Category: <span>Latin America</span>

Nicaragua leaders face backlash after forming space agency amid human rights crisis
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Nicaragua leaders face backlash after forming space agency amid human rights crisis

Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, prompting scorn from critics in a nation experiencing a steady erosion of human rights since a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests three years ago. The new space agency was approved by 76 legislators Wednesday in the country’s congress,...

‘Brazilian horror story’: internet melts down over sculptor’s peculiar waxworks
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‘Brazilian horror story’: internet melts down over sculptor’s peculiar waxworks

The first household name Arlindo Armacollo smothered in beeswax was Mother Teresa. Then came Albert Einstein, Pope John Paul II and a string of global luminaries who the entrepreneur-turned-artist admired. “It might look simple, but to achieve this richness of detail was hard work,” a local television reporter gushed during a 2015 visit to Armacollo’s waxwork...

Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000
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Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000

Fuelled by black coffee, yellow-tipped cigarettes and white, incandescent rage, the faceless sleuth lurks on social media poised to unmask his next target. “It’s outrageous, bizarre, it’s horrifying – a collective genocide,” fumed the twentysomething activist who burns the midnight oil scouring the internet for footage of parties being thrown despite a rapidly deteriorating Covid...

Guatemala mine’s ex-security chief convicted of Indigenous leader’s murder
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Guatemala mine’s ex-security chief convicted of Indigenous leader’s murder

A judge in Guatemala has accepted a guilty plea by the former head of security at Central America’s largest nickel mine who was on trial for killing an Indigenous leader, in a rare conviction over human rights violations allegedly linked to Canadian-owned mining companies in the region. Mynor Padilla was found guilty on Wednesday of homicide for...

Mayan breakthrough: ‘Snapshot’ of secret civilisation uncovered after ancient temple dig
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Mayan breakthrough: ‘Snapshot’ of secret civilisation uncovered after ancient temple dig

The Mayans were a civilisation known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back to 2000BC. Many of their impressive constructions still stand today in the jungles of southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and western parts of Honduras. Puuc is the name of a region in the Mexican state of Yucatan, which includes the ancient “forgotten” town of Kiuic...

Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year
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Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year

Seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl by Mexican security forces have increased by at least 486% in 2020, the country’s defence secretary has announced. Mexico’s military and police forces seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid this year, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019. Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the country’s defence secretary, said the increase was...

‘It’s as if we’ve learned nothing’: alarm over Amazon road project
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‘It’s as if we’ve learned nothing’: alarm over Amazon road project

Brazilian activists have voiced alarm over their government’s plans to bulldoze a 94-mile highway through a biodiverse corner of the Amazon along the border with Peru that is home to at least three indigenous communities. The planned road is an extension of the BR-364, a 2,700-mile highway that links São Paulo with the Amazon state of...

Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom
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Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom

The former governor of Mexico’s violence-wracked western state of Jalisco has been shot dead in a restaurant bathroom in the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. Aristóteles Sandoval was dining with four others when at around 1.40 on Friday he got up from the table and went to the toilet, where the killer shot him in...

Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents
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Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents

Mexico’s congress has approved a new national security law restricting the activities of foreign law enforcement officers, in a move which critics say will endanger intelligence sources and threaten the future of international anti-narcotics operations. The law passed on Tuesday strips foreign agents of diplomatic immunity and requires foreign officials in the country to share any intelligence they have...

Argentina’s lower house approves landmark abortion bill
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Argentina’s lower house approves landmark abortion bill

Lawmakers in Argentina’s lower house have passed a bill that would legalise abortion in most cases, in a big step forward for the legislation that could set the tone for a wider shift across Latin America. The landmark bill, which needs approval from the country’s senate in a debate expected before the end of the...