Saturday, 21 Sep 2019

Five accused of obstructing Brazil murder case

Brazil’s top prosecutor has accused five people of trying to obstruct the investigation into the murder of a prominent politician last year. Two court officials and two police officers are among those named by Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge. Marielle Franco and her driver were shot dead in Rio de Janeiro, an event that ignited mass […]

Venezuela crisis in 300 words

Venezuela is engulfed in a political crisis with two rival politicians claiming to be the country’s legitimate leader. How did this happen? Venezuela has been governed for the past 20 years by the socialist PSUV party. From 1999 to his death in 2013, Hugo Chávez was president. He was succeeded by Nicolás Maduro, who narrowly […]

Mexican police find 29 bodies in 100 plastic bags in secret grave

Mexican authorities said on Tuesday they had found 29 bodies, packed in more than 100 plastic bags, dumped in a clandestine grave in the violent western state of Jalisco. Murders in Mexico jumped to the highest on record in the first half of the year, putting the cartel-ravaged country on track to surpass the 29,111 […]

Venezuela releases Guaidó deputy from detention

The deputy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has been released from prison. Edgar Zambrano was detained in May on treason charges for supporting a failed uprising on 30 April organised by Mr Guaidó. Mr Guaidó is recognised as an “interim president” by more than 50 nations. The move comes a day after President Nicolás […]

Suspects released in Mexico missing students case

The parents of 43 Mexican students who disappeared from the town of Iguala in 2014 have condemned an order to release 24 suspects in the case. A judge ordered that 24 local police officers arrested in connection with the students’ disappearance should be freed immediately. The judge said they had been tortured while in custody […]

Suspects released in Mexico missing students case

The parents of 43 Mexican students who disappeared from the town of Iguala in 2014 have condemned an order to release 24 suspects in the case. A judge ordered that 24 local police officers arrested in connection with the students’ disappearance should be freed immediately. The judge said they had been tortured while in custody […]

At least 44 bodies found in Mexican well

Forensic scientists in Mexico have managed to identify 44 bodies buried in a well in the state of Jalisco. Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags. The remains were discovered earlier in September when local residents started complaining about the smell. Jalisco is the heartland of […]

Amazon fires: How bad have they got?

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil – the most intense blazes for almost a decade. The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected. Huge fires have also been burning across the border in Bolivia, devastating swaths of the country’s tropical forest and savannah. So what’s […]

New storm to hit Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

A new storm is threatening the Bahamas just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian tore through part of the islands. Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto on Friday night. It is currently moving northwest towards Great Abaco island, one of the islands worst hit by Dorian. About 1,300 people are missing in the Bahamas […]

Deadly job: No rush to join Mexico’s new police

“He was shot 11 times and died on the street,” says Ismael Ramos of the day back in 2006 when Telésforo Ramírez was killed. The two men were police patrol partners in Mexico City and the image of his colleague bleeding to death on the tarmac haunts him to this day. No-one has been arrested […]