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  1. Mexico’s murder rate remained essentially unchanged at 36,579 killings in 2020 due to rising gangland violence, according to the country’s National Statistics Institute.Even though the coronavirus pandemic reduced many activities in Mexico in 2020, the number of killings was essentially equal to the 36,661 that occurred in 2019.That means that Mexico’s nationwide murder rate in 2020 remained unchanged at 29 per 100,000 inhabitants. By comparison, the US murder rate in 2019 was 5.8 per 100,000…
  2. Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated president Jovenel Moise on Friday as his funeral was roiled by nearby gunfire and protests, prompting a high-level US delegation to leave abruptly and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety.The state funeral in the northern city of Cap-Haitien was intended to foster national unity, but the unrest reflected deep divisions over the July 7 atrocity, in which suspected foreign gunmen walked apparently unchallenged into the Moises’ residence and…
  3. The Biden administration on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions against the besieged Cuban government for its violent crackdown on demonstrators.Officials said the sanctions target specific members of the communist-ruled island’s government who are deemed responsible for the repression of protesters demanding more freedom, food and health care.“I unequivocally condemn the mass detentions and sham trials that are unjustly sentencing to prison those who dared to speak out in an effort to…
  4. Pedro Castillo, a schoolteacher from a Marxist party, was proclaimed Peru’s president-elect on Monday, six weeks after a polarising vote of which the results were delayed by claims of electoral fraud from his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori.The 51-year-old trade unionist’s victory leaves Fujimori facing an imminent corruption trial.“On behalf of my family I would like to salute the electoral authorities … and also to salute the political parties that have taken part in this democratic…
  5. The British government sought on Monday to prevent Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro from gaining access to nearly US$2 billion of gold held by the Bank of England as the UK Supreme Court started hearing a case that hinges on the question of who should be considered the Latin American nation’s president.Britain told the court that its recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president is clear and long-standing, and therefore he is the person authorised to decide how the gold held by Britain’s…
  6. Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister since the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday that he has agreed to step down, handing power to a challenger backed by the international community.The announcement appears to end a power struggle in the Caribbean nation between Joseph and Ariel Henry, the 71-year-old neurosurgeon who was appointed prime minister by Moise two days before the killing but had yet…
  7. As he considered a new job offer, Mauricio Javier Romero asked his wife what she thought – but provided few details about the mission.“It’s your decision, but you can count on my support,” she told him, according to the Colombian publication Semana. “He was a man who always tried to do the right thing.”Haitian authorities say Romero was part of a team of 26 Colombian mercenaries – most if not all former soldiers in the military there – who took part in the July 7 assassination of Haitian…
  8. Raul Castro was among thousands who attended a government-organised rally in Havana on Saturday to denounce the US trade embargo and reaffirm their support for Cuba’s revolution, a week after unprecedented protests rocked the communist-run country.Government supporters gathered on the city’s seafront boulevard before dawn to wave Cuban flags and photos of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The latter retired as Communist Party leader in April but promised to continue…
  9. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro said he will soon leave the hospital where he has been receiving treatment for a partial intestinal obstruction, after avoiding emergency surgery two days ago.“I’ll soon be back to work, God willing,” the president posted on his Twitter account, along with a picture of him walking through a hospital hallway. “Thank you for your support and prayers.”The post echoed comments made by the president during a TV interview late Thursday, when he said he was “doing much better”…
  10. US President Joe Biden said the United States was considering ways to force open internet access in Cuba, which he called a “failed state” as the communist leadership faces down the biggest protests in memory.In a reversal from his stance as a candidate, Biden also made clear he was in no rush to let Cuban-Americans send home remittances, which could ease the economic pressure that contributed to the outpouring of anger on the streets Sunday.Biden, who has made the promotion of democratic…