Mexico holds referendum on whether to investigate ex-presidents

Mexicans have begun voting in a referendum promoted by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on whether to investigate former presidents for alleged corruption, but experts have criticised the vote as a political stunt. Lopez Obrador, widely known as AMLO, has cast past administrations as deeply corrupt and made combatting the practice his top priority. But […]

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Peru protesters rally against Pedro Castillo’s new government

Protesters decry new president’s decision to appoint hardliner Guido Bellido as prime minister. Hundreds of Peruvians have rallied against leftist President Pedro Castillo days after he appointed a hardliner and a Marxist as his prime minister. The protesters marched through Peru’s capital, Lima, on Saturday evening, carrying placards denouncing newly appointed Prime Minister Guido Bellido […]

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Brazil: Daily average of COVID deaths passes under 1,000 mark

Brazil last registered a seven-day average of fewer than 1,000 COVID deaths in January at start of brutal second wave. Brazil’s seven-day average of coronavirus-related deaths has passed under the 1,000 mark for the first time since January, when a brutal second wave of the pandemic was taking hold of the South American nation. The […]

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Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican sweep in women’s Olympic 100m

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah wins gold in Tokyo 2020 women’s 100m final with the second-fastest time in history. Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah led home a Jamaican clean sweep in the Olympic women’s 100 metres final, posting an amazing 10.61 seconds to become the second-fastest woman in history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had been seeking a third gold […]

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Killers left me for dead: Slain Haiti leader’s wife Martine Moise

Former first lady Martine Moise says she is still left wondering what happened to the 30 to 50 men posted to guard her husband at the house. The wife of Haiti’s murdered president, seriously wounded in the very attack that killed her husband, listened in terror as the gunmen ransacked their home, she said in […]

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US sues Texas governor to halt new migrant order

Justice Department aims to block an order framed as a public health measure to battle COVID that targets undocumented immigrants. The US Justice Department on Friday sued Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, seeking to block an order targeting undocumented immigrants that state claimed was a  public health measure to contain surging COVID-19 infections. The […]

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Paraguay Indigenous community evicted in land dispute

Asuncion, Paraguay – Marta Díaz sits among a settlement of improvised tents made from plastic sheeting in a central square of Paraguay’s capital Asunción, just meters from the National Congress building. A brightly-coloured painted scene hangs nearby depicting rural, wooden houses set on fire as a group of unbelieving people look on, reflecting what happed […]

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