Rio residents try to bring green to a concrete jungle

RIO DE JANEIRO — Alê Roque wanders the untamed orchard in Rio de Janeiro, pushing aside leaves to point out what she helped plant last year. “This is cacao, developing well … Look at this lime tree, it’s full … Lots and lots of tomato … That one’s acai …,” she says. It seems there’s always more. “Ginger… Avocado… Pineapple… Sweet potato.”

GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses

WASHINGTON — Pressure increased Monday on senators to call John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial even as defense lawyers brushed past extraordinary new allegations from Trump’s former national security adviser and made legal and historical arguments for acquittal.

Mom of two missing kids found in Hawaii with new husband

BOISE, Idaho — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there’s still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths.

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

BAGHDAD — One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq’s capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement.

Defense resumes in key impeachment week; Dems seek witnesses

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial enters a pivotal week as his defense team resumes its case and senators face a critical vote on whether to hear witnesses or proceed directly to a vote that is widely expected to end in his acquittal. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home.

Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

BEIJING — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China on Sunday with 56 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.