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At least 79 inmates die in riots at prisons in three cities in Ecuador as two rival gangs were trying to gain criminal leadership within the detention centres and an escape attempt, with 800 police offices helping to regain control of the facilities

Young Venezuelans have turned to selling online sexual content of themselves on OnlyFans to avoid joining the exodus of five million migrants who have already left the socialist country, most subscribers are foreigners paying in USD, Venezuela has the world's highest inflation levels and a constantly depreciating currency

32-year-old Mexican doctor goes into convulsions within 30 minutes of being injected with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, remains in intensive care after suffering from encephalomyelitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, has a history of allergic reactions

Jair Bolsonaro more popular than ever to surprise of critics of his attitude toward pandemic, Brazil president has downplayed risks, encouraged people to face the virus in manly fashion and said that wearing face masks is for faires

91% of seats in Venezuelan legislature claimed by government allies after opposition boycotts election, the US and EU has disavowed elections as manipulated by Maduro regime

Argentina’s government is considering a one-off tax on the super-rich, the tax would start at 2% and rise depending on wealth starting at a fortune of 2.7 million USD affecting about 12 000 people

The Cuban government has turned 72 state-run shops into "dollar stores", shelves, unlike many regular supermarkets dealing in local currency, are well stocked with basic food and hygiene products but must be paid for in USD, the government denies the new stores are part of a "dollarisation" process turning the USD into the official currency as has happened in Panama, Ecuador and El Salvador

Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for covid-19, is said to have mild fever and receiving treatment including hydroxychloroquine and azitromycin

London court rules British government recognizes Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president in case to decide which leader controls USD 2 billion worth of Venezuelan central bank gold stored in Bank of England, Nicolas Maduro’s lawyers say they will appeal judgement

Argentina miss already delayed bond payments after missing payments on USD 503 million on Friday in country’s ninth sovereign default, source says ongoing talks between Argentina and its creditors are making substantial progress

Mayor Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres in southern Peru play dead in coffin wearing a face mask after breaking Covid-19 curfew rules to go drinking, police arrest the drunk mayor who has been accused of failing to take the threat of the virus seriously

Jair Bolsonaro takes to streets and joins protesters who demand end to pandemic lockdowns and return to military rule, gives speech from truck where he declares the people are in power and all must yield to its will, rejects accusations of attacking democracy and proclaims that he is the constitution

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posts on Facebook that he tested negative for Covid-19 after rumours that he tested positive, dined with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago last Saturday along with his press secretary who was diagnosed with the disease following the trip

President Nicolás Maduro wants Venezuelan women to have six children each as part of governmental birth method program, initiative critiziced as the country already lacks food access and health care, 4.5 million Venezuelans have emigrated since 2015 and one-third of the population is unable to meet basic dietary needs according to UN

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele vetoes law intended to allow the prosecution of crimes committed during the country's civil war that lasted between 1980 and 1992 and left 75,000 dead, the narrowly approved law was criticized by human rights organizations as well as families of victims for allowing substantially reduced sentences for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Mexican national guardsmen round up 800 mainly Honduran migrants en route to USA, fly and bus the caravan members back home

Hundreds of US-bound migrants stopped from entering Mexico by security forces – the migrants tried wading across Suchiate river and threw stones at the police but were repelled by tear gas and riot shields, the migrant group dubbed "2020 Caravan" is expected to consist of between 2,000 and 3,500 people

Migrants gathering on the Guatemala-Mexico border on Sunday aiming to cross en masse during Monday in hope of being let through by authorities to avoid clashes, Guatemala says at least 4,000 people have entered from Honduras since Wednesday, Mexico says no safe conduct passes to the US will be issued

Brazil's culture minister Roberto Alvim fired, published video speech with phrase which is claimed to resemble quote by Joseph Goebbels with Lohengrin by Richard Wagner as background music, speech was supposed to inspire a nationalistic ideal for the Brazilian art

Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei cuts diplomatic ties with Venezuela and orders closing of the Caracas embassy, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Rodríguez accuses Giammattei of bowing down to Donald Trump and says that "his government will surely become another bad joke"

Trinidad and Tobago to decriminalize cannabis as part of strategy to fight crime, says Prime Minister while also urging citizens to respect women, after government fails to halt rising crime trend

US impose sanctions on seven Venezuelan government officials including Luis Parra who was declare head of parliament by Nicolas Maduro's Socialist Party which led a bid to wrest control from opposition leader Juan Guaidó

Christmas Eve arson forest fire spread to Chilean city of Valparaíso destroying more than 80 homes and prompting mass evacuations, blaze fed by high summer temperatures and strong winds

President Bolsonaro says God saved his life after he was stabbed in the stomach last year and he thinks it was God's will to make him president, reassures the public he's in good state of health after being examined for skin cancer

President Bolsonaro issues decree allowing tens of thousands of small farmers to gain title to land they cultivate, making good on campaign promise, applies to land occupied by farmers before May 2014 and up to 2,500 hectares

Chilean lawmakers bow to protesters and agrees to hold referendum in April on replacing Pinochet-era constitution, voters also to decide who will serve on commission redrafting the document, opponents say charter has been pillar of stability for investor-friendly Chile

Evo Morales resigns as president of Bolivia after accusations of election fraud and violent protests, Brazil says resignation is right move, Venezuela claims Morales has been ousted in coup

Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera declares state of emergency in Santiago as fare hikes on public transport sparks protests, leaving downtown building engulfed in flames and metro system shuttered, protesters light fires at metro stations, loot shops and burn public bus

Heavy fighting erupts as Ovidio Guzmán López, son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, is found by police patrol during routine patrol in Culiacán in Mexico, Sinaloa cartel members launched huge attack in attempt to seize him back from authorities, he is later released by police

Cuba imposes price controls on basic foods such as beans and pork to tame inflation as it increases state wages and pensions, regional price controls on taxi fares and haircuts introduced in recent weeks – butcher says margins are gone, and produce seller has stopped selling price-controlled lemons

Brazil implements policy prohibiting entry for dictator Nicolás Maduro and high-ranking Venezuelan regime officials, list to be updated continuously

Venezuela issues US travel warning following the mass shootings, writes growing violence finds echo and sustenance in "speeches and actions impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations", cites population's indiscriminate possession of firearms reason to avoid certain areas

At least 52 people killed in prison riot in Altamira jail in Pará state in Brazil, two rival gangs battled for five hours, 16 dead decapitated and part of building set on fire suffocating many, prison has a capacity of 200 but was occupied by 311 prisoners

Brazil appoints Jair Bolsonaro's son Eduardo its ambassador to US, president criticised for nepotism but says decision aims to improve relationship with Trump government

Cuban shortage of over 40 key medications, blames shortages of raw materials, patients camp out at pharmacies hoping to secure a prime place in line in hope for a new shipment, meantime Cuba sends "slave doctors" abroad in exchange for lucrative contracts and to earn praise from leftist American celebrities

Venezuelan 16-year-old Rufo Chacón blinded after being shot in face with rubber bullets 52 times of which 16 hit his eyes during San Cristobál protests against cooking gas shortages, same time boy's younger brother received blow to his skull from police baton, two officers awaiting trial

500-kilometre-wide belt of stinking seaweed heading toward Mexico beaches, may spell trouble for tourist industry, record bloom of sargassum algae presumed caused by use of fertilisers in South America releasing nitrogen into the oceans

88% deforestation increase in Brazilian Amazon in June compared with same month last year, 920 square kilometres in total deforested according to national space research agency preliminary figures, follows calls from Jair Bolsonaro to develop region

Mexico City decriminalizes sex work in push to combat trafficking, local congress votes 38-0 to pass proposal

Venezuela's economic crisis now so bad criminals can't afford to buy bullets, costing USD 1 a piece while the average Venezuelan only earns USD 6.50 a month, same time most people barely use cash anymore, gang leader El Negrito is considering trying his luck abroad

Mexicans buy fake cell phones to hand over in muggings, originally used by shops in exhibition cases to protect against burglaries, armed robberies increasingly common aboard buses in Mexico City

Nicolás Maduro was ready to flee Venezuela amid protest violence and calls for his ouster on April 30, before Russia convinced him to stay, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Juan Guaidó issues video message accompanied by opposition figure Leopoldo López and well-armed soldiers, declares final phase of ousting Maduro, López says he was liberated from under house arrest by military, reports of clashes in Caracas, government sources claim all military garrisons support current regime

Legislation that would ban sale of cold beer in stores in Mexico City cause public backlash, residents launching hashtag #ConLasCervezasNo and saying politicians should worry about insecurity of the country instead

Peru's former president Alan García dies after shooting himself as police arrives at his home to arrest him, was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht

Venezuela’s opposition figurehead Juan Guaidó stripped of parliamentary immunity which opens door to his arrest, members of Chavista assembly celebrates as Guaidó calls it a sign of regime's desperation, US repeats it will not stand idly by if anything happens to Guaidó

Brazil's federal prosecutor's office opposes President Jair Bolsonaro's plan to allow the armed forces commemorate the 55th anniversary of the 1964 military coup which some say liberated the country from the threat of communist usurpation

Venezuela deploys S-300 air defense missiles to key airbase near Caracas, Image Sat International reports, presenting satellite imagery

Venezuela's government orders schools and businesses to remain closed as a power cut continues, pro-government motorcycle gang "colectivos" roam the streets enforcing order at gunpoint amid sporadic looting

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to close Brazilian and Colombian borders to prevent aid flows, opposition leader Guaidó to lead a convoy of allies from Caracas to Colombian border to retrieve aid, Maduro to accept 300 tons of aid shipments from Russia despite denying there is a crisis

Mysterious group of five armed Americans arrested by Haitian police in Port-au-Prince, they claim they were on a "government mission" and traveled without license plates or visa stamps showing entry, Haiti has seen protests and other civil disturbances calling for resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

Venezuelan ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Velasco Ramirez renounces Nicolás Maduro and supports opposition leader Juan Guaido, calls on the army to overthrow Maduro

American anarchist "John Galton" murdered in Acapulco, the pseudonymous American ex-pat reportedly faced drug charges back home and was promoting cryptocurrencies in Mexico

Venezuela's Supreme Court bans opposition leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and freezes his bank accounts, Maduro says he's prepared to hold negotiations, US has handed control of Venezuela's US bank accounts to Guaidó and National Security Adviser John Bolton warns anyone attempting to harm "President Guaidó"

First Catholic church since 1959 Communist Revolution inaugurated in Cuba, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sandino is one of three planned consecrations including Havana and Santiago, the church will seat 200 and received USD 95,000 in funding from a Florida-based parish

Brazil's government recognizes Juan Guaidó, Venezuela's Congressional leader who opposes Nicolas Maduro, the rightful president of Venezuela, says he is prepared to assume the presidency on an interim basis and call elections

Former Venezuelan Supreme Court ally of Maduro denounces him after fleeing to US, Christian Zerpa claims most recent election was not "free and competitive", Supreme Court claims he was under investigation for sexual harassment

Rio de Janeiro security forces to implement shoot-to-kill policy, says newly elected governor Wilson Witzel, former federal judge has promised to kill criminals by helicopter-borne snipers and says Rio needs Guantánamo-style prison camp

Brazilian President Bolsonaro grants agricultural department power over tribal lands, critics fear opening salvo in corporate exploitation of rainforest and other protected lands, calls for "integration" of tribal peoples into Brazilian citizenry

Jair Bolsonaro announces liberation from "socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness" as he is sworn in as Brazil's 42nd president, adding that his government will "rescue the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition"

Mexican mayor Alejandro Santiago gunned down moments after being sworn in, assailants remain at large with one suspect in custody, governor of Oaxaca vows thorough investigation

Jair Bolsonaro plans issuing presidential decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, dismantling gun laws key campaign pledge for president-elect taking office January 1

Venezuelans regret six-year-old gun control bill, in affect a declaration of war against an unarmed population, the bill sold as a hardline effort to improve security and sharply reduce crime, many now point to Venezuela as case study for how gun prohibition produce the opposite effect

Venezuela’s last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper El Nacional stops publishing print edition amid paper shortages and unrelenting government pressure, with an onslaught of tax reviews, advertising restrictions and lawsuits, will become an exclusively online publication

Brazil will pull out of United Nations migration pact, says incoming foreign relations minister Ernesto Araújo, who will take office in January under president-elect Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro names retired General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz government minister, led the UN peacekeeping forces in Haiti, fifth addition from the country's military

Colombia suspects Venezuelan military agents seek to infiltrate shelters for migrants to start riots, 3 out of 15 Venezuelans recently expelled from country after violent confrontations members of armed forces

Local citizens of Tijuana, Mexico protest recent arrival of Central American migrant caravan, the 3,000 asylum seekers are projected to grow to 10,000 in coming weeks, residents worry about criminal backgrounds and believe they are looking for handouts

UNHCR claims refugees fleeing Venezuelan economic crisis reaches 3 million, the UN agency estimates nearly 2.4 million are residing in neighboring Latin American countries

2,000 members of Central American migrant caravan bound for US return to Honduras, the activists have experienced difficulty securing border crossing permission between Guatemala and Mexico

Haitian police in Port-au-Prince fire on protestors demanding reconciliation of USD 3.8 billion of state oil revenue, Petrocaribe agreement with Venezuela provided for discounted oil purchase but most funds disappeared into incomplete construction projects

Bare-chested women marchers in 33rd National Women's Encounter fire bomb church in Trelew, Argentina, the feminist association gathered to support abortion rights and separation of church and state

Jair Bolsonaro now leads Fernando Haddad in Brazilian presidential election polling, the right wing candidate also received an endorsement from the Brazilian farmer's lobby

Nearly 2 million refugees have fled economic collapse in Venezuela since 2015, UN refugee agency chief says nearly 5,000 people leave the country daily and 2.6 million Venezuelans now living abroad

ICJ blocks Bolivian attempt to force Chile to negotiate the country's former access to the Pacific Ocean, Bolivia lost coastal access in 1879-1883 war with Chile but still maintains a naval force

105 prisoners escape maximum security prison in northeastern Brazil after about 20 heavily armed men blow down front gate and fire on watchtowers, 41 of the escaped prisoners recaptured after security forces lock down state capital João Pessoa

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign rally with injuries to liver, lung and intestines, undergoes surgery to treat wounds and prevent infection, one suspect identified with Socialism and Liberty Party apprehended

Argentinian President Macri announces export taxes, plans to abolish half of government ministries, balanced budget measures to stem inflationary crisis, Argentinian peso has fallen by 50% against US dollar in 2018

Protesters battled police on the perimeter of the recently burned-down Brazilian National Museum, the crowds were upset about the government's budgetary neglect of its cultural wealth

Venezuela arrests 131 people accused of sabotaging Maduro's economic reforms, several large-chain managers accused of speculating and hoarding price-controlled basic products among arrestees, 1.5 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro advocates police murder of criminal suspects, says "you cannot treat them as if they were normal human beings", Bolsonaro is polling second behind jailed former president likely to be barred from elections

Chilean Supreme Court orders USD 1,6 million in Pinochet family assets seized in corruption scandal aftermath, the funds were placed in a number of accounts belonging to Pinochet's relatives in the US and other places outside Chile

Mexican farmers near VW's Puebla, Mexico plant protest use of sonic atmosphere disruption devices, they claim the anti-hailstorm technology is so effective it has created an artificial drought, the farmers are seeking financial damages against the company for destruction of crops

Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes Venezuela, the tremor could be felt as far away as Bogota and Trinidad, no major damage or injuries have been reported

Residents of Brazilian Pacaraima drive out hundreds of Venezuelan migrants after restaurant owner was stabbed and robbed in his home by four Venezuelans, migrant group then attacked 30 border shopping Brazilians, Venezuela concerned about reports of attacks on migrated citizens and asks Brazil to guarantee their safety

Maduro pegs bolívar to government's petro cryptocurrency effectively devaluing by 96%, also says will hike minimum wage by over 3,000% and boost corporate tax rate, tells people to trust him as he wants the country to recover and he has the formula, economists expect "much more aggressive stage of hyperinflation"

Venezuela's Maduro ends subsidized petrol prices for political opponents compounding weaponized sustenance program of food at subsidized prices only for regime supporters

Cuban government enables free mobile internet for island's 5 million subscribers for a day, the government is testing the new service ahead of a planned for-pay launch, most residents utilize internet at Wi-fi hotspots that cost 1 USD per hour when average monthly wages are USD 30, dissident Cuban blogger and social media pioneer Yoani Sanchez labels it "citizen's victory"

Nicolas Maduro announces the phasing out of state subsidies for petrol over two years in effort to curb smuggling, the official rate of 1 Bolivar per liter creates valuable arbitrage as street price is Bolivar 4 million per liter, the Venezuelan government claims that fuel smuggling costs the country USD 18 billion per year in lost revenue

Chile's Minister for Cultural Affairs resigns after facing criticism for 2015 comments about human rights museum, Mauricio Rojas claimed museum was a "shameless and inaccurate use of a national tragedy", human rights organizations and local politicians pressured him to quit four days into his new job

Brazil struggles with "serious problem with lethal violence" after achieving record high of 63,880 murders in 2017, data compiled by Brazilian Public Security Forum shows an average of 175 murders per day corresponding to 30.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, incidence of rape also increased 8% to 60,018 for the period, murder has a strong racial and political element with many victims being young, black men and little police follow-up

Ecuadorian government declares state of emergency as Venezuelan migration surges, Venezuelans fleeing economic dislocation typically arrive via border with Colombia, the declaration mobilizes aid and social workers to help manage the impact of uncontrolled mass migration

Venezuelan President Maduro unharmed but seven National Guard soldiers injured after alleged drone attack against military event where he gave a speech in Caracas, says everything points to right-wing plot linked to Colombia and Florida and several were caught, little-known group "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" claims responsibility for attack in series of social media posts

Right wing populist Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro trailing jailed former president Lula da Silva in polls despite larger social media following, considers descendant of the country's last emperor or retired army general as running mates

Fields medal stolen 30 minutes after being awarded to professor Caucher Birkar and three others in Rio de Janeiro

Venezuela to remove five zeroes from currency bolívar instead of the three planned in June and tie it to state-backed petro cryptocurrency – no details offered concerning the petro tie, but President Nicolás Maduro calls the plan "great economic change"

Brazil's government indigenous agency Funai releases footage of uncontacted indigenous man who has lived alone in Amazon forest for at least 22 years, man believed to be in his 50s fells tree in video and appears to be in excellent health, believed to be only survivor of land grab attack in 1995, Funai whose policy is to avoid contact has protected 8,070 hectares in area

Pablo Escobar's widow and son charged with money laundering by federal judge in Argentina where they live, assets frozen but no arrests made

Brazil's President Michel Temer orders army and federal police to clear highways blockaded by striking truck drivers after protest over fuel prices and graft enters fifth day, state of emergency declared in São Paulo over fuel shortages

Brazil truckers on strike for four days due to rising fuel prices, demand tax cuts, nationwide shortages hit supermarkets, numerous flights cancelled, some factories idle