About Time: Brazil to name famous Maracana stadium after Pele

Brazil’s Maracana stadium will be named after the country’s football legend Pele, as the Rio de Janeiro state legislature voted on Tuesday to change its official title to the Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Rei Pele Stadium. Rei means king in Portuguese. The 80-year-old Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, played at the stadium many times for Brazil and scored his 1,000th goal there in 1969 for Santos against local club Vasco da Gama. “It is a worthy homage to a man who is recognised the world over for his legacy in Brazilian football and for the … Continue reading About Time: Brazil to name famous Maracana stadium after Pele

Gender Violence: Brutal murders in rural Venezuela highlight violence against women

Denis Reanez was looking through her daughter’s things when she found a handwritten song she had been penning on a sheet slipped inside her bible. Denis Reanez’s daughter Eliannys Martinez was just 17 when she was murdered (Yuri Cortez) But Eliannys Martinez would never sing it. She was murdered on February 21 in La Mision in Venezuela’s western Portuguesa state, aged just 17 when she became one of the two victims of a sexual predator who sowed terror in the village of 5,000. Murders of women have surged in Venezuela in the past year, and the killings in La Mision have embodied … Continue reading Gender Violence: Brutal murders in rural Venezuela highlight violence against women

Tragic: Seven university students fall to death in Bolivia

At least seven students have died and five seriously injured when they fell from the fourth floor of a university building in Bolivia after a metal railing gave way on Tuesday, the government said. Footage of the incident shows students crammed into a narrow passageway trying to enter an assembly hall. A metal railing can be seen giving way under the weight of the pushing and shoving students, with several plummeting to the concrete floor below at the El Alto university near La Paz, others clutched on to fellow students to stop their fall. “From this accident, seven have died … Continue reading Tragic: Seven university students fall to death in Bolivia

Developing Story: Multiple deaths in Haiti prison break, including jail director

Multiple people were killed Thursday in Haiti, including the director of a prison in the suburbs of capital Port-au-Prince, after several inmates escaped, police said. View of the facade of the Croix-des-Bouquets prison from where many prisoners escaped and where several people were killed, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti “Division inspector Paul Hector Joseph, who is in charge of the civil prison of Croix des Bouquets, was killed in the prison,” Gary Desrosiers, the spokesperson for the Haitian national police, told AFP. Edler Guillaume, government commissioner of Croix-des-Bouquets. “Multiple prisoners have escaped,” he added, without specifying the number. At least six people were shot … Continue reading Developing Story: Multiple deaths in Haiti prison break, including jail director

62 dead in Ecuador prison riots, dozens injured

At least 62 people have been killed and dozens more injured in three separate prison riots in Ecuador, authorities said on Tuesday. Officials blamed the riots at detention facilities in the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga on disputes between rival gangs. Local media reported prisoners were killed in gun and knife attacks. “These were two groups vying for criminal leadership within the detention centres,” said Edmundo Moncayo, the director of Ecuador’s prison agency. Moncayo said at least 62 deaths had been reported so far. Authorities have been able “to control and restore order within the detention centres” with the … Continue reading 62 dead in Ecuador prison riots, dozens injured

Conundrum over what to do with growing population of Pablo Escobar’s hippos

Hippos float in the lake at Hacienda Napoles Park, once the private estate of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar  Pablo Escobar, the drug kingpin who reigned over the cocaine trade in Colombia in the 1980s, has left authorities in the country with a conundrum long after his death: what to do with the rapidly expanding hippopotamus population left over from his private zoo. His sprawling palace in between mountain ranges hosted kangaroos, giraffes, elephants and other exotic animals, but long after the fall of the Medellin Cartel, it is the drug lord’s famous hippos that have persisted in the tropical countryside. … Continue reading Conundrum over what to do with growing population of Pablo Escobar’s hippos

Judge and police officer among 23 arrested for ‘coup attempt’

The president of Haiti says an attempt to kill him and overthrow the government has been foiled, amid a dispute over when his term ends, at least 23 people were arrested, including a top judge and a senior police officer, the authorities said. President Jovenal Moïse insists his term in office ends in February 2022, but opponents say it finished on Sunday. Protesters took to the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince and other towns over his refusal to step down. There were clashes with police, who responded with tear gas. “We cannot accept that Jovenel Moïse violates the constitution of … Continue reading Judge and police officer among 23 arrested for ‘coup attempt’

Search continues for missing in Colombia boat disaster

Colombia’s navy is searching for an unknown number of people who are missing after two boats capsized off the port city of Tumaco. At least 14 people – seven of them children – were killed when the boats sunk in the Pacific on Saturday, the boats were transporting locals from Tumaco to San José del Guayabo. The cause of the accident is not yet known but officials said none of the bodies they had retrieved had been wearing life jackets. There is no record of how many people were on board but survivors say as many as 16 people could … Continue reading Search continues for missing in Colombia boat disaster

Chile triggers national panic by mistakenly sending tsunami warning after quake

A warning sign painted on the street reading “Tsunami Evacuation” in La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile, taken on June 11, 2015. Authorities in Chile have expressed regret for spreading panic with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica. On Saturday evening at 8:36 pm the country’s interior ministry tweeted a warning that a magnitude 7.1 earthquake had struck, 216 kilometers (about 134 miles) northeast of the O’Higgins Chilean scientific base at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. In its tweet, the ministry called for coastal regions of Antarctica to be … Continue reading Chile triggers national panic by mistakenly sending tsunami warning after quake

Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for Covid-19

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced he has tested positive for Covid-19, the 67-year-old said on Twitter that his symptoms were mild and that he was “optimistic” following the diagnosis. The development comes as Mexico grapples with an upsurge in infections, with deaths nearing 150,000. Mr López Obrador says he will continue working from home, including speaking to President Vladimir Putin about acquiring a Russian-made vaccine. It was announced earlier on Sunday that a call between the two leaders will take place on Monday to discuss their bilateral relationship and the possible supply of Sputnik V jabs. The … Continue reading Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for Covid-19

Brazil approves and rolls out AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines

A nurse has received the first vaccine dose of Brazil’s Covid-19 immunisation programme after health regulators gave emergency approval to two jabs. Regulator Anvisa gave the green light to vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and China’s Sinovac, doses of which will be distributed among all 27 states. Brazil’s vaccine programme has started later than many of its regional peers. This is despite the severity of its epidemic, and the world’s second highest death toll. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the pandemic from the beginning, has come under renewed fire in recent months as Brazil has gone through a devastating … Continue reading Brazil approves and rolls out AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines

Pop megastar Shakira sells 145-song catalogue

Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of 145 songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the investment firm said on Wednesday, as the coronavirus crisis crushes concert earnings. The three-time Grammy Award winner famous for her songs such as Hips Don’t Lie; Whenever, Wherever; Underneath Your Clothes and 2010 FIFA World Cup song  Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) has sold over 80 million records and has a strong following on music streaming platforms Spotify and YouTube. The coronavirus pandemic has all but shut down live concert earnings and a growing … Continue reading Pop megastar Shakira sells 145-song catalogue