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VENEZUELA – The hunt is on

VENEZUELA – The hunt is on

CARACAS –– The Venezuelan government hunted on Wednesday for rogue policemen who attacked key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolas Maduro suspected the raid may have been staged to justify repression. In extraordinary scenes over Caracas around sunset on Tuesday, the stolen helicopter fired shots at the Interior Ministry and dropped grenades on the […]

Brazil’s crisis deepens

Brazil’s crisis deepens

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation to face criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot’s accusation is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials who are building a corruption […]

Six killed as Colombia boat sinks

Six killed as Colombia boat sinks

At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular resort town of Guatapé. There were about 170 people aboard. Witness Juan Quiroz told the BBC […]

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 […]

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