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Stories for February 7th 2024

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:54 UTC

    Chile: Boric delivers heartfelt message after Piñera's passing

    The former president will be given a state funeral with full honors, Boric announced

    Chilean President Gabriel Boric Tuesday decreed three days of mourning for the death of his predecessor Sebastián Piñera (2010-2014 and 2018-2022) in a helicopter crash. He also praised the Conservative leader for his crisis management skills after the 2010 earthquake and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Boric also announced that the two-time President Piñera would receive full honors and “a state funeral.”

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:50 UTC

    Parliamentarian setback for Milei's Omnibus Law bill

    “The governors did not keep their word,” Zago said.

    Argentine President Javier Milei's La Libertad Avanza (LLA) Tuesday suffered a major blow in Congress when its workhorse Omnibus Law bill was sent back to further treatment by the various Lower House committees, thus annulling last Friday's broad approval.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:48 UTC

    Milei cries at Wailing Wall in Israel

    Milei arrived in Israel to fulfill a campaign promise

    Argentine President Javier Milei Tuesday landed in Tel Aviv on an ElAl flight and cried at the Wailing Wall together with his rabbi friend Axel Wahnish, who will be the South American country's next ambassador. During his first day in Israel, Milei met with President Isaac Herzog and insisted on his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:41 UTC

    “Madman” Bolsonaro “should have never become President”, says Lula

    Lula's words might have been triggered by last Saturday's comments by Bolsonaro to a Portuguese YouTube channel

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro that “an ignorant guy like” Jair Bolsonaro should have never reached the Planalto Palace. During a speech on Tuesday in Belford Roxo, Lula also called his predecessor a fool and a bastard, among other epithets.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:20 UTC

    US not seeking to set up a base in Uruguay, says US Southern Command Chief

    Gen. Richardson praised Uruguay's involvement in peacekeeping missions

    US Southern Command Chief General Laura Richardson Tuesday praised Uruguay's democratic tradition and insisted her country was not seeking to set up a military base, thus denying claims from the labor grouping Pit-Cnt earlier this week.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:19 UTC

    High number of amputations to treat penile cancer reported in Brazil

    Brazil is one of the three countries with the highest incidence and mortality from penile cancer

    A report from the Brazilian Society of Urology (SBU) stated earlier this month that over 6,000 penile amputations have been recorded in the South American country over the past ten years to treat three out of every 10 patients diagnosed with penile cancer. The condition can be avoided with simple hygiene measures and HPV vaccination, the SBU also explained.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2024 - 10:18 UTC

    Brazil's Health Minister asks for citizenry's help fighting dengue

    “Now is the time for all of Brazil to unite against dengue,” Trinidade stressed

    Brazil's Health Minister Nísia Trindade Tuesday called on the population of South America's largest country to avoid the proliferation of breeding sites for the mosquito that transmits dengue fever as the number of cases of the malady is surging nationwide, Agencia Brasil reported.