Bolivia’s socialists claim victory as unofficial count shows big win

Bolivia’s socialist candidate Luis Arce looks set to win the country’s presidential Election without the need for a run-off, an unofficial count indicated on Monday, putting the leftwing party of Evo Morales on the brink of a return to power. The quick-count from pollster Ciesmori, re

'Bring your own pen': How Bolivia is voting amid the pandemic

Deni Blanco used to sell food outside voting locations in La Paz each election cycle, an easy way to make some extra money. This year, as Bolivia holds elections in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, she is selling something else: pens. “My sister saw it on TV, that this time every vot

'No Isolation, Few Tests': Argentina Has World's Highest COVID-19 Positive Rate

Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection, a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules. Argentina hit 809,728 confirmed cases on Mond

Colombians protest against police brutality

Thousands of Colombians protested Monday against police brutality and government policies, 11 days after the death of a man at the hands of police sparked demonstrations.Trade unionists and students led the rallies and marches, chanting slogans against police brutality, that culminated in clashes

Honduras plans to open embassy in Jerusalem by end of year

The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, has said that he plans to open his country’s embassy to Jerusalem by the end of this year. In a statement on Twitter, Hernández also confirmed that he has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel open

Government extends Argentina's coronavirus lockdown until October 11

President Alberto Fernández on Friday announced an extension of Argentina’s coronavirus quarantine for the next three weeks, starting Monday and running until October 11, with tighter enforcement in some inland provinces which are witnessing a worrying increase in cases. Speaking at

Argentina seeks clarity from Paraguay over deaths of two 11-year-old 'rebels'

Argentina asked for an explanation on Friday from Paraguay about the deaths in a police and military operation against a rebel group of two 11-year-old girls it said were Argentine citizens. The Paraguayan government said on Wednesday a confrontation in the country’s north with members of t

Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 strikes near coast of Northern Chile

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.It earlier showed the magnitude as 7. The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), GFZ said.

Chile: Mapuche protesters dispersed with water cannon

Police in Chile have used water cannon against protesters demonstrating in the capital, Santiago. Several people demanding better rights for the Indigenous Mapuche people were arrested.

Mexico and Peru inch towards half a million cases each

Mexico and Peru, which are Latin America's worst-affected countries after Brazil, are both expected to surpass more than half a million confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday. Mexico registered 6,686 new cases on Wednesday to reach 498,380. The capital, Mexico City, has the highest number o

Argentina joins calls in Latin America to delay regional bank vote

Argentina on Monday joined calls from Latin America for a delay in the election of a new president for the region’s leading development finance lender, citing logistical complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A delay in voting would be a potential setback for U.S. President Donal

Latin America coronavirus death toll surges past 200,000

The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday night, a Reuters tally showed, underlining the region’s status as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic that is testing governments to the limit.Apart from the United States, Brazil and Mexico have r

Colombia Offers Path to Civilian Life for Dissident Rebels

Colombia is offering rebels who have rejected the nation’s historic peace deal and remain in arms a path forward as civilians if they agree to surrender their weapons and cooperate with any judicial proceedings against them. The decree announced Wednesday is aimed at dissidents with the forme

Former Latin American Presidents Demand Imposing Sanctions on Israel

Former heads of states, foreign ministers, political and cultural figures in Latin America have called on the international community to impose sanctions on Israel for its decision to forcefully and illegally annex large parts of the Palestinian territory. Through a petition signed in this regard,

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,

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