South America

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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Guaido blasts Venezuela regime after security forces block congress

by Diego URDANETA CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Juan Guaido accused the Venezuelan government of trying to “gag” Congress after security forces prevented opposition lawmakers from entering the National Assembly on Tuesday, two weeks after the opposition leader’s failed uprising against …

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Venezuelan general calls for military uprising against Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — A Venezuelan air force general has called on his country’s armed forces to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who remains in power with military support despite a sweeping economic crisis. “It’s time to rise up, …

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Venezuela’s Maduro warns of military escalation with Colombia

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro warned Wednesday of a possible “military escalation” with neighboring Colombia after Bogota accused Caracas of sheltering leftist guerrillas on its territory. “There is an escalation of statements that could end in a …

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Panama’s Cortizo declares victory in presidential vote

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — Former Panamanian minister Laurentino Cortizo declared victory in presidential polls on Sunday that saw a large number of voters turn out amid concerns over corruption scandals and the country’s image as a money-launderer’s paradise. But …

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Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter’

by Alexander MARTINEZ CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday called on the armed forces to oppose “any coup plotter” after a military uprising in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido fizzled out, and subsequent street clashes …

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One dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

by Alexander MARTINEZ / Esteban ROJAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally …

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Cuba May Day parade defies Trump over Maduro support

by Carlos BATISTA / Moises AVILA HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — The scent of the Cold War hung over Cuba’s May Day parade where marchers bellowed defiance against US President Donald Trump for his threats to punish the Communist-run island’s support …

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Clashes break out at Venezuela May Day protest

by Alexander MARTINEZ / Esteban ROJAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Clashes broke out between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in the capital Caracas on Wednesday during May Day protests with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against …

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UPDATE: Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 28

ROSAS, Colombia (AFP) — The number of dead from a mudslide that buried houses in southwestern Colombia has risen to at least 28, rescue authorities said on Monday. Eleven more bodies were found during a rescue operation in Rosas, in the …

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Mudslide kills 14 in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — At least 14 people were killed and five others injured by a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said. A search was underway for any others who might be trapped under …

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