Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 10:45 UTC

First US commercial flight lands in Cuba in more than half a century

Calling it a “historic occasion,” Foxx said the inaugural flight culminated “months of work by airlines, cities, the U.S. government and many others”

United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stepped onto Cuban soil from the first U.S. commercial flight to the island nation in more than half a century on Wednesday, a JetBlue Airways flight from Florida, marking a big step in restoring normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 10:29 UTC

Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia freeze relations with Brazil in support of Rousseff

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called the senate vote impeaching Rousseff “an apology for abuse and treason.”

Venezuela on Wednesday withdrew its ambassador from Brazil and froze ties in response to president Dilma Rousseff's removal from office.

Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 10:10 UTC

Pope declines request to help select judges for Colombia's peace tribunal

Francis “reiterates his support for the goal of attaining the peace and reconciliation of the entire Colombian people, in light of human rights and Christian values”

The Vatican announced Wednesday that, although Pope Francis is pleased about a peace deal between the government of Colombia and the country’s guerrillas, he has declined a request to have a Vatican envoy help select judges for a new peace tribunal.

Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 07:35 UTC

Guantanamo Bay inmate is back in Uruguay following his arrest in Venezuela

Diyab and five other ex-Guantanamo inmates resettled along with him have had a running dispute with Uruguay's government over housing and living allowances

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate who was resettled in Uruguay and then arrested in Venezuela after going missing has been sent back to Uruguay, officials announced in Montevideo. Syrian Jihad Diyab, 45, who was resettled in Uruguay as a refugee in 2014 -- was jailed at the headquarters of the Venezuelan secret police after going off the radar in Uruguay then traveling to Venezuela, apparently evading border control.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 - 04:47 UTC

Rousseff claims impeachment is a new type of coup; street protests in her support

“Don’t expect from me the obliging silence of cowards,” Ms. Rousseff said in a withering attack on her opponents at the start of her testimony. (Pic AFP)

Brazil's suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, took the stand on Monday at her impeachment trial in the Senate, delivering a last-ditch defense to prevent her final removal from office. “Don’t expect from me the obliging silence of cowards,” Ms. Rousseff, 68, said in a withering attack on her opponents at the start of her testimony.

Monday, August 29th 2016 - 06:41 UTC

Morales claims killing of minister and three miners was a coup attempt

“Once again, the national government has quashed an attempted coup. I’m convinced of that,” claimed the populist head of state Morales

Morales claimed that the violent miners protests this week that resulted in the beating and killing of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes and the deaths of three demonstrators were the latest unsuccessful attempt by his political enemies to forcibly remove him from office.

Sunday, August 28th 2016 - 03:59 UTC

Eight Paraguayan soldiers executed by rural guerrillas following an attack on a patrol

The truck which was attacked with explosives planted in a rural country road

Eight Paraguayan soldiers died on Saturday in a rural roadside explosion, followed by execution of survivors, 500 kilometers north of the capital Asunción, the government said, blaming it on a criminal group which identifies itself as the EPP, acronym for Paraguayan People's Army.

Sunday, August 28th 2016 - 03:56 UTC

Rousseff takes the stand on Monday, following the round of defense witnesses

Tension is building ahead of Monday when Rousseff, from the leftist Workers' Party, will take the stand for the first time and face her accusers.

Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's former economy minister testified Saturday that Rousseff did not break any laws justifying impeachment, as her trial closed in on next week's climax. Rousseff is accused of taking illegal state loans to help bridge budget shortfalls and mask the true state of the economy during her 2014 reelection campaign. The president argues the charges are trumped up and amount to a rightwing coup.

Saturday, August 27th 2016 - 05:12 UTC

PM Theresa May congratulates President Santos on the historic peace deal

The agreement is a significant personal achievement for the President that will put Colombia on a path towards long-term peace and prosperity, said PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with President Juan Manuel Santos to congratulate him about the historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). President Santos thanked the UK for its central role in helping reach the agreement.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 11:07 UTC

Striking Bolivian mines kidnap and kill deputy Interior minister

“At this present time, all the indications are that our deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes has been brutally and cowardly assassinated,” Minister Carlos Romero said

Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers, the government said late on Thursday. Illanes had gone to talk to protesters earlier on Thursday in Panduro, around 160 km from the capital, La Paz, but was intercepted and kidnapped by striking miners.

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