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Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Last year, Fabian Espinel helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. ...

Taiwan's donation to Ukraine reaches Slovakia, heads for Kyiv

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Slovak government has accepted a donation from Taiwan consisting of supplies to be transported to Kyiv and a refugee relief fund of US$1.5 million. The Taiwanese re...

Shortages, inflation frustrate Cubans struggling to get by

Julia Sardiñas awoke early so she could reach a grocery store in Cuba's capital by 6 a.m. After seven hours in line, she achieved her goal: the purchase of two plastic 1 liter bottle...

UN says Lebanon's economic crisis blights Syrian refugees

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 1 million Syrian refugees in crisis-hit Lebanon are experiencing deteriorating conditions that have left nine out of ten of them in extreme poverty, U.N. agencies warned Wednes...

Economic crisis, severe shortages make Lebanon 'unlivable'

BEIRUT (AP) — Ibrahim Arab waits in line several hours a day in the hot summer sun to buy gas for his taxi. When he's not working, the 37-year-old father of two drives from one Beiru...

Lebanese are gripped by worry as economic meltdown speeds up

BEIRUT (AP) — Shops closing, companies going bankrupt and pharmacies with shelves emptying — in Lebanon these days, fistfights erupt in supermarkets as shoppers scramble to get to subsidized powdered ...

Anger in Lebanon as currency, prices spiral out of control

BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters in Lebanon burned tires and closed several major roads on Thursday as the severe economic crisis gripping the country continued to spiral out of control with no progress on th...

Pandemic pushes Peru's vital peasant farmers to the brink

PISAC, Peru (AP) — Under a punishing Andean sun, Nazario Quispe digs his plow into the soil where he is growing dozens of different potato varieties — uncertain when he will be able to afford the seed...

Filipinos to donate care packages to Philippine typhoon victims

An international Filipino organization on Sunday called for donations of relief goods to be prepared as "balikbayan boxes" or care packages to be given to victims of Typhoon Vamco, which has...

Indian milk farmers say they miss out on record dairy industry profits

The logo of Kaira District Milk Producers Union (Amul) is hard to miss in the city of Anand in India's western province of Gujarat. Amul's headquarters there houses a massive plant that churns...

With spreading virus comes fears -- and lots of stockpiling

NEW YORK (AP) — As an Arizonan, Gregory Cohen has never had to stock up ahead of a hurricane or other natural disaster. But fear of the new coronavirus has led the 51-year-old attorn...

Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the po...

Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

BAUTA, Cuba (AP) — Just after 8 a.m., Pura Castell got in line behind about 100 other people waiting for a chance to buy frozen chicken legs. For two hours she leaned on her cane watching people leave...

For Venezuela's 1 percent, a lavish wedding amid crisis

ACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — It was the sort of celebration that's become rare in troubled Venezuela: a lavish destination wedding of two young entrepreneurs at a dude ranch on the country's vast tropic...

As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The June meeting was conducted behind closed doors far from the klieg-light attention normally focused on Venezuela. Around a U-shaped table in a hotel towering ab...