What’s the latest with the fires in Brazil?

Dark clouds of smoke smothered cities in Brazil as parts of the Amazon burned at a rate not seen in years, and the world responded with outrage. For a few weeks in August, the world’s eyes were fixed on Brazil and its government’s response. But what is the latest with the fires now, almost two months on? And why might […]

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Volunteer firefighters ‘did not start Amazon fires’

A Brazilian NGO based in the Amazon has denied that four volunteer firefighters arrested by police had intentionally started fires in the rainforest. The men were part of the Alter do Chão brigade, which helped battle huge fires this year in the northern Pará state. They were arrested after police raided the offices of Projeto Saúde e Alegria (PSA), or […]

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Mexico rejects US intervention against drug gangs

Mexico’s president has rejected any US intervention in his country, after President Donald Trump said US forces were willing to “go in and clear out” drug cartels. “Co-operation, yes; intervention, no,” Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in response to Mr Trump’s comments. The US president announced in a Tuesday interview he would legally designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist groups. […]

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Brazil’s Amazon deforestation ‘highest since 2008’

Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increased by 29.5% in 12 months, the highest rate since 2008, the country’s space agency reports. The rainforest lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of its vegetation between August 2018 and July 2019, Inpe says. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has in the past questioned the accuracy of data provided by Inpe. Scientists say the […]

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Chile to hold referendum on new constitution

In a win for protesters, government agrees for vote to be held in April 2020 on replacing the Pinochet-era constitution. Chile has said it will stage a referendum to replace the country’s dictatorship-era constitution next year, conceding to a key demand of protesters after nearly a month of violent civil unrest. The current charter, in force since 1980 and enacted […]

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UN sends special envoy to Bolivia as crisis continues

Former President Evo Morales calls for UN intervention as his supporters rally against the interim leader. The United Nations has dispatched a special envoy to Bolivia, answering calls from the country’s former President Evo Morales for the international body to intervene in the political crisis sweeping the Andean nation. Bolivia has been in turmoil for weeks over a controversial October […]

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Ousted Morales thanks Mexico for 'saving his life' after coup

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s former president, landed in Mexico yesterday to claim asylum, having spent the night on a floor two days after resigning. Mr Morales, who was ousted on Sunday amid massive protests against electoral fraud, thanked Mexico for having “saved my life” but promised to return to his homeland. “Let the whole world know that I won’t change ideology […]

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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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