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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Venezuelan migrants clash with troops

Accusations over who started unrest traded after basic aid supplies crossed border into Venezuela. Violent clashes between Venezuelan people and authorities have been reported from the border with Brazil. The clashes happened soon after the trucks carrying basic aid supplies crossed the border into Venezuela.  Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom has more from Pacaraima, on Brazil’s border with Venezuela. Correction 24/02/2019: […]

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Brazil senator shot in stand-off with police

A Brazilian senator, Cid Gomes, has been injured after shots were fired at him during a stand-off with police. Senator Gomes, 56, was driving a digger towards a fence behind which a group of masked military police officers were protesting when he was hit by two bullets in the town of Sobral. He is in hospital in a stable condition. […]

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Fifteen children killed in Haiti orphanage fire

Fifteen children have died in Haiti after a fire swept through an orphanage on the outskirts of the capital. The cause of the fire was being investigated, but reports citing staff and children said candles were being used instead of electricity. The orphanage, run by a US-based Christian group, was one of hundreds in Haiti operating without official authorisation. Authorities […]

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Gunmen storm court building to free MS-13 leader

Heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues and police uniforms stormed a court building in north-west Honduras and freed a senior leader of the powerful MS-13 gang, officials say. Alexander Mendoza, known as “El Porky”, had just arrived for a trial hearing in El Progreso, escorted by security forces, when the attack took place. At least four officers were killed […]

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