Deportations after deal: A new reality in Mexico

Mexico is sending thousands of troops to the border with Guatemala as part of a deal with the US to stem the flow of undocumented migrants, mostly from Central America. Photojournalist Encarni Pindado has seen the impact of the harsher policies on the people making their journey north. It is only 06:00 and at the Suchiate river that separates Mexico […]

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Farewell to ‘a titan of the free press’

When plainclothes policemen came to the Buenos Aires Herald’s office brandishing machine guns, the newspaper’s staff knew they were coming. It was 22 October 1975 and the police were looking for the small Argentine newspaper’s news editor, Andrew Graham-Yooll. A visit from armed police would normally have meant certain death, but the office had been tipped off in advance, and […]

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Brazil president offers US ambassador job to son

Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right president of Brazil, has invited his son to become ambassador to the US. Eduardo Bolsonaro, 35, who is currently serving as a congressman and advises his father on foreign affairs, told reporters he would accept the post if it were offered. The position of ambassador has been vacant since April. Mr Bolsonaro was elected last year […]

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Is the honeymoon period over for Brazil’s Bolsonaro?

Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election last October on a platform of change. He said he would deliver a safer Brazil to appease those worried about rising violence, an economic turnaround after several years of crisis and – perhaps most central to his campaign – an end to old-style corrupt politics which have seen dozens of high-ranking politicians, including a […]

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European Vega rocket lost after liftoff

A European Vega rocket has been lost shortly after blast off, the commercial space company Arianespace says. It is the first time in 15 launches that a Vega rocket has failed. The rocket had been carrying a military satellite for the United Arab Emirates when it took off from the European spaceport in French Guiana on Wednesday evening. It is […]

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Brazilian pension reform passes first hurdle

Brazil’s lower house of Congress has voted by a large majority to overhaul the country’s generous pension system. The vote, with 379 in favour and 131 against, is seen as an important victory for President Jair Bolsonaro. His government says the reforms are critical to boosting the growth of South America’s biggest economy. But the controversial bill requires a second […]

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Brazil’s Vale convicted over dam disaster

A judge in Brazil has ordered mining giant Vale to pay compensation for all damages caused by the collapse of the Brumadinho dam in January. The collapse was Brazil’s worst industrial accident. The judge did not set a figure for the compensation but said that the company was responsible for fixing all the damages including the economic effects. At least […]

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Arrest warrant issued for Colombian ex-rebel

An arrest warrant has been issued for Colombian former rebel turned lawmaker Jesús Santrich after he failed to show up to court in relation to drug smuggling charges. Colombia’s supreme court has ordered Santrich’s capture after he disappeared on Sunday. He is alleged to have helped smuggle a large quantity of cocaine into the US, to where he faces possible […]

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Operation Condor trial reaches finale

The final verdict in a historic human rights trial is expected in Argentina later on Friday. Operation Condor was a campaign of state-sponsored terror organised by South American dictatorships in the 1970s. The US-backed regimes conspired to hunt down, kidnap and kill political opponents across South America and beyond. Irene Caselli reports. Sara Mendez escaped her native Uruguay in 1973 […]

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‘Father of bossa nova’ João Gilberto dies aged 88

Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88. The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s. Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post. “His […]

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