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US accuses El Salvador of secretly negotiating truce with gang leaders

In 2020, Nayib Bukele’s administration ‘provided financial incentives’ to MS-13 and the Barrio 18 street gangs, US treasury saysThe US has accused the government of El Salvador president Nayib Bukele of secretly negotiating a truce with leaders of the country’s feared MS-13 and Barrio 18 street gangs.The explosive accusation on Wednesday cuts to the heart of one of Bukele’s most highly touted successes in office: a plunge in the country’s murder rate. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, El Salvador, Gangs, Barrio, NAYIB BUKELE, Bukele


VW Americas CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2022, but Industry Protecting Margins

By Ben KlaymanDETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's Americas chief sees the global chip shortage lasting into the third quarter of next year, but...
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Chilean presidential candidate’s father was member of Nazi party

Revelations appear at odds with José Antonio Kast’s own statements about his father’s military serviceThe German-born father of Chilean presidential candidate José Antonio Kast was a member of the Nazi party, according to a recently unearthed document – revelations that appear at odds with the far-right candidate’s own statements about his father’s military service during the second world war.German officials have confirmed that an ID card in the country’s federal archive shows that an 18-year-o...
Tags: Americas, World news, Second world war, Chile, Hitler, Nazism, NSDAP, Soviet Union Continue, José Antonio Kast, Michael Kast, National Socialist German Workers


Chilean presidential frontrunner’s father was member of Nazi party

Revelations appear at odds with far-right candidate’s own statements about his father’s military serviceThe German-born father of Chilean presidential frontrunner José Antonio Kast was a member of the Nazi party, according to a recently unearthed document – revelations that appear at odds with the far-right candidate’s own statements about his father’s military service during the second world war.German officials have confirmed that an ID card in the country’s federal archive shows that an 18-ye...
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Tech-driven changes are coming fast and furiously to airports, including advancements in biometrics that verify identity and shorten security procedures for those passengers who opt into the programs. From a report: If it's been a year or more since you traveled, particularly internationally, you may notice something different at airports in the United States: More steps -- from checking a bag to clearing customs -- are being automated using biometrics. Biometrics are unique individual traits, s...
Tags: Congress, Americas, Tech, United States, Switzerland, Customs, Transportation Security Administration, Border Protection, Sita, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Sherry Stein, Robert Tappan, International Biometrics Identity Association


Omicron Will Spread Through Americas in Time, Warns Regional Health Agency

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has so far been detected in the Americas in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico...
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Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into Brazil

There are fears the decision will reserve the gains made by a successful vaccination campaignCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Brazilian government has been accused of seeking to turn the South American country into a paradise for unvaccinated tourists after it shunned calls – including from its own health regulator – to demand proof of vaccination from visitors.The decision – announced on Tuesday by the health minister, Marcelo Queiroga – sparked anger in a nation ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Marcelo Queiroga


Marianela Núñez: ‘What lockdown taught me, one more time, is that dance is my true passion’

The Royal Ballet’s phenomenal principal dancer was the fixed star at the heart of an extraordinary year for the companySee the Observer’s faces of 2021 in fullIt’s been an oddly fractured year for dance. Repeated lockdowns stifled talent, thwarted new ideas. Online and outdoor offerings provided some release but when theatres reopened in May, dancers emerged as if from hibernation, full of life, anxious to get on with their notoriously short careers.None more so than Marianela Núñez. The Royal B...
Tags: Americas, World news, Dance, Culture, Royal Ballet, Stage, Ballet, Argentina, Royal Opera House, Marianela Núñez


How Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ became a biodiversity nightmare

Animals brought illegally to Colombia by the drug kingpin have been allowed to roam free and are now disrupting the fragile ecosystemMyths and legends continue to surround Colombia’s most notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar 26 years after his death. But his legacy has had an unexpectedly disastrous impact on some of the country’s fragile ecosystems. A herd of more than 80 hippos roam free, the descendants of animals smuggled to Colombia from Africa in the 1980s and now flourishing in the wild.Repo...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Americas, Colombia, Animal Welfare, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Michael Safi, Joe Parkin Daniels


Colombian family win award for world’s best cookbook

Mother-and-daughter team scoop gong at Gourmand awards in Paris for volume of traditional leaf-wrapped recipesA Colombian mother and daughter’s celebration of their country’s traditional leaf-wrapped dishes has been named best cookbook in the world at the Gourmand awards in Paris.Colombia’s envueltos are part of a culinary heritage that stretches across much of Latin America, from the tamales of Mexico and Guatemala to the humitas of Chile. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Americas, World news, Colombia, Culture, Chile, Paris, Guatemala, Latin America, Food and drink books, Paris Colombia


Tourists bask on a battlefield as drug gangs fight over Mexican resort town

Tulum, jewel of the Mayan Riviera, risks emulating Acapulco, another once glamorous resort now overwhelmed by violenceBright yellow police tape fluttered in the breeze outside a restaurant just off the main strip in the Mexican resort town of Tulum, as the lights of a nearby police truck flashed blue and red.Troops in camouflage fatigues stood guard outside the deserted late-night eatery La Malquerida, “The Unloved” – the site of a gangland shooting that killed two female tourists and wounded an...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Drugs trade, Tulum, Acapulco, La Malquerida


The Last Matinee review – carnage in the aisles in cinema-set giallo-style slasher

Maximiliano Contenti’s horror flick attempts to unpick voyeurism but lacks the sophistication of others in the genreNostalgia for idiosyncratic analogue film style is the simplest explanation for the recent giallo revival – but maybe there’s more to it than that. This most stylised of horror modes is perfect for our over-aestheticised age, so the newcomers – such as Berberian Sound Studio, Censor and Sound of Violence – make artists and viewers accessories to violence, often unleashed through th...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Uruguay, Horror Films, Montevideo, Ricardo Islas, Maximiliano Contenti, Ana Luciana Grasso, Mauricio Pedro Duarte, Franco Durán


Lives lost at Europe’s borders and Afghan MPs in exile: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Mexico to Manila Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Greece, Mexico, France, Women, Americas, Qatar, European Union, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan


The Guardian view on Barbados and the Queen: it has moved on. Can Britain? | Editorial

The country became the world’s newest republic this week. While Britain is still racked by arguments over empire, others have already passed judgmentThe contrast could hardly be more striking. In Britain, the removal of the statue of a slave trader, name changes for institutions and apologies from some who profited from slavery have produced reams of fevered arguments and fulminations. In Barbados, this week’s removal of the Queen as head of state was as calm and straightforward as the process l...
Tags: Rihanna, Americas, Britain, Slavery, Prince Charles, Caribbean, Barbados, Mia Mottley, Sandra Mason


‘Heartbreaking’ clean-up of animal corpses as Canada floodwaters ebb

Floods and landslides in British Columbia devastated livestock in ‘easily the costliest natural disaster in Canada’s history’Floods and landslides that battered the Canadian province of British Columbia last month killed hundreds of thousands of farm animals and forced nearly 15,000 people from their homes, new figures revealed, as officials described the scope of the devastation – and the challenges of recovery.As many as 628,000 chickens, 420 dairy cattle and 12,000 hogs were killed by the flo...
Tags: Americas, World news, Canada, British Columbia, Extreme Weather


Mia Mottley: Barbados’ first female leader on a mission to transform island

Alongside cutting ties to the monarchy, new PM believes the region represents an untapped civilisationA republic has been proposed and postponed by Barbadian prime ministers for decades. Battling a pandemic that has devastated the country’s tourism economy, Mia Mottley, the country’s first female leader, had ample excuses to again kick the constitutional can down the road.Instead, at the stroke of midnight on Monday, she oversaw the transition of the Caribbean island out of the realm of the Brit...
Tags: Rihanna, Americas, World news, Prince Charles, Caribbean, Barbados, Mia Mottley, Sandra Mason


Remain in Mexico: migrants face deadly peril as Biden restores Trump policy

The US has struck a deal with Mexico to make asylum seekers wait south side of the border while their applications are processedThe Biden administration’s move to revive Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy will subject thousands of people to “enormous suffering” and leave them vulnerable to kidnap and rape as they languish in dangerous Mexican border cities, migration advocates have warned.After reaching a deal with Mexico, the US will by 6 December start returning asylum seekers from other...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, US, World news, US news, Migration, US immigration, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Us-mexico Border


Chilean environmental activist who opposed dam projects found dead

Javiera Rojas remembered as ‘an emblematic activist who was dedicated to the process of resistance’ Environmental activists in Chile have called for justice after a 42-year-old land defender was found dead with her hands and feet bound.The body of Javiera Rojas was found buried under a pile of clothes in an abandoned house on Sunday in Calama in the northern region of Antofagasta. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Antofagasta, Chile, Global development, Environmental Activism, Calama, Javiera Rojas


Plans to mine Ecuador forest violate rights of nature, court rules

Landmark ruling says mining permits issued in Los Cedros protected area breach Ecuador’s constitutionEcuador’s highest court has ruled that plans to mine for copper and gold in a protected cloud forest are unconstitutional and violate the rights of nature.In a landmark ruling, the constitutional court of Ecuador decided that mining permits issued in Los Cedros, a protected area in the north-west of the country, would harm the biodiversity of the forest, which is home to spectacled bears, endange...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Mining, Conservation, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Ecuador, Los Cedros


‘They can’t silence us’: the female lawyers defending Colombia’s environment

Legal team faces daily threats as it works to protect displaced families from landowners, ecosystems from mining and indigenous groups from oil companiesJulia Figueroa never leaves her house without security. She travels with two bodyguards and an armoured vehicle. Her home and office are watched around the clock. She carefully monitors any devices that might contain compromising information about her clients.As the director of the Luis Carlos Pérez Lawyers Collective Corporation (CCALCP) and on...
Tags: Human Rights, Activism, Law, Environment, Americas, Colombia, Global development, Environmental Activism, Internally displaced people, Figueroa


Gangsters use vehicles to ram into Mexico prison and free nine inmates

The armed group broke into the jail in Tula and opened fire, injuring a guard and a police officerMexican gangsters used a convoy of vehicles – including a truck with homemade armour-plating – to ram their way into a prison before opening fire at guards and rescuing nine inmates.Several other vehicles were also set on fire in the spectacular plot targeting the jail in the central city of Tula. The escapees include José Artemio Maldonado Mejía, alias “El Michoacano”, the leader of a local crime o...
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Gangsters use vehicles to break into Mexico prison and free nine inmates

The armed group rammed their way into the jail in Tula and opened fire, injuring a guard and a police officerMexican gangsters used a convoy of vehicles – including a truck with homemade armour-plating – to ram their way into a prison before opening fire at guards and rescuing nine inmates.Several other vehicles were also set on fire in the spectacular plot targeting the jail in the central city of Tula. The escapees include José Artemio Maldonado Mejía, alias “El Michoacano”, the leader of a lo...
Tags: Drugs, Mexico, Americas, Gangs, Tula, José Artemio Maldonado Mejía, Pueblos Unidos Continue


Honduras president-elect’s China pledge puts Taiwan and US on edge

Xiomara Castro has said she will foster ties with Beijing in what experts see as a move to counter US influenceXiomara Castro’s victory in the Honduras presidential elections has placed the Central American nation at the heart of an intensifying diplomatic tug-of-war between Taiwan and China.Honduras is one of only 15 remaining countries that recognizes the sovereignty of Taiwan, which China claims as part of its own territory. But Castro made a manifesto pledge to end that decades-long relation...
Tags: China, Americas, US, US foreign policy, US news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Honduras, Castro, Beijing Continue, Xiomara Castro, China Honduras


Honduras to get first female president after ruling party concedes defeat

Leftist winner Xiomara Castro says she will ‘not fail’ the people after National party rules out contesting election result Honduras’s ruling party has conceded defeat in presidential elections, giving victory to the leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and easing fears of another contested vote and violent protests.Tegucigalpa mayor Nasry Asfura, the presidential candidate of the National party, said in a statement on Tuesday that he had personally congratulated Castro, despite only abou...
Tags: Americas, World news, Honduras, Castro, TEGUCIGALPA, Nasry Asfura, Xiomara Castro


Prickly present: dancing cactus toy that raps in Polish about cocaine goes viral

Walmart removes listing by third-party seller after Ontario woman discovers one of toy’s songs is about cocaine and hopelessnessA word of warning before you go toy shopping this Christmas: beware the rapping cactus.The toy, marketed as educational, may teach your children more than you want them to know, as a woman in Brampton, Ontario, discovered the hard way. The miniature, bright-green dancing cactus Ania Tanner bought sings in English, Spanish and Polish while squirming to the beat. After bu...
Tags: Toys, Americas, Walmart, Life and style, World news, Canada, Ontario, Tanner, Brampton Ontario, Ania Tanner


Average of two girls aged 10 to 14 give birth daily in Paraguay, Amnesty finds

Longstanding plague of child abuse and extreme abortion laws fuel crisis, report saysAn average of two girls between 10 and 14 give birth every day in Paraguay, thanks to a toxic combination of widespread child abuse and draconian abortion laws, according to a new Amnesty International report.Paraguay has one of the highest rates of child and teen pregnancy in Latin America, a region that, as a whole, has the second-highest rates in the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Americas, US news, Paraguay, Global development, Amnesty International, Latin America, Paraguay Amnesty


El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years in US prison

Coronel admitted to acting as a courier between Joaquín Guzmán and other members of the Sinaloa cartel while he was in prisonEmma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been sentenced to three years in a US prison, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel.Before her sentencing in a federal court in Washington, Coronel, 32, pleaded with US District Judge Rudolph Contreras to show her mercy. Continue reading...
Tags: Washington, Mexico, Americas, US, US news, Drugs trade, US crime, El Chapo, Guzman, Sinaloa, Joaquin Guzman, Joaquín 'el Chapo' Guzmán, Joaquin, Rudolph Contreras, Coronel, Emma Coronel Aispuro


Hurrah for Barbados! Can the UK be next? | Brief letters

The Monarchy | Scott’s Antarctic diary | MPs’ unintelligence contest | Parliamentary role modelsCongratulations to the Republic of Barbados for having the confidence and maturity to dispense with the Ruritanian nonsense of monarchy (Report, 30 November). I live in hope that one day we will see the same thing happen here.Tim BarkerEastington, Gloucestershire• Dr Brigid Purcell is correct: ink freezes in sub-zero temperatures (Letters, 29 November). This is why Edwardian-era Antarctic explorers us...
Tags: Politics, UK, Women, Americas, UK News, House Of Commons, Antarctica, Monarchy, Chris Grayling, Men, Exploration, British Library, Nadine Dorries, Gloucestershire, Barbados, Antarctic


Mythic white sperm whale captured on film near Jamaica

Type of whale immortalised in Moby-Dick has only been spotted handful of times this centuryIt is the most mythic animal in the ocean: a white sperm whale, filmed on Monday by Leo van Toly, the captain of a Dutch merchant ship, off Jamaica. Moving gracefully, outrageously pale against the blue waters of the Caribbean, for any fans of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s book of 1851, this vision is a CGI animation come to life.Sperm whales are generally grey, black or even brown in appearance. Hal Whiteh...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Jamaica, Whales, Cetaceans, Caribbean, Dick, Herman Melville, Dick Herman Melville, Hal Whitehead, Leo van Toly


Chain reaction: Canadian MP complains about minister’s video bike backdrop

Conservative Ed Fast was mocked after accusing Steven Guilbeault of making ‘statement about his environmental cred’A conservative Canadian MP has accused the country’s environment minister of breaching parliamentary protocol after his bicycle appeared on screen during a hybrid session of parliament.Conservative MP Ed Fast said minister Steven Guilbeault’s purple bicycle, hung on the wall behind him, was a blatant attempt to “make a statement about his environmental cred”. Continue reading...
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