Coronavirus ship in race to transfer passengers

A cruise ship carrying more than 1,800 people off Panama is in a race to transfer healthy passengers to another ship after four people died – and two others tested positive for coronavirus. The owners of the Zaandam, Holland America, said that more than 130 people on board had reported suffering “flu-like symptoms” and respiratory issues. Nobody has left the […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro downplays threat of coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accused the media of “fear-mongering” in a speech that downplayed the threat of coronavirus to the country. In a televised address on Tuesday, he called on mayors and governors to roll back restrictions they have introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19. His intervention came as the two biggest cities – Sao Paulo and Rio […]

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Perez de Cuellar, former UN secretary-general, dies at 100

Top diplomat was credited for Iran-Iraq ceasefire and for running against Peruvian president, Alberto Fujimori in 1995. Javier Perez de Cuellar, the two-term United Nations secretary-general who brokered a historic ceasefire between Iran and Iraq in 1988, and who came out of retirement to help re-establish democracy in Peru, died on Wednesday, Peru’s foreign ministry said. He was 100. His […]

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Clashes mar Women’s Day march in Mexico City

Police in Mexico have clashed with protesters, following a huge march marking International Women’s Day. About 80,000 people took to the streets to highlight the country’s rising levels of violence against women. The rally began peacefully, but police say some groups threw petrol bombs and officers responded with tear gas. More than 60 people were injured. Tensions are high ahead […]

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Former UN head Javier Pérez de Cuéllar dies at 100

Former UN chief and Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Pérez de Cuéllar has died aged 100. Mr Pérez de Cuéllar’s son told local radio station RPP he died at his home in Peru. During his two terms as UN Secretary General, he brokered peace agreements in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. A key achievement was negotiating a ceasefire […]

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Venezuelan leader urges women to have six children

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has urged women to have six children “for the good of the country”. Appearing at a televised event promoting a national women’s healthcare plan, Mr Maduro instructed women to “give birth, give birth”. The country is facing an economic crisis which has resulted in severe food and medicine shortages. Between 2013 and 2018, 13% of Venezuelan […]

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Anger after Bolsonaro calls for Brazil army to mark 1964 coup

Bolsonaro’s call to commemorate the anniversary of Brazil’s 1964 military coup causes anger, unease. Brazil’s federal prosecutor’s office on Tuesday said it was opposed to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to allow the armed forces to officially commemorate the 55th anniversary of Brazil’s military coup this weekend. Bolsonaro, a former army captain who waxes nostalgic for the 1964-1985 dictatorship, on […]

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Popularity sky-high, Mexico's AMLO marks 100 days in office

As promised, Lopez Obrador has cut public sector pay, given up presidential perks and launched new welfare programmes. Three months into his presidency, Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already spent more time facing the press corps than his predecessor did in his entire six-year term. And people love it. Standing at the centre of a stage for his news […]

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US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia

Opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for aid distribution, but President Maduro has refused its entry to Venezuela. US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid intended for Venezuelans have landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta. The food and medicines are being stored there as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro refuses to allow aid to enter the country.  Saturday’s 180-tonne shipment includes high-energy […]

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Venezuela in crisis: All previous updates

Here are all the developments on the Venezuela crisis from January 22 until February 13. Click here for the latest updates on the Venezeuala crisis Venezuela has plunged into a major political crisis amid a growing dispute over President Nicolas Maduro’s future as the country’s leader.  Maduro took office for a second term on January 10 on the basis of […]

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