Hundreds of migrants wade river to reach Mexico

Hundreds of migrants have waded into a river on the southern Mexico border as they try to reach the United States. The migrants, mainly from Honduras, took to the water after being refused permission to cross a bridge over the Suchiate river. Mexico has cut off migration routes to the US under pressure from President Donald Trump. Mexican National Guard […]

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Venezuela’s Guaidó defies travel ban for meeting

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has travelled to Colombia for a counter-terrorism meeting, the second time he defies a travel ban imposed by the pro-government Supreme Court. He is expected to meet the US secretary of state in Bogotá on Monday. The US and more than 50 countries recognise Mr Guaidó as Venezuela’s rightful leader. President Nicolás Maduro accuses the […]

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Netflix told to suspend ‘gay Jesus’ parody film

A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix. The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be axed, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month. In the […]

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Profile: Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-declared interim leader

President of the opposition-controlled National Assembly rises to prominence as Venezuela’s political crisis deepens. Juan Guaido has risen from backbench obscurity to the US-backed, self-declared interim president of Venezuela in just three weeks, amid a deepening political and economic crisis in the Latin American nation.  Few Venezuelans had even heard of the 35-year-old politician when he was plucked from anonymity […]

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Dozens killed as oil pipeline explodes in Mexico's Tlahuelilpan

Health minister says death toll has risen to at least 85, with officials blaming incident on gangs of oil thieves. The number of people who died from a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico has risen to at least 85, according to the country’s health minister. Jorge Alcocer told a news conference on Sunday that an additional 58 people were hospitalised following […]

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Latin America in 2019: Stories to watch

As controversial new leaders find their feet and crises continue, here are the stories to look out for this year. Upcoming polls: El Salvador presidential election – February 3 Cuba constitutional referendum – February 24 Argentina presidential election – October 27 Bolivia presidential election – October  Uruguay presidential election – October  In the last 12 months, Latin America has seen a […]

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Maduro recalls Venezuelan diplomats in US as standoff intensifies

Embattled leader announces closure of Venezuela’s embassy in US and orders all diplomats there to return home. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States and closed its embassy and consulates there after the US declared his government “illegitimate”. He also ordered all US embassy personnel out of Venezuela by the weekend, but on Thursday Washington refused […]

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Brazil dam collapse: 300 missing, 40 confirmed dead

Hundreds of people missing, feared dead as collapsed dam unleashes wave of mud at iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state. Brazilian firefighters said on Saturday that at least 40 people were killed when a dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale, as rescuers continued to search for hundreds still missing. The Minas Gerais state fire department […]

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Hope turns to anger as death toll from Brazil dam collapse rises

Search for more than 300 missing people resumes two days after dam collapse in southeastern Brazil kills at least 58. Authorities in Brazil have raised the death toll from a massive dam collapse that triggered a devastating landslide to 58 amid fading hopes of finding survivors. Fears of a second dam breach near the southeastern town of Brumadinho receded on Sunday, […]

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Venezuela suspends expulsion of US diplomats

Order to expel diplomats suspended for 30 days, as Washington calls on countries to ‘pick a side’. Venezuela postponed a showdown with the United States by suspending a demand that US diplomats leave the country, as Washington called on the world to “pick a side” in the South American nation’s fast-moving crisis. President Nicolas Maduro broke relations with the US on Wednesday […]

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