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Mexico sues US gunmakers in unprecedented bid to stop weapons crossing border

Country seeking up to $10bn damages in Massachusetts lawsuitUS-made weapons used in cartel battles and attacks on civiliansThe Mexican government has launched legal action against US gunmakers in an unprecedented attempt to halt the flow of guns across the border, where US-made weapons are routinely used in cartel gun-battles, terror attacks on civilians – and increasingly to challenge the state itself.The Mexican government is suing six gunmakers in a Massachusetts court, alleging negligence in...
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‘Bad faith’ US prosecutors misled Canada in Huawei case, court hears in final arguments

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, whose detention has thrown US-China feud into focus, urge judge to throw out extradition requestLawyers for Meng Wanzhou say American prosecutors acted in “bad faith” and abused the Canadian justice system when they pursued the Huawei chief financial officer, in final arguments of the telecoms executive’s closely watched extradition proceedings.In a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday, Meng’s legal team argued that American prosecutors misled the Canadian justice system in...
Tags: Technology, China, Americas, US, World news, US news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Vancouver, Huawei, US China, Meng, Meng Wanzhou


Nicaragua: Ortega opponent becomes eighth election candidate to be arrested

Crackdown continues as vice-presidential hopeful Berenice Quezada accused of ‘terrorism’ for criticising lack of freedomNicaraguan authorities have detained a candidate in the November presidential elections, her party has said, as the government of President Daniel Ortega shows no sign of ending a sweeping crackdown against the opposition.For months Ortega’s government has been detaining political adversaries, including presidential hopefuls, ahead of an election in which the former Marxist gue...
Tags: Washington, Americas, World news, Nicaragua, Ortega, Daniel Ortega, Berenice Quezada


Candidate for Nicaragua vice-president placed under house arrest

In continuing government crackdown, complaint accuses Ortega opponent Berenice Quezada of ‘terrorism’ for criticising lack of freedom in the countryNicaraguan authorities have detained a candidate in the November presidential elections, her party has said, as the government of President Daniel Ortega shows no sign of ending a sweeping crackdown against the opposition.For months Ortega’s government has been detaining political adversaries, including presidential hopefuls, ahead of an election in ...
Tags: Washington, Americas, World news, Nicaragua, Ortega, Daniel Ortega, Berenice Quezada


From the archive: Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history? – podcast

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.This week, from 2017: What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering. By Jonathan Watts Continue reading...
Tags: Money, Oil, Americas, World news, Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Jonathan Watts


Colombian top general Mario Montoya faces murder charges in ‘false positives’ scandal

Uribe’s ‘hero of the homeland’ is alleged to have overseen the abduction and execution of up to 104 civilians – including five childrenGen Mario Montoya was the star soldier who oversaw the defeat of Latin America’s most powerful insurgency, a US-trained professional hailed for turning around a demoralized army and masterminding a string of brutal strikes against Colombia’s leftist guerrillas.After taking command of the South American country’s army in 2006, he regularly appeared on television n...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, Colombia, Farc, Latin America, Uribe, Mario Montoya


If the US really cared about freedom in Cuba, it would end its punishing sanctions | Helen Yaffe

Critics dismiss Cuba as a failed state, but don’t accept how badly it’s hamstrung by the US blockadeThe violent protests that erupted in Cuba in early July were the first serious social disturbances since the “Maleconazo” of 1994, 27 years ago. Both these periods were characterised by deep economic crises. I was living in Havana in the mid-90s and witnessed the conditions that triggered the uprising: empty food markets, shops and pharmacy shelves, regular electricity cuts, production and transp...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Commission, Cuba, Havana, Clinton, Bush, Helen Yaffe


Brazil’s election authority to investigate Bolsonaro over baseless fraud claims

President has stepped up crusade against Brazil’s electronic voting system – prompting counter-attack from superior electoral courtBrazil’s top electoral authority has launched a counter-offensive against Jair Bolsonaro’s Donald Trump-style campaign against the country’s voting system by announcing it will investigate his potentially criminal propagation of groundless vote-rigging claims. Related: Lula 2022? Brazil poised for sensational political comeback Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Donald Trump, Lula, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Why the internet in Cuba has become a US political hot potato

After Havana shut down online access for 72 hours, the battle is on to keep the country connectedCubans used to joke about Napoleon Bonaparte chatting to Mikhail Gorbachev, George W Bush and Fidel Castro in the afterlife. “If I’d have had your prudence, I’d never have fought Waterloo,” the French emperor tells the last Soviet leader. “If I’d have had your military might, I’d have won Waterloo,” he tells the Texan. Turning last to Castro, the emperor says: “If I’d have had Granma [the Cuban Commu...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Censorship, Americas, US, World news, US news, Napoleon Bonaparte, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Havana, Castro, Waterloo, Granma, Mikhail Gorbachev George W Bush


Earth’s solid metal inner core is growing more on one side than the other

More than 5,000 kilometres beneath us, Earth's solid metal inner core wasn't discovered until 1936. Almost a century later, we're still struggling to answer basic questions about when and how it first formed.These aren't easy puzzles to solve. We can't directly sample the inner core, so the key to unravelling its mysteries lies in collaboration between seismologists, who indirectly sample it with seismic waves, geodynamicists, who create models of its dynamics, and mineral physicists, who study ...
Tags: Asia, Science, Indonesia, Americas, Earth, Physics, Geology, Innovation, Universe, Brazil, Planets, Jupiter, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Banda Sea


The Fever review – dreamy film about an indigenous Brazilian’s alienation

Maya Da-Rin’s subtle, poetic debut about a man with a mysterious fever engages with the hidden lives of the Desana people of BrazilHere is a mysterious and opaque movie, a feature debut from 42-year-old Brazilian artist and film-maker Maya Da-Rin. It does not give up its meaning easily, or perhaps at all. Newcomer Regis Myrupu won the best actor prize at the Locarno film festival for his understated performance as Justino, a member of the indigenous Desana people working as a security guard at a...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, World cinema, Manaus, Locarno, BRASILIA, Justino, Drama films, Maya Da Rin, Desana, Regis Myrupu, Vanessa Rosa Peixoto


Amnesty condemns Colombia police brutality after scores of protesters killed

‘He died as he lived, resisting’, says mother of young artist killed in Cali, as report claims authorities used systematic ‘pattern of violence’ in cityNicolás Guerrero, a 26-year-old artist from the Colombian city of Cali, took to the streets on 2 May to protest against the lack of opportunities he saw in his country. He had a family in Spain that he had hoped one day to bring to South America. But later that night, after riot police launched a brutal crackdown, he was found lying on the paveme...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Americas, Spain, World news, Colombia, Global development, South America, Cali, cityNicolás Guerrero


El Father Plays Himself review – behind the scenes with a raging wildman ego

Mo Scarpelli cannily captures family dynamics in this documentary about the filming of Jorge Thielen Armand’s La Fortaleza, which starred his hard-drinking dadHere’s a behind-the-scenes documentary in the tradition of Burden of Dreams­, Les Blank’s making-of film about Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. This one even has a wild-man actor, Jorge Thielen Hedderich – though he’s not quite a match for Klaus Kinski in the ego stakes. Actually, he’s not even an actor by trade, but he is starring in a movie...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Venezuela, Werner Herzog, Scarpelli, Klaus Kinski, Armand, Jorge Thielen Armand, Documentary films, Drama films, Burden of Dreams Les Blank, Mo Scarpelli, Jorge Thielen Hedderich


EU sanctions Nicaragua’s first lady and vice-president over human rights violations

Seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracyThe European Union has slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s first lady and Vice-President Rosario Murillo and seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy, amid a sweeping crackdown on opposition politicians in the Central American country.EU headquarters said in a statement that the sanctions, which include asset freezes and bans on travel in Europe, “a...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Americas, Eu, World news, Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, Daniel Ortega, democracyThe European Union


True Stories: Spaces review – impressive short docs from folk horror to a Lebanese marvel

This short film collection from the True Story platform ranges across continents to look at how we interact with our environmentsDeeply psychogeographical, this collection of documentary shorts from the streaming platform True Story roams among spaces old and new, and across continents. Personal and public memories are intertwined, creating portraits of how human beings interact with their environments, and vice versa.Paul Heintz’s nocturnal Shānzhài Screens is a meditative study of liminal urba...
Tags: Film, Scotland, China, Americas, UK News, World news, Colombia, Culture, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Lebanon, Van Gogh, Paul Heintz, Short Films, Documentary films


Colombians mourn after deadly protests as Amnesty cites ‘unlawful repression’

‘He died as he lived, resisting’, says mother of young artist killed in Cali, as report claims authorities used systematic ‘pattern of violence’ in cityNicolás Guerrero, a 26-year-old artist from the Colombian city of Cali, took to the streets on 2 May to protest against the lack of opportunities he saw in his country. He had started a family in Spain that he had hoped one day to bring to South America. But later that night, after riot police launched a brutal crackdown, his near-lifeless and bl...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Americas, Spain, World news, Colombia, Global development, South America, Amnesty, Cali, cityNicolás Guerrero


Pedro Francke: relief in Peru as moderate is made finance minister

President Pedro Castillo completes his cabinet after causing shockwaves with appointment of controversial Guido Bellido as prime ministerAfter 24 hours of uncertainty and the worst Friday in years on the stock exchange, Peru’s new president, Pedro Castillo, has completed his cabinet, swearing in the moderate leftist economist Pedro Francke as finance minister, and in the process calming jittery investors and anxious Peruvians alike.Aníbal Torres was also sworn in, as justice minister, on Friday,...
Tags: Americas, World news, Peru, Castillo, Shining Path, Pedro Castillo, Guido Bellido, Pedro Francke, Aníbal Torres


Floods block food from reaching thousands of refugees in Colombia

Families fleeing drug gangs and paramilitaries have been cut off, with government accused of being ‘incapable’ of protecting themFlooding and landslides have left thousands of refugees cut off from food supplies in Ituango, the conflict-strewn municipality in north-western Colombia.Roads have been blocked by mud and debris after heavy rains, while helicopters have been unable to land. As a result, the delivery of food and medical supplies has been stymied, and communications cut off. Continue re...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Global development, Drugs trade, Flooding, Ituango, Colombia Roads


Lula 2022? Brazil poised for sensational political comeback

With former president’s political rights restored, polls suggest he would thrash Jair Bolsonaro if he stands for electionAnazir Maria de Oliveira has a simple message for the man they call Lula.“Comrade, I want you back,” said the 88-year-old union veteran and black activist as she celebrated the return of her “guru” to Brazil’s political fray. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Lula, Jair Bolsonaro, Maria de Oliveira


Haiti president’s widow suspects ‘oligarchs’ of organising his killing

Martine Moïse, who was injured in attack on her husband, recounts moment assassins opened fireThe widow of Haiti’s recently assassinated president has said she suspects his murder was engineered by wealthy Haitian “oligarchs” who have yet to be apprehended.Martine Moïse, who survived the 7 July assault in which her husband, Jovenel Moïse, was shot dead, told the New York Times (NYT) she was unconvinced Haitian police – who have detained more than 20 suspects – had identified those who ordered an...
Tags: Americas, World news, Haiti, Jovenel Moise, New York Times NYT, Martine Moise


Peru: new president appoints Marxist as prime minister

Appointment of Guido Bellido ends hopes of a moderate government and is likely to spook jittery investorsA day after being sworn in as Peru’s president, Pedro Castillo has appointed a far-left lawmaker and member of his Marxist party, Guido Bellido, as prime minister, ending expectations of a moderate government.Beginning nearly three hours late, Castillo swore in an incomplete cabinet on Thursday night that included several figures from the far left and only two women. He did not appoint a fina...
Tags: Americas, World news, Peru, Castillo, Pedro Castillo, Guido Bellido, Pedro Francke


Peru: new president appoints fellow Marxist as prime minister

Appointment of Guido Bellido ends hopes of a moderate government and is likely to spook jittery investorsA day after being sworn in as Peru’s president, Pedro Castillo has appointed a far-left lawmaker and member of his Marxist party, Guido Bellido, as prime minister, ending expectations of a moderate government.Beginning nearly three hours late, Castillo swore in an incomplete cabinet on Thursday night that included several figures from the far left and only two women. He did not appoint a fina...
Tags: Americas, World news, Peru, Castillo, Pedro Castillo, Guido Bellido, Pedro Francke


Uber will offer free Rosetta Stone language courses to drivers

Jon Fingas Contributor Jon Fingas is a contributing writer at Engadget. More posts by this contributor CNN+ streaming service will offer live and on-demand content in early 2022 Uber wants to overcome the language barriers you’ll sometimes encounter when hailing a ride. The Verge says Uber has partnered with Rosetta Stone to offer free language lessons through its Driver app. Both Uber and Uber Eats drivers can use the feature to learn ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Column, Americas, Tech, Spain, Cnn, Rosetta, Engadget, Rosetta Stone, UK India, Jon Fingas, Tceng


Pfizer Vaccine Effectiveness Drops To 84 Percent After Six Months, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fell from 96 percent to 84 percent over six months, according to data released on Wednesday. The preprint study funded by the companies determined that the vaccine's effectiveness reached a high point of 96.2 percent within two months after the second dose. But the efficacy "declined gradually" to 83.7 percent within six months, with an average decrease of about 6 percent every two months...
Tags: Europe, Americas, Tech


Aid cuts make a mockery of UK pledges on girls’ education | Zoe Williams

The government’s words at the global education summit are completely at odds with its behaviour. Whatever the event achieves will be despite its UK hosts, not because of themWith all the fanfare Covid would allow, the global education summit opened in London this week. Ahead of the meeting, the minister for European neighbourhood and the Americas was on rousing form. “Educating girls is a gamechanger,” Wendy Morton said, going on to describe what a plan would look like to do just that. The UK, c...
Tags: UK, London, Americas, Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Zoe Williams, Wendy Morton, Global Partnership for Education


The activists sabotaging railways in solidarity with Indigenous people

People coming to the aid of the Wet’suwet’en nation to stop a pipeline are using direct action that is prompting terror chargesThe night of 28 November, Samantha Brooks, 24, hunched over the railway tracks near Bellingham, Washington, about 32km (20 miles) south of the Canada-US border and installed a “shunt,” according to trial documents obtained by the Guardian. Related: Dakota access pipeline: court strikes down permits in victory for Standing Rock Sioux Continue reading...
Tags: Activism, Protest, Americas, US news, Fbi, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Washington State, Environmental Activism, Dakota, Bellingham Washington, Canada US, Samantha Brooks, Standing Rock Sioux Continue


Blaxploitation salvation: film directors’ children on rescuing their fathers’ lost movies

Melvin Van Peebles and Perry Henzell made seminal 70s films – now their kids have recovered their fathers’ would-be classicsJustine Henzell and Mario Van Peebles both know what it’s like to grow up on movie sets as the child of a groundbreaking director. Henzell was six in 1972 when her father, Perry, finished The Harder They Come, Jamaica’s first full-length feature, starring the reggae legend Jimmy Cliff as a fugitive whose musical success coincides with his criminal notoriety. Van Peebles eve...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Grace Jones, Jamaica, Perry, Melvin, Jimmy Cliff, Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles, Van Peebles, Perry Henzell, Henzell, Elizabeth Jamaica


Five Cuban generals dead in recent days – is the Covid spike to blame?

Observers fear pandemic could be responsible for deaths, adding intrigue to freedom protests taking place in Cuba and USFive mostly elderly and retired Cuban military generals have died in recent days in mysterious circumstances, the country’s communist regime has confirmed, adding intrigue to a new round of freedom protests taking place in the island and US. Related: Leftwing rural teacher Pedro Castillo sworn in as president of Peru Continue reading...
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Leftwing rural teacher Pedro Castillo sworn in as president of Peru

Castillo will face deeply divided Congress who will make it challenging for him to fulfil campaign promise to aid poorPedro Castillo, a leftwing political novice who has promised to be a champion of his country’s poor, has been sworn in as Peru’s president.The rural teacher, who has never held political office before, was sworn in less than two weeks after he was declared the winner of the 6 June runoff election. He is Peru’s first president of peasant origin. Continue reading...
Tags: Congress, Americas, World news, Peru, Castillo, Pedro Castillo


Bolsonaro’s 1,000km Amazon railway will cause climate chaos. It must be stopped | David Miranda

This project would rapidly deforest large areas of the Amazon, which would wreak havoc on the planetDespite increasing global concern, Jair Bolsonaro is determined to expand his exploitation of Brazil’s crucial natural resources. His latest project, one of the most destructive yet, would rapidly deforest large areas of the Amazon.Bolsonaro’s plan? To construct a 1,000km railway system extending right into the heart of the Amazon rainforest – with trains passing within 500 metres of 726 official ...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, Americas, World news, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, David Miranda, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, 000km Amazon, Amazon Bolsonaro