South America

South America

Helicopter carrying Colombia's President Duque struck by bullets in attack

A helicopter carrying Colombia's President Ivan Duque and others was struck by multiple bullets in an attack on Friday, he said in a video message.

Car bomb explodes inside Colombia military base; 36 injured

A car bomb exploded inside a military base in the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Tuesday, leaving 36 people injured, including three in critical condition, officials said.

Argentine president says Brazilians 'came from the jungle', sparking uproar

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez triggered a Twitter storm and a regional race debate on Wednesday with misjudged comments to visiting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that sought to play up the South American country's ties with Europe.

Teenager kills children, teacher at Brazil day care center

A teenager broke into a daycare center in southern Brazil and stabbed three children and two workers to death on Tuesday before being overpowered by police, officials said.

Venezuela says 8 soldiers killed amid fighting along Colombian border

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Wednesday that eight soldiers were killed in combat amid continuing clashes between the armed forces and illegal armed groups along the border with Colombia.

Brazil health regulator rejects Russia's Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine

The Brazilian health regulator Anvisa rejected importing the Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine requested by state governors battling a deadly second wave of the virus that is battering Latin America's largest nation.

14 rebels killed in fighting with Colombian army

At least 14 rebels and one Colombian soldier have been killed in combat between guerrillas and the Andean country's military, army sources said.

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.

14 police killed in attack in western 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 Mercosur 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.

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