Friday, 13 Dec 2019

Latin America

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 […]

Shooting sparks feminist outcry in Mexico

The former head of Amazon Mexico is wanted for questioning after his wife was killed by an apparent hitman in Mexico City. Abril Pérez Sagaón was shot dead in a car on Monday in front of one of her children. Juan Carlos García has not commented publicly. The couple were in the middle of a […]

Bolivia appoints first US ambassador in 11 years

Bolivia’s interim leader has appointed the country’s first US ambassador in 11 years, after vowing to overturn many of ex-President Evo Morales’ policies. The new ambassador, Walter Oscar Serrate Cuellar, used to be the country’s representative to the UN. Mr Morales, a socialist who led Bolivia for almost 14 years and was its first indigenous […]

In pictures: A look at Havana at 500

Cuba’s capital, Havana, is one of Latin America‘s architectural treasures, boasting a fascinating mix of colonial, Baroque and Art Deco styles. Many of its jewels have suffered from decades of deterioration but, slowly, complex renovation works are bringing some of them back to life. As the city celebrates 500 years of its foundation on 16 […]

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 […]