South America

Suspect confesses to burying bodies of two men missing in Amazon

by Filipe Augusto Agence France-Presse  MANAUS, Brazil (AFP) — One of two men arrested over the disappearance of a British journalist and an Indigenous expert in the Brazilian Amazon confessed to having buried the pair in the jungle, federal police said Wednesday after human remains were found. Dom Phillips and his guide Bruno Pereira went missing June 5 in a remote part of the Amazon that is rife with environmental crimes including illegal mining, fishing […]

Human remains found in Amazon search for journalist, expert

by Joao Laet Agence France-Presse ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AFP) — Human remains have been found in the search for a British journalist and Brazilian indigenous expert who disappeared deep in the Amazon after receiving threats, Brazil’s president confirmed Monday. Relatives of veteran correspondent Dom Phillips and respected indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira meanwhile said authorities informed them two bodies had been found — though police and local indigenous leaders denied that, adding to confusion around […]

Bolivian ex-president Anez sentenced to 10 years in prison

  LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Bolivian ex-president Jeanine Anez was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, more than a year after her arrest for an alleged plot — dismissed as fictional by many — to oust her rival and predecessor Evo Morales. Anez, who has been held in pre-trial detention since March 2021, has consistently denounced what she calls political persecution. The former interim leader will serve 10 years in a women’s prison […]

Brazil confirms its first monkeypox case

  BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a 41-year-old man who had traveled to Europe, the health ministry announced Thursday. Monkeypox is a rare disease generally confined to western and central Africa. It is related to but less severe than smallpox, causing a rash that spreads, fever, chills, and aches, among other symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already registered nearly 1,000 cases of the illness in […]

Biden sees unity on ‘substantive matters’ after summit criticism

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US President Joe Biden insisted Thursday there was unity at an Americas summit, after the leaders of Argentina and Belize openly criticized him for excluding three leftist leaders. “Notwithstanding some of the disagreements relating to participation, on the substantive matters, what I heard was almost unity and uniformity,” Biden said. He said that he saw “almost total agreement” on issues such as managing migration and fighting climate change, and […]

Brazil police arrest one in case of missing reporter, expert

by Orlando Junior Agence France-Presse  MANAUS, Brazil (AFP) — Brazilian authorities on Wednesday arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a British journalist and a local indigenous expert in the Amazon, police said, as calls mounted for officials to deliver answers on what happened to them. As the search approached its fifth day, official information was scarce on the investigation into the fate of Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, who disappeared […]

Excluded from Americas Summit, Maduro visits Turkey

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — US, diplomacy, Latin America, summit, Maduro, Venezuela, Turkey, Russia Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Turkey on Tuesday for an official visit as other Latin American leaders gathered for a summit in Los Angeles, to which the United States did not invite him. The VTV state channel showed footage of Maduro arriving at the airport in Ankara, where he was received by senior officials of Turkey, an important ally of Venezuela. “I […]

Fears mount for British journalist missing in Amazon

by Marcelo Silva de Sousa Agence France-Presse BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP) — Rights groups and families of a British journalist and Brazilian indigenous expert who went missing deep in the Amazon after receiving threats pleaded Tuesday for authorities to accelerate the search operation. Veteran freelance journalist Dom Phillips, 57, and respected indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira, 41, went missing early Sunday while traveling by boat in Brazil’s Javari Valley, near the border with Peru, where Phillips was […]

British journalist, indigenous expert missing in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — A British journalist and a Brazilian indigenous expert have gone missing in a remote region of the Amazon rainforest after receiving threats, authorities and indigenous-rights groups said Monday, raising fears for their safety. Veteran foreign correspondent Dom Phillips, 57, went missing while researching a book in the Brazilian Amazon’s Javari Valley with respected indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, said The Guardian newspaper, where Phillips has been a longtime contributor. The […]

Argentina president seeks special tax on Ukraine war windfalls

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentina’s president vowed Monday to pursue a special tax on company profits boosted by the war in Ukraine, a phenomenon he described as an “immorality” given the inflationary pressure on poor households. While millions were feeling the pain of rising food prices, the war also “benefits the few… who are gaining a lot,” Alberto Fernandez said in an address. “This is an immorality, an indecency, which as the State we cannot […]

Venezuela’s stuffed toy ‘hospital’ brings joy to kids

  by Margioni Bermudez  Agence France-Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Judith, a 90-year-old great-grandmother in Venezuela, examines a stuffed animal meticulously in her hands before finding a hole. “This one needs surgery,” she says, adding “we’re going to sew it up here.” Judith is one of 40 volunteers at what amounts to a hospital for stuffed toys. Since being founded in 2017, the hospital has delivered 30,000 recycled toys to schools and associations in poor […]

Argentina confirms first monkeypox case in Latin America

  BUENOS AIRES, ARgentina (AFP) — Argentina said Friday it has Latin America’s first known case of monkeypox. Local press reports say the patient is a 40-year-old man who recently returned from Spain, where two days ago the government reported 59 cases. “The PCR test result … for the first suspected case of monkeypox is positive,” said the health ministry in a statement. Health care workers were treating the patient’s symptoms, the statement said, while […]