Mexico proposes pausing relations with Spain

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called Wednesday (Feb. 9) for a “pause” in relations with Spain. “The pause is: we’re going to give ourselves time to respect each other and not be seen as a land of conquest,” AFP quoted Lopez Obrador as saying. “We do want to have good relations with all governments… but we don’t want them to rob

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro shows clinical improvement

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is still in hospital but will not need surgery, doctors said on Tuesday (Jan. 3). Brazil’s leader was taken to a Sao Paulo hospital early on Monday (Jan. 3) with a suspected intestinal obstruction. He tweeted a picture of himself flashing a thumbs-up from his hospital bed. “I started to feel sick after Sunday lunch,” he wrote, saying he

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Cuba suffers 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 Parliament

Chaos descended on the floor of the Bolivia 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 lawsuit against 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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Duque orders deployment of security forces

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque ordered on Monday (May 17) a full deployment of security forces to unblock the streets as antigovernment protests in the country entered the 20th day. Duque said he had ordered “the increase of all operational capacity of our public security forces on the ground to – together with mayors and governors – unblock the roads of our country

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Anti-government protests continue in Colombia

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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