Category: Andes

Iván Duque, conservative heir to former president, wins Colombian presidential elections

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Yesterday, Colombians went to the polls and elected young conservative Iván Duque in a runoff vote against former leftwing mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro, the […] Read More >

First case of polio detected in Venezuela since 1989

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: A case of polio was confirmed on Saturday in the Delta Amacuro state of northeastern Venezuela by a report from the Pan-American Health Organization. This is the […] Read More >

Venezuela releases Chevron executives, Spain arrests son of Venezuelan oil magnate

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: Two local executives of U.S. oil company Chevron were freed yesterday after almost two months in jail on corruption charges. Carlos Algarra and René Vásquez are […] Read More >

Trump administration calls for the suspension of Venezuela from OAS

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA-UNITED STATES: The Trump administration used the General Assembly of the Organization of American States yesterday to call for the suspension of Venezuela and the use […] Read More >

Colombian elections: right-wing Duque and left-wing Petro lead first round and head to runoff

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: In the first presidential elections since the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC, Colombians voted at historically high levels but failed to elect […] Read More >

Maduro is reelected as Venezuelan president, opposition calls the election invalid

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: In a presidential election marked by high levels of abstention, President Nicolás Maduro was reelected yesterday for a second six-year-term with 5.8 million votes. His closest […] Read More >

One million Venezuelans fled to Colombia in past year: Red Cross

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: At least one million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia since mid-2017 to escape their country’s intensifying economic crisis, a senior Red Cross official reported this […] Read More >

Maduro must step down, “time for talking” is over: Nikki Haley

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA U.S.-VENEZUELA: A day after Vice President Mike Pence called on the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said President Nicolás […] Read More >

Colombian former president said gov. officials warned him of a plot against his life

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Right-wing opposition Senator and former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez claimed yesterday that government officials warned him of a plot against his life last week. Former […] Read More >

Colombian wins Goldman environmental prize for facing mining interests

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Francia Márquez Mina, a 36-year-old Afro community leader from the western Cauca department, won the 2018 Goldman Prize yesterday for her creative defense of ancestral […] Read More >