‘I am Inca blood’: Peru protests fire up a divided nation

LIMA/DESAGUADERO, Peru, Jan 30 (Reuters) – In the Peruvian southern border town of Desaguadero, indigenous protester Adela Perez is defiant after almost eight weeks of deadly clashes that have roiled the Andean nation, hit its huge copper mines and strained the country’s democratic institutions. The country of some 34 million people has been in the … Read more

Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuela offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Thousands march on Peru’s capital as unrest spreads, building set ablaze

LIMA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters in Peru, many from the country’s heavily indigenous south, descended on Lima, the capital, on Thursday, angered by a mounting death toll since unrest erupted last month and calling for sweeping change. Police estimated the march at around 3,500 people, but others speculated it attracted more than … Read more

Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

Brazil’s crowdfunded insurrection leaves paper trail for police

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – With a Brazil flag draped around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the Brazilian Senate president’s ceremonial chair which he had just commandeered and surveyed the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s kicking off out there,” he said, watching … Read more

Brazil markets tumble on Lula’s first full day in office

BRASILIA, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Brazilian markets delivered a withering verdict on leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s first full day in office on Monday, after he pledged to prioritize social issues and ordered a budget-busting extension to a fuel tax exemption. Lula’s decision to extend the fuel tax exemption, which will deprive the … Read more

US plans to expand border expulsions for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is planning to use pandemic-era restrictions to expel many Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants caught at the southwest border back to Mexico, while simultaneously allowing some to enter the United States by air on humanitarian grounds, according to three US officials familiar with the matter. This latest … Read more

‘Coup-mongering’ Bolsonarista’s battle cry reveals a radicalized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most fraught election in a generation, Milton Baldin arrived in the capital Brasilia to try to overturn the result. A small business owner from the deep interior of Brazil, Baldin, 55, joined … Read more

Caught in the crossfire, Peru protest deaths keep anger burning

AYACUCHO, Peru, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Edgar Prado, 51, a mechanic and driver from the city of Ayacucho in southern Peru, spent most of the day on Dec. 15 in his garage tinkering on his white Toyota Hilux pickup, even as protests began to build in the airport just a block away. At 5.56 pm … Read more