Cuba suffers the most significant unrest in decades

Cuba announced on Wednesday (July 14) it was temporarily lifting restrictions on travelers bringing food, medicines and hygiene products into the island nation. Custom duties on these products will not need to be paid, and the relaxed measures will stay in place for the rest of the year. The measure was taken after Cubans took to the streets over the weekend to

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Legislative violence in Bolivia’s Parliament as politicians trade punches

Chaos descended on the floor of the Bolivian Parliament on Tuesday (June 8) when opposing politicians traded punches, pulled hair and rolled around the floor of Bolivia’s legislative assembly, during a debate over the detention of  former interim president Jeanine Áñez. The dramatic brawl broke out between opposition politician Henry Montero and a member of the ruling socialist MAS party, Antonio Colque. The latter was visibly

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Argentina withdraws from joint lawsuit against Venezuala’s Maduro

Argentina on Wednesday (May 26) withdrew from a joint lawsuit against Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The lawsuit had been filed by the Lima Group of Latin American nations including Argentina – at that time governed by right-leaning President Mauricio Macri– in 2018, for the Venezuelan regime to be investigated for alleged human rights violations. The Lima Group was established

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Anti-government protests continue in Colombia after deadly clashes

Violent protests continued around Colombia on Sunday (May 2) for a fifth day as unions make more demands of the government of President Ivan Duque following his announcement that he would scrap the unpopular clauses of a tax reform proposal that sparked widespread public anger. The proposed reform would have lowered the threshold at which salaries are taxed, affecting anyone with a monthly

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Ex-banker Lasso wins Ecuador’s presidency

Ecuadorean ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, 65, won the nation’s presidency, taking 52.52% of the vote in the runoff. Electoral authorities confirmed that Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz had won 47.48% of the vote. A few minutes earlier, this leftist politician publicly congratulated the president-elect. “It’s a day in which all Ecuadoreans have decided their future,” Lasso said. “They have used their

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Peruvians cast ballot for next President

Some 25 million Peruvians are set to choose the country’s fifth president on Sunday (April 11). They also vote for 130 members of Congress. Voting is mandatory in the Latin American country of 33 million but more than a quarter of respondents intend to leave their vote blank, don’t know who they will vote for, or won’t choose any of the candidates,

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