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November 27, 2015 - 6:57pm
5 min 16 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's environmental protection agency has issued an "urgent" call for local authorities to stop sewage and waste discharges into the Yucatan Peninsula's coastal, fresh-water lake of Bacalar.

The agency says state and municipal authorities should enforce sanitary and building codes and build water treatment facilities to stop discharges into the lake.

Bacalar is often known as the "Lagoon of Seven Colors" because of its...

November 27, 2015 - 5:15pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's longest-running TV show is set to end Dec. 20.

The Televisa network announced Thursday that "En familia" would wrap up after a run of over 47 years on the air.

Host Xavier Lopez has hosted the children's variety show since it started in January 1968. He has always worn children's overalls and speaks in a childish voice, even though he is now 81.

Lopez is better known by his stage name, "Chabelo." He...

November 27, 2015 - 5:01pm
5 min 16 sec ago

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's president has fired the head of the country's Indian affairs office amid accusations he kicked an indigenous woman.

President Horacio Cartes said Friday that he won't allow someone who represents indigenous people to kick a woman.

A video circulating on social media shows Indian affairs chief Jorge Servin lifting his left knee and kicking Jorgelina Portillo of the Ava Guarani ethnic group with the sole of his shoe...

November 27, 2015 - 4:57pm
5 min 16 sec ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A judge in the Dominican Republic has ordered the leader of a public transportation union held for one year while authorities investigate allegations of his involvement in several killings.

Police say Arsenio Quevedo is accused of planning and paying for the killing of at least three drivers following arguments with them in recent years. He also is accused of laundering fuel subsidies that his union received monthly....

November 27, 2015 - 4:53pm
5 min 16 sec ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck Chile's northern region but authorities say there are no reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of Friday's quake was 43 miles (69 kilometers) north-northwest of Taltal. It hit at 6 p.m. local time.

Chile's emergency services office says no injuries or damage to infrastructure have been reported, and the Chilean navy discounted the possibility of a...

November 27, 2015 - 2:33pm
5 min 16 sec ago

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The aunt of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach says she hopes her family members will be in Canada by Christmas.

Tima Kurdi said Friday that Canada has approved her application to bring her brother Mohammed and his family to Canada but security checks are still underway.

Mohammed Kurdi is the uncle of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, who drowned, along with his 5-year-old brother and their...

November 27, 2015 - 2:28pm
5 min 16 sec ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian officials say two suspects detained last week after weapons were found in their car sought to "execute" members of the government.

Laszlo Tasnadi, secretary of state for law enforcement at the Interior Ministry, said Friday that the men, since placed under preliminary arrest by a court order, held extremist view.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said the men's intentions were discovered during police work related to...

November 27, 2015 - 2:27pm
1 hour 55 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say attackers have killed four members of a civilian police patrol in the turbulent southern state of Guerrero. Two official policemen and two gunmen have also died in the border town of Rio Bravo.

The Guerrero state attorney general says seven members of the community police came under attack while patrolling the streets of Tixtla, which is home to the teachers college where 43 vanished after being detained by official police....

November 27, 2015 - 2:20pm
1 hour 55 min ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Campaign season for the final round of Haiti's elections has started, but the second-place finisher in the presidential vote has not yet announced whether he will participate in the runoff.

Jude Celestin told The Associated Press on Friday that "no decision has been made" about whether he will take part in the scheduled Dec. 27 runoff against Jovenel Moise.

Celestin says his team needs more time for dialogue with...

November 27, 2015 - 1:09pm
5 hours 5 min ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth.

Sindy Melany Ortiz says she smoked pot to alleviate pain in one of her arms. She says she's only allowed to see her daughter two hours a day and isn't allowed to breast-feed her.

Hospital officials in the southern city of Talcahuano say they were just following protocol...

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