• Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a political rally against the Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. After the government suspended a recall referendum seeking Maduro's removal last week, the opposition-controlled congress began debating his "constitutional situation." Lawmakers vow to present evidence that Maduro a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisis

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s standoff deepened after congress voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order and opposition leaders called for mass protests on Wednesday to drive the unpopular socialist leader from office.

  • In this June 21, 1970 file photo, Brazil's team captain Carlos Alberto, center, holds up the golden Jules Rimet Trophy, after his team defeated Italy in the FIFA World Cup soccer final, at Azteca Stadium, in Mexico City. The Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed the death of 72-year-old Carlos Alberto on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gianni Foggia, File)

    Brazilian soccer great Carlos Alberto Torres dies

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport’s most memorable goals, died on Tuesday.

  • Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, left, and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, embrace after a joint press conference at the presidential residence in Olivos, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina, Uruguay reiterate hopes to co-host 2030 World Cup

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The presidents of Argentina and Uruguay say they are still planning to go ahead with a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup.

  • In this July 21, 2016 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands with Spain's former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, left, and former Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, during a photo opportunity after a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s government says Pope Francis met with Maduro at the Vatican on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

    Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation.

  • In this March 21, 2002 file photo, Uruguay's former President Jorge Batlle arrives for the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico. Batlle, one of Uruguay’s most important politicians of the 20th century, has died, according to Hospital officials in Uruguay. (AP Photo/Tomas Munita, File)

    Former Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle dies at 88

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Former President Jorge Batlle, an extroverted and irreverent politician who was a force in Uruguayan politics for half a century and led it during one of its worst economic recessions, died on Monday. He was 88.

  • In this Sept. 16, 2016 photo released by Nitro Imagens, retired goalkeeper and mayoral candidate Joao Leite plays goalkeeper during a campaign rally in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. In soccer-crazed Brazil, where many voters are already furious at career politicians, the game is at the center of mayoral race in one of the country's largest cities. Retired soccer players are vying to be mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil's sixth largest city. Retired Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Joao Leite will face off against the club's former chairman, Alexandre Kalil. (Gustavo Baxter/Nitro Imagens via AP)

    In soccer-crazed Brazil, game central to mayoral runoff

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In soccer-crazed Brazil, the game is proving central to the sport of electoral politics in one major city amid growing disgust with career politicians.

  • 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.