da Silva rallied outside the court where his party registered his candidacy for president. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likelyNow that jailed former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has registered his candidacy for president, experts say there is a narrow path by which authorities could allow him to run
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Men carry the coffin of a relative who died in Wednesday's deadly suicide bombing that targeted a training class in a private building in the Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-i Barcha, in western Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from the previous day's horrific suicide bombing in a Shiite area of Kabul to 34 killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks aheadU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Taliban's deadly assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni is the kind of violence the insurgents are likely to repeat in the run up to parliamentary elections scheduled for October
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AP PHOTOS: Families of Peru's disappeared hope for answersAP PHOTOS: Thousands of Peruvian families who have spent decades wondering about loved ones who disappeared during years of bloody conflict between the state and Maoist guerrillas have new hopes of getting the closure they have been searching for
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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, CaribbeanAP PHOTOS: Former Argentine president denies latest corruption allegations, Colombia's new president names his defense minister and Paraguay swears in its 50th president
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Chilean officials: Flights hit by wave of false bomb threatsAt least three South American airliners were forced to make emergency landings or turn back to their original airports in Chile and Peru amid what authorities said was a wave of false bomb threats
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Mattis aide to be nominated to head US Southern CommandDefense Secretary Jim Mattis says his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command.
The Associated Press1 day ago
Dog day in Bolivia: Church honors patron saint of caninesMany Bolivians brought their dogs, often freshly groomed and dressed in costumes, to the parish of Villa Adela near the capital for a Mass honoring the patron saint of dogs
The Associated Press1 day ago
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