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BC-AP Americas Digest

August 9, 2014



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain, not destroy, the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country’s northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants’ momentum. By Robert Burns and Lara Jakes. AP Photos


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had watched with alarm for most of the summer as an al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn’t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act. Reports streamed into the Situation Room that morning from U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials: Stories of mass executions, women being enslaved as child brides, members of a small religious group trapped on a mountain and potentially dying of thirst. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos


WASHINGTON — For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. And for just as long, the administration has rebuffed the Kurds. U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some of them to the Kurds. Now, the administration is confronting the consequences of that policy. By Ken Dilanian.


SAO PAULO — While Brazil has long been seen as a global model in the fight against AIDS, activists and officials say more and more youths are unaware of HIV risks, or are unconcerned about them. HIV infection rates have begun declining in many other places, but cases have been slowly rising in Brazil — with the sharpest jump among youths 15 to 24. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A provincial music teacher in Argentina emerges in public for the first time since being abruptly thrust into the limelight as a symbol of his country’s reckoning with the brutal dictatorship of the 1970s and 1980s. By Ben Fox. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — The death this week of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner. By Brett Zongker and Kasey Jones. AP Photos


NEW YORK — A U.S. judge threatens to hold Argentina in contempt of court for continuing to make “false and misleading” statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly adds he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute. Judge Thomas Griesa urges both sides to resume negotiations with help from the special master he assigned to resolve a fight over money owed to U.S. hedge funds.


SAO PAULO — Women seeking education jobs in Brazil’s most populous state should not be required to submit to gynecological exams or prove their virginity in order to work, according to women’s rights advocates who denounced the practice. By Adriana Gomez Licon.


MEXICO CITY — National attention in Mexico has focused on the country’s shockingly low minimum wage after the Mexico City government suggested it could act to increase the local minimum. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.


HONOLULU — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamors ashore as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it also weakened and was on track to pass north of the islands. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey Mcavoy. AP Photos


ALBANY, New York — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment. Still furious over the gruesome sights he had seen at the nearby Nazi concentration camp, the 19-year-old self-described “skinny Jewish kid” from New York threw the black silk hat on the floor, jumped off the chair he had used to reach the item and stomped Hitler’s formal headwear until it was flat. Marowitz, who brought the souvenir back to New York after World War II ended, died this week at age 88. By Chris Carola. AP Photos



A federal judge ruled in a landmark decision that collegiate football and basketball players can sell the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to amateur athletes getting some payouts from the booming American college sports industry once their university careers are over. By Tim Dahlberg. AP Photos.

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