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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Latin America

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# Latin America
Colombia reaches one million confirmed coronavirus cases
It comes after Argentina hit the same milestone on Monday.
# Covid-19
Latin America and the Caribbean have now surpassed Europe for Covid-19 deaths
Meanwhile, in India, the number of cases have doubled in three weeks.
# Resignation
Future interim Bolivian president promises new elections amidst pro-Morales protests
It follows weeks of protests against the re-election of the 60-year-old.
'A truly remarkable person': Tributes paid to Trócaire worker of 37 years Sally O'Neill
Through the years, O’Neill worked primarily on Trócaire projects in Latin America.
# Violence
Journalist shot dead during violent clashes over pension reform in Nicaragua
The protests are the worst experienced in the 11 years President Daniel Ortega has led the country.
# higher and higher
'A huge rise': Colombia produced 866 metric tonnes of cocaine last year
Over 145,000 hectares of coca were cultivated last year.
# Corruption
Former Brazil leader Lula gets nearly 10 years in jail for accepting bribe
The current president has also been charged with taking bribes and several of his ministers have resigned after corruption claims were made.
# Coup d'etat
When a coup is not a coup: Venezuela is edging closer to a full-on democratic catastrophe
A number of Latin American countries have hit out at the move.
# Latin America
Protests across Latin America after Argentinian teenager raped and impaled on a spike
Thousands of women across South America took part in the demonstration.
# none of the above
This country's new president is an actor who once played a moron who ran for president
So meta.
# Latin America
Sexual health group targeted for helping a 10-year-old rape survivor seek an abortion
A new report from Amnesty International looks at the treatment of those advocating for safe abortions and sexual health across Latin America.
# Abortion
"Protection of life surpasses religion and politics. We cannot allow this country to promote death."
Peru has rejected legalised abortions for victims of rape.
# don't cry for me
Inflation is so bad in Argentina people have stopped worrying about it
Price have risen by 20% yearly for the past 8 years.
# staying power
This former left-wing guerilla has just been re-elected as Brazil's president
Dilma Rousseff saw off the challenge of Aecio Neves in the presidential run-off.
# Latin America
Brazil's president sees off ex-maid and 'smooth operator' to win first-round vote
Dilma Rousseff won the first-round election last night and now faces a run-off against her centre-right opponent.
# a history of violence
Around 120 million girls worldwide have been sexually assaulted
Shockingly, nearly 95,000 children were killed in one year alone.
Opinion: The ugly cost of the beautiful game in Brazil
The real competition in Brazil is for ownership of the land and control of natural resources.
# IMPAC Award
A childhood in dangerous Colombia inspires...
Juan Gabriel Vásquez grew up in a Bogotá rife with violence, and a drugs trade beginning to take off. His experiences inspired his IMPAC-winning novel.
# Aló Presidente
Busy day for President Higgins as Central American tour continues
The President and his wife will attend a lunch hosted by his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, where they’ll also be joined by business and academic figures from the country’s Irish community.
Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to US leaker Snowden
Nicaragua and Venezuela have also offered asylum to the American – one days after denouncing the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive was aboard.
# Pregnancy
C-section approved for seriously ill pregnant woman denied abortion in El Salvador
A 22-year-old critically ill pregnant woman, whose foetus has been given no chance of surviving, has been denied an abortion after judges rejected her lawyers’ appeal that the pregnancy was life-threatening.
# Guatemala
In world first, Guatemala convicts former president of genocide
Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and war crimes in a ruling arising from massacres of indigenous people in the 1980s.
# pope francis
Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter
In his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed for Syria, the Korean peninsula and issued an appeal for hostages held by militants in Nigeria.
Column: Chávez was a charismatic leader - but his economic legacy should be a warning
We’ve lost a colourful world leader who genuinely seemed to have the best interests of his people at heart. But the facts don’t lie – Chávez’s economic legacy is a warning against statist socialism, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Venezuela
Hugo Chavez will be embalmed 'like Ho Chi Minh, Lenin and Mao'
Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in later today and said that Chavez will be kept in a glass casket “for eternity”.
# Ecuador
Ecuador: President secures third term, says revolution cannot be stopped
“Nobody is going to stop this revolution. We are making history,” leftist leader Rafael Correa declared as he secured a third term in office.
# Mexico
Archaeologists puzzled by discovery of 150 skulls in central Mexico
The skulls were found away from any pyramid or temple complex, and date to an era where no major civilisation flourished.
# Environment
Photo essay: El Salvadorians taking action against environmental threat
Dr Oliver Moore travelled to the Latin American country with Trócaire to see local communities becoming empowered to fight for a clean environment, and for sustainable development.
# Gay Marriage
Uruguay congress considers same-sex marriage law
The Latin American country is considering a new law to give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.
# Exports
Q. Where should Ireland look to trade?
A. We should look to Middle East and Latin America, according to new trade forecast.
# Argentina
Argentina lowers its voting age to 16
The move will likely strengthen President Cristina Kirchner’s hopes of retaining control of the legislature and potentially change the constitution to allow her to run for a third term.
# green jersey approach
Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey
Michael D Higgins arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday and headed straight for a meeting with the popular former president.
# El Presidente
President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile
President Michael D Higgins has a busy schedule on the day two of his South American trip.
# El Presidente
Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile
The President met with his Chilean counterpart on a busy day of public engagements.
# Colombia
Colombia says last top drug lord arrested
Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, alleged to be the country’s last major drug lord, has been arrested in an international sting.
# Latin trip
President Higgins to travel to Latin America in October
The President is expected to make an official visit to Chile, Brazil and Argentina next month.
# Julian Assange
Ecuador's president says Assange allegations 'not crimes' in most places
Correa said the alleged actions against the WikiLeaks founder were ‘not crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the world’ but they had played no part in Quito’s decision to grant Assange asylum.
Farc rebels release ten hostages held for at least 12 years
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos praised the release of captives, but called the move “insufficient” to merit a peace dialogue.
# hugo chavez
Chavez says he is 'recovering rapidly' after latest surgery in Cuba
The Venezuelan leader has undergone surgery for another potentially cancerous tumour.
# Rio de Janeiro
Six bodies pulled from Rio rubble after building collapse
Six people have been confirmed dead and 16 remain missing following the collapse of three high-rise buildings in Rio de Janeiro earlier today.