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Colombia goes into lockdown, Chile extends school closures

Montevideo - Countries across Latin America have tightened measures to halt the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, with more lockdowns, border and school closures as well as increased aid to the region's poorest.

Panama orders lockdown, Paraguay closes borders

Montevideo - Panama became the latest Latin American country to declare a lockdown due to the novel coronavirus Tuesday, while Paraguay closed its borders until the end of the week.

Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia as Chile enforces virus curfew

Montevideo - Panic over the spread of the coronavirus sparked a prison riot in Colombia that killed 23 inmates on Sunday, as Chile became the latest Latin American country to announce restrictions on movement.

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Montevideo - Cuba and Bolivia announced on Friday they were closing their borders while Brazil drastically slashed its growth projections for 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile calls 'state of catastrophe' as Latin America fights virus

Montevideo - Chile declared a "state of catastrophe" and delayed a constitutional referendum while several countries announced nighttime curfews as Latin America expanded its coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday.

South American football off as coronvirus tightens grip

Montevideo - South American football's governing body postponed its flagship Copa America contest Tuesday as Brazil recorded its first coronavirus death in an escalating outbreak that has begun to grip the continent as tightly as other devastated regions.

Chile closes borders as Latam grounds flights over pandemic

Montevideo - Chile announced a total closure of its borders on Monday while Latin America's largest airline said it was reducing operations by 70 percent as the region scrambled to stem the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

Latam airline cuts operations by 70% over pandemic

Santiago - Chilean-Brazilian airline Latam, the biggest in Latin America, announced on Monday a 70 percent reduction in its operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Argentina, Ecuador deaths take LatAm virus toll to five

Montevideo - Argentina announced its second coronavirus-related death on Friday as Ecuador reported its first, taking the total death toll in Latin America to five as the virus shows signs of spreading rapidly.

Latin America cuts Europe travel links over virus fears

Montevideo - Latin American states preparing for the onslaught of the new coronavirus on Thursday tightened restrictions on travel links to Europe as the region recorded its third death in the outbreak.

Latin America steps up measures against coronavirus spread

Montevideo - Latin American countries stepped up measures to slow the advance of the coronavirus Wednesday, announcing a slew of restrictions on travelers from the worst-affected countries and shutting down major sports events.

Argentina, Colombia, Peru to isolate travelers from virus-hit nations

Buenos Aires - Argentina, Colombia and Peru on Wednesday announced that travelers from the countries worst-affected by the new coronavirus would be isolated on arrival.

Latin American leaders used state repression against protests: Amnesty

Montevideo - Protesters across Latin America faced rampant violence and state repression as millions took to the streets to protest inequality, corruption and impunity in 2019, Amnesty International said Tuesday in its annual report on the region.

Brazil confirms Latin America's first coronavirus case

S - Brazil's health ministry said on Wednesday a Sao Paulo resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the first case recorded in Latin America.

The new wave of feminism sweeping Latin America

Montevideo - Women across Latin America are organizing a wave of protests to force gender politics into the public arena amid staggering rates of femicide and highly restrictive abortion laws.

Pompeo defends military restraint on Venezuela

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear Monday that the United States did not plan a military intervention in Venezuela even as he vowed that leftist leader Nicolas Maduro would one day fall.

Pompeo defends military restraint on Venezuela

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear Monday that the United States did not plan a military intervention in Venezuela even as he vowed that leftist leader Nicolas Maduro would one day fall.

Venezuela refugee crisis to become far worse, UN-EU conference told

Apo - The refugee wave in Latin America sparked by Venezuela's implosion will get worse next year, aggravating a regional crisis, a UN representative on the issue told a Brussels conference Monday.

Fires not the only threat facing Amazon

- Raging wildfires have drawn the world's attention to the Amazon but immolation is just one of the dangers facing the world's largest rain forest, environmental experts across the region say.The Amazon, covering 5.5 million square kilometers (2.

Top US diplomat for Latin America resigns

Washington - The US State Department's top diplomat for Latin American affairs has resigned, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on Twitter Thursday.

Latin America set for feeble growth of 0.5% in 2019: UN

Santiago - Hit by five years of "economic slowdown," Latin America's economy will grow by barely 0.5 percent this year, the United Nations economic commission for the region said on Wednesday, well below the 1.3 percent projected in April.

Deadly unrest in Latin America's prisons

Rio De Janeiro - The deadly riot in a prison at Altamira in northern Brazil, which left more than 50 dead on Monday, is the latest unrest in Latin America's notoriously overcrowded jails.

Electric scooters zip into traffic chaos in Latin America

Mexico - Electric scooters promised to revolutionize transportation in Latin America's traffic-clogged, smog-choked cities, but critics say they have only added to the free-wheeling chaos.

US politicos woo Latino voters, often with grating Spanish

Miami - The Democratic presidential hopefuls in Miami this week talked tax rates and immigration in Spanish while across town Republicans touted their "Latinos for Trump" campaign.

London Latino heartlands struggle for survival

London - Whenever London's South Americans go looking for a job, a helping hand, the flavours of home or a party with their compatriots, they head to the Latino indoor market in Seven Sisters.

Lima Group concerned over Russian 'provocation' in Venezuela

Buenos Aires - The Lima Group condemned Tuesday the presence of Russian military planes in Venezuela as a provocation threatening regional peace.

Nicaragua joins Cuba, Venezuela on human rights black list

Washington - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Thursday put Nicaragua on its human rights black list along with Venezuela and Cuba, the group said.

US Spanish speakers decry 'second-class' treatment under Trump

New York - When Donald Trump took office, one of his first acts was to remove the White House's Spanish-language web page.

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began a new term on Thursday with the economy in ruins and his regime more isolated than ever as regional leaders declared his re-election illegitimate and shunned his inauguration.

Venezuela's isolated Maduro to begin new term with economy in tatters

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever.
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