BC-AP Americas Digest
UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. and its international partners emerge from a meeting with Iran declaring that a “window of opportunity has opened” to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. But diplomats ask Tehran to come back with a detailed plan of action to reassure the world it is not trying to build an atomic bomb. By Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes.
AP Photos, video.
UNITED NATIONS — The five permanent members of the deeply divided U.N. Security Council reach agreement on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, a major step in taking the most controversial weapon off the battlefield of the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict. By Edith M. Lederer and Matthew Lee.
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led Senate was ready to approve legislation Friday preventing a shutdown of the federal government next week, but disputes with the Republican-run House and among Republican lawmakers themselves ensured that the battle would spill into the weekend, and possibly beyond. By Alan Fram.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hosting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for talks on trade and security in a fragile region, offering a chance to inject new life into the partnership amid concerns that relations have stagnated. By Josh Lederman.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Thousands of Dominican Republic residents have been thrown into limbo by a ruling from the country’s highest court that strips citizenship from anyone born to migrants who entered illegally. The decree affects mainly people of Haitian descent and is likely to worsen already acrimonious relations with neighboring Haiti. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Danica Coto.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s president announces that he will close a luxury prison for dictatorship-era military officials convicted of crimes against humanity, taking away their tennis courts, barbecues and a pool. By Luis Andres Henao.
HAVANA — Real estate agents, auto body workers and home builders can come out of the shadows in Cuba’s expanding private economy under rules announced Thursday that allow 18 new categories of independent employment under President Raul Castro’s economic reforms. By Anne-Marie Garcia. AP Photos.
MARINGA, Brazil — A Brazilian man and amateur tiger breeder is taking on the government’s effort to castrate the seven striped beasts living in his home. Ary Borges let’s his children swim with the tigers in the family’s pool, feeds the animals by dropping meat directly into their mouths and says the government should let him build an eco-park to teach the public about the tigers. By Renta Brito.
AP Photos, video.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
AUTO PARTS-PRICE FIXING
WASHINGTON — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world’s largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announces. By Pete Yost.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
RALEIGH, North Carolina — The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year for a second straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards night as well as three other group and individual trophies.