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Customers shop for food at Las Pulgas market in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. In addition to a general lack of produce, some venders are holding back their merchandise as they brace for dramatic economic measures to be put in place Monday, including a 3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage and a new currency that lops five zeros off the country’s fast-depreciating bills. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Venezuelans jittery ahead of sudden economic reformsVenezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a more-than 3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage
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Mexican poppy producing state votes to decriminalize opiumLegislators in the violence-torn Mexican state of Guerrero have voted to legalize production of opium for pharmaceutical use in a move they hope will reduce crime and help local farmers
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Brazil to send troops to town bordering VenezuelaThe Brazilian government says it plans to send troops to the border town of Pacaraima after residents there attacked Venezuelan migrants
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Brazilians attack Venezuelan immigrants in border townResidents of Brazil's border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten by 4 immigrants
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A handkerchief with text reading in Spanish "Church and state - Separate issues" hangs from a post in Buenos Aires, Argentina Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. People formed lines on Saturday as part of a nationwide movement in the homeland of Pope Francis to file forms with their name and signature to renounce their religious affiliation, after a bill to legalize elective abortions in the first 14 months of pregnancy was finally rejected by Senators in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Movement encourages Argentines to quit Catholic churchHundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions
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113 dead turtles wash ashore on Mexican Pacific coastMexican environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles whose carcasses have turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific Coast of Chiapas state
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Military intervention in Rio to end in DecemberBrazil's public security minister says the military will no longer be in charge of security forces in Rio de Janeiro state as of December
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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
The Associated Press1 day ago
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 Press1 day 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
The Associated Press1 day ago
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 Press1 day 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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