South America

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP) — A volcano erupted on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos, Ecuadorian authorities said, spewing lava on the ecologically sensitive environment. La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island, one of the youngest in the archipelago, began erupting Sunday …

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Guaido calls protest Thursday against Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido called on supporters to rally Thursday against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to rekindle popular momentum against an “illegitimate” leader. Guaido urged a new round of protests …

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Venezuela’s Guaido sworn in as parliament speaker after stand-off

  By Andrea Tosta CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido was sworn in for another term as speaker of parliament on Tuesday after a tense stand-off with the armed forces who initially prevented him from entering Congress. …

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Five dead as vehicles crushed in wall collapse in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP) — A concrete wall collapsed and crushed several vehicles in southern Ecuador early Wednesday, killing at least five people, four of them children, emergency services said. “A total of four injured and five dead,” the emergency services …

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Dozens of families found homeless after forest fire in Chilean port

VALPARAISO, Chile (AFP) — Dozens of families found themselves homeless on December 25 after a forest fire in the Chilean tourist port city of Valparaiso burned through two hillside neighborhoods. The blaze broke out Tuesday on Rocuant and San Roque …

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Ex-Morales’ officials take refuge in Mexico embassy in Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Some 20 former members of Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales’ government has holed up in Mexico’s embassy in La Paz, Bolivia’s foreign minister said Tuesday, including five wanted for arrest. Among them is Morales’ former top …

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Bolivia leader: Elections will be called soon

by Raúl BURGOA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Bolivia’s interim president said Sunday she will call new elections soon, as the country struggles with violent unrest a week after the resignation of Evo Morales. “Very soon we will announce news …

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Bolsonaro: China part of Brazil’s future

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China is increasingly part of Brazil’s future, President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday, signaling a more pragmatic approach to the Latin American country’s biggest trade partner. Standing alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Brazilian capital of …

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Bolivia: Death toll up to seven in post-election unrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Seven people died in Bolivia in violence that broke out after Evo Morales was declared the winner of a recent presidential election, the attorney general said Tuesday. Four of those fatalities were from gunfire, Juan …

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Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

by Francisco JARA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Evo Morales left Bolivia Monday for Mexico, which has granted him political asylum, as the armed forces agreed to help police curb violence that has erupted after the president’s stunning resignation left …

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‘I’m back’: Brazil’s Lula fills leftist leadership void

by Louis Genot, with Jordi Miro in Brasilia RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Out of jail and full of rage, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has put his far-right nemesis President Jair Bolsonaro in the cross-hairs, as he …

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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 …

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