Category: Regions

Mario Abdo Benítez is sworn in as Paraguay’s new president

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PARAGUAY: Mario Abdo Benítez was sworn in yesterday as Paraguay’s new president. The right-wing former lawmaker promised to continue business-friendly policies and to combat poverty and […] Read More >

Colombian intelligence agency ex-deputy chief is convicted of 1999 murder of popular comedian Jaime Garzón

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The former deputy chief of the state intelligence agency was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for the murder in 1999 of popular comedian, […] Read More >

Former Argentina President Cristina Fernández testifies in court, denies wrongdoing and accuses judge of political motives

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: Former president Cristina Fernández appeared before a court in Buenos Aires yesterday but declined to speak and instead presented a written statement denying any wrongdoing […] Read More >

Jailed Venezuelan lawmaker still hasn’t had contact with lawyers but appears in “confession” video

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: Arrested lawmaker Juan Requesens has still not be allowed to talk to a lawyer or see his family since he was taken into custody without […] Read More >

Brazil suffered record number of murders in 2017, says new independent data

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL: New data shows that in 2017 the southern giant broke its own record for homicides with a 3.7 percent increase in the number of killings […] Read More >

Argentina Senate rejects controversial bill to legalize abortion

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   ARGENTINA: The Senate narrowly rejected a bill to legalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy today before dawn. Senators began debating the bill […] Read More >

New Colombian President Iván Duque takes office amid polarization

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Newly-elected President Iván Duque took office yesterday with a ceremony at Bogotá’s central Plaza de Bolívar. Duque, who defines himself as a centrist liberal, […] Read More >

Brazil closes and then reopens its norther frontier to Venezuelan migrants

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   BRAZIL: A judge issued an order on Sunday preventing Venezuelans from entering Brazil through the northern state of Roraima until conditions for a “humanitarian reception” […] Read More >

Two drones explode during Venezuelan president’s speech at military parade

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA: Drones exploded near President Nicolás Maduro in an apparent assassination attempt while he was delivering a televised speech at a military event on Saturday. […] Read More >

Venezuela relaxes foreign currency exchange controls

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA: The ruling party’s National Constituent Assembly voted yesterday to relax strict currency exchange controls as part of President Nicolás Maduro’s plan to combat the […] Read More >