Parents of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014 called Thursday for the firing of the head of Mexico's criminal investigation agency, the AIC, for what they called missteps in the investigation.
When leftist rebels in Colombia earlier this month freed a former governor held captive more than two years, President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the release as a possible sign the National Liberation Army had sworn off kidnapping as peace talks with the group were getting under way.
A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52½ years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned, Mexico's federal judiciary council said Thursday.
Brazilian transgender and transsexual civil servants will now be able to use their chosen names while on the job.
An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.
Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has voted to censure the country's food minister amid widespread shortages.
Philip Kives, the tireless pitchman whose television commercials sold everything from vegetable slicers to hit music records, has died at age 87.
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