Ten killed in Mexico gang shootout

Ten people have been killed and three injured in a shootout between suspected gang members near the town of Uruapán in western Mexico. Residents said the gun battle went on for an hour and police later found military-grade weapons at the site. Prosecutors think it was a confrontation between rival gangs Los Viagra and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). […]

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Why are there so many murders in Brazil?

As Brazilians vote for a new president, senators and deputies on Sunday, one issue in particular might determine their choice: violent crime. Two recent surveys strongly suggest increasing concern among Brazilians about rising levels of violence. Candidates across the political spectrum have promised in their campaigns to address the issue. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who’s leading in the polls, wants […]

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Maduro: 'Coup attempt' defeated as police clash with protesters

President Maduro declares victory over alleged coup attempt saying those behind it will not go unpunished. Demonstrators clashed with police on the streets of the Venezuelan capital, spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who said he defeated an attempted coup. An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaido to demonstrate […]

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The Chilean tycoon who is wanted by the US

For 26 years, Chilean business tycoon Carlos Cardoen has been unable to travel abroad for fear of arrest. Mr Cardoen is accused of illegally importing the bomb-making element zirconium from the US, which added a potent incendiary effect to cluster bombs his company, Cardoen Industries, sold to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, Interpol issued […]

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Venezuela lawmakers take refuge in embassies

Three Venezuelan opposition members of parliament have taken shelter in foreign embassies after losing their congressional immunity. They are among 10 lawmakers stripped of immunity after the Supreme Court said they should be investigated for conspiracy, rebellion and treason. The opposition led by Juan Guaidó tried to spark a military rebellion against President Nicolás Maduro last week. His deputy remains […]

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Guaidó deputy detained in Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s deputy has been detained by the country’s intelligence services. Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the National Assembly, refused to leave his car when approached, and as a result he and his car were towed to prison. It is the first arrest of an opposition figure since attempts to spark a military rebellion against President Nicolás […]

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Missing in Chile: What happened to Boris Weisfeiler?

The last time Olga Weisfeiler spoke to her brother Boris was in late 1984, just before he flew to Chile for a hiking holiday. “I need to get away from all this snow in Pennsylvania,” he told her. “I’m heading south. It’s summer down there.” Days later, Boris Weisfeiler was stepping out into the foothills of the Andes mountains in […]

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How do you clear tonnes of toxic sludge?

Dozens of people died and hundreds are still missing after a dam collapsed at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The rupture released a sea of contaminated muddy sludge sliding towards the town of Brumadinho, eventually covering an area the size of 300 football pitches. The mud buried the dam site’s cafeteria, where workers were eating lunch, before engulfing nearby […]

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Politicians suspected in bribery scandal

It is the corruption probe that has left politicians around the world looking over their shoulders. Prosecutors in a dozen countries are untangling a massive web of corruption that ran across a continent and further afield. Illegal payments may have sloshed through presidential campaigns, boosted the careers of political top brass in country after country, and oiled the wheels of […]

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Who are the frontrunners in Panama’s election?

On Sunday Panamanians are electing a successor to President Juan Carlos Varela. Voters say their main concern is corruption after allegations of massive bribes paid to Panamanian officials by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. We take a closer look at the two leading candidates. Laurentino Cortizo: ‘Good government for those who have least’ Key facts: The 66-year-old candidate for the centre-left […]

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