{FD} Venezuelan first lady’s nephews sentenced to prison on drug charges

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for drug conspiracy convictions by a judge who said their ineptness at their criminal craft and otherwise crimeless background earned them leniency.

{FD} Peru’s president faces calls to resign over murky payments

Opponents of Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski are calling on him to resign over payments he received a decade ago from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal.

{FD} Mexican front-runner sets cabinet ahead of presidential vote

Front-running presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented his proposed cabinet if he wins Mexico’s July 1 elections.

{FD} Mexico ups benchmark lending rate ¼-point to 7.25 percent

Mexico’s central bank is raising its benchmark interest rate a quarter point to 7.25 percent to try to rein in inflation that continues to outpace targets.

{FD} Clashes break out as Argentines protest pension reform

Argentine police clashed Thursday with demonstrators protesting reforms to the retirement and pension system.

{FD} Scientists solve speed surprise in stratospheric stunt

Scientists say they’ve figured out why an Austrian who became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound fell faster than the drag of his body should have allowed.

{FD} Germany’s VW issues study on role during Brazil dictatorship

German automaker Volkswagen says a study into its role during Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship has concluded that some site security officials in Brazil cooperated with the regime but there was no clear evidence the collaboration was “institutionalized.”

{FD} Argentina submarine chased by British helicopter before vanishing, sailor’s sister claims

The Argentinian submarine that vanished last month was being chased by a British helicopter and Chilean ship shortly before disappearing, one of the doomed vessel’s sailors told his sister in a “strange” message that was one of the last sent from the sub.

{FD} Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America.

{FD} El Salvador court denies appeal in stillbirth case

An El Salvador court has rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for what she says was a stillbirth.

{FD} Venezuela quickly resolves financial dispute with China

Venezuela’s cash-strapped government has quickly settled a lawsuit filed by a state-run Chinese company, making good on an unpaid bill and appeasing an important ally that holds billions in the South American country’s debt.

{FD} Peru president in trouble over consultant fee from Odebrecht

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is in hot water over decade-old payments he received as a consultant to a giant Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal.

{FD} Human foot washes ashore in Canada, the 13th in a decade, report says

Canadian officials are investigating why a human foot washed ashore on the nation’s shoreline on Vancouver Island last week, marking the 13th foot in the last 10 years to do so.

{FD} Bermuda Senate votes to end same-sex marriage in territory

The Senate in Bermuda has voted to end same-sex marriage in the British island territory and allow only domestic partnerships.

{FD} Ecuador VP sentenced to 6 years in Odebrecht corruption case

Ecuador’s vice president has been sentenced to six years in jail after a court convicted him of accepting bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

{FD} WTO summit ends without substantial deals after US criticism

A World Trade Organization conference dampened from the start by criticism from the United States has ended without any substantial agreements.

{FD} Constitutional arguments begin in Canadian polygamy case

A Canadian man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn’t charged when police investigated the allegations in the 1990s.

{FD} Killings of women soared in last decade amid Mexico drug war

A new study says killings of women in Mexico have risen sharply over the last decade during the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half.

{FD} Peru seeks arrest of lay leader accused of abuse

Peruvian prosecutors are seeking the arrest of the leader of a Catholic religious society accused of sexual and psychological abuse against minors.

{FD} Another human foot washes ashore in British Columbia

Another human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline.