Canadians Brace for Cultural Changes as Marijuana Becomes Legal

MONTREAL — For one of Canada’s largest legal cannabis companies, the vote in Parliament this week to legalize recreational marijuana use represents a broad opportunity to develop new products, including marijuana infused drinks. The hope, said Adam Greenblatt, a manager with the company, Canopy Growth, “is that in five years time people will be drinking cannabis drinks at a cocktail party as if drinking a good wine.” Matteo Rossant, 21, a business graduate at Concordia University in Montreal, also envisions an expansive future, one in which he sells maple syrup,…

Violence in Nicaragua Undermines Peace Talks 2 Months Into Uprising

MASAYA, Nicaragua — It is the most irregular of armies. Armed only with homemade mortars, their features hidden behind scarves and ski masks, the fighters of Masaya crouched behind the barricades they built to protect the streets of their rebellious city. Shots rang out, answered by the dull thud of improvised explosives, as the volunteers tried on Tuesday to hold off the advance of paramilitary forces and police officers toward the city center. As the assailants broke through each barricade, the defenders sprinted back through the empty streets, past families…

Vote in Canada Paves the Way for Legalization of Marijuana

OTTAWA — Canada’s Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that will make Canada the first country with a major economy to legalize recreational marijuana use. The bill, which was approved by the House of Commons on Monday, goes next to the governor-general, the representative of Queen Elizabeth, as a formality. Once it is formally approved, the legislation is expected to create a multibillion dollar industry, with Canada joining Uruguay as the only countries to allow their citizens on a national level to use marijuana without fear of arrest. “We’ve just witnessed…

For Migrant Families in Mexico, Threat of Separation Puts Plans in Doubt

TAPACHULA, Mexico — A mother from El Salvador swiveled away from the fire where she was toasting some tortillas at a migrant shelter in a Mexican border town. The woman, Lucía Carmen Flores Sánchez, had just learned on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the United States border. “Oh,” she said, a look of surprise on her face. Fleeing gang violence in her country, she had been traveling overland with her mother and her daughter, 8, and had made it as far as…

Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Trump’s Child Separation Policy

National Guard troops in four states will not deploy to the southern border, the states’ governors announced this week, over mounting objections to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents there. The governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island asserted their opposition by declaring that they will withhold or recall troops from the United States’ border with Mexico, adding their names to widening outrage over the policy. President Trump called in April for the National Guard to help secure the border, saying that thousands of…

Colombia Elects Iván Duque, Populist Conservative, as President

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Iván Duque, a populist young conservative who tapped into dissatisfaction with the economy and a contentious peace deal with rebels, won Colombia’s presidential vote on Sunday. Mr. Duque, a former senator from the right-wing Democratic Center party, won about 54 percent of the vote in the second and last round of elections, election officials said. He defeated Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla member and onetime mayor of Bogotá, the capital, who got about 42 percent. Mr. Duque’s showing capped a remarkable political rise. Buoyed by charm and…

Did Mexico’s Revelry in World Cup Win Over Germany Cause an Earthquake?

MEXICO CITY — At 11:32 a.m. on Sunday, seismic sensors in Mexico City detected a small earthquake. But it was triggered in an “artificial manner,” according to the group monitoring the gauges. “Possibly because of mass jumping,” reported the group, the Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations. The cause of that mass jumping? Moments before, the Mexican men’s national soccer team had scored a goal against powerhouse Germany in their group-stage match in the World Cup in Moscow. The Mexicans would hold on to win the match, 1-0, defeating Germany…

At Least 17 Dead in Stampede at Graduation Party

MEDELLIN, Colombia — At least 17 people were killed in a stampede during a graduation party at a nightclub in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, authorities said on Saturday. Néstor Reverol, the country’s interior minister, said on state television that the deaths occurred in the early morning when a fight broke out at the nightclub, El Paraíso, and someone set off a tear-gas canister. “This caused a stampede of more than 500 people who were in the club,” Mr. Reverol said. Among the dead were eight minors, he said. Many victims…

Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Faked Rejection From Prestigious Music School That Gave Him Scholarship

He was a gifted Canadian clarinetist who had the chance to study under a renowned professor in Los Angeles — all expenses paid. But his girlfriend didn’t want him to leave Canada. So she logged onto his email account, intercepted his acceptance and turned down the offer, court records show. Then she sent him a fake rejection from the prestigious music program, according to the lawsuit he filed in Ontario. Now, a judge has ordered her to pay her ex $375,000 Canadian in damages and legal fees. “This was despicable…