Category: <span>Latin America</span>

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...

Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala
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Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala

In meetings, Domingo Choc Che was quiet and reflective, speaking up only once others had said their piece. But he would come alive when he entered the jungles of Guatemala’s northern Petén department, sharing his knowledge of traditional medicines with anyone who wanted to learn. “He was more at ease with plants,” said Mónica Berger, a...

Bolsonaro blocks free tampons and pads for disadvantaged women in Brazil
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Bolsonaro blocks free tampons and pads for disadvantaged women in Brazil

President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to block a plan to distribute free sanitary pads and tampons to disadvantaged girls and women has been met with outrage in Brazil, where period poverty is estimated to keep one in four girls out of school. Bolsonaro vetoed part of a bill that would have given sanitary products at no charge to...

Mexico metro collapse: ‘All I ever wanted was for my son to come home’
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Mexico metro collapse: ‘All I ever wanted was for my son to come home’

Just outside the Olivos metro station in Mexico City, there is a haunting reminder of the darkest day in the capital’s transit system: a gaping hole in the overhead track of Line 12. Thick electrical wires hang between the concrete support columns, daylight visible where the overpass once stood. Occasionally, pedestrians glance up and shudder...

Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one
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Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one

A powerful earthquake has struck south-west Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post, and causing rock falls and damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 7.0 magnitude quake struck 11 miles (18km) north-east of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, in the early hours...

Haiti needs help, but ‘not from aid workers who never leave their SUVs’
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Haiti needs help, but ‘not from aid workers who never leave their SUVs’

The death toll is still rising 10 days after a catastrophic earthquake struck southern Haiti on the morning of 14 August, levelling much of Les Cayes and the surrounding region. More than 2,200 deaths have been recorded so far, while at least 30,000 families have had to abandon their homes. Many were sleeping on the streets when Tropical...