Category: Latin America

Brazil’s ex-president convicted of corruption

BASILIA – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal. Lula has rejected claims that he received an apartment as a bribe in a corruption scandal linked to state […]

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VENEZUELA – The hunt is on

CARACAS –– The Venezuelan government hunted on Wednesday for rogue policemen who attacked key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolas Maduro suspected the raid may have been staged to justify repression. In extraordinary scenes over Caracas around sunset on Tuesday, the stolen helicopter fired shots at the Interior Ministry and dropped grenades on the […]

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Brazil’s crisis deepens

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation to face criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot’s accusation is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials who are building a corruption […]

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Six killed as Colombia boat sinks

At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular resort town of Guatapé. There were about 170 people aboard. Witness Juan Quiroz told the BBC […]

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Brazil ministerial building set on fire during clashes

BRASILIA –– Angry demonstrators in Brasilia have started a fire inside the ministry of agriculture and have damaged several other ministerial buildings. Brazilian authorities estimate around 35,000 are marching in the capital. Troops are being deployed to defend government buildings and there is a heavy police presence on the streets. Protesters are demanding the resignation […]

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Landslide in Colombia kills at least 262

MOCOA –– Scores of decomposing cadavers were being released for burial on Monday as rescuers continued to search for victims of weekend flooding and landslides that devastated a city in southern Colombia, killing at least 262 people. Desperate families queued for blocks in the heat to search a morgue for loved ones who died when several […]

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VENEZUELA – AG breaks ranks

CARACAS –– Venezuela’s powerful attorney general on Friday broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro’s government after the judiciary annulled congress, a rare show of internal dissent as protests and international condemnation grew. Luisa Ortega, appointed attorney general in 2007 and a staunch ally of the Socialists who have ruled for the last 18 years, rebuked the […]

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VENEZUELA – ‘Dictatorship’

CARACAS –– Opposition leaders branded Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” on Thursday after the Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress and pushed a lengthy political standoff to new heights. There was swift international condemnation of the de facto annulment of the National Assembly, where the opposition won a majority in late […]

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MEXICO – Teen shoots teacher, self and three others

MEXICO CITY – A teenage student suffering from depression opened fire at a private American school in northern Mexico on Wednesday, injuring three students and a teacher then shooting himself in what state officials called an unprecedented attack that was caught on security video. Aldo Fasci, security spokesman for Nuevo Leon state, said the 15-year-old […]

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Colombia bridge collapse kills seven

BOGOTA – A wooden foot bridge inside a Colombian nature preserve has collapsed, killing at least seven people and injuring 15 others in Villavicencio, southeast of Bogota, according to the city’s mayor. Colombian risk management authorities said excess weight led to the bridge’s collapse Monday. An eyewitness told local media that some 20 people were […]

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33 killed in another Brazilian prison riot

RORAIMA –– At least 33 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil on Friday, officials said, possibly in retaliation after members of a powerful drug gang were targeted in the worst prison massacre in decades that left 56 people dead earlier this week. Several of the dead were decapitated, had their hearts cut out […]

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BRAZIL – Fugitive takes selfies on the run

MANAUS –– A Brazilian man who broke out of a prison in the northern city of Manaus has been posting photos of himself on Facebook, bragging of his escape. In the picture, Brayan Bremer, who is serving a sentence for robbery, can be seen amidst dense vegetation giving the thumbs up. Behind him is another fugitive […]

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COLOMBIA – Plane crash kills 72

LA UNION/CHAPECO –– A plane carrying Brazilian top-tier football team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains after reporting an electrical fault, killing 72 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Colombia’s worst air disaster in two decades killed all but five people as the team flew to face Atletico Nacional of […]

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EL SALVADOR – Earthquake and hurricane hit Central America

SAN SALVADOR –– A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region on Thursday just as a hurricane barreled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, but there were no immediate reports of any quake damage. Emergency services in El Salvador said on Twitter it had received no reports […]

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MEXICO – Snake on a plane

MEXICO CITY – Where’s Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? Because we can put up with a lot of things, but a snake dangling overhead while we’re on a plane is not one of them. That’s the situation passengers on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City found themselves in on Sunday. Just […]

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Venezuela’s parliament votes to try president

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition-led parliament has voted to open a trial against President Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of violating the constitution. The move comes after last week’s suspension of a referendum process seeking to remove Maduro. The government said the vote was meaningless, referring to an earlier court ruling that had declared parliament illegitimate. President […]

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MEXICO – First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

MEXICO – The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor. US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure the baby boy would be free […]

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