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Members of the Bolivarian National Guard arrive at the entrance of the Tienditas International bridge that connects Venezuela with Colombia, in Urena, Venezuela, Feb. 21, 2019. As a showdown looms over U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, much of it warehoused near the Tienditas International bridge, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country's border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to musicVenezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts on both sides of a border bridge
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to CubaIn the 2 1/2 months since Cuba gave its citizens internet access via cellphones, fast-moving changes are subtle but palpable as Cubans challenge government officials online, post photos of filthy school bathrooms and drag the country into the digital age
The Associated Press6 hours ago
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The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin greet each other outside the Novo-Ogaryovo residence in Moscow, Russia. Russia is an ally of the Venezuelan president, who is under challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido in a resurgence of the country’s political crisis after declaring presidential authority and vowing to oust the socialist leader. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP File)
The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to ColombiaA U.S. envoy is heading to Colombia as part of a mission to send food and other emergency supplies to neighboring Venezuela amid a deepening political and economic crisis there
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Nicaragua's Ortega says he will restart talks with opponentsNicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says he will restart talks with his opponents, seven months after the last round of dialogue broke down and the government unleashed a round of arrests
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Mexican Senate approves quasi-military National GuardMexico's Senate has unanimously approved a more civilian-oriented version of the militarized National Guard that the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of crime
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Ledward Fernandez, director of Caritas San Cristobal, front, walks in the warehouse where humanitarian aid for Venezuela is stored at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said he’s weighing whether to shut down border with Colombia, where the bulk of aid meant for Venezuela to be delivered Saturday is being stockpiled and exiled leaders have been gathering ahead of a fundraising concert Friday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entryVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the vast border with Brazil to be closed, just days before opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid he has refused to accept
The Associated Press12 hours ago
In this Feb. 19. 2019 photo, Alesia Santacroce, a volunteer shows her credential during a meeting for recruiting volunteers, at a square in Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself Venezuela’s interim-president to overthrow Maduro, has called on “caravans” of volunteers to deliver the supplies to the neediest Venezuelans. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela's needyPresident Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantryman to the border bracing for what he claims is a U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, as his opponents rally their own troops
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoilVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoil
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Armed group caught in Haiti returned to USThe U.S. State Department says several men arrested in Haiti with weaponry have been returned to the United States before a scheduled a court hearing on the Caribbean nation
The Associated Press19 hours ago
IMF and Ecuador reach agreement on $4.2 billion fundThe International Monetary Fund's staff is agreeing to support Ecuador with $4.2 billion over the next three years
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Auditors: $167 million misspent in Mexico airport projectMexican federal auditors say they have found $167 million in mismanagement and questionable expenses at a now-cancelled project to build a new Mexico City airport
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexico invites international experts on case of 43 studentsThe Mexican government will once again invite a team of international experts to investigate the case of 43 students missing since 2014
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexican court nixes 70-year-old capo's plea for house arrestA court in Mexico has denied a request by convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo to serve out his sentence under house arrest due to his bad health and advanced age
The Associated Press1 day ago
Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in VenezuelaA deadly crackdown by a special police force unit spreads fear among young protesters in poor neighborhoods across Venezuela
The Associated Press1 day ago
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