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BC-AP Americas Digest

June 27, 2014

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OBAMA-SYRIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster U.S. efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition, a move that comes amid increased U.S. concern that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are becoming an intertwined fight against the same Sunni extremist group. By Julie Pace.

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UNITED STATES-CHINA

WASHINGTON — The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, officials said. By Matthew Pennington.

SUPREME COURT-RECESS APPOINTMENT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president’s ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional approval.

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ARGENTINA-DEBT

NEW YORK — A judge denies Argentina’s request to extend deadlines to repay a $1.65 billion debt to U.S. hedge funds, leaving the South American nation few options and little time to meet a Monday deadline to make a required payment to the majority of its creditors.

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VENEZUELA-LEFTIST DISCONTENT

CARACAS, Venezuela — Already grappling with street protests by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new level of discontent from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power. By Hannah Dreier.

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MEXICO CITY CIRCUS ANIMAL BAN-PHOTO GALLERY

MEXICO CITY — Armed with a whip, Alex Fuentes performs with his five tigers every night, drawing oohs and aahs from children and their parents. His family has run a circus in Mexico City for decades, but a new municipal ban on the use of animals in circuses has him worried about its future. With photo gallery by Sean Havey.

IMMIGRATION-OVERLOAD-CHILDREN

ARTESIA, N.M. — A detention center being opened in southeastern New Mexico to deal with the surge in women caught crossing illegally with children into the U.S. from Central America will be focused on deporting the immigrants quickly, U.S. officials say. By Juan Carlos Llorca.

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UNITED NATIONS-FALKLAND ISLANDS

UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. committee approves a new resolution calling on Britain and Argentina to negotiate a solution to their dispute over the Falkland Islands, essentially favoring Argentina’s stance in the nearly 200-year-old feud. By Alexandra Olson.

BOLIVIA-AIRPORT ATTACK

LA PAZ, Bolivia — An emotionally disturbed farmer wielding a kitchen knife goes on a rampage in the terminal of the La Paz international airport, stabbing 11 people, authorities said. By Carlos Valdez.

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BUSINESS:

ONLINE TELEVISION BEYOND AEREO

LOS ANGELES — The Supreme Court shot down Aereo’s business model this week, but that doesn’t mean customers’ desire for a better TV experience is gone. By Ryan Nakashima.

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SPORTS:

WCUP-URUGUAY-SUAREZ

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Soccer-crazy Uruguayans rage at FIFA’s decision to kick their star player out of the World Cup for his third biting incident, fearing it could deal a death blow to their bid to win the sport’s greatest tournament. By Leonardo Haberkorn.

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WCUP-US-GERMANY-RAIN

RECIFE, Brazil — A tropical downpour floods roads and prevents families of many U.S. players from making it to Arena Pernambuco for the Americans’ match with Germany in the World Cup. By Brett Martel.

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With: WCUP-BRAZIL BEAT.

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