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HRW condemns ‘egregious’ police abuses against Colombian protesters

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused police of "egregious abuses" against protesters in demonstrations that have been raging for weeks in Colombia. The rights...
The Amazon

While floods hit Amazon, Brazil’s reservoirs at risk of drying up

As Brazil's Amazon region struggles with record high water levels, reservoirs in other parts of the country are at risk of drying up. Brazil's national...
Amazon Floods

Multiple emergencies declared as floods strike Brazil’s Amazon region

Floodwaters have reached the centre of Manaus, a metropolis in Brazil's Amazon region, reported news website G1 on Monday, as the Rio Negro river...

Brazil’s first Covid-19 vaccine study volunteer reunited with mother

Brazil's first coronavirus vaccine study volunteer has been reunited with her mother after almost a year and a half. "I drove more than 600 kilometres...
Colombia deploys soldiers

Dozens injured during violent protests in Colombia

At least 46 people were injured in further violent clashes in Bogota and other cities in Colombia on Wednesday, after a seventh night of...
Colombia deploys soldiers

Colombian finance minister steps down in wake of protests

Colombian Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigned on Monday following violent protests against a controversial tax reform. "I have accepted the resignation of Dr. Alberto Carrasquilla,"...
Eleven miners were trapped in the El Bosque gold mine after heavy rains caused flooding.

Eleven bodies recovered after illegal mine collapse in Colombia

Eleven bodies were recovered almost a month after an illegal mine in north-western Colombia collapsed, authorities said on Sunday. "The dedication ... of the more...

Brazil’s Supreme Court confirms annulment of Lula’s convictions

(dpa) - Brazil's Supreme Court has confirmed the decision to annul the convictions of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Eight judges voted in...
dpatop - June 17, 2020, SaO Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil: S÷O PAULO, BRASIL - 17 DE JUNHO: A view of a wall with a graffiti depicting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and a figure representing the coronavirus in a tug of war against health workers with a phrase that reads in portuguese ''Which side of the rope are you on?'' amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 17, 2020 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Credit Image: © Cris Faga/ZUMA Wire Photo: Cris Faga/ZUMA Wire/dpa

Brazilian defence minister quits as government comes under pressure

dpa/GNA - Brazilian Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva resigned unexpectedly, according to media reports on Monday as the government of right-wing populist leader...
Colombia car bomb blast

Reports: At least 16 injured in Colombia car bomb blast

dpa/GNA - At least 16 people were injured in a car bomb blast in western Colombia on Friday, local media reported. Most of the...

More than 300,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Brazil

dpa/GNA - Brazil has registered more than 300,000 deaths in connection with Covid-19 since the pandemic started, behind the United States with 545,000...

Judge sends ex Bolivian president Anez into custody for four months

dpa/GNA - A judge sent Bolivia's former interim president Jeanine Anez and two members of her cabinet into preventative detention for four months,...
Covid Death

Brazil registers new daily coronavirus death toll record

dpa/GNA - Brazil has registered a record number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day, according to data from the Health Ministry. Wednesday's figure...
Health Care Workers

Health workers protest controversial law in Bolivia despite pandemic

dpa/GNA - Health workers in Bolivia have taken to the streets against a controversial law in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and...
Colombia Map

Former rebel chiefs in Colombia indicted over civil war abductions

dpa/GNA - For the first time since the end of the civil war in Colombia, eight former commanders of the left-wing guerrilla organization...

Oxygen supplies reach Brazil’s Manaus from Venezuela

dpa/GNA - Lorries loaded with oxygen cylinders have arrived in the Brazilian city of Manaus from Venezuela after the health care system in the...

Conservationists say Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ must be culled

dpa/GNA - Conservationists concerned about the mating habits of a group of hippos that once belonged to drug baron Pablo Escobar in Colombia...
Quality inspectors on Sinovac vaccine production lines use digital technology platforms to monitor the quality and efficiency of vaccine packaging on December 20. Photos: Li Hao/Global Times

Brazil grants emergency approval to Sinovac and AstraZenca vaccines

dpa/GNA - Brazil's national authority for medical supervision Anvisa on Sunday granted emergency approval to the Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firm Sinovac...

New migrant caravan met with tear gas, violence in Guatemala

dpa/GNA - A new so-called migrant caravan with several thousand Hondurans on their way to the United States has been met with tear...

Twitter suspends accounts of former FARC commanders

dpa/GNA - Twitter has suspended the accounts of several ex-commanders of the former Colombian guerrilla movement FARC. Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich had notices...

Brazil surpasses 200,000 coronavirus deaths

dpa/GNA - Brazil has passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began. The total number of deaths in Brazil stands...
vulva sculpture

In Brazil, vulva sculpture criticized by Bolsonaro supporters

dpa/GNA - A large art sculpture shaped like a vulva, located in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, has triggered fierce reactions across Brazil. Alongside...
Covid Positive

Brazilian vice president tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao has been infected with the coronavirus and will remain in isolation, Brazilian media reported on Sunday evening, citing the...

Dozens of families in Paraguay lose homes in Christmas Eve fire

dpa/GNA - Dozens of families in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, lost their homes in a large fire on Christmas Eve, according to local...
File photo shows Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attending the 55th summit of the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Southern Common Market) in Bento Goncalves, Brazil, Dec. 5, 2019. Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for COVID-19, confirmed his official Twitter account and Facebook page on Friday. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

Brazil’s president again pardons convicted police officers

dpa/GNA - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued Christmas pardons to police officers and soldiers who he says "unintentionally" committed crimes on the...

New law effectively bars Nicaraguan opposition from elections

Nicaragua's parliament passed a law on Monday which effectively bars people associated with the country's opposition from standing in next year's election. Legislators approved the...
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Brazilian president Bolsonaro congratulates Biden on election win

Weeks after the US election and later than many other foreign leaders, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on...

Deforestation in the Amazon at highest level since 2008 in Brazil

Deforestation of rainforests in Brazil's Amazon region has reached a 12-year high, space agency Inpe, which is responsible for monitoring the rainforest, said on...

Rio de Janeiro reopens beaches, says pandemic is under control

Rio de Janeiro has reopened its beaches as it continues lifting coronavirus restrictions, news portal G1 reported on Tuesday. Local people may now rent beach...

Hundreds of Colombia’s demobilized fighters call for support

Hundreds of former fighters for the guerrilla movement FARC staged a "march for life and peace" in Bogota, Colombia's capital, and demanded to speak...