Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Argentina's Kirchner announces vice-presidential bid

Former president says Alberto Fernandez, ex-cabinet chief, will run for the presidency against President Mauricio Macri. Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced her candidacy for vice president in elections later this year, a surprise move by a politician who had been widely expected to be the main challenger to incumbent Mauricio Macri. In […]

Germany to compensate Chile sect victims

Germany will pay compensation of up to €10,000 (£8,700; $11,000) to victims of a notorious and abusive commune in southern Chile. Colonia Dignidad was founded by former Nazi soldier Paul Schäfer in 1961. The commune, which was located 350km (220 miles) south of Santiago, was run as a secretive cult and dozens of children were […]

Brazilian mining dam ‘at risk of collapse’

Brazil’s mining firm Vale has warned that another dam is at risk of bursting months after the collapse of a similar structure killed more than 230 people. The dam in the south-eastern city of Barão de Cocais could burst next week if the current pace of movement in the embankment of the mine pit nearby […]

Maduro officials ‘in talks’ with opposition

High level talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition have taken place in Norway, an ambassador for the embattled country has confirmed. The government and the opposition have been engaged in a bitter power struggle since January. But reports of a meeting between the two sides in Norway’s capital Oslo emerged on Thursday. Those reports were […]

Mexico City declares pollution alert

Officials in Mexico City have declared an environmental emergency after air pollution in the Mexican capital reached levels potentially dangerous to human health. They urged those at particular risk to stay indoors and restricted the number of cars which can be driven in the city on Wednesday. Smoke from nearby forest fires has contributed to […]

What remains of middle-class Caracas?

There is little about La Esquina restaurant in wealthy eastern Caracas that screams crisis. Music is pumping out loudly from speakers hidden in lush vegetation. The trendy bar nestled in the gardens overlooks a shallow decorative pool, the centre-piece of the restaurant. Inside, there is a wall of fine wines for diners who fancy a […]

Shot Argentine lawmaker Olivares dies

An Argentine lawmaker who was shot last Thursday outside the Congress building in the capital, Buenos Aires, has died of his wounds. Héctor Olivares, 61, was a member of Congress for the governing Cambiemos coalition. Police think the shooting was not politically motivated and that the target was a friend of Mr Olivares’, Miguel Marcelo […]

LGBT activists arrested at Cuba march

A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana. Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia. Activists condemned the move and then organised their own demonstration, largely through social media. Marching […]

LGBT activists arrested at Cuba march

A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana. Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia. Activists condemned the move and then organised their own demonstration, largely through social media. Marching […]

Journalist killed making film on violence

A Colombian filmmaker has been shot dead while producing a documentary on the victims of violence in the north-east of the country, officials said. Mauricio Lezama was conducting interviews in the town of Arauquita, in Arauca department, when he was shot, Governor Ricardo Arévalo said. Mr Arévalo blamed splinter members of the Farc rebel group […]