Latin America

Fire at Nicaragua Cathedral Prompts Accusations of Terrorism

The U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, Kevin Sullivan, condemned the fire as a “violent attack.”

  • Aug 4, 2020
  • 2:07 PM

Judge: ‘Discriminatory’ to Deny Puerto Rico Access to US Aid

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many.

  • Aug 4, 2020
  • 10:45 AM

Mexico Surpasses UK in COVID-19 Deaths, Behind Only US and Brazil

Despite the rise in cases, Mexico has been reopening its economy and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has consistently downplayed the severity of the pandemic.

  • Aug 3, 2020
  • 1:35 PM

Leading Democratic VP Contender Bass Defends Stance on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, one of the top contenders to be Joe Biden’s running mate, on Sunday defended her past travel to Cuba and the sympathetic comments she made after the death of Fidel Castro, the dictator who ruled the communist country for decades.

  • Aug 2, 2020
  • 4:53 PM

DHS Repression Against Protestors Are Similar to Tactics Used by Authoritarian Governments (OPINION)

People might think I’m being alarmist, but I am not. 

  • Jul 31, 2020
  • 3:06 PM

Ecuador Congress Grants Amnesty to Indigenous Leaders

The legislative body ruled that the crimes the leaders were accused of were not eligible to be tried in a court of law.

  • Jul 31, 2020
  • 1:33 PM

Peru Probes Whether 27,253 Coronavirus Deaths Uncounted

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities and the Pan American Health Organization are investigating whether the country failed to count 27,253 deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, a figure that could more than double the country’s official death toll from COVID-19.

  • Jul 31, 2020
  • 1:32 PM

Mexico Economy Dropped 18.9% in 2nd Quarter

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economic activity plummeted 18.9% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year as the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic drove the country deeper into a recession, according to preliminary government data released Thursday.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 5:57 PM

Latino Leaders Across the Country Pay Tribute to Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 4:05 PM

Latin America Deemed Most Dangerous Region for Environmental Activists

The study also found that Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by this violence, with more than 40% of victims last year identifying as Indigenous.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 12:54 PM

Press Groups Condemn Threats Against Nicaragua Journalists

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International press organizations and the United States government have condemned intimidation and threats against Nicaraguan journalists.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 10:48 AM

Vizcarra’s Last State of the Union Speech: More Promises and Lack of Self-Criticism for Peru

“Our country may be attacked by crisis, wars or pandemics, but the courage, the pride and the faith of the Peruvians remain firm and unscathed,” Vizcarra said during his speech.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 4:02 PM

Pandemic Intensifies Women’s Struggle for Water in Oaxaca, Mexico

In Oaxaca’s Mixe region, the community of Ayutla has been without potable tap water for three years.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 3:25 PM

Guatemala Burying Dozens of Unidentified COVID-19 Dead

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan hospitals say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, and one hospital is creating archives in hopes that once the pandemic passes, their relatives will come looking for them.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 2:40 PM

Thousands of Bolivian Workers Go on Strike to Protest Election Delay

The election is a re-do of last October’s presidential election that ended with the ousting of President Evo Morales.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 12:34 PM

Maduro’s Hold on Venezuela Tightens as Coronavirus Surges

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than a year after a young U.S.-backed politician rose up to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the socialist leader holds a yet stronger grip on power—with a boost from the novel coronavirus.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 12:26 PM

Brazil Virus Payout Cuts Extreme Poverty to Least in Decades

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s extreme poverty has plunged due to a monthly federal handout during the coronavirus pandemic, but threatens to bounce back once the government ceases the stopgap welfare program, a report said Tuesday.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 9:04 AM

In Peru, LGBTQ Rights’ Battle Intensifies Following Exclusion in Government Resolution

Perú’s Executive Branch sought to excluse LGBTI+ identified people as a vulnerable population.

  • Jul 28, 2020
  • 4:38 PM

Hundreds of Nicaraguans Barred From Entering Country

About 500 migrants are stuck on the border with Costa Rica, forced into overcrowded camps with little food, shelter and water.

  • Jul 28, 2020
  • 12:32 PM

Hurricane Hanna Batters US-Mexico Border Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Hurricane Hanna registered as a Category 1 storm when it came ashore on Padre Island near Corpus Christi.

  • Jul 27, 2020
  • 12:43 PM

Thousands of Families Evicted in São Paulo Amid Pandemic

Before the pandemic, local authorities counted more than 200,000 families waiting for adequate housing in São Paulo, a city of 12 million.

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 5:55 PM

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