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Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

May. 27, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Last year, Fabian Espinel helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as Colombia heads into its presidential election Sunday, Espinel walks the...

Video of Brazil cops gassing man draws fury after his death

May. 26, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The asphhyxiation death of a Black man shown in a video being held by two officers of Brazil's Federal Highway Police inside an SUV's smoke-filled trunk is sparking outrage among Brazilians. Images of the police stop Tuesday in Umbauba, in the northeastern...

Chile apologizes to woman forcibly sterilized for HIV status

May. 26, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Chile’s president publicly apologized to a woman who was sterilized without her consent at a public hospital two decades ago because she was HIV-positive, ending a years-long legal process that included taking her case to the Inter American Commission on Human...

Spanish court dismisses Shakira appeal in tax fraud case

May. 26, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain on Thursday dismissed Colombian singer Shakira's appeal in a tax fraud case, paving the way for a trial after a judge previously concluded there was enough evidence to suggest the pop star may have avoided her fiscal obligations to the state. The...

Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for carrying pistol on plane

May. 26, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil for having a gun while boarding a plane, police said Thursday. The 91-year-old Ecclestone was released on bail and Brazilian media reported that he took a private jet to Switzerland a short time...

Strong quake shakes southern Peru, but no report of victims

May. 26, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook a remote region of southern Peru on Thursday, sending frightened people running into the streets in nearby Bolivia, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7:02 a.m. (1202...

Powerful earthquake shakes southern Peru; no immediate reports of damage

May. 26, 2022 08:38 AM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Powerful earthquake shakes southern Peru; no immediate reports of damage.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to attend Americas Summit after doubts

May. 25, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next month and plans to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, close allies of the South American leader said late Wednesday. Three of Bolsonaro's Cabinet...

Brazil toughens environmental fines in reaction to a lawsuit

May. 25, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After a series of measures that weakened Brazil’s environmental laws, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signaled an about-face, signing a decree Tuesday relating to crimes involving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The new legislation increases...

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

May. 25, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America. But officials in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay hope high vaccination rates mean this latest wave will not be as deadly as previous ones. At the...