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BC-AP Americas Digest

BC-AP Americas Digest

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS

WASHINGTON -- The principal contractors responsible for the federal government's trouble-plagued health insurance website say the Obama administration shares responsibility for the snags that have crippled the system. They're testifying before a congressional committee Thursday.

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UNITED STATES-INDONESIA-FORESTS

WASHINGTON -- At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced. By Matthew Pennington.

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UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have pledged cooperation on the security issues that have strained ties between their nations, but sources of long-standing tensions did briefly bubble to the surface. By Julie Pace.

AP Photos.

COLOMBIA-MILITARY JUSTICE

BOGOTA, Colombia -- In a stiff blow to the government, Colombia's highest court for constitutional questions strikes down an expansion of the military justice system that human rights activists had said would lead to greater impunity for war criminals. By Vivian Sequera.

HAITI-LAWYER DETAINED

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Supporters of an opposition figure who has brought corruption cases against Haiti's government whisk him away from a courthouse where he was waiting for a hearing after being detained by police. By Trenton Daniel.

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GUYANA-MARRIAGE RULING

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A Guyana judge's decision to allow the marriage of a 15-year-old girl to the man accused of raping and getting her pregnant has riled the South American country. By Bert Wilkinson.

TROPICAL WEATHER

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- A weakening Tropical Storm Raymond moves away from Mexico's Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by a storm last month. By Jose Antonio Rivera.

AP Photos.

PUERTO RICO-POWER BILLS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor announces plans to overhaul the island's state-run power company amid corruption allegations and criticism that bills are on average more than double that of the U.S. mainland. By Danica Coto.

GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Medical records show an accused terrorist now held at Guantanamo Bay sustained a head injury while he was in CIA custody and has suffered lasting health problems as a result, his lawyer says. By Ben Fox.

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BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

TOP-SELLING CAR DISPUTE

DETROIT -- A name makes all the difference in the fight between Ford and Toyota over who has the top-selling car in the world. Ford claims that crown for its Focus compact during the first half of the year, based on registration data gathered by the R.L. Polk & Co. research firm. By Tom Krisher.

AP Photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

MEXICO-CLOWN PORTRAITS-PHOTO GALLERY

MEXICO CITY -- Clowns at a convention in Mexico's capital agreed to sit down for formal portraits. Despite their elaborate face paint, weird wigs and rubber noses, they reveal a slice of the humanity they seek to entertain -- happy and sad, pensive and exuberant, playful and macabre, male and female. AP Photos.

With: MEXICO-CLOWN CONVENTION-PHOTO GALLERY, MEXICO-CLOWNS-VIOLENCE.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:32 GMT+08:00