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11 dead in clash between criminal gang and villagers in central Mexico

Mexican authorities say 11 people are dead following a clash between gunmen from a criminal gang and residents of a small farming community in central Mexico.

Police in Dominica probe the killing of a Canadian couple who owned eco-resort

Authorities in Dominica are investigating the killings of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his partner who owned an eco-resort in the eastern Caribbean island.

UN takes no immediate action at emergency meeting on Guyana-Venezuela dispute over oil-rich region

The United Nations Security Council took no immediate action at a closed emergency meeting requested by Guyana following Venezuela’s recent referendum claiming the vast oil- and mineral-rich Essequibo region that makes up a large part of its neighbor.

Mexico raids and closes 31 pharmacies in Ensenada that were selling fentanyl-laced pills

Mexican authorities have raided and closed 31 drug stores in the Baja California coastal city of Ensenada, after they were detected selling false or fentanyl-laced pills.

APWeek in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Dec. 1- Dec. 7, 2023

Venezuelans went to the polls to vote on a referendum over disputed territory in neighboring Guyana.

Mexican immigration agents detain 2 Iranians who they say were under observation by the FBI

Mexico’s immigration agency says its agents have detained two Iranians who they say were under observation by the FBI.

UN set to hold emergency meeting at Guyana’s request on Venezuelan claim to a vast oil-rich region

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency closed meeting Friday at the request of Guyana following Venezuela’s weekend referendum claiming the vast oil- and mineral-rich Essequibo region.

Guyana military helicopter crash kills 5 officers and leaves 2 survivors

Guyana’s government says five military officers aboard a military helicopter that crashed near the border with Venezuela have died and two others aboard survived.

A Mexican startup is illegally selling a health drink from an endangered fish, advocates say

Environmental watchdogs have accused a Mexico-based startup of violating international trade law that protects the endangered totoaba fish.

Mexico City rattled by moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake

Mexico City residents regaining composure after the capital was rattled by a moderate magnitude earthquake. The U.S.

New US-Mexico agreement to monitor foreign investments comes as more Chinese money flows into Mexico

The United States and Mexico have agreed to monitor foreign investments and regularly share information about the screening process.

A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico indicts three men on environmental crimes

Authorities in Puerto Rico say three men have been indicted as part of an ongoing federal investigation into environmental crimes committed on protected land in the island’s southern coastal region.

Mexico’s Supreme Court lifts 2022 ban on bullfighting

Mexico’s Supreme Court has overturned a 2022 ban on bullfighting in Mexico City, opening the way for events to resume, possibly as soon as this month.

Venezuela’s AG orders arrest of opposition members, accuses them of plotting against referendum

Venezuela’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of a dozen opposition members. Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Wednesday accused them of conspiring against a referendum the government held Sunday to claim sovereignty over a large swath of neighboring Guyana.

Juanita Castro, anti-communist sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul, dies in Miami at 90

The anti-communist sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro has died in Miami at age 90. Juanita Castro died Monday, nearly 60 years after she fled their communist revolution.

In Mexico, Yellen announces economics sanctions as the US aims to crack down on fentanyl trafficking

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has announced economic sanctions against 15 people and two companies that the United States says are linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

Guyana’s president says his country is preparing to defend itself from Venezuela over disputed area

Guyana’s president has told APthat his country is taking every necessary step to protect itself from Venezuela, which has ordered its state-owned companies to explore and exploit oil and minerals in Guyana’s vast Essequibo region that it considers its own.

Maduro orders the ‘immediate’ exploitation of oil, gas and mines in Guyana’s Essequibo

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is asking the country’s state-owned companies to “immediately” begin to explore and exploit the oil, gas and mines in Guyana’s Essequibo region, a territory larger than Greece and rich in oil and minerals that Venezuela claims as its own.

El Salvador is seeing worst rights abuses since 1980-1992 civil war, Amnesty reports

A report by Amnesty International says El Salvador is experiencing one of the worst human rights crises since the country’s 1980-1992 civil war, because of President Nayib Bukele’s harsh anti-gang crackdown.

Residents in northern Mexico protest over delays in cleaning up a mine spill

Residents in Mexico’s northern state of Sonora have protested at the state capital against persistent pollution from an almost decade-old mine spill.

Peruvian constitutional court orders release of former President Alberto Fujimori

Peru’s constitutional court has ordered an immediate humanitarian release for imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori.

Paraguay rounds up ex-military leaders in arms smuggling sting carried out with Brazil

Several former top military officials in Paraguay have been arrested as part of a cross-border law enforcement operation with Brazil to disband an arms smuggling ring that brought firearms from Europe to South America.

Argentina’s President-elect Milei replies to Musk’s interest: ‘We need to talk, Elon’

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of the social network X, has shared a video in which Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei says equality should never come before freedom.

Mexico halts deportations and migrant transfers citing lack of funds

The head of Mexico’s immigration agency has ordered the suspension of migrant deportations and transfers due to a lack of funds.

Venezuela’s government wins vote on claiming part of Guyana, but turnout seems lackluster

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has the victory he was seeking in a weekend referendum on whether to claim sovereignty over an oil-rich area of neighboring Guyana.

The bodies of 5 university students are found in a car in a violence-wracked city in Mexico

Mexican authorities say the bodies of five university students have been found stuffed in a vehicle on a dirt road in north-central Mexico.

Venezuelans approve a referendum to claim sovereignty over a swathe of neighboring Guyana

Venezuela’s election authority says voters approved a referendum called by the government of President Nicolás Maduro to claim sovereignty over an oil- and mineral-rich piece of neighboring Guyana.

US expels an ex-Chilean army officer accused of a folk singer’s torture and murder

The U.S. has expelled a former Chilean Army officer accused of torturing and killing folk singer Victor Jara during the country’s bloody 1973 coup.

Venezuela’s government and opposition agree on appeal process for candidates banned from running

The government of Venezuela and a faction of the opposition have agreed on a process through which aspiring presidential candidates who were banned from running for office can attempt to get that decision reversed.

Canadian mining company starts arbitration in case of closed copper mine in Panama

Canada’s First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has announced it will start arbitration proceedings to fight the closure order of an open-pit copper mine in Panama, or possibly obtain damages.

US border officials are closing a remote Arizona crossing because of overwhelming migrant arrivals

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it will temporarily close south and northbound traffic to vehicle and pedestrians at the remote Lukeville, Arizona border crossing with Mexico.

Guatemalan electoral magistrates leave the country hours after losing immunity from prosecution

Three magistrates of Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal have left the country, hours after the country’s Congress opened them up to prosecution by stripping them of their immunity.

Mexico’s minimum wage will rise by 20% next year, to about $14.25 per day

Mexico’s president says its minimum wage will rise by 20% in 2024, to the equivalent of about $14.25 per day.

Authorities in Haiti hold former rebel leader Guy Philippe after the US repatriated him

An attorney for former Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe says he is being held by Haitian authorities at a police station a day after the U.S. repatriated him to Haiti.

UN court bars Venezuela from altering Guyana’s control over disputed territory

The U.N. top court has ordered Venezuela not to take any action that would alter Guyana’s control over a disputed territory, but did not specifically ban Venezuela from holding its planned referendum Sunday on the territory’s future.