US curbs travel from Brazil amid deepening coronavirus outbreak

The White House has announced a ban on travel to the United States from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America's hardest-hit country. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Sunday evening that the ban applies to all foreign nationals who have been in Brazil in the

Health workers face violent attacks in Mexico

Mexican nurse Ligia Kantun says that in 40 years of work, she has never witnessed such a poisonous reaction to health workers. While in many countries doctors and nurses are being praised for their work on the coronavirus front line, in Mexico dozens have been attacked. Ligia, 59, says that she has

'Dengue kills too' - Latin America faces two epidemics at once

As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region. Dengue - colloquially called breakbone fever for the severe joint pain it causes - is endemic in much of Latin America, but COVID-19’s arr

Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose sharply last month as the country prepared to send troops to try to curb illegal logging and mining. Brazil's space research agency said the area destroyed in April was 64% bigger than in the same period last year. In the first four months of 2020,

Mexico City smog defies coronavirus lockdown

While city dwellers around the world take some consolation in improved air quality thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, festering garbage dumps, dirty diesel-fueled generators and frequent forest fires have ensured Mexico City remains smog-filled.Traffic in the normally congested megacity of more tha

Argentina says Brazil agrees to raise level of grains thoroughfare Parana River

 Brazil has agreed to release water at the giant Itaipu hydroelectric dam to raise low water levels in the Parana River, a key thoroughfare for grains shipments, Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Decade-low water levels on the Parana are forcing Argentine exporters to load les

Brazil 'Ghostbuster' deep cleans favela streets to fight coronavirus

When coronavirus hit and tourists stopped coming to Thiago Firmino’s Rio de Janeiro favela tour, he decided to act. Unwilling to wait for officials to react, he donned a white suit and set about disinfecting the streets of the Santa Marta slum.Having watched with horror as the virus spread rou

'Life continues,' says Brazil's Bolsonaro after negative coronavirus test

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who met with President Donald Trump in the United States less than a week ago, has tested negative for coronavirus, a post on his Facebook page said on Friday.Bolsonaro and a large Brazilian entourage, including cabinet ministers, met with Trump and other senior U

Trump met Brazilian official with coronavirus, but says 'not concerned'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was not concerned about the possibility of being exposed to the coronavirus after dining last week with a Brazilian government official who has since tested positive for the disease.The day after announcing curbs on travel to the United States by Europ

Latino voters in U.S. started changing outcomes in 2018 - they may do so again in 2020

John Verdejo moved to North Carolina by way of the Bronx, with only basketball great Michael Jordan and the folksy humor of the Andy Griffith television show as references, neither particularly relevant to a Puerto Rican family in the mid-1990s.Two years ago he saw Raleigh elect its first Latino cou

Trump urges Afghans to embrace ‘opportunity for peace and a new future’

President Donald Trump urged the Afghan people to embrace a chance for a new future Friday as he sent top US diplomat Mike Pompeo to attend the signing of a peace deal with the Taliban in Doha. “Soon, at my direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of an agreement wit

Brazil's Carnival kicks off with political divisions front and center

Brazil’s famed Carnival kicked off in earnest on Saturday, as millions of scantily-clad revelers poured into the streets, many of whom took the opportunity to parody or otherwise comment on the nation’s deeply polarized politics.Since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in Ja

Three Honduran policemen killed in shoot-out to free MS-13 leader

About 20 gunmen dressed in military fatigues and police uniforms killed three policemen and wounded two others during an attack to free one of the most senior leaders of Honduras's powerful MS-13 gang, police said. Alexander Mendoza, a notorious MS-13 figure also known as "El Porky", escaped during

Brazil: Prosecutors accuse Glenn Greenwald in hacking case

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have accused American journalist Glenn Greenwald of assisting a group of hackers who intercepted the phones of public officials involved in a major corruption inquiry - though the country's high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news

Honduras becomes latest to officially declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization

The Honduran government has formally declared Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, the country's deputy security minister said on Monday20 January 2020 . Honduras follows Guatemala which said it was set to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group as well last week. Hez

Bolivia expels Mexican, Spanish officials as diplomatic standoff heats up

, La Paz/ Mexico City - Tuesday, 31 December 2019 - Bolivia’s government expelled Mexican and Spanish diplomats on Monday, escalating a diplomatic dispute after Mexico’s embassy in La Paz granted asylum to allies of Bolivia’s former socialist president Evo Morales. Bolivian careta

Mexico president urges Bolivia to respect right of asylum

Mexico has urged Bolivia's new conservative government to respect its right to grant asylum to nine people at its embassy in La Paz, days after complaining that Bolivian government surveillance there has grown excessive. "The right of asylum must be guaranteed," Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lop

Power vacuum in Bolivia as Morales calls on opposition to ensure calm

Bolivia's Evo Morales called Monday on the opposition that ousted him to "pacify the country" after his shock resignation following weeks of protests over his disputed re-election left a power vacuum in the country. Shops and offices in La Paz were shuttered early Monday after looting broke out l

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