BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the region where the toll of death and destruction is rising. AP Photos.
CANBERRA, Australia — The U.N. Security Council votes Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it. AP Photos.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council emerges from an emergency session on the worsening situation in Gaza expressing “serious concern” about the rising civilian death toll and demanding an immediate end to the fighting. AP Photos.
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers. The “coyotes” say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes north. Judging by the record number of minors apprehended in the U.S. recently, the human smuggling business is booming. By E. Eduardo Castillo and Christopher Sherman. With glance. AP Photos.
Authorities and family members say two Americans who were soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces have been killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. AP Photos.
PUERTO RICO-BUYING TIME
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The government has managed its first balanced budget in more than a decade. Sales tax revenues are up and the publicly owned power company has won breathing room to pay its debts. Puerto Rico has managed to buy some time to stave off an economic crisis, but it may only be for a moment. By Danica Coto. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — The owner of a group home raided last week amid charges of abuse and other mistreatment of children living there has been released from custody without charge, an official in the federal Attorney General’s Office says. By Maria Verza. AP Photos.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country’s environment minister says. By David McFadden.
WASHINGTON — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.