Category: Latin America

Colombia ends 50 years of fighting

BOGOTA – A conflict that lasted over five decades. An estimated 220,000 people killed and over five million displaced. These staggering figures will be consigned to history as the Colombian government buries the hatchet with its long-time nemesis, the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group, better known by its Spanish acronym, FARC. In […]

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Drug-resistant ‘super bacteria’ found in Rio

RIO DE JANIERO –– A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the “super bacteria” entered the city’s waterways when sewage coming from local […]

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MEXICO – Deadly clashes between police and teachers

OAXACA — Violent clashes between police and members of a radical teachers’ union who had blockaded roads in southern Mexico on Sunday left six people dead and more than 100 injured, officials said. The teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are opposed to the mandatory testing of teachers as part of […]

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BRAZIL – Impeached!

BRASILIA — Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff vowed Thursday to use “all legal means” to fight permanent ouster in an impeachment trial, raising the specter of continued political turmoil as interim leader Michel Temer tries to rescue a sinking economy. Speaking hours after the senate voted to impeach her, in what might prove her last […]

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Brazil’s senate debates impeachment

BRASILIA –– The Brazilian Senate was expected to suspend President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday in a vote to put her on trial for breaking budget laws, pushing a deeply unpopular leader from power and ending 13 years of rule by her leftist Workers Party. If her opponents garner a simple majority in the 81-seat Senate in […]

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BRAZIL – Vote annulled

BRASILIA –– A Brazilian lawmaker’s surprise announcement Monday sent the country’s scandal-plagued government spinning as a key question looms: Will a Senate vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff go forward as expected this week? So far, there are more questions than answers. The confusion began Monday when Waldir Maranhao, acting speaker of Brazil’s lower house, […]

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VENEZUELA – Power crisis

CARACAS –– About the only thing that can be counted on around the clock at Gustavo Diaz’s home these days is the gas stove. The food in the fridge is spoiling. The microwave oven sits unused. The television is dark and the stereo system silent. It’s sweaty and uncomfortable inside, thanks to government-imposed electricity blackouts […]

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Venezuela cutting power supplies

CARACAS –– Venezuela will begin cutting electricity supplies amid a prolonged drought that has limited power generation, the electricity minister said on Thursday, an unpopular measure for a population already struggling to obtain food and medicine. The rationing effort adds to the woes of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist administration is facing chronic problems in […]

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MEXICO – 13 die in oil plant blast

MEXICO CITY –– The death toll in an explosion that struck a Mexican oil plant on Wednesday has reached 13 and could rise further. The head of Mexico’s emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, said ten bodies were found when his staff entered the site. Three workers had already been reported dead. The blast hit a […]

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Huge drugs tunnel found in San Diego

One of the longest cross-border drugs-smuggling tunnels between Mexico and the US has been found by authorities in San Diego, American officials say. They say the 800m (874 yards) tunnel was used to transport an “unprecedented cache” of cocaine and marijuana. It was the 13th sophisticated secret tunnel found along California’s border with Mexico since […]

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BRAZIL – Cabinet in crisis

BRASILIA –– Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York in a bid to rally international support against her impeachment, leaving behind a Cabinet paralyzed by political crisis as another minister defected on Wednesday. Rousseff aides said the leftist leader will attend a United Nations event on Friday in New York where she will […]

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ECUADOR – Three rescued

MANTA — Rescuers in Ecuador pulled three people out alive after being trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center that was flattened by this weekend’s powerful earthquake. Televised images of the dramatic pre-dawn rescue Monday in this port city gave Ecuadoreans hope that scores of people still unaccounted for […]

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BRAZIL – Rousseff impeachment process begins

BRASILIA –– Pro-impeachment lawmakers chanted “Dilma Out” in the lower house of Brazil Congress on Friday, as it opened a raucous three-day debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on charges of manipulating budget accounts. Pro-government demonstrators took to the streets in several states as the debate began, according to local media. Major trade unions […]

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BRAZIL – Men in foil suits attempt to rob bank

RIO DE JANIERO –– Two would-be robbers left a shiny impression on police in southern Brazil, when they chose an unusual form of camouflage during an attempted bank robbery: head-to-toe aluminum foil. According to Santa Catarina military police, the suspects were most likely trying to foil the alarm of the Praia Grande branch of the […]

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BRAZIL – Rousseff isolated

BRASILIA –– Brazil’s largest party announced on Tuesday it was leaving President Dilma Rousseff’s governing coalition and pulling its members from her government, a departure that sharply raises the odds she could be impeached in a matter of months. The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) took just a few minutes to decide unanimously in a […]

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MEXICO – El Chapo captured

MEXICO CITY — Fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison, Mexica’s President Enrique Pena Nieto announced today. A federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name said Guzman was apprehended after a shoot-out […]

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Argentine president vows unity

BUENOS AIRES –– Mauricio Macri has been sworn in as Argentina’s president, vowing to unite the nation and revive the economy. The centre-right Macri took the oath of office in Congress but his inauguration was boycotted by his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in a row over the venue. In his inaugural speech, Macri vowed to […]

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