South America

Two dead, eight wounded in Ecuador earthquake

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:59pm EDT (Reuters) – Two people were killed in Ecuador on Tuesday after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the capital of Quito, with eight others wounded and rescue workers still seeking to free others trapped after the tremor. The National Risk Control Agency said the earthquake triggered a landslide at a quarry in the Quito area that killed two people who worked there, adding that firemen […]

Nicaragua approves route for $40 billion canal linking oceans

MANAGUA Mon Jul 7, 2014 10:39pm EDT (Reuters) – A Nicaraguan committee approved a proposed route on Monday for a $40 billion shipping channel across the Central American country that would compete with the Panama Canal. The committee of government officials, businessmen and academics approved a 172 mile (278 km) route from the mouth of the Brito river on the Pacific side to the Punto Gorda river on the Caribbean that was proposed by executives […]

Eight killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:24am EDT (Reuters) – A Hawker 800 jet crashed in northern Mexico late on Saturday, killing all eight people on board, the government of the state of Coahuila said. The plane came down in an industrial estate in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, just north of state capital Saltillo, the Coahuila attorney general’s office said in a statement. According to preliminary findings, the jet departed from the Mexican Caribbean […]

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:51pm EDT (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in […]

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:17pm EDT (Reuters) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him […]

Disapproval of Brazil’s president grows ahead of election

BRASILIA Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:32pm EDT   (Reuters) – Disapproval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favored to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday. Rising inflation and a slow-moving economy have undermined her popularity to the point where more Brazilians now disapprove of the way she is governing their country than those that think she […]

Two dead in Venezuela violence as protests drag on

By Girish Gupta CARACAS Thu Mar 6, 2014 6:28pm EST (Reuters) – A Venezuelan soldier and a motorcyclist died in a confused melee sparked by the opposition’s barricading of a Caracas street, officials said on Thursday, boosting the death toll from nearly a month of violence to 20. Demonstrators have for weeks staged rallies and set up barricades to demand the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, leading to clashes with security forces and government supporters. […]

Brazil cameraman pronounced brain dead after protest injury

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:06pm EST (Reuters) – A Brazilian television cameraman was pronounced brain dead by surgeons at a Rio de Janeiro hospital Monday, four days after a firework lit by a protester struck him in the head. His death, the first in Brazil this year due to protests that threaten to disrupt the World Cup soccer tournament beginning in June, underscores the unruliness and violence that have […]