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  • Brazil investigates reports of vaccines being exchanged for illegal gold

    Federal prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Roraima are investigating reports that illegally-mined gold is being exchanged for Covid-19 vaccines in the Yanomami indigenous reserve, the prosecutors office told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • Lasso wins Ecuador presidency in upset over socialist rival

    Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso pulled off a surprise win in presidential runoff against socialist economist Andres Arauz, putting the country on track to maintain open market policies rather than return to socialism.

  • Brazil sees 1,803 Covid-19 deaths a day, Chinese vaccine found 50.7% effective

    Brazil on Sunday recorded 1,803 new Covid-19 deaths, as a large study found that a Chinese vaccine that has become the linchpin in the country’s vaccination campaign is 50.7 percent effective against the infectious new homegrown variant known as P1.

  • Brazil names new military chiefs amid tensions with Bolsonaro

    Brazil’s Defense Ministry named new commanders of its armed forces a day after the previous three chiefs were sacked as part of President Jair Bolsonaro’s unprecedented attempt to meddle in the military.

  • Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support

    The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces jointly resigned Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement of the defense minister, causing widespread apprehension of a military shakeup to serve the president’s political interests.

  • Brazil study suggests AstraZeneca vaccine effective against the country’s Covid-19 variant

    Preliminary studies suggest the AstraZeneca vaccine will protect against the P1 variant of the coronavirus, Mauricio Zuma, the head of production at Brazil’s Fiocruz biomedical institute said confirming a Reuters report.

  • Guatemala cracks down on US-bound 8,000-strong migrant caravan from Honduras

    Guatemalan authorities on Saturday escalated efforts to stop thousands of Hondurans, many of them families with children, traveling in a migrant caravan bound for the United States just as a new administration is about to enter the White House.

  • Argentina’s lower house approves bill legalising abortion

    Lawmakers in Argentina’s lower house on Friday passed a bill that would legalise elective abortions to the 14th week of pregnancy, a proposal from President Alberto Fernández in response to long-sought demands from women’s rights activists in the homeland of Pope Francis.

  • 5 Morales supporters killed in clashes in Bolivia

    Five supporters of former president Evo Morales were killed in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Bolivia, an AFP correspondent who saw the bodies at a hospital reports.

  • Argentina gets new president amid economic crisis

    Argentina's Peronists sweeps back into power, ousting conservative president Mauricio Macri in an election result that shifts Latin America's No. 3 economy firmly back toward the left after it was battered by economic crisis.

  • Over a million protesters demand Chile president's resignation

    More than one million people take to the streets in Chile for the largest protests in a week of deadly demonstrations demanding economic reforms and the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

  • 14 police killed in attack in Mexico

    The gunmen kill 14 police in an ambush in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico, authorities say.

  • Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

    Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of "his home and his colonies."

  • Ireland could try to block trade deal on Amazon concerns: Varadkar

    As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless Brazil takes action to protect the rainforest.

  • Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

    Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop reportedly suspected of extorting priests and covering up sexual

  • ‘State terrorism’

    Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido accused President Nicolas Maduro’s regime on Thursday of “dismantling” parliament after three lawmakers sought diplomatic refuge while another was arrested for treason.

  • Caracas, major cities hit by new blackout

    A new blackout hit Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities on Friday, the third major electricity outage in the crisis-plagued country this month.

  • Maduro regime blocks Guaido from office

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, bolstered by a Russian military deployment infuriating the US, on Thursday announced a ban on Washington-backed self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido holding public office.

  • Several dead in Brazil school shooting

    A shooting at a school near Sao Paulo yesterday left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as eight.

  • Venezuela still in dark

    Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido was set to ask lawmakers yesterday to declare a "state of alarm" over the country's devastating blackout in order to facilitate the delivery of international aid -- a chance to score points in his power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Venezuela crisis drags on

    Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called for a nationwide march on Caracas to crank up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro, as the country endured its third night largely without power.

  • Guaido returns to Venezuela

    Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido received a hero's welcome from thousands of flag-waving supporters chanting "Yes, you can!" as he returned to Caracas on

  • China, Russia urge against military action

    The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers voiced their opposition to military action in Venezuela yesterday, as President Nicolas Maduro faces increasing pressure from the United States to step down.

  • US trying to bring war to S America

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the American government of manufacturing a crisis in an attempt to start a war in South America, in an interview broadcast on Monday.

  • Maduro's days are numbered

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday expressed confidence that embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "days are numbered," amid a violent impasse over humanitarian aid.

  • China, Russia warn against US 'humanitarian assistance'

    China and Russia yesterday said they were against forcefully sending "so-called humanitarian assistance" to Venezuela, warning it could spark conflict in the crisis-torn country.

  • Venezuela on alert after Trump threat

    Venezuela's military said Tuesday it was on alert at its frontiers following threats by US President Donald Trump and suspended air and sea links with the island of Curacao ahead of a planned aid shipment.

  • Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

    A month into Venezuela's high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an AP interview that his government held secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

  • US, Russia push rival UN actions on Venezuela

    The United States has presented a draft resolution on Venezuela to the United Nations Security Council, triggering a Russian counterproposal.

  • 'We'll do what's necessary'

    Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.