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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 […]

EL SALVADOR – Earthquake and hurricane hit Central America

EL SALVADOR – Earthquake and hurricane hit Central America

SAN SALVADOR –– A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region on Thursday just as a hurricane barreled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, but there were no immediate reports of any quake damage. Emergency services in El Salvador said on Twitter it had received no reports […]

MEXICO – Snake on a plane

MEXICO – Snake on a plane

MEXICO CITY – Where’s Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? Because we can put up with a lot of things, but a snake dangling overhead while we’re on a plane is not one of them. That’s the situation passengers on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City found themselves in on Sunday. Just […]

Venezuela’s parliament votes to try president

Venezuela’s parliament votes to try president

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition-led parliament has voted to open a trial against President Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of violating the constitution. The move comes after last week’s suspension of a referendum process seeking to remove Maduro. The government said the vote was meaningless, referring to an earlier court ruling that had declared parliament illegitimate. President […]

MEXICO – First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

MEXICO – First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

MEXICO – The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor. US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure the baby boy would be free […]

Colombia ends 50 years of fighting

Colombia ends 50 years of fighting

BOGOTA – A conflict that lasted over five decades. An estimated 220,000 people killed and over five million displaced. These staggering figures will be consigned to history as the Colombian government buries the hatchet with its long-time nemesis, the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group, better known by its Spanish acronym, FARC. In […]