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  1. Assailants shot two British tourists while trying to rob them, in Argentina’s capital Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring the other, authorities said Saturday.The attack occurred as the tourists approached a luxury hotel in the Puerto Madero area of Buenos Aires, the Argentine news agency Telam said.Argentine officials said in a statement that assailants on a motorcycle, apparently supported by accomplices in a car, tried to steal the belongings of the tourists, according to Telam.The…
  2. Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon in November surged by 104 per cent compared to the same month in 2018, according to official data released Saturday.The 563 square kilometres (217 square miles) deforested that month is also the highest number for any November since 2015, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which provides official data on deforestation.That is considered a significant increase, particularly during the rainy season, when deforestation generally…
  3. Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of US President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro’s closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.The visit, described by one source as “outreach” by Prince to Maduro’s government, came just eight months after the founder of the private security firm Blackwater floated a…
  4. Brazilian food processors are poised to boost pork and chicken exports in 2020 as Chinese demand for imports remains strong while it deals with severe disruptions in local production, an industry group said on Thursday.While an outbreak of African swine fever affects pork supplies in China and other Asian countries, a fall in production of that type of meat will also drive demand for other products including chicken, said the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), which represents pork…
  5. With Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro turning a blind eye to environmental concerns, western governments initially cast their hopes on China to engage the Brazilians during the annual UN conference on climate change.But those expectations have been dashed, as China has turned out to share more common ground with Brazil than with the West.China has pledged to uphold the landmark Paris Agreement and create a green nation. But global environmental groups and many diplomats and negotiators at the…
  6. Armed with clubs and shields, the “frontline” youth of Chile’s two-month-long protest movement are seen as heroes by some – and vandals by others.Since the civil unrest broke out on October 18, Chile has become increasingly polarised in its view of those leading the demonstrations against President Sebastian Pinera’s government.For some, the protest movement has been the downfall of a country that was often described as a regional bastion of stability and prosperity but is now suffering from…
  7. A Colombian government agency on Tuesday threatened to sue Walmart over a Christmas jumper that associated the country to cocaine.The jumper, offered by a third-party seller on its Canadian website, featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus seated in front of three white lines. The sweater’s tagline: “LET IT SNOW”.For those who weren’t quite sure what the jumper might be suggesting, its product description read:“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight…
  8. Representatives of the US, Mexico and Canada signed a revised trade deal on Tuesday soon after Democratic lawmakers said they would support the modified agreement.The United States – Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed more than a year ago by the leaders of the three countries, but passage has been delayed in the US Congress by Democratic leaders who said the agreement was lacking in environmental and labour protections.Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, said a…
  9. Chile’s air force has lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight to the country’s base in Antarctica.It said the military had declared an alert and activated a search and rescue team.The C-130 Hercules carried 17 crew members and 21 passengers. The personnel were to check on a floating fuel supply line and other equipment at the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Base, Chile’s most important Antarctic base.Mystery as two US technicians are killed at McMurdo Station,…
  10. Executives from Amazon and Microsoft criticised their Silicon Valley peers for allegedly failing to supply the most advanced technology to the military, arguing closer collaboration is needed to sustain US dominance over autocratic foreign governments.In comments last weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual summit attended by top defence officials and their industry counterparts, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft President Brad Smith pledged to support the Pentagon even in…