Latin America

Mexico cancels conference on 1960s and 1970s rights violations raising claims of censorship

Mexico’s Department of the Interior reportedly revoked funding on Friday for a conference on the government’s violent anti-insurgency policy from the 1960s to the 1980s, raising claims of censorship.

Nicaragua’s Miss Universe title win exposes deep political divide in the Central American country

Nicaragua’s increasingly isolated and repressive government thought it had scored a rare public relations victory last week when Miss Nicaragua Sheynnis Palacios won the Miss Universe competition.

Daniel Noboa is sworn in as Ecuador’s president, inheriting the leadership of a country on edge

An inexperienced politician and heir to a fortune built on the banana trade has been sworn in as Ecuador’s president.

A rapidly melting Antarctica gets the attention of UN chief ahead of COP28 climate talks

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Antarctica just before the COP28 climate talks begin in Dubai.

Trump tells Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei he plans to visit Buenos Aires

Former President Donald Trump has told Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei that he plans to travel to the South American country so the two can meet.

3 journalists and 2 relatives have been abducted in a violent city in southern Mexico

Prosecutors say three journalists and two of their relatives have been abducted by armed men in the violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero.

Thousands led by Cuba’s president march in Havana in solidarity with Palestinian people

Thousands of people led by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel have marched along Havana’s iconic boardwalk in solidarity with the Palestinian people and demanding an end to the war between Israel and Hamas.

Brazilian police bust international drug mule ring in Sao Paulo

Police in Sao Paulo have discovered what appeared to be a drug mule ring in the western part of the city.

5 killed, including 2 police officers, in an ambush in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca

Mexican authorities say at least two police officers and three civilians were shot dead in an ambush in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Peru lost more than half of its glacier surface in just over half a century, scientists say

Peruvian scientists say Peru has lost more than half of its glacier surface in the last six decades due to climate change.

Mexico arrests alleged security chief for the ‘Chapitos’ wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel

Mexico’s National Guard officers have arrested the alleged security chief for the “Chapitos” wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Mexican activist who counted murders in his violence-plagued city is himself killed

An activist who documented murders in one of Mexico’s deadliest cities has himself been killed. Adolfo Enríquez was killed in the city of Leon, which has the third-highest number of homicides in Mexico.

Biden declares emergency over lead in water in US Virgin Islands

President Joe Biden declared an emergency over lead-in-water contamination in the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week after tests on St.

Haitian police say member of a gang accused of kidnapping Americans has been extradited to the US

Haiti’s law enforcement authorities say a member of a violent gang accused of kidnapping four U.S. citizens has been extradited to the U.S.

Mexican officials admit secrecy-shrouded border train project had no environmental impact study

The governor of Mexico’s northern state of Sonora has acknowledged that a secrecy-shrouded train project was an army undertaking that has not yet submitted any environmental impact statement, even though it is already being built.

4 out of 5 Mexicans who got a flu shot this year turned down Cuban and Russian COVID-19 vaccines

Four out of five people in Mexico who got influenza shots so far this year turned down the government’s recommendation they get Russian or Cuban COVID-19 boosters at the same time.

Deaths from gold mine collapse in Suriname rise to 14, with 7 people still missing

The number of people killed when an illegal gold mine collapsed in Suriname has risen to 14. Seven others are missing in what is considered the South American country’s worst mining accident.

With patriotic reggaeton and videos, Venezuela’s government fans territorial dispute with Guyana

Venezuelan textbooks contain maps of the region in which students learn to quickly point out their homeland as well as neighboring Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.

Gold mine collapse in Suriname leaves at least 10 dead, authorities say

Authorities say at least 10 people have died after an illegal gold mine collapsed in the South American country of Suriname.

Gun battles in Mexican city of Cuernavaca leave 9 dead, including 2 police, authorities say

Gun battles between police and armed civilians in Cuernavaca, Mexico, have left nine dead, including two police officers.

Police in Haiti detain a new suspect in the 2021 slaying of President Jovenel Moïse

Authorities in Haiti have arrested a new suspect in the July 2021 slaying of President Jovenel Moïse.

Argentina’s president-elect wants public companies in private hands, with media first to go

Argentina’s president-elect has given the first signals of how he plans to shake up South America’s second-largest economy.

Mexico issues decree forcing private freight railway lines to give preference to passenger service

Mexico’s government has issued a decree that will force private freight railway lines to give preference to passenger train service over their normal freight runs.

A Canadian mining company at the center of Panama protests says it may have to suspend operations

The Canadian mining company whose contract with Panama’s government has triggered weeks of protests says it has reduced operations and may soon have to suspend them due to a blockade of its mine’s power plant.

Experts say a wall that collapsed and killed 9 in the Dominican Republic capital was poorly built

Experts say a concrete wall along an avenue in the Dominican Republic’s capital that collapsed over the weekend and killed nine people amid heavy rains was poorly designed.

Right-wing populist Milei set to take Argentina down uncharted path

What many deemed impossible just months ago is reality: Right-wing populist Javier Milei resoundingly won Argentina’s presidency.

5 workers killed, 3 injured in central Mexico after 50-foot tall scaffolding tower collapse

Five workers on a road project in central Mexico are dead and three ware injured after the collapse of a 50-foot (15 meter) tall section of scaffolding.

US calls Nicaragua’s decision to leave Organization of American States a ‘step away from democracy’

The U.S. State Department is calling Nicaragua’s formal withdrawal from the Organization of American States “another step away from Democracy.”

Miss Nicaragua Sheynnis Palacios wins Miss Universe crown

Miss Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios, has won the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador, the first to wear the crown from her country.

Argentine presidential candidate Milei goes to the opera — and meets both jeers and cheers

Both jeers and cheers for Argentina’s right-wing presidential candidate resounded with acoustic perfection inside the country’s legendary Colón Theater, laying bare the country’s polarization.

Residents battling a new train line in northern Mexico face a wall of government secrecy

Residents in the northern Mexican state of Sonora are battling a new train line that threatens to displace their homes and cut up the local ecosystem.

Families of missing in Mexico urge authorities to dig at spot where dogs were seen with body parts

After dogs were seen nibbling at human body parts, activists in western Mexico are demanding authorities keep digging at what appears to be a clandestine burial site.

Guatemalan prosecutors request that President-elect Bernardo Arévalo be stripped of immunity

Guatemala’s Attorney General’s office has formally requested that President-elect Bernardo Arévalo and his vice president be stripped of their immunity so it can investigate them for allegedly encouraging the student occupation of the country’s only public university.

Tropical disturbance hits west Caribbean, causing floods in Jamaica and Haiti before dissipating

A tropical disturbance moving across the western Caribbean knocked out power to thousands in Jamaica and caused two deaths in Haiti as it unleashed landslides and floods before dissipating late Friday.

Acapulco races to restart its tourism engine after Hurricane Otis devastates its hotels, restaurants

Three weeks after Hurricane Otis smacked Acapulco, businesses of all types and sizes hum with activity as residents work with a singular purpose: restart as soon as possible the tourism engine of this city of 1 million people.