Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, no tsunami threat: USGS

LA SERENA (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said it rattled buildings farther south in the capital city of Santiago but left only minor damage in its wake. The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT) about

Colombia asks Cuba to capture ELN leaders after attack on police academy

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s ELN rebel group was responsible for the car bomb attack against a police academy that killed at least 21 and injured dozens, President Ivan Duque said on Friday, making it almost impossible peace talks with the insurgent group can soon restart. FILE PHOTO: Police and security personnel work at the scene

Car bomb at Colombian police academy kills nine, injures 24

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least nine people and wounding over 20 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past. According to authorities, the car, a gray Nissan Patrol, broke through checkpoints at 9.30 a.m.

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido ‘not afraid’ after detention

CARABALLEDA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday said that President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries were “not afraid” even though he was briefly detained by intelligence agents, days after announcing he would be willing to replace the increasingly isolated president. Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and lawmaker of the opposition

Venezuela claims win in LatAm diplomatic dispute, ignores criticism of Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government claimed victory on Saturday in a diplomatic quarrel with Latin American countries over a border dispute with Guyana, while ignoring an avalanche of criticism over President Nicolas Maduro’s second term in office. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony, after his swearing-in for a second presidential term,

Mexico City pipeline hit by ‘sabotage’ amid crackdown on fuel theft

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A major fuel pipeline that supplies Mexico City remained closed after two ruptures in a single day, the president said on Friday, as the government works to stem shortages that have frustrated motorists and triggered economic risks. Gas burns off at a stack flare ar the Mexico’s state-owned company Pemex refinery

Thousands march against Macri’s austerity measures in Argentina

A man holds a sign that reads “IMF (International Monetary Fund) = Hunger” during a protest against a cost increase in public and utility services in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci LIMA (Reuters) – Thousands of Argentines marched through downtown Buenos Aires on Thursday in the first of a series of demonstrations

Maduro faces next term in a hobbled, isolated Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro begins a second term in office on Thursday in defiance of international criticism that his reelection last year was illegitimate, further isolating the South American country where an economic crisis is fueling a humanitarian emergency. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro holds a copy of the National Constitution while he

Peru’s new top prosecutor criticizes president’s bill after taking office

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s new Attorney General Zoraida Avalos on Tuesday criticized legislation proposed by President Martin Vizcarra to revamp the prosecutors office, warning it would violate the institution’s constitutionally-protected autonomy. FILE PHOTO: People holding signs that read, “Chavarry go”, referring to Peru Attorney General Pedro Chavarry, march to support Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra’s motion

New Venezuela congress chief says Maduro will be usurper president

CARACAS (Reuters) – The newly elected chief of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Saturday said President Nicolas Maduro will be “usurping the presidency” when he swears in for a second term on Jan. 10 after winning a much criticized and broadly boycotted 2018 election. Juan Guaido, lawmaker of the Venezuelan opposition party Popular Will (Partido Voluntad

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