Families of Cuban prisoners hope that the United States and the Pope demand their release

Havana CNN — Marta Perdomo agonizes day and night for her two sons Jorge and Nadir, imprisoned in Cuba for participating nearly two years ago in the biggest anti-government protests since the 1959 revolution. A call she says she received in late February from the service Cuban internal security only added to his anxiety. “State … Read more

Forecasters: La Nina, the wicked unwanted guest of the weather, is leaving

WASHINGTON (AP) — After three difficult years, the La Nina weather phenomenon that increases hurricane activity in the Atlantic and worsens drought in the west has passed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. This is usually good news for the United States and other parts of the world, including drought-stricken northeast Africa, scientists … Read more

Matamoros, Mexico kidnapping: 2 American survivors are treated at a US hospital as the bodies of 2 killed are examined, officials say

CNN — Two Americans have returned to the United States from Mexico and are being treated at a hospital after an armed abduction killed two of their friends and sparked a days-long search for American travelers who had crossed the border for medical intervention , according to officials. The four Americans were found in a … Read more

A generation of Venezuelan children knows only struggles

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Valerie Torres’ mother has tried to shield her from the worst of Venezuela’s protracted crisis — the deadly protests, the sick begging for help, malnourished children with protruding ribs. At school, his teachers don’t even broach the subject. But just before her 10th birthday this month, the youngster is insightful beyond … Read more

Miami faith community strives to help new exiles and migrants

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Days after selling everything she had to flee Cuba with her three children on a crowded boat, Daneilis Tamayo raised her hand in praise and sang the catchy opening anthem of Sunday worship in this suburb of Miami. “The only thing that gave me strength was the Lord. I’m not going … Read more

Lawyers are fighting for the man they say the United States was wrongfully deported to Haiti

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Paul Pierrilus was deported two years ago from the United States to Haiti where he tried to survive in a chaotic and violent country where he was neither born nor lived. . Both of his parents are Haitians but they emigrated to the French Caribbean territory of Saint-Martin where … Read more

Mexico hopes to avoid sanctions over near-extinct vaquita

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is seeking to avoid possible trade sanctions this week for failing to halt the near extinction of the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise and most endangered marine mammal. Studies estimate that there are only eight vaquitas left in the Gulf of California, the only place where they exist and where … Read more

Mexico electoral reform bill: AMLO accuses protesters of narco links

CNN — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday dismissed concerns over his plan to cut the country’s electoral watchdog, accusing protesters of links to drug traffickers. Footage from a mass protest in Mexico City on Sunday showed tens of thousands of people dressed in pink – the color of the National Electoral Institute … Read more

Brazilian delegation visits Amazon region where couple died

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) — A high-level Brazilian government delegation traveled Monday to the remote corner of the Amazon rainforest where British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were murdered last year , to demonstrate how Brazil’s new government differs from that of far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro. The group was led … Read more

Mexican president slams pro-democracy protesters

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Monday lashed out at demonstrators protesting election funding cuts over the weekend, downplaying their concerns about threats to democracy and dashing any hopes that he would try to ease rising political tensions. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appeared to revel in the conflict, hurling insults at the tens … Read more