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Brazil ministerial building set on fire during clashes

Brazil ministerial building set on fire during clashes

BRASILIA –– Angry demonstrators in Brasilia have started a fire inside the ministry of agriculture and have damaged several other ministerial buildings. Brazilian authorities estimate around 35,000 are marching in the capital. Troops are being deployed to defend government buildings and there is a heavy police presence on the streets. Protesters are demanding the resignation […]

Landslide in Colombia kills at least 262

Landslide in Colombia kills at least 262

MOCOA –– Scores of decomposing cadavers were being released for burial on Monday as rescuers continued to search for victims of weekend flooding and landslides that devastated a city in southern Colombia, killing at least 262 people. Desperate families queued for blocks in the heat to search a morgue for loved ones who died when several […]

VENEZUELA – AG breaks ranks

VENEZUELA – AG breaks ranks

CARACAS –– Venezuela’s powerful attorney general on Friday broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro’s government after the judiciary annulled congress, a rare show of internal dissent as protests and international condemnation grew. Luisa Ortega, appointed attorney general in 2007 and a staunch ally of the Socialists who have ruled for the last 18 years, rebuked the […]

VENEZUELA – ‘Dictatorship’

VENEZUELA – ‘Dictatorship’

CARACAS –– Opposition leaders branded Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” on Thursday after the Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress and pushed a lengthy political standoff to new heights. There was swift international condemnation of the de facto annulment of the National Assembly, where the opposition won a majority in late […]

MEXICO – Teen shoots teacher, self and three others

MEXICO – Teen shoots teacher, self and three others

MEXICO CITY – A teenage student suffering from depression opened fire at a private American school in northern Mexico on Wednesday, injuring three students and a teacher then shooting himself in what state officials called an unprecedented attack that was caught on security video. Aldo Fasci, security spokesman for Nuevo Leon state, said the 15-year-old […]

Colombia bridge collapse kills seven

Colombia bridge collapse kills seven

BOGOTA – A wooden foot bridge inside a Colombian nature preserve has collapsed, killing at least seven people and injuring 15 others in Villavicencio, southeast of Bogota, according to the city’s mayor. Colombian risk management authorities said excess weight led to the bridge’s collapse Monday. An eyewitness told local media that some 20 people were […]

33 killed in another Brazilian prison riot

33 killed in another Brazilian prison riot

RORAIMA –– At least 33 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil on Friday, officials said, possibly in retaliation after members of a powerful drug gang were targeted in the worst prison massacre in decades that left 56 people dead earlier this week. Several of the dead were decapitated, had their hearts cut out […]

BRAZIL – Fugitive takes selfies on the run

BRAZIL – Fugitive takes selfies on the run

MANAUS –– A Brazilian man who broke out of a prison in the northern city of Manaus has been posting photos of himself on Facebook, bragging of his escape. In the picture, Brayan Bremer, who is serving a sentence for robbery, can be seen amidst dense vegetation giving the thumbs up. Behind him is another fugitive […]

COLOMBIA – Plane crash kills 72

COLOMBIA – Plane crash kills 72

LA UNION/CHAPECO –– A plane carrying Brazilian top-tier football team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains after reporting an electrical fault, killing 72 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Colombia’s worst air disaster in two decades killed all but five people as the team flew to face Atletico Nacional of […]

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