Latin America and Caribbean News

Number of disappeared in Mexico rises to over 73,000The number of missing and disappeared in Mexico has risen to 73,201, and the vast majority _ 71,678 _ have gone missing since drug gang violence began increasing in 2006
The Associated Press23 minutes ago
Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation dataBrazil’s government has fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Suriname gets new president, faces economic crisisSuriname’s newly elected parliament has chosen a former police chief as the country’s president to replace Desiree “Desi” Bouterse, who faces a murder conviction at home and a drug smuggling sentence abroad
The Associated Press5 hours ago
As virus spreads, Bolsonaro ties with military under strainAfter 35 years of civilian-led democracy, President Jair Bolsonaro has created the most militarized Brazilian government since the fall of the country’s army-led dictatorship
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Ex-US diplomat Richardson to urge Maduro to free AmericansFormer New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to travel this week to Venezuela to urge President Nicolás Maduro to free several jailed Americans as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with the U.S. Among the U.S. citizens jailed in Venezuela are two former Green Berets arrested in May while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro
The Associated Press13 hours ago
FILE - In this May 25, 2020 file photo, the Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Domestic fuel shortages have led Venezuela to see relief from Iran, which in May sent five tankers of gasoline to the South American country. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez, File)
Report: New players help Maduro evade tanker sanctionsA report says new players are emerging to help keep Venezuela's socialist government afloat as U.S. sanctions scare away the world’s largest shippers
The Associated Press14 hours ago
An evangelical pastor prays for Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who said he tested positive for COVID-19, outside Alvorada Palace, the president's official residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Video calls, separate bedrooms: Bolsonaro’s first COVID weekAfter months in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed COVID-19 by flouting social distancing recommendations and masks, this week both coronavirus precautions became part of his cloistered life at the official residence in the capital, Brasilia
The Associated Press2 days ago
Activists blow on a conch shell during a march demanding statues and street names commemorating symbols of colonial oppression be removed, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Dozens of activists marched through the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital on Saturday to demand that the U.S. territory’s government start by removing statues, including those of explorer Christopher Columbus.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Puerto Rico questions Spain's legacy as statues tumble in USSpain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate symbols of oppression
The Associated Press2 days ago
Brazil's Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education ministerBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days
The Associated Press3 days ago
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, then senate second Vice President and now Bolivian Interim President Jeanine Anez arrives at Congress in La Paz, Bolivia. Interim President Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidentsThe COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through  the leadership of Latin America,  with two more presidents and a powerful official testing positive this week for the new coronavirus
The Associated Press3 days ago
Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in PeruYurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family
The Associated Press3 days ago
AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & CaribbeanAP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean
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Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building About 50 LGBTQ people have sheltered from the new coronavirus in a formerly abandoned building a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach
The Associated Press3 days ago
President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrive for an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Mexican president's US visit cordial, lacking in substancePresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador's first encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump successfully distracted from multiple crises at home but produced few tangible results
The Associated Press4 days ago
FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's eliteInterim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for the new coronavirus but feels strong and will continue working from isolation
The Associated Press4 days ago
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