Friday, 15 Nov 2019

Latin America

Spain police say ex-Venezuelan spy chief Hugo Carvajal is missing

Police say they are searching for Carvajal, days after a Spanish court agreed to extradite him to the US. Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal has gone missing in Spain days after local media reported a Spanish court had agreed to extradite him to the United States on drug trafficking charges. “They are currently looking for […]

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales flees to Mexico for asylum after disputed election

Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, was flying to Mexico on Tuesday after fleeing his South American homeland, seeking refuge under a leftist government that has supported the veteran socialist in the wake of a disputed election. Bolivia’s first indigenous president came under Mexico’s protection after he departed Bolivia late on Monday on a Mexican Air […]

Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid unrest

Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he would resign after the military called on him to step down and allies tumbled away amid a fierce backlash over a disputed election that has roiled the South American nation. Morales, the country’s leader for nearly 14 years, said in televised comments that he would submit his […]

Bolivian army chief urges Morales to step down

The army chief in Bolivia has urged President Evo Morales to step down amid protests stemming from his disputed re-election last month. The call comes hours after Mr Morales agreed to call a new election after international monitors called for the result to be annulled. The Organization of American States (OAS), which monitored the elections, […]

Brazil ex-President Lula released from jail

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been freed from jail. A judge ordered the release of Lula after the Supreme Court ruled that convicted criminals should go to prison only if they have exhausted their appeal options. He was mobbed by supporters outside a prison in the city of Curitiba where he […]

Who are victims of Mexico ambush?

Nine US citizens, three women and six children, were killed in an attack by suspected drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico on Monday. Officials have not named the victims, but family members have identified those killed as members of the LeBaron family. The victims are reportedly all dual US-Mexican citizens who live in a community […]

Mexico country profile

Mexico is a nation where affluence, poverty, natural splendour and urban blight rub shoulders. It has the second-largest economy in Latin America, and is a major oil exporter. But prosperity remains a dream for many Mexicans, and the socio-economic gap remains wide. Rural areas are often neglected, and huge shanty towns ring the cities. Many […]

Amazon land defender shot dead by illegal loggers

A young indigenous land defender has been shot dead and another wounded by illegal loggers in Brazil’s Amazon. Paulo Paulino Guajajara was reportedly attacked and shot in the head while hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state. He was a member of Guardians of the Forest, a group formed to combat logging […]

Two dead as migrant boat sinks off Mexico

Search operation ‘managed to rescue eight migrants alive’, officials said, but one person was still missing. A small boat carrying African migrants off the coast of southern Mexico sank on Friday, leaving two people dead and one missing, authorities said. The boat was travelling off the southern border state of Chiapas when it listed to […]

Colombia dissident rebels kill indigenous leader

An indigenous leader, Cristina Bautista, and four volunteer community guards have been killed in south-west Colombia. The security forces say that members of a dissident rebel group are behind the attack in Cauca province. The number of indigenous Colombians killed has risen steeply amid a resurgence of violence by dissident rebel groups and paramilitaries. President […]