Category: <span>Latin America</span>

‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown
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‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown

Mass protests were held across Colombia on Wednesday after a night of unrest in the capital city, as street violence continued after more than a week of angry anti-government demonstrations. Twenty-three protesters and one police officer have been killed in the unrest that began with with a general strike over an unpopular tax reform but has grown...

Brazil begins parliamentary inquiry into Bolsonaro’s Covid response
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Brazil begins parliamentary inquiry into Bolsonaro’s Covid response

Brazil’s congress has launched a parliamentary inquiry into what critics call Jair Bolsonaro’s disastrous and potentially criminal response to a Covid pandemic that has killed nearly 400,000 Brazilians. The politically charged investigation, which rivals of Brazil’s far-right president hope will torpedo his chances of re-election, will be conducted by 11 of the country’s 81 senators,...

Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid
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Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid

One month after Michel Castro’s premature brush with death, the coronavirus infection has receded but the nightmares persist. In them the 31-year-old father relives the spine-chilling scenes he witnessed as his Covid-hit body battled for survival in a Rio ICU. The six-month-old baby who appeared to be suffocating right next to him. The man urinating...

‘People don’t want any of them’: Peru election sees unpredictable contest
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‘People don’t want any of them’: Peru election sees unpredictable contest

An ultra-conservative millionaire who admits to scourging himself daily to repress sexual desire is just one of an assortment of low-polling candidates who all have a shot at becoming Peru’s next president. Rafael López Aliaga is technically tied with five other contenders in an unpredictable contest to make a runoff vote in June, including a former goalkeeper,...

Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000

Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and, because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is...

Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border
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Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border

The Biden administration announced on Monday that two senior officials will travel to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss the increase in migrants attempting to enter the US. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the national security council, said Roberta Jacobson, special assistant to the president and coordinator for the south-west border, “will travel to Mexico to engage with Mexican government...

‘It opens a window of hope’: case will potentially set precedent for sexual violence survivors in Colombia
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‘It opens a window of hope’: case will potentially set precedent for sexual violence survivors in Colombia

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights will hear testimony on Monday from a Colombian journalist who was kidnapped, tortured and raped while reporting on her country’s civil war, in a case which could set a precedent for thousands of survivors of sexual violence in the Andean nation. Jineth Bedoya, who has been pursuing justice for...