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Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Panama - Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted.

US lawmakers press Colombia on killings of rights activists

Washington - Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged President Donald Trump's administration to press Colombia over attacks on rights activists and warned that US assistance should not contribute to surveillance.

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd': HRW and Johns Hopkins

New York - Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact end up being thousands of times higher, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus not likely to have lasting impact on Mexican crime, experts say

Mexico - Streets are deserted and daily activity has come to an almost standstill in much of Mexico due to the coronavirus pandemic but experts warn that any dip in crime will likely be only temporary.

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.

Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained

Mexico - Mexican authorities arrested a couple believed to have kidnapped, tortured and murdered a seven year-old girl on Wednesday, days after the discovery of the victim's body sparked protests in the violence-wracked country.

Brazil police kill suspect in Rio councilwoman's murder

Rio De Janeiro - A suspect in the 2018 assassination of an outspoken Afro-Brazilian member of Rio de Janeiro's city council was shot to death Sunday after he fired on police sent to arrest him, Brazilian authorities said.

Rights organization says Venezuela denied entry to delegation

Washington - A regional human rights organization said Tuesday that Venezuela has denied entry to a delegation that sought to review the human rights situation in the crisis-torn country.

Peru's Fujimori hospitalized for neurological and lung issues

- Peru's jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori was hospitalized Monday in Lima after suffering neurological and lung problems, his family doctor told AFP.

Panama begins exhuming remains of victims of 1989 US invasion

Panama - Authorities in Panama on Monday began exhuming a mass grave containing the remains of unknown civilians killed during the 1989 US invasion of the Central American country.

Mexico human rights situation a 'catastrophe': HRW

Mexico - Mexico's government has shown "total disinterest" in addressing a tidal wave murders and disappearances, and is systematically violating the rights of Central American migrants, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Chile's president says police may have violated protocols

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday that police may have broken protocols in responding to a month of protests, and prosecutors will investigate whether they violated human rights.

Morales calls for international help to stop Bolivia 'genocide'

Mexico - Ex-president Evo Morales urged the international community Wednesday to intervene to stop what he called a "genocide" in Bolivia, where 32 people have died in violence that erupted after his disputed re-election."This massacre...

Church siege ends as UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression

Managua - Opposition protesters holding a hunger strike inside Managua's Catholic Cathedral and the pro-government supporters opposing them ended a standoff Tuesday, as the UN called on President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression.

Dozens blinded by police shots in Chile protests

Santiago - Running away as shots rang out, Carlos Vivanco turned to see where they were coming from. Then he felt his left eye closing and his face dripping with blood.

Remains of five more victims of Mexican Mormon killings are buried

The remains of a Mormon woman and her four children murdered in northern Mexico were taken by road Friday from their home village to be buried in a family plot in Chihuahua state.

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neigborhoods

Santiago - Demonstrations in Chile against the government of President Sebastian Pinera spread into Santiago's wealthiest neighborhoods Wednesday, tainting previously untouched enclaves with violence amid the country's deadly protests.

Chile president fends off police-abuse claims as protesters muster

Santiago - Chile's president said Wednesday his government had "nothing to hide" concerning allegations that police killed, tortured and sexually assaulted civilians during deadly protests against him.

Nobel Peace winner confronts Chile over police abuses

Santiago - A Nobel Peace laureate added her voice Monday to calls for Chile to stop police violence against protesters during recent weeks of deadly anti-government unrest.

Tigres del Norte, Latin legends following in footsteps of Johnny Cash

Mexico - In 1968, when music legend Johnny Cash was giving his iconic concert at Folsom Prison, Los Tigres del Norte were newly arrived Mexican immigrants dreaming of making it big in the United States.

Rights group says Bolsonaro gives 'green light' to Amazon illegal loggers

S - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro of giving a "green light" to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon and failing to protect those defending the world's largest rain forest.

Paraguay police search for more bodies in ex-dictator's house

Ciudad Del Este - Paraguayan authorities were searching Friday for more bodies at the former home of late dictator Alfredo Stroessner, where the remains of three people were unearthed last week, as police investigate whether they belong to some of the 423 people killed ...

Mass protest in Santiago against abuses of Pinochet era

Santiago - Thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Santiago on Sunday to honor the victims of General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, in a march that started peacefully but ended in violence.

Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted of espionage, corruption

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was acquitted on charges of spying on political foes and misappropriation of public funds in a court decision Friday.The case marked the first time a Panamanian former president was tried in criminal court.

Argentine ex-army chief acquitted of military-era kidnapping, torture

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine army chief Cesar Milani was acquitted on Friday of the kidnapping and torture of a man and his son in 1977 during the South American country's last military dictatorship.

Convict Panama ex-president in criminal graft case: prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor asked a court Thursday to make an example of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of spying on political foes, and of graft.

Venezuelan actors arrested over gay cops satirical play set free

Caracas - Four actors taking part in a satirical play about two gay police officers were freed Monday night, nearly 24 hours after they were arrested and accused of ridiculing and usurping the functions of Venezuela's authorities.

UN rights commissioner arrives to survey Venezuela crisis

Caracas - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela Wednesday as part of a visit to review the country's ongoing economic and political crisis.

Mexico detains 791 migrants, including 368 children under eight

Coatzacoalcos - A total of 791 Central American migrants, including 368 children under the age of eight, have been detained in the Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said Sunday.

Nicaragua releases anti-Ortega protest leaders

Managua - Nicaragua on Tuesday released dozens of protest leaders detained amid last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega, under a controversial new amnesty law that paves the way for fresh talks with the opposition.
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