Category: Southern Cone

Brazil’s jailed former president Lula increases lead in presidential race

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   BRAZIL: Two surveys, the first major polls since presidential candidacies were officially registered last week, both showed jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva […] Read More >

Venezuelan migrants attacked in Brazil and stopped from reaching Ecuador

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA-BRAZIL-ECUADOR-PERU: The residents of a Brazilian border town with Venezuela, in the northern state of Roraima, attacked squatter camps of Venezuelan migrants over the weekend. […] Read More >

Environmental Indigenous activist is killed in Brazil amid conflict with logging mafias

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   BRAZIL: An indigenous leader was allegedly murdered by logging mafias over the weekend in the northern state of Maranhão, authorities confirmed yesterday that they are […] Read More >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

A federal judge ordered former Argentina President Cristina Fernández to testify on alleged corruption

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   ARGENTINA: A federal judge ordered former President Cristina Fernández to testify in an investigation into alleged corruption involving public works contracts. Judge Claudio Bonadio also […] Read More >

Argentina president announces controversial military participation in internal security

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   ARGENTINA: President Mauricio Macri said on Monday he is pushing for a reform that will allow the armed forces to participate in fighting crime, drug […] Read More >