South America

Colombia helps inmates prepare for future employment

Colombia’s Ministry of Communication is trying to create job opportunities for people living behind bars. The ministry starts a pilot program in different prisons across Colombia to teach female inmates computer skills. Thirty one years old Lucia Reano has been in prison for the last five years. She never finished high school and has three children to support when she is released from prison. Through the new pilot program named Teletrabajo, Lucia, who had never […]

Peruvian authorities burn two tonnes of cocaine

Peruvian authorities capped off their sixth major drug burn of the year with the elimination of a haul of 2 tonnes (2.2 tons) mostly of cocaine Wednesday (October 14). The latest incineration included the 2 tonnes (2.2 tons) of drugs seized since September 11, according to media reports. The event took place with a public burning. Jorge Flores Goicochea, a vice minister at Peru’s Interior Ministry, announced the contents of the drug after testing. “Today, […]

Sanders backs Clinton over email scandal

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, helping to defuse an issue that has overshadowed her campaign. Echoing comments she has made before, Clinton said her decision to not use a government email address was a mistake, but she emphasized that she wanted to focus her energy on policy issues that were more important […]

Two firefighters killed, two injured after an apartment building on fire collapsed in Kansas City – media

Two firefighters were killed another two firefighters have been injured while battling an apartment building fire in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday (October 12) night, NBC reported. The fire reportedly broke out just after 7:30 p.m. on Independence Avenue and within 20 minutes, firefighters had to order the evacuation of the building. “When we arrived on the scene we had two individuals in the structure that we had to clear out of the structure from […]

Cyber security is high on agenda at U.S.-Chinese talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday (September 24) for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama that are expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Cyber security remains a hot issue in the U.S. – Chinese relations as Washington is considering sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals it accuses of stealing U.S. trade secrets. Responding […]

Powerful quake shakes buildings in Chile

(Reuters) – A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday (September 16), shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. Chile’s government urged residents to evacuate the coastline. The mayor of Illapel, which is near the epicenter, said on a radio broadcast that one person had been killed by a collapsing wall, and 15 others were reported injured. Some homes were damaged […]

Powerful 8.3 magnitude quake hits Chile; tsunami alert issued for several countries

(Eagle News) — A very strong 8.3 magnitude quake hit Chile’s coast on Wednesday night, Sept. 16 (Thursday morning, Sept. 17, Manila time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey which measured the quake’s depth at 25 kilometers. The quake’s epicenter was about 46 kilometers west of Illapel, Chile, USGS said. Evacuations were immediately ordered after the quake struck at 10:54 p.m Wednesday in Chile (6:54 a.m. Thursday Manila time) as Chile’s national emergency agency issued […]

Peru announces investigation into alleged arms trafficking in army

(Reuters) — Prosecutors and police in Peru have launched an investigation into the alleged trafficking of arms by the country’s military, after detecting fraudulent documents and missing grenades at the institution, officials said on Tuesday (September 15). Defence Minister Jakke Valakivi Minister said the alleged theft of grenades was detected after a preliminary review conducted a few days ago at some army warehouses. Speaking to media in the Lima, Valakivi said that some soldiers were […]

Egypt pledges cooperation with Mexico after its military kills tourists mistaken for terrorists

(Reuters) — Family members in the Mexican city of Guadalajara were notified on Monday (September 14) of their relatives’ injuries and deaths after an Egyptian Army aircraft hunting for militants in the desert mistakenly bombed a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists, reportedly killing 12 in total. Survivors said their group was bombed from a plane and helicopters. As members of the tourist convoy tried to flee, additional forces on the ground fired on them, Egyptian […]

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 […]