South America

Venezuela opposition leader Lopez jailed for 13 years

(Reuters) — Venezuela’s best-known jailed opposition figure, Leopoldo Lopez, was jailed for 13 years on Thursday (September 10) on charges of inciting 2014 anti-government protests that spiralled into violence killing more than 40 people. After a marathon session at the heavily guarded Palace of Justice, judge Susana Barreiros ruled 44-year-old Lopez, a U.S.-educated hardline opponent of socialist President Nicolas Maduro arrested in February last year, had masterminded the violence. He was ordered to return to […]

Wall Street down after release of Fed minutes

AUGUST 21 (Reuters) U.S. stocks fell in choppy trading on Wednesday (August 19) as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concern over the state of the global economy, driving markets to question the likelihood that the Fed will raise rates next month. The minutes showed policymakers continued to express broad concerns about lagging inflation and the weak world economy even as the U.S. job market improved further. Market expectations for a Fed hike […]

5.3-magnitude quake hits Off the coast of Ecuador — USGS

  1.079°N 85.196°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi) BEIJING, Aug. 7 (PNA/Xinhua) — An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted off the coast of Ecuador at 1218 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 1.0785 degrees north latitude and 85.196 degrees west longitude. Time 2015-08-07 12:18:49 (UTC) 2015-08-07 20:18:49 (UTC+08:00) in Manila timezone Times in other timezones Nearby Cities 534km […]

Helicopter accident kills 16 police officers in Colombia

  (Reuters)– Sixteen policemen died on Tuesday (August 04) and two were injured when a helicopter likely crashed into the side of mountain in a wooded region of northwestern Colombia, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said. Apartado Clinic Director General Nicolas Suarez said the two injured police officers were being treated in his hospital. “We received a call from the clinic alerting us that they were coming with people injured in the helicopter accident. Up […]

Funeral for Mexican journalist killed in Mexico City after his life had been threatened

  (Reuters) — Slain Mexican news photographer, Ruben Espinosa, was laid to rest in Mexico City on Monday (August 03) days after he was shot dead in his apartment, the latest in a string of murders that has prompted protests from fellow journalists. Espinosa, who a month ago claimed in interviews that he felt threatened by the governor of eastern Veracruz state, was the lone male among five victims that police discovered bound, beaten and […]

Eleven Colombian military personnel killed in plane crash

(Reuters) — Eleven Colombian military personnel were killed on Friday (July 31) when their transport plane suffered motor failure and crashed in the northern province of Cesar, killing all on board, according to a statement from the Air Force. The burned hulk of the plane was found near the town of Codazzi, about 600 kilometres (372 miles) northeast of Bogota near the border with Venezuela. My deepest sympathy and solidarity with this news which saddens […]

Drought leads to mass cutting of trees in Los Angeles

JULY 7 (Reuters) — Los Angeles city officials say they don’t have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city so they are cutting down those that are dead or dying from drought. According to the city, roughly 14,000 trees have died in the last year alone from drought. ”It’s difficult to say the specific cause of death. But the drought is a very much a very real contributing factor,” said Laura Bauernfeind, […]

Hordes of red crabs wash up on Southern California beaches

(Reuters) Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California beaches, marring the sandy coastline with streaks of red, as warm ocean currents carry them farther north and closer to shore than usual. The red tuna crabs have been dying in hordes on beaches from San Diego to Orange County, although some have been washed back out to sea alive. Such strandings take place periodically and are not necessarily a threat to […]

White suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church

JUNE 19 (Reuters) — A white man suspected of killing nine people in a Bible-study group at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina was arrested on Thursday (June 18) and U.S. officials are investigating the attack as a hate crime. Law enforcement officials detained alleged gunman Dylann Roof, 21, after a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, said Shelby police chief Jeff Ledford. “At 10:43 […]

Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador arrive in Chile for Copa America championship

JUNE 9 (Reuters) –  Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador practice in Chile ahead of impending Copa America tournament. SHOWS: LA SERENA, CHILE (JUNE 7, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (TVN – NO ACCESS CHILE/CNN/CHILE WEBSITES) 1. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS FROM ARGENTINE NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM LEAVING PLANE UPON ARRIVAL 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED ARGENTINA FAN SAYING: “We came here representing all of Argentina and we are still waiting for the arrival of 35,000 more Argentines. I’m not sure what […]

Landslide in Colombia kills 50

MAY 19 – Continuous string rains resulted in a landslide that killed 52 people in Colombia. Said landslide also caused damages to infrastructure. (Colombia, South America) (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

Brazil says execution of Brazilian in Indonesia complicates relations

THE Brazilian government on Tuesday (April 28) said it received with “profound consternation” the news that a Brazilian citizen had been executed in Indonesia along with eight other mostly international prisoners earlier in the day. The government also said this event compounded with the execution by firing squad of the Brazilian national Rodrigo Gularte earlier this year combined to create a “serious issue” as far as relations between Brazil and the southeast Asian country. “The Brazilian […]