Mexico offers asylum to Bolivia’s ex-president

Mexico has offered asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales, a day after his resignation following weeks of protest over a disputed election. Mexico says the decision was taken for “humanitarian reasons” after a request from Mr Morales. Mr Morales has not yet commented. He earlier urged his supporters to resist the “dark powers” that had forced him to step […]

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Bolivia ruling party demands support for president

Bolivia’s governing party has called on its supporters to defend President Evo Morales, after police in some cities joined protests against him. Demonstrators accuse Mr Morales, Latin America’s longest-serving leader, of rigging last month’s election to secure a fourth term. On Saturday, opposition protesters overran two state-run media outlets in La Paz and forced them off air. Mr Morales denies […]

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How a US Mormon family ended up dead in Mexico

Nine members of a Mormon community in northern Mexico died in an ambush by gunmen while travelling from their home on the La Mora ranch to a nearby settlement. But how did the victims, all US-Mexican citizens, come to be in the line of fire? The dirt road that runs through the Sierra Madre mountains is no place for children […]

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Brazil ruling could free jailed ex-President Lula

Brazil’s top court has voted to overturn a rule about the jailing of criminals – a change which could lead to ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being freed from custody. The ruling, announced on Thursday, stipulates that convicted criminals should go to prison only after they have exhausted their appeal options. The change could lead to the release of […]

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First funerals held for Mexico ambush victims

Hundreds of people have attended the first funerals for members of a Mormon community in northern Mexico who died in an ambush by gunmen. Mexican soldiers guarded the entrance to La Mora village as dozens of vehicles with US number plates arrived in a convoy. The first funerals were for three of the nine victims – Dawna Ray Langford and […]

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Protesters forcibly cut off Bolivia mayor’s hair

The mayor of a small town in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her through the streets barefoot, covered her in red paint and forcibly cut her hair. Patricia Arce of the governing Mas party was handed over to police in Vinto after several hours. It is the latest in a series of violent clashes between government […]

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Mexican officials vow to seek justice for slain Mormon family

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says Mexico will cooperate with US officials in investigating the attack. Mexican officials pledged on Wednesday to seek justice for the nine US citizens killed by gunmen in an attack that brought renewed attention to Mexico’s drug cartels, who are believed to be behind the ambush. The three women and six children, members of a breakaway […]

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Peru judge orders 14 lawyers jailed amid Odebrecht probe

Each lawyer will spend 18 months in preventive detention as prosecutors investigate their role in public work contracts. A judge in Peru has ordered 14 top lawyers to be jailed while they are being investigated for allegedly favouring construction giant Odebrecht in public-works contracts. Judge Jorge Chavez said on Monday each lawyer will spend 18 months in preventive detention for […]

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El Salvador expels Maduro’s Venezuela diplomats

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has ordered all Venezuelan diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours. In a statement, Mr Bukele said this was in line with his government’s position that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was no longer legitimate. Mr Bukele said the Central American nation regarded opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s head of state. Venezuela has been […]

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Colombia dissident rebels kill indigenous leader

An indigenous leader, Cristina Bautista, and four volunteer community guards have been killed in south-west Colombia. The security forces say that members of a dissident rebel group are behind the attack in Cauca province. The number of indigenous Colombians killed has risen steeply amid a resurgence of violence by dissident rebel groups and paramilitaries. President Iván Duque has sent the […]

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