• Barcelona's Lionel Messi waits to take a free kick during a Champions League, Group C soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Messi returns for Argentina qualifiers vs. Brazil & Colombia

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Having fully recovered from a groin injury, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named on Friday in Argentina’s squad to face Brazil and Colombia in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

  • In this June 11, 2015 file photo, Patrick Hickey, the head of the European Olympic Committee speaks during a news conference on the eve of the opening of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The European Olympic Committees’ acting leader  Janez Kocijancic, Friday Oct. 21, 2016  has called for president Patrick Hickey to be allowed to leave Brazil, where he was arrested in August, because he is severely ill. Hickey,  was arrested during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of involvement in illegal ticket sales, and is not allowed to leave the country. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

    European Olympic body: Hickey’s health deteriorating in Rio

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The acting head of Europe’s top Olympic body said Friday that its president, Patrick Hickey, should be allowed to leave Brazil and return to Ireland because his health is deteriorating and he needs an urgent heart operation.

  • Francisco Marquez chats with his mother Maria Luz Lara-Marquez at family home in Del Mar, California, Thursday, Oct. 201.2016. The 30-year-old dual U.S. citizen spoke of his four-month incarceration in his native Venezuela, two days after he was freed and boarded a flight to join his parents in Southern California. He was arrested in June while taking part in a nationwide recall campaign against President Nicolas Maduro and accused of trying to foment violence. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

    Venezuelan activist moves to US after release from ‘dungeon’

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Francisco Marquez says he constantly heard screams from prisoners being beaten in neighboring cells. He once saw a dozen inmates handcuffed, forced to run naked for hours under the hot sun as punishment for a failed escape attempt.

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the opening of the third United Nations Habitat Conference, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The meeting kicked off in Quito on Monday with the goal of tackling haphazard growth and fostering livable, self-sustaining cities amid a boom in the global urban population. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Venezuela suspends recall campaign against President Maduro

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral council said it was suspending a recall campaign against President Nicolas Maduro after courts annulled the signature collecting campaign in four states.

  • FILE  - In this Aug.16, 2016 file photo, Kelly Tan, left, and Michelle Koh both of Malaysia, pose for a photo with the Rio 2016 logo on the 16th hole during a practice round for the women's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio Olympics could leave behind at least one unexpected legacy _ a new home for the consular office of the United States. The headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizing committee in central Rio will be abandoned in the next few weeks with staff moving to smaller quarters in downtown Rio.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    Rio Olympic headquarters could be site of new US consulate

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The parcel of land housing the Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizing committee headquarters could become the new location for a United States consular office.

  • The Ecuadorian national flag flies outside their London Embassy, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London abruptly cut him off from the internet. The news adds another layer of intrigue to an extraordinary campaign. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Leaks put Assange at odds with Ecuador’s warming up to US

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finding himself in open conflict with his Ecuadorean protectors as the group’s latest dump targeting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign runs afoul of the South American government’s goal of warming up to Washington.

  • Scola among 4 appointed by Bach to IOC athletes commission

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — NBA player Luis Scola of Argentina is among four athletes appointed to the IOC athletes’ commission.

  • In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, Angelica Pereira holds her daughter Luiza, as she waits outside her home for a driver sent to fetch her and other mothers with babies disabled by the Zika virus, to drive them to a physical therapy session, in Santa Cruz do Capibaribe, Pernambuco state, Brazil. "We are always chasing something. We have to drop everything else, all our chores, our homes," said the 21-year-old. "There are so many of us with children with special needs. (The government) is forgetting about that." (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed

    RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — As the sun dyes the early morning sky a reddish hue, Angelica Pereira carries her 1-year-old daughter out of the tiny white house sitting on a dirt road where piles of garbage float in puddles.

  • In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the secrecy-spilling group in Berlin. WikiLeaks said on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, that Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    WikiLeaks: Assange’s internet link ‘severed’ by state actor

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

  • Argentine President Mauricio Macri, right, is flanked by his wife Juliana Awada as Pope Francis, second from bottom left, arrives to celebrate a Mass to canonize seven new saints, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Among the new saints, Francis is canonizing Argentine 19th century "gaucho priest" José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, who ministered to the poor in the peripheries and is clearly a model for his papacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope makes Argentina’s ‘gaucho priest’ and 6 others saints

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized Argentina’s “gaucho priest” Sunday, bestowing sainthood on the poncho-wearing pastor with whom the first Argentine pope shares many similarities, from a taste for mate tea to a dedication to bringing the ministry to even the most isolated people.