Brazil surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths, a year after first case

The South American country has the world’s second-highest death toll after the United States. One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, with the virus still spreading as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. President Jair Bolsonaro, […]

First asylum seekers from Mexico’s Matamoros border camp enter US

Some of the asylum seekers have been there more than a year due to immigration rules set by former President Trump. The first asylum seekers from a Mexican border camp that had become a symbol of Trump-era immigration restrictions entered the United States on Thursday under a new policy meant to end the hardships endured […]

Trial of US citizen charged with terrorism in Venezuela to begin

US State Department spokesman Ned Price called for a fair hearing for Matthew Heath, who was detained in September. A Venezuelan criminal court in a Wednesday hearing ordered that a trial begin for Matthew Heath, a US citizen detained in the South American country on terrorism charges and accused of being a US spy, Heath’s […]

Honduran president says US drug probe threatens cooperation

US prosecutors say Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez accepted a bribe from Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez warned that allegations by United States prosecutors of his involvement with organised crime could affect cooperation with Washington in fighting drug trafficking. US prosecutors, in a federal court filing in New York on […]

In Pictures: Ecuador prison riots leave dozens dead

Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country’s history. But even as authorities said they had regained control following the initial riots, the head of Ecuador’s national police […]

Ecuador increases death toll in prison riots to 79

The number of inmates killed in riots at three separate prisons in Ecuador this week has increased to 79, authorities said on Wednesday, after they regained control of the facilities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel were deployed after coordinated fights between rival gangs broke out in the prisons’ maximum-security wings on Monday night. […]

Venezuela expels head of EU delegation after new sanctions

Venezuela expelled the head of the European Union’s delegation in Caracas, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Wednesday, in response to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU. Speaking on national Venezuelan television, Arreaza said Isabel Brilhante had 72 hours to leave the country. “Today, by decision of President Nicolas Maduro, we have delivered in Isabel […]

Rage boils over amid Argentina’s unrelenting femicide crisis

Buenos Aires, Argentina – The women huddle close, crane their necks and take photos of the ornate advertising stand in the core of Argentina’s capital city that has been papered over with posters of men accused or convicted of murdering women. The word “FEMICIDA” – woman killer – screams out in large black letters under […]

US to allow migrants from Mexico as critics slam ‘kids in cages’

The administration of US President Joe Biden is facing blowback after reports surfaced that facilities for migrant children previously slammed by Democrats are reopening as it is set to begin processing asylum claims at a camp on the Texas-Mexico border. The camp, which is home to hundreds of mostly Central American asylum seekers, “has recently […]

In Pictures: Ecuador Indigenous people march against ‘vote fraud’

Hundreds of Indigenous protesters have descended on the Ecuadorean capital Quito demanding a recount of the February 7 presidential election after official results showed that Indigenous activist Yaku Perez did not advance to the runoff vote. Perez, 51, has been walking through the Andean nation to denounce what he calls manipulation of poll statements that […]

Indigenous protesters in Ecuador demand presidential vote recount

Hundreds of protesters backing presidential candidate Yaku Perez call for recount outside electoral council offices in Quito. Hundreds of Indigenous protesters rallied outside the offices of Ecuador’s electoral council in Quito, the capital, on Tuesday to demand a recount of this month’s presidential vote. Third-place finisher Yaku Perez, an Indigenous environmental activist, has been walking […]

More than 50 dead and dozens injured in prison riots in Ecuador

Officials said gun and knife battles between rival gangs erupted on Monday night in three different prisons in the country. Prisons in Ecuador were on high alert after more than 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured in three prison riots, police said on Tuesday. According to authorities, riots erupted in prisons located […]

US detains wife of Mexican drug cartel chief El Chapo

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has been arrested over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the US Department of Justice said. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, who regularly attended her husband’s trial two years ago, was arrested on Monday at Dulles International Airport in […]

Asylum seekers waiting in Mexico rattled by delays to US entry

President Joe Biden has promised to roll back Trump-era programme that forced migrants to remain in Mexico pending US hearings. The United States has abruptly cancelled plans to bring asylum seekers into Texas at two ports of entry, dashing the hopes of hundreds who have been waiting for months in Mexico under a Trump-era policy […]

Petrobras shares drop as Brazil’s Bolsonaro slams pricing policy

Petrobras shares plunged 21 percent on Monday, wiping out 70 billion reais ($12.6bn) in market value, as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro again slammed the state-controlled oil company’s pricing policies after he replaced its market-friendly CEO with a retired army general. The selloff, following a series of analyst downgrades, deepened after Bolsonaro said the company’s fuel policy was only […]

WHO chief urges rich nations not to undermine COVAX scheme

Wealthy countries’ deals with vaccine manufacturers led to reduction in amount of vaccines allocated to COVAX, WHO head says. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pleaded with rich countries to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations […]

Argentina’s president decries ‘unforgivable’ vaccine scandal

The health minister resigned late on Friday after reports he helped people jump the queue to receive coronavirus jabs. The president of Argentina has decried an “unforgivable” COVID-19 vaccine scandal that prompted the resignation of the country’s health minister. Gines Gonzalez Garcia stepped down on Friday after reports surfaced that he had aided people in […]

Arauz and Lasso advance to Ecuador’s presidential runoff

Socialist Andres Arauz and conservative Guillermo Lasso will compete in the second round of the polls in April. Progressive economist Andres Arauz will face conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso in the second round of Ecuador’s presidential election on April 11, according to the country’s National Electoral Council. Arauz, the 36-year-old protege of former socialist President […]

Argentina health minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Resignation comes after reports of people using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 jabs. Argentina’s health minister has resigned after reports surfaced that people in the South American nation were using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Gines Gonzalez Garcia said individuals […]

Argentina health chief asked to resign after VIP vaccine access

Scandal surfaced after a veteran journalist said he had received a jab after speaking directly with Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia. Argentina’s president has sought the resignation of Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia, two sources in the presidency said on Friday, after media reports that people had been able to use connections to […]

J&J submits one-shot COVID vaccine for WHO emergency use approval

Johnson & Johnson says an emergency use listing is critical for supplying vaccines to poor and middle-income countries through the COVAX programme. Johnson & Johnson said on Friday that it had submitted data to the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use listing of its COVID-19 vaccine, which would allow for wider access to the […]

Colombian army committed 6,400 extrajudicial killings: Court

Colombia’s military carried out at least 6,400 extrajudicial killings and presented them as combat deaths between 2002 and 2008, a number that is at least three times higher than previously estimated, a special court has said. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) court is investigating crimes and atrocities committed during half a century of armed […]

UN chief backs new blueprint to end ‘suicidal’ war on nature

A new scientific blueprint for tackling climate change, pollution and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species shows how to end the world’s “suicidal” war on nature, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said. “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is senseless and suicidal,” Guterres wrote in the preface of the United Nations Environment […]