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United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports

23 Jun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter The United States has suspended Brazilian meat imports over “recurring concerns about the safety of products intended for the American market”. Several countries banned Brazilian meat in March, when prosecutors said health inspectors there had been taking bribes to approve sub-standard meat. The […]

Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists

23 Jun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Enrique Peña Nieto strongly denied the claims in a speech in Jalisco Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has strongly denied his government spied on prominent journalists and activists by hacking their phones. He said there was “nothing more false” than to suggest his government was behind the installation of spyware. […]

Guatemala landslide death toll rises to 12

22 Jun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A bus was buried as the landslide came down onto a hillside road The number of people killed in a landslide in Guatemala has risen to 12 after a 94-year-old man who was rescued on Tuesday died in hospital. Heavy rains caused the mudslide in the municipality of San Pedro […]

Haiti ex-coup leader Guy Philippe sentenced in US

22 Jun

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guy Philippe led the 2004 coup against Jean-Bertrand Aristide The leader of a 2004 coup in Haiti that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been jailed for nine years in the United States for conspiracy to launder drug money. Guy Philippe, 49, had pleaded guilty. He was arrested earlier this […]

Venezuelan baseball season should be cancelled, manager says

22 Jun

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baseball is Venezuela’s most popular sport Venezuela’s baseball season should be cancelled due to the country’s ongoing crisis, a leading coach has said. “There should be no baseball season this year,” Alfredo Pedrique, a former Major League Baseball player, said during a radio interview. He said he had seen […]

Remains of Menem Jr exhumed amid murder claims in Argentina

22 Jun

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This picture shows Carlos Menem and his son in 1993, two years before the helicopter crash The remains of the son of the former Argentine President, Carlos Menem, have been exhumed, 22 years after he died in a helicopter crash. A judge ordered the exhumation as part of a […]

Venezuela chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega could face trial

21 Jun

Image copyright EPA Image caption Luisa Ortega has been denounced as a “traitor” by socialist party officials Venezuela’s Supreme Court has paved the way for a possible trial of the country’s chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega. A governing party lawmaker requested that the Supreme Court allow proceedings against her for allegedly committing “grave errors” in her […]

Brazil pilot survives crash landing in Amazon but dies in rescue

21 Jun

Image copyright Handout – Roraima Government Image caption Officials only recovered the pilot’s body on Saturday A Brazilian pilot who crash-landed into an Amazon river, saving the life of his passenger, has died after falling from a rescue helicopter. The single-engine plane managed to land on the river after an electrical fault. It submerged within […]

Venezuelan president sacks military top brass amid abuses

21 Jun

Image copyright EPA Image caption The National Guard have been the main force controlling street protests Venezuela’s president has replaced four top military commanders over the use of live bullets by security forces during months of unrest. On Monday images emerged showing security force officers apparently firing on protesters. President Nicolas Maduro also announced the […]

Nazi artefacts seized in raid on home in Buenos Aires, Argentina

21 Jun

Authorities in Argentina have released images of a major trove of Nazi artefacts seized during a raid on a home in Buenos Aires. The crafted objects, which include a bust of Adolf Hitler and an eagle of the Third Reich, were found in two shops and a home in the north of the country’s capital. […]