Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

Latin America

Mexico to stop migrant group trying to reach US

Mexico says it will not grant transit visas or free passage for hundreds of migrants who have left Honduras in an attempt to reach the US border. The interior ministry said officers would check the status of each migrant and offer them the option of remaining in the country legally. On Wednesday, Honduran police fired […]

Three killed in Havana as tornado rips through Cuba

Rare twister hits one of the capital’s poorest districts leaving a deadly trail while injuring scores of people. A powerful tornado ripped through the Cuban capital, Havana, killing at least three people, officials have confirmed. At least 172 others were injured. The tornado, which hit Havana on Sunday, was classified as EF4 with winds touching […]

Venezuela's Guaido lays out broad vision for the country

During the speech, the self-declared interim president says police went to his home in an attempt to intimidate him. Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido presented the opposition’s broad vision for the country’s future on Thursday, as the political crisis in the country deepened.  “We have a plan, well thought out, structured,” Guaido said at the […]

Outrage in Mexico over videos mocking viral feminist anthem

Videos mocking anti-rapist song shows violence against women has been ‘made invisible’ among many men, feminists say. A series of videos have surfaced in Mexico showing men and male teenagers appearing to mock a feminist anthem, sparking criticism on social and in traditional media and among women’s rights activists and allies. Born in Chile, the feminist anthem […]

Why is Bolivia expelling foreign diplomats?

Bolivia has announced it is expelling Mexico’s ambassador and two Spanish diplomats, following a tense incident at the Mexican diplomat’s residence on Friday. Spain has since reciprocated the move, while Mexico claims it had already recalled its ambassador owing to concerns over her safety. What has caused this sudden breakdown of relations? It essentially comes […]

Chile plane en route to Antarctica goes missing with 38 on board

Plane carrying 17 crew members and 21 passengers ‘lost radio communication’ after taking off from Punta Arenas city. A Chilean military plane with 38 people on board “lost radio communication”, after taking off from the south of the country for a base in Antarctica, Chile’s Air Force said on Tuesday. The C-130 Hercules took off […]

‘Hidden servers’ used to rig Bolivia election

An independent international audit of Bolivia’s disputed election in October has detailed “deliberate” and “malicious” efforts to rig the vote in favour of then-President Evo Morales. The Organization of American States (OAS) said the measures included hidden servers and falsified signatures. Mr Morales fled to Mexico after the army urged him to quit. He has […]

Mexican security forces kill seven people in gun attack near Texas border

MEXICAN security forces have killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said. It brings the death toll to at least 21 after the assault on city hall in Villa Union on Saturday. The Coahuila state government said […]

Brazil’s leader accuses DiCaprio over Amazon fires

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of “giving money to set the Amazon on fire”. The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year. Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires […]

Suriname president convicted of murder

Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the execution of 15 political opponents in 1982. Bouterse, 74, is currently on an official visit in China and will have two weeks to appeal against the conviction. He was found guilty of planning and ordering the extrajudicial execution of 15 political […]