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The latest news, politics and current affairs from the Americas.
  1. Brazil has inaugurated a new US$100 million Antarctic base, built by Chinese company CEIEC to replace a research station destroyed by fire almost seven years ago.“Brazil is back in the Antarctic with great force,” Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes, Brazil’s only astronaut, wrote in a Twitter message from the Comandante Ferraz base on King George Island off the Antarctic peninsula.Pontes said the new 48,375 sq ft facility was bigger and safer, with 17 laboratories, a heliport, and…
  2. Guatemala swore in a former prisons director as its new president on Tuesday while the country’s outgoing leader was pelted with eggs amid swirling corruption accusations.The ceremony on Tuesday came after a five-hour delay and boisterous protests against ex-president Jimmy Morales.Protesters yelling “Murderer” surrounded Morales, throwing eggs at him and his vice-president as they sought to take up new posts as members of a regional parliament that could bring immunity from prosecution.Morales…
  3. A state-of-the-art US$130 million presidential Boeing 787 Dreamliner is becoming a headache for the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.Mexico is flying back the luxurious aircraft from California after failing to sell it for over a year, Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday in his daily press conference, adding that they are rethinking options to get rid of the plane that he has deemed as too ostentatious.AMLO, as the Mexican president is known, put the Dreamliner on the block right after his…
  4. A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing millions of dollars of damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.The US Geological Survey said the 8.54am (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13km) southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 3 miles (5km). It was followed by several aftershocks, including a magnitude 5.2 temblor less than two minutes later.No injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.Saturday’s quake…
  5. An 11-year-old boy armed with two guns entered a school in northern Mexico, shot dead a teacher and wounded at least six others before killing himself, possibly under the influence of a violent video game, local officials said on Friday.Jorge Zermeno, mayor of the northern city of Torreon, said the boy shot a female teacher then killed himself in the private school known as the Colegio Cervantes on Friday morning. At least five students and another teacher also were injured, he added.“It’s a…
  6. Brazil will not accept any pressure from the US over whether to allow the Chinese company Huawei to bid for its 5G network, Marcos Pontes, the minister for science, technology, innovation and communications, said.“A good partner always understands the needs of the other,” Pontes said in an interview in his office in Brasilia. “Just as Brazil makes no claim over what business the US does with China and whether this affects or not our agribusiness.”Pontes, responsible for establishing the…
  7. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido pushed through rows of national guardsmen blocking congress on Tuesday to retake his seat and pledge in a darkened building with no power to press forward in his bid to topple the country’s socialist president.The man recognised by the US and over 50 other nations as Venezuela’s rightful president burst through the National Assembly’s wooden doors along with several dozen opposition lawmakers after navigating their way past state security officers…
  8. Opposition leader Juan Guaido and a rival lawmaker, Luis Parra, both claimed to be Venezuela’s parliament speaker after two separate votes and accusations of a “parliamentary coup”.Guaido on Sunday was re-elected speaker by opposition lawmakers in a session held at a newspaper office after police blocked him from entering the National Assembly legislature.In his absence, corruption-tainted Parra proclaimed himself speaker after claiming to have been elected with 81 votes in the 167-member…
  9. Mexico’s former top security official pleaded not guilty on Friday on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity.Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was indicted in New York on three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge.During his brief appearance in a Brooklyn courtroom, Garcia Luna shook his head “no” as prosecutors outlined the charges against him.A judge ordered…
  10. The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on Cuba’s defense minister, accusing him of human rights violations and supporting socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.Washington blacklisted Leopoldo Cintra Frias, minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba (MINFAR), and his children, Deborah Cintra Gonzalez and Leopoldo Cintra Gonzalez, in its latest action targeting Havana for its support of Maduro.Pompeo said MINFAR had been…