South America

Guaido: Venezuela opposition, govt to resume talks, in Barbados

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido said Sunday a new dialogue between the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s government would be held in Barbados. He did not specify a date for resumption of talks at the …

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South Americans marvel at total solar eclipse

by Paulina ABRAMOVICH LA HIGUERA, Chile (AFP) — A rare total solar eclipse plunged a vast swath of Latin America’s southern cone into darkness Tuesday, briefly turning day into night and enthralling huge crowds in much of Chile and Argentina. …

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Venezuela bus accident kills 18

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — At least 18 people were killed Sunday in a bus accident in a rural area of western Venezuela, police said. “Fourteen deaths were reported at the scene of the accident, 33 injured were transferred to the …

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Ten killed in Paraguay prison riot: interior ministry

ASUNCION, Paraguay(AFP) —  A riot at a prison in Paraguay left 10 inmates dead and 10 wounded, the interior ministry said Sunday. Interior minister Juan Villamayor said that there was a “confrontation” between “two feared criminal organizations” at the prison …

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Brazil bus accident kills 17

  SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — A bus carrying 40 people crashed into several cars killing at least 17 people in southeast Brazil Sunday night, according to firefighters and local media. The fire brigade in the Campos de Jordao area, …

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Brazil faces recession risk after economy shrinks in first quarter

by Allison JACKSON RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil’s economy shrank in the first quarter of the year, official data showed Thursday, taking Latin America’s biggest country to the brink of recession for the first time in two years. …

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Clashes in four Brazil prisons leave 40 dead

by Allison JACKSON / Eugenia LOGIURATTO RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — At least 40 inmates were killed in four jails in northern Brazil on Monday, authorities said, in the latest wave of violence to rock the country’s severely overpopulated …

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Paraguay floodwaters force thousands to evacuate homes

by Hugo OLAZAR NANAWA, Paraguay (AFP) — Like 70,000 people living close to the broken banks of the Paraguay River, where the water level has risen seven meters (23 feet) in some places, Graciela Acosta has had to pack up …

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Clashes between prisoners in Brazil jail leave 15 dead: official

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Clashes between inmates killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Sunday, the regional prison authority said. The clashes broke out around 11:00 am (1500 GMT) during visiting hours at …

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Strong 8.0-magnitude earthquake jolts Peru

by Carlos MANDUJANO LIMA, PERU (AFP) — A powerful 8.0-earthquake struck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday, toppling houses, blocking roads and knocking out power to some localities. One person was killed and 18 others injured as the …

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At least 29 inmates killed in clashes at Venezuela jail

by Alexander MARTINEZ and Esteban ROJAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — At least 29 prisoners were killed and 19 police wounded in clashes at a jail in western Venezuela Friday, authorities said. The incident at the police station jail in the …

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Brazil students, teachers protest budget cuts

by Mauro PIMENTEL RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Tens of thousands of students and teachers held street protests across Brazil in “defense of education” on Wednesday in response to a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro’s …

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