Americas

Argentina's new president vows to legalise abortion.

Campaigners hail Alberto Fernández’s pledge to oversee U-turn in official policyArgentina’s president-elect, Alberto Fernández, has promised he will move to legalise abortion after taking office on 10 December.He will send a bill to congress which...

Bolivia protests: five killed in rally calling for exiled Morales's return.

Witnesses say police opened fire on protesters near Cochabamba, where pro- and anti-Morales supporters have clashed for weeks Bolivian security forces have clashed with supporters of the exiled former president, Evo Morales, leaving at least five ...

Lions, tigers or bears? Mysterious howls in Canadian wilderness spark confusion.

Hunters and government biologists searching for explanations after unusual sounds recorded in forests of north-western OntarioA series of howls and shrieks recorded in the Canadian wilderness have left a hunter and government biologists searching ...

Chilean lawmakers agree to referendum on new constitution.

Protesters called for scrapping of Pinochet-era constitutionVote in April on whether to rewrite document and how Related: Chile protesters: 'We are subjugated by the rich. It's time for that to end' Lawmakers in Chile have agreed hold a referendum...

Bolivia's interim president's indigenous-free cabinet heightens polarization.

Rightwing Christian Jeanine Áñez vows to ‘pacify’ countryDisrespect for indigenous Wiphala flag stokes outrageBolivia’s controversial new interim president has unveiled a new cabinet which critics say could further increase polarization in the cou...

Mexico’s human rights chief draws fury for asking if journalists have been killed.

At least 11 media workers have been murdered in the country since president Andrés Manuel López Obrador took officeMexico’s new human rights commissioner has questioned if journalists are actually killed in the country, which has become a cemetery...

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Áñez promises new elections.

Ousted Evo Morales decries senate No 2’s ‘self-proclamation’Parliament threatens to nullify her appointmentBolivia’s new interim president has pledged to hold a new election as soon as possible and condemned “revenge” acts by disgruntled supporter...

Ousted Evo Morales arrives in Mexico leaving power vacuum in Bolivia.

Ex-president says army told him of $50,000 price on his headMorales thanks Mexico for ‘saving my life’Evo Morales, who resigned under pressure from police and army after a fiercely disputed election, has flown into exile in Mexico, leaving a confu...

Bolivia's Evo Morales says he is leaving for Mexico, but will return with 'energy'.

Former president says it hurts to leave ‘for political reasons’ as Peru confirms Mexican government plane is bound for BoliviaBolivia’s former president Evo Morales has announced he is leaving to take up asylum in Mexico but said he would soon “re...

Power vacuum looms as Evo Morales resignation splits Bolivia.

Morales claims he is victim of coup amid reports of looting, vandalism and arsonBolivia has been plunged into chaos and uncertainty as a power vacuum looms amid reports of looting, vandalism and arson carried out by both supporters and opponents o...

Bolivian president Evo Morales resigns after election result dispute.

President quits after nearly 14 years in power, hours after promising fresh electionsBolivia’s president, Evo Morales, is to resign after the military called for him to step down and allies fell awayfollowing a fierce backlash over his disputed re...

Evo Morales agrees to new elections after irregularities found.

Bolivian president’s decision follows protests over disputed 20 October election resultEvo Morales, the Bolivian president, has agreed to hold new elections after a damning report from the Organization of American States (OAS) found serious irregu...

Freed Brazilian ex-president Lula speaks to jubilant supporters.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told a crowd of thousands that he did not have a ‘thirst for revenge’Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has addressed thousands of jubilant supporters outside a union headquarters a day after being relea...

Bolivian police 'mutiny' in opposition to Evo Morales.

Groups of officers in major cities join protests over disputed presidential election resultPolice in at least three Bolivian cities have declared mutinies and joined anti-government protests – a possible indication that parts of the security force...

Brazil's former president Lula walks free from prison after supreme court ruling.

Workers’ party leader had been held for 580 days for corruptionCourt rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhaustedBrazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been released from prison where he was serving a 12-year corruption se...

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'Death of a river': the ruinous design flaw in a vast Amazon rainforest dam.

Operator faces choice of weakening 14km barrier or potentially devastating a biodiversity hotspot The biggest hydroelectric project in the Amazon rainforest has a design flaw that poses a “very serious” threat to human life and globally important ...

Lula: former Brazil president could be freed from jail after court ruling.

Court says people, including former president convicted in Car Wash scandal, can’t be jailed until all appeals are exhausted Brazil’s supreme court has reached a narrow decision that could release almost 5,000 inmates who are still appealing their...

Rightwing columnist smacks journalist Glenn Greenwald on Brazil radio show.

Greenwald has faced backlash from far-right after series of articles damaging to Jair Bolsonaro’s governmentBrazil’s bitterly divided politics reached a new low on Thursday, when a rightwing columnist smacked the US journalist Glenn Greenwald in t...

Chilean police officer arrested after shooting students at protest.

Other officers have been accused of a beating and sexual abuse as unrest enters third week, with 2,000 injuredA Chilean police major who shot two students during a school protest has been arrested as a wave of political unrest enters a third week ...

Mexico: hundreds gather for funerals of nine Mormons killed in cartel attack.

Dozens of vehicles from US travel to La Mora to mourn victimsMayor of La Mora in Sonora state says violence has worsenedWith Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance, hundreds of people have converged on a remote farming community for the first fune...

UK diplomatic cables shed light on Cuba 'sonic attacks' scare.

FoI release shows how embassy and FCO staff sought to make sense of mystery illnessesOfficial emails and diplomatic telegrams marked as sensitive reveal for the first time how the British government scrambled to understand a series of alleged “son...

Child survivors of massacred family spent 10 hours hiding in Mexican hills.

Devin Langford, 13, hid his six surviving siblings while he walked 23km to get help after gunmen killed nine close relativesAlone on a remote mountain road after witnessing the slaughter of nine close relatives, the wounded children who had surviv...

Brazil's flat Earthers to get their day in the sun

A first-ever conference in São Paulo will mark a high point for a theory that has thrived under the far-right President BolsonaroSiddhartha Chaibub’s suspicions that the Earth wasn’t really round were first aroused when he stumbled across a YouTub...

Mexico's president under pressure over 'hugs not bullets' cartel policy.

Amlo strategy of alleviating poverty and a ban on corruption questioned amid recent cartel violenceMexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is under sustained pressure to rethink his non-confrontational security strategy amid lingering quest...

Five family members, including children, die in Mexico gun attack.

Media report that dead and missing in border region ‘massacre’ may be US citizensAt least five members of a family in northern Mexico, including two infants, have been killed in a gun attack, a government source and local media said, in the latest...

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