Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Reuters

Brazil’s Bolsonaro condemns election ban as thousands rally behind him

Jair Bolsonaro led supporters at a rally in the heart of Brazil’s biggest city in an attempted show of force against political opponents.

26 Feb 2024 - 11:09AM

Colombia to use robot to remove treasures from ship that sank 300 years ago

The robot will work at a depth of 600m to recover items from the San Jose galleon, which sank in 1708 while laden with gold and emeralds.

The robot will work at a depth of 600m to recover items from the San Jose galleon, which sank in 1708 while laden with gold and emeralds.

24 Feb 2024 - 1:50PM

China’s Latin American investments downshift to smaller, more strategic projects

High-risk, high-cost mega-infrastructure projects like those backed by Belt and Road Initiative decline in popularity, with developments now seen in sectors with faster returns and fewer operating costs.

High-risk, high-cost mega-infrastructure projects like those backed by Belt and Road Initiative decline in popularity, with developments now seen in sectors with faster returns and fewer operating costs.

22 Feb 2024 - 10:58PM

Brazil calls for reform of UN as it starts its G20 presidency

Brazil’s foreign minister called for reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions while criticising their inability to prevent global conflicts.

Brazil’s foreign minister called for reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions while criticising their inability to prevent global conflicts.

22 Feb 2024 - 12:04PM

Chile reopens inquiry into Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s 1973 death

In 2017, foreign forensic experts suggested the poet had not died only of cancer, as officially stated, and did not rule out ‘third parties’ being involved.

In 2017, foreign forensic experts suggested the poet had not died only of cancer, as officially stated, and did not rule out ‘third parties’ being involved.

21 Feb 2024 - 4:09AM

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Scenes in Haiti capital Port-au-Prince following the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise. File photo: AFP

Haiti judge charges widow, ex-PM over president’s 2021 assassination

Martine Moise conspired with former prime minister Claude Joseph to kill President Jovenel Moise in order to replace him herself, judge says.

20 Feb 2024 - 12:58PM

UK’s Cameron visits Falklands in 30-year first, sparking ‘provocation’ claim

David Cameron toured battle sites of the Falklands War on Monday in the first visit by a British foreign secretary to the South Atlantic archipelago in three decades.

David Cameron toured battle sites of the Falklands War on Monday in the first visit by a British foreign secretary to the South Atlantic archipelago in three decades.

22 Feb 2024 - 5:24PM

Brazil-Israel row escalates after Lula’s Holocaust remarks

Brazil recalls its ambassador and Israel declares President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ‘persona non grata’ for his comparison of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to the Holocaust.

Brazil recalls its ambassador and Israel declares President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ‘persona non grata’ for his comparison of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to the Holocaust.

20 Feb 2024 - 1:02PM

‘Go back to Hong Kong’ jibe sparks debate on level of racism in Canada

Canadian city of Richmond in spotlight after woman filmed telling Asian man to ‘go back to Hong Kong’ during angry exchange at local council meeting.

Canadian city of Richmond in spotlight after woman filmed telling Asian man to ‘go back to Hong Kong’ during angry exchange at local council meeting.

18 Feb 2024 - 9:49PM

US secretary of state to meet with Brazilian and Argentine presidents next week

After taking part in a Group of 20 meeting, Antony Blinken is expected to meet with Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia and Javier Milei in Buenos Aires.

After taking part in a Group of 20 meeting, Antony Blinken is expected to meet with Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia and Javier Milei in Buenos Aires.

17 Feb 2024 - 6:47AM

Argentina’s Javier Milei makes up with Pope Francis over pastries, biscuits

They met as Argentina faces its worst economic crisis in decades, with inflation at more than 200 per cent and Milei in trouble after his major reform package was rejected.

They met as Argentina faces its worst economic crisis in decades, with inflation at more than 200 per cent and Milei in trouble after his major reform package was rejected.

12 Feb 2024 - 9:41PM

1,000 volunteers scramble in Caribbean to clean up massive oil spill

A ship called The Gulfstream, which is said to have made no emergency calls and had no sign of life on board, has run aground off Trinidad and Tobago, affecting at least 15km of coastline.

A ship called The Gulfstream, which is said to have made no emergency calls and had no sign of life on board, has run aground off Trinidad and Tobago, affecting at least 15km of coastline.

11 Feb 2024 - 6:01PM

Fowl play: Cuba charges 30 over massive chicken meat heist

Thieves took 133 tonnes of chicken – said to be a month’s ration for a medium-sized province – from a facility in Havana and sold it to buy refrigerators, televisions and air conditioners.

Thieves took 133 tonnes of chicken – said to be a month’s ration for a medium-sized province – from a facility in Havana and sold it to buy refrigerators, televisions and air conditioners.

10 Feb 2024 - 11:40PM

Brazil police investigate Bolsonaro’s allies over alleged coup attempt

Investigation is connected to alleged criminal organisation that ‘acted to attempt a coup’ that would have kept Bolsonaro in power after his election defeat to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Investigation is connected to alleged criminal organisation that ‘acted to attempt a coup’ that would have kept Bolsonaro in power after his election defeat to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

9 Feb 2024 - 1:27AM

Chile’s former president Sebastian Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Sources say Pinera was piloting helicopter that plunged into a lake in southern Chile. Three others survived.

Sources say Pinera was piloting helicopter that plunged into a lake in southern Chile. Three others survived.

7 Feb 2024 - 4:45PM

Forest fires kill dozens in Chile’s worst disaster since 2010 earthquake

Firefighters in central Chile battled to quell fierce forest fires as President Gabriel Boric warned the country faced a ‘tragedy of very great magnitude’.

Firefighters in central Chile battled to quell fierce forest fires as President Gabriel Boric warned the country faced a ‘tragedy of very great magnitude’.

5 Feb 2024 - 3:55PM

El Salvador’s President Bukele declares landslide victory in election

‘World’s Coolest Dictator’ Nayib Bukele claims a second five-year term in El Salvador, riding a wave of support for his no-limit ‘war’ on gangs.

‘World’s Coolest Dictator’ Nayib Bukele claims a second five-year term in El Salvador, riding a wave of support for his no-limit ‘war’ on gangs.

5 Feb 2024 - 3:09PM

Chile wildfire death toll jumps to 99, state morgue confirms

President Gabriel Boric said the death toll would continue to rise, adding that it was the country’s deadliest disaster since 2010’s earthquake and tsunami.

President Gabriel Boric said the death toll would continue to rise, adding that it was the country’s deadliest disaster since 2010’s earthquake and tsunami.

5 Feb 2024 - 5:12AM

‘I’ve never seen anything like it’: at least 19 dead in Chile forest fires

‘There are all these people trying to get out who can’t move’ in blazes in the Vina del Mar and Valparaiso tourist regions, with tens of thousands of hectares ravaged and cities cloaked in smoke.

‘There are all these people trying to get out who can’t move’ in blazes in the Vina del Mar and Valparaiso tourist regions, with tens of thousands of hectares ravaged and cities cloaked in smoke.

3 Feb 2024 - 11:12PM

China’s investment in Mexico is up – but is dodging US tariffs the whole story?

Mexico has been the beneficiary of more Chinese investment in recent years, and its preferential status with its northern neighbour has provided a way past US tariffs. But there are other benefits – and risks – analysts say.

Mexico has been the beneficiary of more Chinese investment in recent years, and its preferential status with its northern neighbour has provided a way past US tariffs. But there are other benefits – and risks – analysts say.

3 Feb 2024 - 7:16AM