Uruguay opens desulfurization plant at refinery

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay has inaugurated a desulfurization plant for the county’s sole oil refinery. The refinery expansion in Montevideo is a joint venture of Argentina’s state-owned YPF and Uruguay’s ANCAP oil companies. The plant will reduce…

3 bodies found in train derailment, 9 total killed

TABASCO, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican federal official says rescue crews have found the bodies of three more Central American migrants at the site of a train derailment in southern Mexico, raising the death toll to nine. Civil…

Venezuela president warns against attack on Syria

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says any outside military action taken against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own citizens could lead to a “disastrous war.” Maduro is a close ally…

Dominican judge orders sect leader to face trial

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The German leader of a New Age sect in the Dominican Republic has been ordered to face trial on weapons charges. Judge Yacaira Veras ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence to try…

US: Virus likely causing dolphin deaths

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — Federal officials identified a virus Tuesday as the likely reason hundreds of bottlenose dolphins died along the East Coast, but they say there’s little they can do to stop the deaths. More than 330…

Attacks on young vigilantes kills 20 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents and officials say two attacks by suspected members of a Nigerian Islamic sect have killed at least 20 members of a vigilante group that fights the sect. A military official said Tuesday that…

Scientists say existence of new element confirmed

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work. Researchers at Lund University said Tuesday their find backs up claims by teams in…

Dissident case was final straw for Brazil official

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The smuggling of a Bolivian dissident into Brazil by a Brazilian diplomat may have prompted Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota’s ouster, but analysts said Tuesday it was just the last straw for his strained relationship…

US, allies going beyond UN to justify Syria action

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are looking beyond the painfully divided U.N. Security Council to legitimize military action against Syria. To do so, they must build a cohesive rationale and win broad international backing…

Thin veneer of normalcy in Syria’s wartime capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Even in the capital of a country torn apart by civil war, Syrians have to find some way to enjoy themselves on a hot summer weekend. So the pool at a Damascus luxury hotel…

Momentum grows for military action against Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Momentum appears to be building for Western military action against Syria, with both the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike. But the government in Damascus is vowing to use…

Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico drug lord’s lawyer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico lawyer has been arrested on allegations he collected funds meant to bribe a judge to overturn a life sentence for a drug dealer once dubbed the “Pablo Escobar of…

Colombia rebels free Canadian held 7 months

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s No. 2 rebel group on Tuesday freed a Canadian mining executive who had spent seven months in captivity and whose company cancelled a gold mining project. The International Committee of the Red Cross…

Conflicting numbers of dead in Congo fighting

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Following days of fighting in eastern Congo, conflicting versions of the death toll emerged, with rebel and government spokesmen giving drastically different accounts of which side suffered the heaviest losses. Congolese military spokesman Col.…