Category: <span>Latin America</span>

Mexico president López Obrador wins recall referendum
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Mexico president López Obrador wins recall referendum

Nine in 10 Mexicans voting in an unprecedented recall election engineered by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador have backed him to stay in office, underlining his domination of a polarised political agenda. Critics and supporters had viewed his victory as a foregone conclusion in a ballot that had fed speculation it could open the door...

Mexico lime inflation leaves sour taste as cartels gouge prices for cuisine staple
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Mexico lime inflation leaves sour taste as cartels gouge prices for cuisine staple

The citric kick of the limes which grow abundantly across Mexico – the world’s largest producer of the fruit – help give the country’s cuisine its distinctive flavour. But aggressive price-fixing by criminal groups has sent prices soaring, prompting some eateries to stop offering limes with their tacos – and leaving diners in a sour twist. “If...

Chilean president-elect Gabriel Boric urges citizens to back constitution rewrite
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Chilean president-elect Gabriel Boric urges citizens to back constitution rewrite

Chile’s future as a greener, fairer country, depends on the success of efforts to rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution, president-elect Gabriel Boric said on Tuesday. After a meeting with the delegates elected last year to rewrite the 1980 constitution which enshrined the ideological legacy of General Augusto Pinochet, Boric called for Chileans to unite behind the project....

Chile: candidates battle for moderate votes as presidential race nears end
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Chile: candidates battle for moderate votes as presidential race nears end

Chile’s presidential race is hurtling towards its conclusion with the two remaining candidates battling to secure moderate votes in a deeply divided political landscape. Far-right candidate José Antonio Kast secured a two-point victory in November’s first round, but polls show that Gabriel Boric – the leftwing former student leader he will face in the 19 December runoff...

Honduras presidential election: a referendum on the nation’s corruption and drugs
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Honduras presidential election: a referendum on the nation’s corruption and drugs

Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday in the first general election since US federal prosecutors laid out detailed evidence of intimate ties between drug smugglers and the Honduran state. The country’s past three presidents, as well as local mayors, legislators, police and military commanders have been linked to drug trafficking in what US prosecutors...

Frog back from the dead helps fight plans for mine in Ecuador
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Frog back from the dead helps fight plans for mine in Ecuador

Reports of the longnose harlequin frog’s death appear to have been greatly exaggerated – or, at least, premature. The Mark Twain of the frog world is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as extinct, which may come as a surprise to those alive and well in the cloud forests of Ecuador’s tropical...

Ecuador: 68 inmates killed and 25 injured in latest prison massacre
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Ecuador: 68 inmates killed and 25 injured in latest prison massacre

At least 68 prisoners have been killed and 25 injured in a jail in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador after bloodletting between rival gangs broke out on Friday night, the attorney general’s office said on Saturday. The latest massacre occurred in the Litoral penitentiary, the same jail where at least 119 inmates lost their lives a little more...

Latin American countries join reserves to create vast marine protected area
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Latin American countries join reserves to create vast marine protected area

Four Pacific-facing Latin American nations have committed to joining their marine reserves to form one interconnected area, creating one of the world’s richest pockets of ocean biodiversity. Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica announced on Tuesday the creation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) initiative, which would both join and increase the size of their...