Latin America

Latin America

Bolivia raises cap for legal coca growing area from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares per farmer, estimates future legal production to 30,000 tonnes 

Guatemala's navy detains Dutch ship carrying supply of mifepristone and misoprostol, claims abortion violates constitution, organization Women on Waves provides free medical abortion for women pregnant up to ten weeks 

Nearly 75% of Venezuelans have lost an average of eight kilograms in past year due to lack of food according to nationwide survey, 93% say their income is not enough to cover food needs 

Proponents of increased soft drink tax in Mexico have spyware installed on their phones, get fake news aiming to trigger click on link, unclear who is responsible 

Hungry Venezuelans eat flamingos and anteaters as regular food sources become more scarce, biologists warn that slow-moving creatures are in danger 

Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca arrested for suspected involvement in Brazil corruption scandal, attorney general of Panama calls law firm founded by the two criminal organization 

Crime and violence not symptoms of poverty and inequity according to World Bank report, evidenced by criminality in Latin America remaining high despite dramatic reduction of poverty 

Mises Cuba member arrested for not showing ID to undercover police officer, alleges political persecution 

Police strike in Brazilian state wreaks havoc, 51 murdered in a weekend compared to four in all January 

Colombia banana companies face prosecution for financing death squads, will be charged with crimes against humanity says Prosecutor General 

Sony Pictures miniseries El Comandante about life of Hugo Chávez banned in Venezuela, Maduro claims it disfigures a true leader and orders production of alternate series Chavez for Real 

Venezuelan vice president Tareck El Aissami granted extended powers by direct order of Maduro, can now control ministerial budgets and expropriate private companies as he sees fit — triggers speculation over succession plans  

Argentinian judge orders nationwide ban on Uber, denies arrest of executives requested by the prosecutors 

Banknotes worth five thousand and ten thousand bolivar begins to circulate in Venezuela after orders from Maduro 

Coral reef at mouth of Amazon river threatened by oil drilling says Greenpeace as first photographs of newly discovered formation is published 

Spain extradites to Colombia former Farc rebel accused of carriying out forced abortions, rebel group's female members were compelled to terminate pregnancies to maintain combat ability 

Panama shuts down investigation into Panama Documents after legality challenged, may be restarted after approval by Supreme Court 

Chile keeps borders open to economic migrants despite record inflow, creates tensions on black labor market president Bachelet admits 

Mexico could leave NAFTA if renegotiation leads to worse terms than today, trade deal have to benefit country to get popular support says Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo 

Allison Fedirka: Status quo in Venezuela impossible to maintain entire 2017, despite adaptable population economical and political situation unsustainable 

Brazilian Supreme Court judge Teori Zavascki killed in plane crash, was handling several high profile graft cases 

Trump victim of global hate campaign says Nicolas Maduro, argues that future American president can’t possibly be worse than Obama who leaves behind a world of terrorism and is remembered for three coups in Latin America 

27 inmates killed after prison riot in northeastern Brazil, conflict between drug gangs has led to death of 140 prisoners since start of year 

Chile plans to raise taxes on sugary products and to reduce them for non-sugary ones 

At least 430 arrested in Mexico after 250 stores plundered and highways blocked in protests against 20% increase in gas prices 

Political outsiders to take over as mayors of Brazil's two largest cities, their election victories sign of deep dissatisfaction with corruption of political elites 

Rio policeman admits to murdering Greek ambassador colluding with victim's wife, having an affair with her 

New Argentine Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne says in first press conference highest priority objectives are reduced deficit and inflation, predecessor was recently sacked by President Macri 

Poverty levels in Costa Rica lowest in seven years, per national statistics, 10 000 households lifted over poverty line, and equally many lifted from extreme poverty 

Catholic archbishop of Caracas pronounces that Venezuela's political leadership is dictatorial as it refuses to recognize opposition-controlled parliament 

Not previously documented Indian tribe in the Amazon captured in photos as Brazilian photographer in helicopter forced to detour by rainstorm 

Zoo in Argentine brings four elephants to sanctuaries as it cannot offer animals a good environment to live in 

At least 31 dead, 72 injured in fireworks market blaze north of Mexico City, cause of fire is being investigated, third similar incident at site since 2005 

Conservative ex-president Piñera in lead just prior to Chilean presidential elections, ahead of Socialist challenger Guillier 

Venezuela closes border to Colombia and Brazil until January 2 when 100 bolivar bank note ceases to be legal tender, chaos at Colombia border as people rush to buy food and medicine 

Bolivia's Socialist Party approves President Morales' attempt to be re-elected in 2019, proposed constitutional reform to allow for fourth term 

Amendment of Brazil constitution disallows expansion of federal budget for 20 years with exception for inflation adjustment, a spending freeze at 2016 level until 2037 

Megalith formation similar to Stonehenge found in Amazon, in combination with discoveries of ancient roads and other large-scale artifacts indication that region had permanent settlements longer than previously thought, may have had 10 million inhabitants 

Bolivia's Vice President announces he will not participate in or support the reelection campaign of President Morales, should he be allowed to stand for third term 

Venezuelan Christmas spirit continues when authorities confiscate 4 million toys from distributor and promise to sell them at below market prices  

Unemployed Venezuelan fishermen become pirates after fishing industry collapses, terrorize local population and former colleagues who remain in business 

Rio de Janeiro's mayor-elect wants to introduce new tourist tax, the proceedings of which are supposed to compensate foreign mugging victims, initative said to be part of effort to destroy city's negative image 

Ecuador president Correa makes additional sweeping changes of military leadership, removes joint command and fires chiefs of navy and air force after public criticism from armed forces representatives 

Cat calling and commenting on the bodies of others to be banned in Buenos Aires, can lead to 60 USD fine 

Italian tourist killed after GPS guides him into favela in Rio de Janeiro 

Peru's government could fall shortly after Education Minister Jaime Saavedra questioned by parliament, part of power struggle between President Pedro Kuczynski and opposition leader Keiko Fujimori 

Trinidad and Tobago largest recruitment source for IS terrorists in Western hemisphere per capita, background Saudi investments radicalizing native black Muslim militants, according to article in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 

Maduro regime orders Christmas spirit and forces retailers to lower prices, many stores risk bankruptcy 

Venezuelan women cross border to Colombia and sell their hair to afford food, 20 USD payment equivalent to a months minimum pay in home country 

Tens of thousands protest in Brazil against new anti-corruption law which makes it harder for judges and prosecutors to investigate crimes 

Russian-made jeep carrying Fidel Castro's ashes break down during dictator's funeral procession, has to be pushed by soldiers to burial site 

6,500 poor people in Lima, Peru receive fresh water from fog-capturing nets, Abel Cruz runs project which enables urban farms in desert city [video] 

Brazil congress guts anti-corruption bill while nation's attention is focused on airplane crash, legislation to hasten investigations replaced with amendments that could hinder them 

Venezuelan inflation 720% per year, shop keepers start weighing bills instead of counting them 

Plane with 81 passengers, several of which belonged to a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia, six persons have survived the accident 

Venezuela bolivar down 60% against USD in one month, most rapid decline since currency controls in 2003, common to carry rucksacks full of cash for basic transactions 

Volcano Popocatépetl erupts near Mexico City, five kilometer high ash cloud follows three explosions and measurable earthquake 

Fidel Castro dies at age 90, was Communist dictator of Cuba between 1959 and 2008 

Two top Venezuela beer producers criticize government for delays in access to foreign currency for raw material imports, treated differently as owner made spokesperson for war on socialism 

Hundreds of Brazil schools occupied by students protesting planned cuts of education budgets 

Dozens of protestors force their way into Brazil parlament, demand return to military rule 

Maduro launces radio show dedicated to salsa dancing, broadcasts from studio in presidential palace to lighten mood of nation 

100 Argentinian military airplanes lost due to lack of maintenance during Kirchner administration, says country's Defense Minister 

Colombian government and FARC agree upon new peace deal, controversial points from previous deal rejected in referendum remain unchanged, government has not adressed new referendum 

Rousseff's lawyers present evidence of illegal donations for Michel Temer's campaign, Brazilian real down 5.7% after worries of yet another corruption scandal 

Brazil state oil company Petrobras posts USD 4.8 billion loss for third quarter, expected profit fails to materialize due to write-offs 

Gig with German electro band Kraftwerk is canceled in Argentina after the country banned the concerts of primarily electronic musical instruments 

Honduran President Hernández seeking re-election, opposition critical and claims the decision violates the constitution 

Vatican envoy to Venezuela warns of bloodshed if Maduro and opposition fail to bring about dialog, says he is shocked by the militarization of Caracas 

Sandinista Daniel Ortega reelected as president of Nicaragua with his wife as vice president, large part of the economic growth in recent years happened through Venezuelan oil money 

Brazilian police killed an average of nine persons per day in 2015, number of policemen killed down to 393 from 409 

Major risk that Venezuela fails on payments sometime in 2017 experts say, balance of payments has deteriorated rapidly and economic crisis is expected to escalate 

Hana Fischer: Uruguay ex-President Mujicas is a complex person, to some a popular spartan social liberal, to others a hypocrite holding political prisoners and supporting Venezuelan regime and Brazil's impeached president 

Venezuela detains journalists trying to cover opposition march on grounds of not having work visas, practice in use since 2012 to limit press coverage in the country 

Venezuela's National Assembly votes to open political trial against Maduro, vice president Istúriz replies that Supreme Court has ruled all measures in congress void 

President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski mocked after he complained about his low salary, earns equivalent of USD 4,588 per month before taxes, half as much as cabinet ministers 

Students paint over the mural of Che Guevara on Colombia's National University, a survey by e-mail revealed that the majority of the students opposed the portrait 

Brazil appoints committee to manage the increasing flow of refugees from Venezuela to the country's northernmost state Roraima 

Thousands of Argentine women in an hour-long strike to draw attention to fatal rape of 16-year-old girl, demand cultural change 

Brazil’s attempt to re-nationalize oil production upon discovery of huge oil field was disastrous, country now seeking to ease restrictions on foreign investment 

At least 18 inmates dead after clash between rival gangs in North Brazilian Boa Vista, 100 relatives taken hostages in situation broken up by special operations police force 

Mexican gas station representatives want price control lifted countrywide starting in 2017, instead of on a per region basis 

Brazilian federal police indicts former president Lula for corruption, allegedly benefited a relative in his government's contracts with a construction company 

At least 400 dead in Haiti Hurricane Matthew, 30,000 homes flooded and 350,000 in need of assistance, most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade 

95% vote to secede from Brazil in mock referendum held at its southernmost states, more than half a million southerners took a symbolic vote to leave the country 

AP exemplifies Venezuelan health care crisis with story of boy dying of scrapes, third of those admitted to hospital died during 2015 according to official sources 

Peace deal between Colombian government and Farc guerrilla rejected by 50.2% in referendum with 38% turnout, president and guerrilla both willing to continue peace negotiations 

Venezuelan authors of viral video showing scarcity and protests arrested for inciting rebellion, may get 15 years in prison 

Venezuela threatens "price war" as OPEC rejects production halt, Venezuelan economist skeptical of the country's influence 

Former Brazilian finance minister Antonio Palocci arrested for connections to Petrobas scandal, alleged to have helped facilitating contracts for the company in exchange for donation to Worker's Party 

Tens of thousands of Mexicans protest proposed legalization of same-sex marriage, are against imposed gender ideology education and that religious leaders must marry same-sex couples 

Farc guerrilla unanimously approves peace deal with government, will be implemented if the deal is approved in referendum on October 2 

Hundreds of bus drivers block streets of Caracas in protest for higher wages and protection from violence, complain over scarcity of spare parts 

Hundreds of thousands marched through Caracas in a demonstration for the dismissal of Maduro, the government names the march a failure when organizers hoped to attract a million participants 

Brazil's suspended president Rousseff appears before the Senate to testify at her impeachment trials, claims to be totally innocent and accuses opponents of coup d'etat 

Maduro opens up 48 hour sacking window for officials who signed petition to get rid of him 

Maduro says he would counter coup attempt in Venezuela with purge that would make Erdoğan seem like a "nursing baby" 

Mexican government's human rights body accuses police of killing 22 people in extrajudicial executions in raid on drug cartel last year 

Bolivian President Evo Morales founds military school teaching "anti-imperialist" doctrine, institution allegedly intended to counter US influence, open to students from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua 

Brazilian police hold 3 of 4 US Olympic swimmers who claimed to be robbed from leaving the country, investigating claim it was done by men in police uniforms