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VENEZUELA –– Landslide victory

CARACAS — Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, stunning the ruling party and altering the balance of power 17 years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off the nation’s socialist revolution. The opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat legislature, electoral authorities announced early today. The […]

Anger over dam burst at Brazilian mine

MARIANA –– As despair turns to anger over a deadly dam burst at a Brazilian mine, lawmakers pushed today for tougher regulations in a new mining code, and iron ore giant Vale SA came under pressure to help mourning families and contain the environmental impact. In five days of rescue efforts in towns ravaged by […]

BRAZIL – Dam break kills two

MARIANA –– At least two people were killed and 30 others injured after two dams collapsed at a Brazilian iron ore mine, officials said today, as rescuers searched for the missing under mud and debris from colossal floods that devastated a village. Mine operator Samarco’s chief executive officer said a tremor in the vicinity of […]

Uruguay's cannabis plans

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise the personal cultivation, consumption and sale of cannabis. Now its government is moving a step closer to a full commercial market for it, by awarding licenses for businesses to grow the drug. Many supporters hope the move might also lead to a breakthrough in cannabis […]

Comedian wins Guatemala election

GUATEMALA CITY –– Comedian-turned-politician Jimmy Morales is poised to become Guatemala’s next president, according to preliminary election returns. Morales, 46, won more than 69 per cent of votes with results from more than 93 per cent of polling stations counted, election officials said. Former first lady Sandra Torres, 59, who was trailing with nearly 31 […]

Mexico braces

PUERTO VALLARTA — Hurricane Patricia barrelled towards south-western Mexico today as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere. Residents and tourists were hunkering down or trying to make last-minute escapes ahead of what forecasters called a “potentially catastrophic landfall” later in the day. The storm was homing in on a […]

CHILE – Picking up the pieces

TONGOY –– Residents sifted through rubble today and saved what they could from homes destroyed by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in central Chile that killed 11 people, forced one million from their homes and sent giant waves crashing into coastal areas. Aftershocks shook the South American country following yesterday’s quake, the strongest in the world […]

Deadly Mexico tornado

At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas. Severe weather has also affected Texas, where a dozen people are missing. Images […]

World – Baby found alive in landslide

BOGOTA — Colombians are celebrating as a miracle the rescue of an 11-month-old baby who survived a massive mudslide that killed at least 78 people — including the child’s mother and 11 other relatives. Jhosep Diaz was found buried face-down in the mud Monday, more than half a mile from where he had been sleeping […]

World – Tonnes of fish die in lake

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fish continued to die by the ton today in a Rio de Janeiro lake that’s slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off. Rio’s Comlurb waste management company said that as of last night, it had collected more than 37 tonnes […]

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