South America

18 killed as boat sinks in Brazilian Amazon

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — At least 18 people were killed when a riverboat sank in the Amazon rainforest region, Brazilian authorities said Monday, as survivors described fleeing the foundering boat in terror. The ferry was taking passengers up the …

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Brazil confirms Latin America’s first coronavirus case

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil’s health ministry said on Wednesday a Sao Paulo resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the first case recorded in Latin America. The 61-year-old patient had returned on February 21 from the Lombardy …

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Death toll in Peru tanker explosion rises to 30

LIMA, Peru (AFP) — The death toll from the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima last month has risen to 30, Peru’s ministry of health said Thursday. Two women and a man were the most recent to succumb to …

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Hitman for drug lord Pablo Escobar dies in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — Pablo Escobar’s most notorious hitman, known by the nickname Popeye, died on Thursday at age 57 after a life of crime he celebrated on YouTube, Colombia’s prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velasquez had boasted of killing …

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More torrential rain in Brazil raises death toll to 54

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AFP) — Another torrential downpour left the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte paralyzed Wednesday, with ruined cars abandoned on streets cake with mud, as the death toll from days of violent weather reached 54. Another 47,000 people …

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Death toll in Peru tanker explosion rises to 15

LIMA, Peru (AFP) — The death toll from the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima has risen to 15 following the death of a child with severe burns, Peru’s health ministry said Monday. Nearly 50 people were injured, including …

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Death toll from torrential Brazil storms rises to 37: officials

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AFP) — The death toll from days of intense storms and flooding in southeastern Brazil has risen to 37, authorities said Sunday. In addition to the dead, the number of injured has risen to 12 and of …

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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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