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Colombia’s most wanted drug trafficker, gang leader Otoniel captured

Colombia’s most wanted drug trafficker and the leader of the country’s largest criminal gang has been captured. Dairo Antonio Usuga, better known as Otoniel, was seized after a joint operation by the army, air force and police on Saturday. The government had offered a $800,000 reward for information about his whereabouts, while the US placed […]

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Chile president declares stage of emergency over Mapuche conflict in the south

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced a state of emergency and deployed troops to two southern regions where clashes have broken out between Mapuche Indigenous people and security forces. The Mapuche are demanding the restoration of their ancestral lands and self-determination. We have decided to call a state of exception ”in four provinces of the southern […]

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Thousands hit the streets across Brazil to protest against president Jair Bolsonaro

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in towns and cities across Brazil to protest against the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro. The protests were organised by opposition parties and trade unions and fall exactly one year ahead of the country’s elections. Mr Bolsonaro is currently falling behind in opinion polls. Many Brazilians are upset […]

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At least 116 people killed in fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s prison

At least 116 people are now known to have died in a fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s jail, officials say, making it the worst prison violence in the country’s history. At least five inmates were decapitated in Tuesday’s clashes in the city of Guayaquil, while others were shot dead. Police commander Fausto Buenaño says […]

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Ecuador: 27 inmates killed in prison riots, government declares state of emergency

Twenty-seven inmates were killed in riots in two jails in Ecuador this week that forced the government to declare a state of emergency. President Guillermo Lasso had issued the order “to mobilise all necessary human and economic resources to re-establish order” in Ecuador’s prisons after violence erupted on Wednesday at jails in Guayas, in southwestern […]

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Bolsonaro bans outdoor fires for 120 days ahead of annual burning season, redeploys military

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued a broad 120-day ban on unauthorised outdoor fires ahead of the annual burning season in the Amazon rainforest. The decree, published in the official government gazette on Tuesday, comes a day after Bolsonaro redeployed the military in an effort to stop deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest. Deforestation has […]

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Iván Duque: Helicopter carrying Colombian president hit by gunfire

The helicopter carrying the president of Colombia was hit by gunfire as it flew near the border with Venezuela. President Iván Duque was flying toward Cúcuta in the Norte de Santander province, alongside the defence minister, interior minister, and the province’s governor. A spokesman for the presidency said nobody was hurt in the incident. Mr […]

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Colombia investigates car bomb explosion at military base near Venezuela border

A car bomb explosion struck a military base near Colombia’s border with Venezuela, injuring 36 people. Two explosions took place on Tuesday at a base used by the 30th Army Brigade in the north eastern city of Cucuta, the defence ministry said, after two men drove a white Toyota truck onto the site after passing […]

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Brazil faces worst drought spell in 91 years; authorities warn water scarcity, power rationing

Brazilian government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. The Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, recommended that the […]

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Coronavirus deaths surpass one million mark in Latin America

The death toll from COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean passed 1 million people on Friday with the pandemic worsening in the part of the world with the highest per capita death rate. From the dusty highlands of Bolivia to the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, the pandemic has swamped underfunded healthcare systems after […]

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Teenager stabs 3 kids, 2 teachers to death after breaking into day-care centre in Brazil

A teenager broke into a daycare center in southern Brazil and stabbed three children and two workers to death Tuesday before being overpowered by police, officials said. Municipal Education Secretary Gisela Hermann described a “horror scene” at the facility in Saudades, a town in Santa Catarina state. A female teacher and an educational assistant were […]

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Mass protests forces Colombian president to withdraw tax reforms proposal

Colombian President Ivan Duque decided to withdraw his contentious tax reform proposal after thousands of protesters took to the streets for several days. Duque in a video said he would ask Congress “to withdraw the law proposed by the finance ministry and urgently process a new law that is the fruit of consensus, in order […]