Update: Death toll rises to 10 after Brazilian cliff collapses onto leisure boats

Ten people have been killed after part of a cliff collapsed onto leisure boats on a Brazilian lake. Another 32 were injured in the accident in the south-east of the country. Video circulating online shows the moment the rock detaches from the cliff face as onlookers try to yell warnings to the boats beneath. At least one of the boats appears to have sunk, while others managed to escape from the huge wave the falling rock created. The collapse at 11:00 local time (14:00 GMT) followed days of rain in Minas Gerais state, which had made the cliffs more susceptible … Continue reading Update: Death toll rises to 10 after Brazilian cliff collapses onto leisure boats

OMG: Two arrested after 10 bodies found in car in Mexico

Two arrests have been made after 10 bodies were found inside a car in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas. The discovery came after the vehicle was left outside a historic local state governor’s office in the middle of a public square. Officials became suspicious of the car, a Mazda SUV, and found the bodies early on Thursday morning. David Monreal, governor of the central state, later confirmed on social media that two suspects had been detained. “They came to leave them here in front of the palace,” he said of the crime, adding the victims were “apparently beaten”. The … Continue reading OMG: Two arrested after 10 bodies found in car in Mexico

Tragic: Paraguayan soldier killed by deer at presidential palace

A Paraguayan soldier has died after he was attacked by a deer in the gardens of the country’s presidential palace. Sergeant Victor Isasi, 42, died as a result of piercing injuries caused by its antlers, the military said. The non-native deer was a gift to the presidential residence near the capital, Asunción. An infantry spokesman said it was usually kept in a separate area with other wild animals which were not meant to come into contact with people. CCTV captured the moment when the soldier approached the deer before being attacked. He was later pronounced dead in a military hospital. … Continue reading Tragic: Paraguayan soldier killed by deer at presidential palace

Haiti PM Ariel Henry survived assassination attempt

Gunmen tried to kill Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the country’s independence, officials say. The incident happened as Mr Henry took part in the ceremony at a church in the northern city of Gonaïves. Video posted online showed the prime minister and his entourage scrambling toward their cars amid intense gunfire. The security situation has deteriorated significantly since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last July. Mr Henry has pledged to crack down on powerful gangs that are blamed for a wave of kidnappings and for seizing control of much … Continue reading Haiti PM Ariel Henry survived assassination attempt

Guatemala land dispute claims 13 lives including children

Police in Guatemala said on Saturday that 13 people have been killed in the village of Chiquix, 155 kilometers (96 miles) east of Guatemala City, in an apparent land dispute. The victims include women and children. It was not immediately clear how the victims died, but police described the killings as “intolerable and incomprehensible fratricide.” According to a police statement released on Twitter, a police officer was among those killed while two others were injured. A dispute between two municipalities that has run for more than 100 years appears to be the cause of the attack. Residents of Nahuala and … Continue reading Guatemala land dispute claims 13 lives including children

Haiti fuel tanker blast kills dozens in Cap-Haïtien

More than 60 people have been killed after a fuel tanker exploded in northern Haiti, officials say. Reports say the vehicle was involved in an accident in the city of Cap-Haïtien, and the victims had been trying to gather leaking fuel when it ignited. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed by those injured in the blast. Prime Minister Ariel Henry said the entire Caribbean nation was grieving after the accident, as he declared three days of mourning. “I learned, with desolation and emotion, the sad news of the explosion last night in Cap-Haïtien,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Pictures posted … Continue reading Haiti fuel tanker blast kills dozens in Cap-Haïtien

Oh Yeah: Brazil builds bridge to help endangered monkey species cross road

A bridge has been built to help a group of endangered monkeys safely cross a busy road amid fears over falling population numbers. Conservationists in Rio de Janeiro came up with the idea to help the golden lion tamarins access more forests. The Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro is the only place in the world where the species still exists in the wild. Experts had grown concerned that the monkeys had become confined to a small area of forest because of a dual carriageway. But an ecological bridge, covered in trees and plants, means they can now easily traverse the busy road and … Continue reading Oh Yeah: Brazil builds bridge to help endangered monkey species cross road

Nicaragua receives China vaccines after cutting ties with Taiwan

Nicaragua has received one million Covid-19 vaccines from China, days after it cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of Beijing. Government representatives returned to the Central American state on Sunday with news of the donation. Local media broadcast clips showing an Air China plane landing with the first 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine. Officials said they were “extremely grateful” for restored relations with Beijing. “We have come back with this great news that we have brought this donation of one million vaccinates to the Nicaraguan people,” said Laureano Ortega Murillo, the son of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and … Continue reading Nicaragua receives China vaccines after cutting ties with Taiwan

Tragic: At least 49 migrants killed in Mexico truck crash

At least 49 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a truck carrying migrants crashed in southern Mexico, authorities say. More than 100 migrants from Central America were crammed into the trailer when the truck rolled over and hit a bridge in the state of Chiapas. Pictures from the crash scene show victims strewn across the road next to the overturned truck. There were also rows of what appeared to be bodies covered in white cloths. At least 58 people have been taken to hospital with injuries, said Luis Manuel Garcia, head of the Chiapas civil protection agency. … Continue reading Tragic: At least 49 migrants killed in Mexico truck crash

Argentina’s ex-president charged in spying case

Mauricio Macri Argentina’s former President Mauricio Macri has been charged with ordering the secret services to spy on relatives of 44 sailors who died when the Ara San Juan submarine sank in 2017. Judge Marin Bava says Mr Macri has violated the country’s intelligence laws by demanding a dossier on the victims’ families. They accuse the Navy of negligence. Mr Macri, who was president in 2015-19 and is now an opposition leader, says the charges are politically motivated. “I did not spy on anyone, I never ordered [anyone] in my government to spy on anyone,” he said earlier this month. … Continue reading Argentina’s ex-president charged in spying case

Honduras to elect first female president

Honduras looks set to elect its first female president, Xiomara Castro, after the ruling party conceded defeat. Ms Castro, the candidate for the left-wing Libre (Free) Party, has a preliminary lead of almost 20 percentage points over her rival. Her victory will bring an end to the 12-year reign of the right-wing National Party, which has been plagued by scandals and corruption accusations. Ms Castro will replace the divisive President Juan Orlando Hernández. He has been dogged by allegations of ties to the drugs trade after his brother Antonio was jailed for trafficking in the United States. Ms Castro has promised … Continue reading Honduras to elect first female president

Mexican nursery’s lottery win turns into nightmare

Parents in southern Mexico say they are being threatened by a gang after their children’s nursery won 20m pesos ($950,000; £710,0000) in a lottery. The nursery has just over two dozen pupils and their parents were put in charge of administering the prize. Soon after their win was made public, they received threats from an armed group, which demanded that they use the money to buy weapons for the gang. The families say they had to flee their village and have been living rough. Gang violence is rife in Mexico and armed groups often try to recruit locals in their … Continue reading Mexican nursery’s lottery win turns into nightmare