Archive for the ‘Americas’ Category

Venezuela Releases 7 Jailed Americans; US Frees 2 Prisoners

WASHINGTON—Venezuela has freed seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of regime leader Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on drug smuggling conspiracy convictions, the White House said Saturday. The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, follows months of back […]

At Least Nine Dead After Warehouse Collapse in Brazil

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire in a warehouse with sugar at the port of Santos, the biggest of Latin America, some 60 km of Sao Paulo, on Oct. 18, 2013. (Ricardo Nogueira/AFP via Getty Images) SAO PAULO—At least nine people have died after part of a warehouse near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo […]

At Least Nine Dead After Warehouse Collapse in Brazil

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire in a warehouse with sugar at the port of Santos, the biggest of Latin America, some 60 km of Sao Paulo, on Oct. 18, 2013. (Ricardo Nogueira/AFP via Getty Images) SAO PAULO—At least nine people have died after part of a warehouse near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo […]

At Least Nine Dead After Warehouse Collapse in Brazil

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire in a warehouse with sugar at the port of Santos, the biggest of Latin America, some 60 km of Sao Paulo, on Oct. 18, 2013. (Ricardo Nogueira/AFP via Getty Images) SAO PAULO—At least nine people have died after part of a warehouse near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo […]

4 Killed in Shooting at Soccer Field in Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Four people have been killed, including a former mayor, in an attack on a soccer field in central Mexico, according to state authorities. The Morelos state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the attack occurred Thursday night in the town of Yecapixtla. In addition to the four dead, there were a number of […]

4 Killed in Shooting at Soccer Field in Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Four people have been killed, including a former mayor, in an attack on a soccer field in central Mexico, according to state authorities. The Morelos state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the attack occurred Thursday night in the town of Yecapixtla. In addition to the four dead, there were a number of […]

3rd Volunteer Grave Search Activist Killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Yet another mother searching for her disappeared son has been killed in northern Mexico, becoming the third volunteer search activist killed in Mexico since 2021. Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of the northern state of Sinaloa, identified the dead woman Wednesday as Rosario Rodríguez Barraza. “I deeply regret the killing of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza, […]

3rd Volunteer Grave Search Activist Killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Yet another mother searching for her disappeared son has been killed in northern Mexico, becoming the third volunteer search activist killed in Mexico since 2021. Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of the northern state of Sinaloa, identified the dead woman Wednesday as Rosario Rodríguez Barraza. “I deeply regret the killing of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza, […]

3rd Volunteer Grave Search Activist Killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Yet another mother searching for her disappeared son has been killed in northern Mexico, becoming the third volunteer search activist killed in Mexico since 2021. Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of the northern state of Sinaloa, identified the dead woman Wednesday as Rosario Rodríguez Barraza. “I deeply regret the killing of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza, […]

‘Taking the Knee’ Seen as ‘Window Dressing’ by Soccer Fans

Almost two-thirds of English soccer fans now oppose players taking the knee before matches, seeing the anti-racism gesture as superficial, a paper co-authored by an academic from the University of South Australia (UniSA) has found. Starting in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in 2020 and the subsequent reignition of the Black Lives Matter movement, […]

‘Taking the Knee’ Seen as ‘Window Dressing’ by Soccer Fans

Almost two-thirds of English soccer fans now oppose players taking the knee before matches, seeing the anti-racism gesture as superficial, a paper co-authored by an academic from the University of South Australia (UniSA) has found. Starting in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in 2020 and the subsequent reignition of the Black Lives Matter movement, […]

‘Taking the Knee’ Seen as ‘Window Dressing’ by Soccer Fans

Almost two-thirds of English soccer fans now oppose players taking the knee before matches, seeing the anti-racism gesture as superficial, a paper co-authored by an academic from the University of South Australia (UniSA) has found. Starting in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in 2020 and the subsequent reignition of the Black Lives Matter movement, […]

Tropical Storm Colin Brings Rain to Carolinas, Weakens

MIAMI—Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday morning, bringing rain and winds, though the storm later weakened and conditions are expected to improve by Monday’s July Fourth celebrations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the possibility of localized flash flooding along the Carolinas coast through Sunday morning. By late […]

Mexican President Wins 90 Percent Backing in Leadership Vote He Sought

MEXICO CITY—Nine out of ten Mexicans voting on Sunday in an unprecedented recall election engineered by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador backed him to stay in office, underlining his domination of a polarized political agenda. Both critics and supporters alike had viewed his victory as a foregone conclusion in a ballot that had fed speculation […]

3 Chinese Nationals Abducted in Nigeria, Police Say

MAKURDI, Nigeria—Police in Nigeria said gunmen abducted three Chinese nationals working in the country’s north central region, the latest incident in a cycle of violence in Africa’s most populous nation. The gunmen also killed two Nigerians who were working with the expatriates Tuesday at a hydroelectric power plant under construction in Niger state, which neighbors […]

Mexican Government Allowing Cruise Ships With COVID-19 to Disembark

Mexico will allow cruise ships carrying people infected with COVID-19 to dock, the country’s government announced on Tuesday. In a news release, the government said it will allow passengers who show symptoms of the virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, to disembark but they must quarantine. Those who test positive will be provided with medical assistance. “In accordance with […]

OPEC Oil Output Boost in November Again Falls Short of Target

LONDON—The increase in OPEC’s oil output in November has again undershot the rise planned under a deal with allies, a Reuters survey found on Tuesday, bringing a lack of capacity in some producers into focus ahead of a policy meeting this week. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumped 27.74 million barrels per […]

Ecuador to Use Military, Mediation to End Prison Violence

A casket is carried by a pickup truck as people gather outside the judicial police station after prisoners were killed and injured at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Nov. 14, 2021. (Santiago Arcos/Reuters) QUITO—Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Monday announced a plan to pacify prisons including with involvement of the military, […]

Remote-Sensing Reveals Details of Ancient Olmec Site in Mexico

Aerial remote-sensing of a large region of Mexico has revealed hundreds of ancient Mesoamerican ceremonial centers, including a large one at an important site for the ancient Olmec culture that is known for its colossal stone heads. The remote-sensing method, called lidar, pinpointed 478 ceremonial centers in areas that were home to the ancient Olmec […]

UN Says Venezuelan Courts Are Involved in Human Rights Violations

By Antonio Maria DelgadoFrom Miami Herald Venezuela’s justice system is exceedingly unjust, with its courts being used as a tool of repression used to arbitrarily jail activists and political opponents to the Nicolás Maduro regime while turning a blind eye to a growing number of human rights violations, a United Nations report said Thursday. In […]

Mexico’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

Mexico’s supreme court on Tuesday decriminalized abortion, ruling that punishing the act runs against the country’s constitution. “From now on, you will not be able to, without violating the court’s criteria and the constitution, charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid,” Arturo Zaldivar, president of the National Supreme Court […]

Hurricane Nora Makes Landfall on Mexico’s Southwestern Coast

MONTERREY, Mexico—The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of torrential rains, life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Nora made landfall on Saturday evening on the northwest coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco. After making landfall near Vicente Guerrero, the category 1 hurricane has continued northward near the coast, NHC said. Videos posted on […]

Biden news – live: President accused of ‘bald-faced lie’ in defensive ABC Afghanistan interview

Biden says troops will stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to evacuate all US civilians Joe Biden has said American troops will stay in Afghanistan until all remaining US citizens —and citizens of American allies — are evacuated from the country after receiving criticism for the chaotic withdrawal of US forces. In […]

Mother accused of crushing disabled daughter with table until she died on visit to see her in hospital

A woman was arrested by the Florida police for allegedly crushing her teen daughter with special needs to death with a table while visiting her at the hospital where she was admitted for an infection, according to a report. Jessica Bortle, 34, has been charged with causing fatal injuries to her daughter by crushing her […]

EU foreign chief calls fall of Kabul “catastrophe”

The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Thursday called the fall of Afghanistan s capital and the resurgence of the Taliban “a catastrophe” and “nightmare” that laid bare a failure of intelligence and trans-Atlantic cooperation. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell further criticized U.S. President Joe Biden for underplaying the commitment to nation-building in Afghanistan. […]

‘Covid is a miserable way to die’: Alabama doctor refuses to treat anyone who is unvaccinated

An Alabama doctor has spoken out to urge a tough stance against unvaccinated patients, saying he will refuse to treat anyone who has opted against receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, as the state sees hospitalisations soar. Jason Valentine, a physician at Diagnostic and Medical Clinic Infirmary Health in Mobile, made the unusual announcement in a Facebook […]

Trump complains ‘horrible muggers and dictators’ are allowed on Twitter and he isn’t

Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday lambasted Twitter for allowing the Taliban to continue operating on the micro-blogging platform in the wake of its takeover in Afghanistan, even as he remains permanently banned from using it. In a phone interview with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, Mr Trump said: “It’s disgraceful when you think that you have […]

Taliban says US must stick to 9/11 exit date but ‘we will not attack them’

A spokesperson for the Taliban has said the US should “withdraw all their forces” from Afghanistan by 9/11, but that it was “committed not to attack them”, after the militant group retook Kabul. Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday, said the Taliban had already announced a “general amnesty” to people in […]

Lauren Boebert jokes about Afghans falling from US plane

Republican representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado is facing a massive backlash online for her insensitive joke about Afghans who fell off a US military plane on Monday in their desperation to get out of the strife-torn country. In a tweet, accompanying the video of hundreds of Afghan men swarming a US military plane as it […]

Hobby Lobby loses 11-year battle to stop trans woman using the bathroom

US retailer Hobby Lobby has been fined for blocking a transgender woman employee from using its women’s bathroom for 11 years, following a court ruling that is a first for transgender people in the state. The 51-year-old employee, Meggan Sommerville, had worked at the same Hobby Lobby location in Illinois for almost 23 years, but […]

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