South America

Bolivia’s Morales: There is a warrant for his arrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Evo Morales, who resigned as Bolivia’s president Sunday after losing the support of the army and police, has said there is now a warrant for his arrest. “I declare to the world and the people of Bolivia that a police official said publicly that he has instructions to execute an order of illegal apprehension against my person,” Morales tweeted. But police commander Vladimir Yuri Calderon told local Unitel television that […]

Venezuela’s Maduro condemns ‘coup d’Etat’ against Bolivia’s Morales

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) –Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday condemned a “coup d’Etat” in Bolivia following the resignation of President Evo Morales after weeks of protests. “We categorically condemn the coup d’Etat against our brother president,” the socialist Maduro said on Twitter, calling for a mobilization of political and social movements “to demand the preservation of the life of the Bolivian native peoples, victims of racism.” ¬© Agence France-Presse

Bolivia’s Morales resigns after losing backing of security forces

by Francisco JARA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. “I resign my post as president,” the leftist Morales said in a televised address, capping a day of fast-moving events in which several ministers and senior officials quit as support for Latin America’s longest-serving president crumbled. The streets of La Paz […]

Mexico probes narco group ‘La Linea’ in Mormon murders

  BAVISPE, Mexico (AFP) — Mexico alleged Wednesday that a drug cartel called “La Linea” massacred nine Mormon women and children in a case of mistaken identity, but devastated relatives insisted their loved ones were deliberately targeted. The three women and six children, who had dual US-Mexican citizenship, were killed in a hail of bullets Monday as they drove on a rural road between Sonora and Chihuahua, which border the United States. Eight other children […]

Mega-rally marks Chile protests third week as president struggles

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Protesters in Chile clashed with police, looted stores and endured a strong earthquake at the close of a huge rally kicking off the third week of anti-government demonstrations that have sparked deadly unrest. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Plaza de Italia, the epicenter of the unrest over economic inequality and other woes, and tried to march on the presidential palace in downtown Santiago. Fights broke out with police trying […]

Strong 6.0 earthquake strikes Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Chile on Monday, rattling buildings in the capital while a big anti-government demonstration was under way. The quake struck at 6:53 pm (2153 GMT) with its epicenter near the northern town of Illapel, the US Geological Survey said. Strong and prolonged shaking was felt in the capital. Chile’s National Seismological Center measured the quake at magnitude 6.1, revising down an earlier estimate of 6.3. There were […]

Brazil in ‘civil war,’ says head of Congress’ pro-gun faction

by Jordi Miro with Pascale Trouillaud¬† BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil is caught in a “civil war” of crime and violence, the head of Congress’ pro-gun faction says, warning that ordinary Brazilians need to be armed and ready to fight back. Wearing an electric blue suit with matching glasses, and a heavy gold ring with the seal of Congress on his finger, Jose Augusto Rosa is both a high-profile lawmaker and a reserve captain in […]

Thousands protest to maintain pressure on Chile government

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Dressed in black, marching silently and raising one fist, around a thousand women on Friday demanded justice for those killed and injured during the last two weeks of social unrest in Chile. Their march started off a day of demonstrations on a long weekend in the country, expanding later as tens of thousands answered social media calls to match last Friday’s huge protest that attracted more than a million people. Santiago […]

Chile launches fresh talks to calm deadly unrest

  by Paulina ABRAMOVICH Agence France Presse SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile’s government met with opposition leaders Thursday in a fresh bid to end deadly protests that forced the country to abandon hosting two major economic and climate summits, but leftist parties poured scorn on the efforts. The unrest started with protests against a rise in transport tickets and other austerity measures and descended into vandalism, looting, and clashes between demonstrators and police. Protesters are […]

Massive wildfires hit southern Brazil’s Pantanal

  SAO PAULO, United States (AFP) — Wildfires are raging across the Pantanal tropical wetlands in southern Brazil, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and a major tourist destination, regional authorities said Thursday. The governor’s office in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul said the fires were “bigger than anything seen before” in the region. So far, more than 50,000 hectares (nearly 125,000 acres) have been affected. The blazes follow other […]

Crisis-wracked Chile pulls out as APEC, climate meet host

  by Paulina ABRAMOVICH Agence France Presse SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile pulled out of hosting two major international summits on Wednesday as it struggled to restore order after more than ten days of civil unrest that have left at least 20 dead. President Sebastian Pinera said “common sense” dictated the decision to withdraw from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Cop 25 climate change conference. US President Donald Trump had said he […]

New clashes as embattled Chile president reshuffles cabinet

by Paulina ABRAMOVICH SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chilean protesters clashed with security forces on Monday, several hours after embattled President Sebastian Pinera announced a cabinet reshuffle in his latest bid to end 10 days of street demonstrations. At least 20 people have died in a wave of protests against social and economic inequality ahead of the latest violence in Santiago and, according to local media, the cities of Valparaiso and Concepcion. “Chile has changed and […]