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Mayor of Mexican town and two officials arrested over disappearance of activist

Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, allegedly seized after protestMayor belongs to party of President López ObradorThe mayor of a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and two officials in her administration have been arrested over the disappearance of an anti-corruption activist who went missing after a protest outside the local town hall.Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, whose sisters live in Sheffield, disappeared on 26 March after participating in a demonstrations over allegations of arbitrary detention by ...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Mexico City, Sheffield, Oaxaca, Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, López ObradorThe, Nochixtlán


Mexican president accuses US of interference over funding for NGOs

Diplomatic note sent ahead of meeting with Kamala HarrisAnti-corruption and press freedom groups draw official ireMexico’s populist president has accused the United States of undue interference in the country’s internal affairs just before a virtual meeting with the US vice-president, Kamala Harris, which was expected to focus on slowing Central American migration. Related: Amlo calls decision to disqualify candidates ‘a blow to democracy’ Continue reading...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, US, World news, United States, Global development, Kamala Harris, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Kamala HarrisAnti


‘They can’t take it any more’: pandemic and poverty brew violent storm in Colombia

Demonstrations that began with a general strike on 28 April quickly descended into violence, with as many as 37 protesters killed across the countryYina Reyes, a 39-year-old nurse from the downtrodden neighbourhood of Siloé in the Colombian city of Cali, knows only too well what Covid-19 can do to a person – and to a community. Her mother was hospitalized with the disease, and came close to death.As a home care nurse, she has seen patients get sick and neighbours die. In the early days of the pa...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development, Reyes, Cali, Siloe


UN voices alarm over police raid on Brazil favela that left dozens dead

Calls for independent investigation after at least 25 people were killed in raid on Jacarezinho favelaThe United Nations has voiced alarm over a massive police operation in a Brazilian favela that left more than two dozen people dead, and called for an independent investigation.At least 25 people were killed early on Thursday when police raided Jacarezinho, on Rio de Janeiro’s north side, in an operation police said targeted a gang suspected of recruiting children and teenagers. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, United Nations, Brazil, Un, Rio De Janeiro, Jacarezinho


Cuba during the pandemic – photo essay

Photographer Leysis Quesada Vera describes life during the pandemic in Havana’s Los Sitios neighbourhood. She is a photographer based in Ecuador. Her work is supported and produced by the Magnum Foundation, with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Magnum Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography. Through grant making and mentorship, Magnum Foundation supports a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographer...
Tags: Photography, Florida, Americas, World news, Ecuador, Cuba, Havana, Centro, Malecón, Magnum Foundation, Coronavirus, Leysis Quesada Vera, Los Sitios, Henry Luce Foundation Magnum Foundation, Sitios


Colombia enters second week of violent unrest as police crack down on protests

As many as 37 people have died and at least 89 reported missing since protests began on 28 AprilColombia has entered its second week of violent unrest as riot police continued a brutal crackdown on nationwide protests against poverty and inequality exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Related: ‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development, AprilColombia


Rio de Janeiro: at least 25 killed in city’s deadliest police raid on favela

Raid in violation of court order is city’s deadliest everPolice hail blow against drug gangs but critics decry ‘massacre’At least 25 people have been killed after heavily armed police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas in pursuit of drug traffickers, in what was the deadliest raid in the city’s history.About 200 members of Rio’s civil police launched their incursion into Jacarezinho in the early hours of Thursday, sprinting into the vast redbrick community as a bullet-proof helicopt...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Rio, Jacarezinho, André Frias


Rio de Janeiro police raid on favela leaves at least 25 dead

Raid in violation of court order is one of city’s deadliest everPolice hail blow against drug gangs but critics decry ‘massacre’At least 25 people have been killed after heavily armed police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas in pursuit of drug traffickers in what activists called one of the deadliest raids in the city’s history.About 200 members of Rio’s civil police launched their incursion into Jacarezinho in the early hours of Thursday, sprinting into the vast redbrick community...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Rio, Jacarezinho, André Frias


Singapore Airlines is betting big that Asia will open to Americans by starting flights between the US and Japan this summer

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER. Thiago B Trevisan/Shutterstock.com Singapore Airlines is resuming flights on the Singapore-Los Angeles via Tokyo, Japan route in June. Flights will operate with a premium-configured Boeing 777-300ER offering first class and business class, premium economy class, and economy class cabins. Japan is still closed to Americans but the airline hopes that the US' vaccination progress will see international borders open quickly to its citizens. See more...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, Japan, News, Greece, Singapore, Planes, Americas, US, Los Angeles, Trends, European Union, Flying, Tokyo


‘Are we in trouble? Absolutely’: Alberta battles worst Covid rate in North America

Critics say state’s relaxed approach to restrictions has caused surge in prairie province averse to perceived government overreachIn an open field outside the prairie town of Bowden, Alberta, hundreds of people braved chilly winds and the threat of spring rain to attend their first rodeo in more than a year.For the unmasked attendees cheering on as riders clung into bucking horses, the gathering this weekend must have seemed like a long-awaited return to normality. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Canada, North America, Alberta, Coronavirus, Bowden Alberta


Citizen Penn review – Hollywood star’s vanity project lifts Haiti

This documentary about Sean Penn’s response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti may be self-congratulatory, but the actor has had an undeniable impactActor, director, screenwriter and now novelist Sean Penn has had some mixed notices for his non-showbiz activities and his dramatic interventions in various international situations – including his defiant declaration of faith in the late Hugo Chávez and his successor as Venezuelan president, the now-notorious Nicolás Maduro. And the naysayers and the ...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Americas, Society, World news, Culture, Aid, Global development, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Haiti, Penn, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Sean Penn, Christopher Hitchens


Canada becomes first country to approve Pfizer vaccine for children 12-15

Officials say vaccine is safe and effective in younger age group‘We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel’Canada has became the first nation in the world to authorise the use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in children aged 12 to 15, describing the move as a light at the end of the tunnel.Supriya Sharma, a senior adviser at the Canadian federal health ministry, said on Wednesday that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was safe and effective in the younger age group. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, Canada, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Supriya Sharma


‘This is tragic’: fears for Latin America’s young people as Covid accelerates

PAHO chief warns increasing number of young people dyingLatin America last week suffered over a third of all virus deathsAn increasing number of young lives are being extinguished as Covid-19 accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, the head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned.Dr Carissa F Etienne, the group’s Dominican director, said she feared that with infections surging in countries including Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala and the Guyanas the next three month...
Tags: Americas, America, World news, US news, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Latin America, Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization PAHO, PAHO, Coronavirus, Carissa F Etienne, Argentina Colombia Guatemala


‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown

23 protesters and one police officer killed after general strike over unpopular tax reform met with heavy-handed responseTwenty-five police stations in Colombia’s capital city have been vandalized and dozens of protesters and police injured as street violence continued after a more than a week of angry anti-government demonstrations.So far, 23 protesters and one police officer have been killed in the unrest that began with with a general strike over an unpopular tax reform but has grown into an ...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development


25 Colombia police stations vandalized and dozens injured as unrest continues

23 protesters and one police officer killed after general strike over unpopular tax reform met with heavy-handed responseTwenty-five police stations in Colombia’s capital city have been vandalized and dozens of protesters and police injured as street violence continued after a more than a week of angry anti-government demonstrations.So far, 23 protesters and one police officer have been killed in the unrest that began with with a general strike over an unpopular tax reform but has grown into an ...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development


Coronavirus live: Egypt to close shops and restaurants for two weeks; Kenya detects Indian variant

Large gatherings and concerts also banned in Egypt; Kenya finds India variant after Uganda also reported it; Tokyo Olympics ‘to go ahead’ after test event Nepal reports 19 positive Covid tests at Dhaulagiri base campIndian delegation forced to self-isolate in London for CovidItaly could reopen to foreign tourists from mid-May, says PMUK pledges millions to bolster testing for coronavirus variants 4.22pm BST Covid-19 infections continue to spread fast across the Americas as a result of relaxe...
Tags: Japan, Science, London, China, India, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, Uganda, United States, Asia Pacific, Egypt, Infectious Diseases, Nepal, Chile


Colombia protests: what is driving the deadly unrest? – video report

The UN has condemned the violent repression of protests in Colombia after clashes between police and demonstrators left at least 18 dead and 87 people missing. The demonstrations began with a general strike last Wednesday over an unpopular tax change but quickly escalated when protesters were met by riot police armed with teargas, bean-bag rounds and billy clubs. The now-axed policy would have hiked taxes on individuals and business during a coronavirus pandemic that continues to ravage public h...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Un


Top 10 books about Colombia | Julianne Pachico

There is more to this rich and varied country than Gabriel García Márquez, coffee and its violent past. Novelist Julianne Pachico shares her favourite books about her childhood homeGrowing up in Colombia in the 1990s, I rarely saw any tourists. That has changed dramatically in the past decade, especially following a historic peace deal with the Farc in 2016. My novel The Anthill examines the transformation of Medellín from a war-torn city wracked by violence into a trendy, rapidly gentrifying de...
Tags: Books, Americas, World news, Colombia, Culture, Farc, Gabriel García Márquez, Julianne Pachico


Son of the soil Pedro Castillo promises a presidency for Peru

Next month’s runoff election pits the 51-year-old teacher against the far-right daughter of the country’s 90s autocratBy law, any president of Peru must be born on Peruvian soil. But few of the country’s past leaders know that soil like the frontrunning candidate in the current electoral race – the son of Andean peasant farmers, who grew up in poverty.On a recent morning, Pedro Castillo wore a woollen poncho, sandals made from old car tyres and a traditional wide-brimmed straw hat as he tended t...
Tags: Americas, World news, Global development, Peru, Cajamarca, Pedro Castillo, Chugur


Bolsonaro ignored repeated warnings about Covid, ex-health minister says

Luiz Henrique Mandetta tells senate inquiry president was aware his anti-scientific response risked ‘death on an enormous scale’Jair Bolsonaro ignored repeated warnings that his anti-scientific response to Covid-19 was leading Brazil down an “extremely perilous path” and putting tens of thousands of lives at risk, the country’s former health minister has claimed.Giving oral evidence to a senate inquiry into Brazil’s coronavirus calamity on Tuesday, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who led the health mini...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Luiz Henrique Mandetta


UN condemns violent repression of Colombia protests after at least 18 die

Riot police rampage across streets, shoot protesters and charge at crowds with motorcycles in week of unrest across the countryThe United Nations has condemned the violent repression of protests in Colombia, after clashes between police and demonstrators left at least 18 dead and 87 people missing.In a week of unrest across the country, riot police have rampaged across the smoke-filled streets, shooting protesters at point-blank range and charging at crowds with their motorcycles. Continue readi...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, United Nations, Global development, Un


Cuba punches above its weight to develop its own Covid vaccines

Island hit by biggest economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union has two vaccines in phase three clinical trialsHit by the double whammy of US sanctions and a pandemic, Cuba is going through its gravest economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pharmacy shelves are barren. People queue for hours to buy chicken. It’s hard to find bread.And yet this island under siege could become the smallest country in the world to develop its own coronavirus vaccines. Of the 27 coronav...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, Cuba, Soviet Union, Coronavirus, Soviet Union Pharmacy


Zapatistas set sail for Spain on mission of solidarity and rebellion

Small band of mariners embark upon peaceful ‘invasion’ of Europe 500 years after the conquistadoresFive hundred years after Hernán Cortés and his men conquered Mexico, a small boatload of indigenous Zapatistas is making the return journey across the Atlantic to “invade” Spain, rail against capitalist oppression, and perhaps throw the odd cumbia party.The two men and five women set out on Sunday evening from Isla Mujeres, Mexico’s most eastern point. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, Americas, Spain, World news, Atlantic, Isla Mujeres Mexico, Hernan Cortes


Why won’t this giant oil pipeline reveal its secret backers?

Expansion will stretch hundreds miles and is fiercely opposed by numerous groups – but despite repeated calls the Canadian government has not forced the pipeline reveal its insurersNestled in the harbors of Vancouver, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation has lived for thousands of years within an inlet set against the mountain views of the Pacific north-west.But across the water from Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s reserve, less than 2km away, or a little over a mile, is a jarring juxtaposition: an industrial term...
Tags: Environment, Oil, Americas, World news, US news, Canada, Connecticut, Vancouver, Pacific, Trans Mountain, Tsleil Waututh Nation


Mexico City metro overpass collapse – in pictures

An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard on Monday night, killing at least 20 people and injuring about 70, city officials saidMexico City overpass collapses Continue reading...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Mexico City


Mexico City metro overpass collapses – in pictures

An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard on Monday night, killing at least 20 people and injuring about 70, city officials saidMexico City overpass collapses Continue reading...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Mexico City


Cuba hopes to become smallest country to develop Covid vaccines

Island hit by biggest economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union has two vaccines in phase three clinical trialsHit by the double whammy of US sanctions and a pandemic, Cuba is going through its gravest economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pharmacy shelves are barren. People queue for hours to buy chicken. It’s hard to find bread.And yet this island under siege could become the smallest country in the world to develop its own coronavirus vaccines. Of the 27 coronav...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, Cuba, Soviet Union, Coronavirus, Soviet Union Pharmacy


Hospital staff in Toronto deal with Covid crisis – in pictures

Ontario is now the centre of the outbreak in Canada, led by more virulent variants. The latest surge in the number of cases was so big that authorities this week despatched the military and the Red Cross to help care for critical patients Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Toronto, World news, Canada, Art and design, Red Cross, Ontario, Coronavirus


Colombia braces for further unrest after police react violently to mass protests

At least 16 demonstrators and one officer dead after police fired at protesters and rammed crowds with motorcyclesColombia is bracing for further unrest after a weekend in which largely peaceful nationwide demonstrations were met with a violent police reaction which left at least 16 demonstrators and one police officer dead and hundreds injured.Videos shared on social media over the weekend showed police firing at protesters sometimes from close range, ramming crowds with motorcycles, and bashin...
Tags: Protest, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development


Fifty new outlets, 250 journalists: Canadian startup unveils plan to revive local news

As local papers close their doors, a morning newsletter defied the odds. Now its founder aims to push the model nationwideLocal journalism has shed jobs faster than the coal industry, leaving swaths of North America as news deserts with little or no regular coverage.But the grim prospects for an industry in decline didn’t deter the Canadian tech entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson, who in 2019 hired a reporter and launched a daily newsletter in his home town, Victoria. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Americas, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Canada, North America, Andrew Wilkinson, Victoria Continue



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