South America - the best personalized free web-based Email en en South America Brazil's leader mounts defense to save his presidency RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fighting to save his job amid a mushrooming corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer told the nation Saturday that an incriminating audio recording of him had been doctored. "That clandestine recording was manipulated and doctored with (bad) intentions," Temer said at a news conference in capital of Brasilia. Temer said h... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:55:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:55:00Z Venezuelans shut down capital roads to protest government CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Masses of protesters with white shirts, homemade gas masks and flags draped around their shoulders shut down a main road in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday in a continuation of near-daily street protests. Soldiers shut down access to the center of the city and officials closed at least 10 metro stations in anticipation of Satu... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-20T21:25:00Z Brazil's top prosecutor accuses Temer of obstructing justice RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top prosecutor is accusing President Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice, according to an investigation released Friday by the supreme court, dramatically escalating pressure to force the embattled leader from office. At the same time, other released documents said the owner of a major meatpacker has told p... Sat, 20 May 2017 02:12:00 GMT 2017-05-20T02:12:00Z Venezuelan leader to Trump: 'Get your pig hands out of here" CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivered his most scathing critique of U.S. President Donald Trump yet Friday, telling him to stop intervening and "get your pig hands out of here." Speaking before a crowd of supporters, a fired-up Maduro accused Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist gov... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:07:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:07:00Z The Latest: Top newspaper calls on Brazil leader to quit RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The newspaper of Brazil's biggest media group is calling for President Michel Temer to resign after the country's top court authorized investigations on the embattled leader for alleged corruption and obstruction of justice. The... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:42:00Z US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday slapped new sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court, accusing them of abusing power and damaging their nation's democratic fabric as the Trump administration raises concerns that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is moving toward one-party, authoritarian rule. Those blacklisted by the Treasury ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:11:00Z Brazil's Temer: 'I won't resign' amid corruption allegations RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation, saying he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker jailed for corruption. Even in this country weary from the constant drip of revelations of a wide-ranging corruption investigation, the incendiary accusation ... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:16:00Z Colombians seek probe of Chiquita execs for terror funding BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Human rights groups in Colombia are calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate executives from Chiquita Brands for alleged complicity in crimes against humanity as a result of payments made to paramilitary groups more than a decade ago. Chiquita in 2007 pleaded guilty in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:32:00Z AP Top Stories May 18 P Here's the latest for Thursday, May 18th: Trump says Lieberman top contender for FBI Director; Car plows into Times Square pedestrians, killing one; Musician... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:21:00Z Trump asks Colombia's help to end Venezuela political crisis WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to work closely with his Colombian counterpart to find a solution to spiraling violence in Venezuela. Sitting side by side with President Juan Manuel Santos in the Oval Office, Trump said he will seek Colombia's help in pressuring neighboring Venezuela to address the near-daily protests and violence that ... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:53:00Z Trump Denies Urging Comey to Drop Flynn Probe President Donald Trump has responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelf an investigation... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:38:00Z Trump, Santos Pledge Cooperation in Drug Fight President Donald Trump vowed to collaborate with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on drug trafficking and the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:35:00Z Trump: Russia Investigation a 'Witch Hunt' President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russia Thursday, calling it an unprecedented... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:52:00Z Trump: FBI Director To Be Named 'Very Soon' As President Donald Trump welcomed the president of Colombia to the White House, he indicated that a replacement for former FBI Director James Comey would... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:51:00Z The Latest: Brazil president denies OK'ing bribe RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption. Temer spoke during a national address on Thursday afternoon. It was the... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:19:00Z 10 Things to Know for Thursday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. SPECIAL COUNSEL APPOINTED TO LEAD TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE The Justice Department made former FBI Director Robert Mueller a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump ca... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:07:00Z New death in Venezuela puts toll at level of 2014 unrest SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Legions of national guardsmen and military helicopters began descending on a western Venezuela state Wednesday where an outbreak of looting and political violence left at least three people dead in as many days, raising the nationwide death toll in a wave of unrest to at least 43. Fifteen-year-old Jose Guerrero died in San ... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:46:00Z US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday's first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela because the crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez strongly rejected the U.S. b... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:43:00Z Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist president likened the sour reception many of his government's officials are receiving abroad to the harassment of Jews in Nazi Germany, provoking outrage Tuesday from the small Jewish community that remains in this troubled South American nation. In a state broadcast Tuesday night, President Nicola... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:30:00Z Grisly 24-hour period leaves 4 dead in Venezuela unrest CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Business owners shuttered shops, a burned police station stood charred black and a state officer in western Venezuela was under arrest Tuesday following a spasm of violence that resulted in at least four deaths in anti-government protests. An especially grisly 24 hours of turmoil coming after nearly two months of political unrest... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:57:00Z 2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela's socialist government took a violent turn Monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people. Thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour "sit-in against the dictatorshi... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:43:00Z Brazil security forces patrol in Rio amid surge of violence RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A few hundred national Brazilian security forces are patrolling parts of Rio de Janeiro following a surge in violence. The troops began patrols along busy thoroughfares in northern Rio on Monday. Many were also positioning themselves at the entrances to several favelas, or slums. The patrols are expected to last 90... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-15T18:06:00Z Frozen burritos maker relocates after recall, listeria scare LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico company that recalled more than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos because of possible listeria contamination says it's relocating. Green Chile Concepts LLC said it will start making food products at its new manufacturing plant starting Monday in a long-planned move. The U.S. Department of Agricultu... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:43:00Z AP Top Stories May 14 P Here are the top stories for Sunday, May 14: Eight candidates have been interviewed for top FBI job; Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France's next president;... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:29:00Z Frozen burritos recalled for possible listeria contamination LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — More than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday announced the Green Chile Food Company recall for various frozen burritos containing meat and poultry, after a routine sample of a beef and potato burrito found a problem. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:56:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:56:00Z NYC Icon Katz’s Deli Eyes Global Delivery Katz’s Delicatessen has been sending a salami to your boy in the Army since 1942. Now the New York City restaurant is preparing to expand its shipping... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:15:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:15:00Z United flight delayed after scorpion reported aboard HOUSTON (AP) — A United flight from Houston to Ecuador was delayed after a scorpion was spotted aboard. United says Flight 1035 returned to the gate Thursday night after a scorpion "reportedly emerged from a customer's clothing." Paramedics examined the man and determined that he hadn't been stung. It's unclear whether a scorpion was found. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 12:20:00 GMT 2017-05-12T12:20:00Z Transgender officer welcomed back to Argentine police force BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Analia Pasantino served in Argentina's federal police as a man for 20 years, then she came out as a transgender woman and was forced to resign. She is smiling these days, though, beaming with pride to be wearing a police badge again. And the sign on the door to her office reads: "Chief." Nearly a decade af... Fri, 12 May 2017 04:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T04:02:00Z Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after fall in cases SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world. The mosquito-borne virus wasn't considered a major health threat until the 2015 outbreak revealed that Zika can lead to severe birth defects. One of those defects, microcephaly, causes babies to be born with... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:32:00Z Orlando tourism grew in 2016, despite tragic headlines ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Visits to Florida's theme-park mecca continued to grow last year, despite tragic headlines from the region, enabling Orlando to keep its bragging rights as the most visited destination in the United States, tourism officials said Thursday. Orlando tourism officials announced that more than 68 million visitors came to the area in 2016,... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:18:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:18:00Z