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Peru to restrict movement by gender during virus quarantine

- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced on Thursday a new measure restricting public movement by gender, as the country tries to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Protests in Chile hit LatAm's biggest music festival

Santiago - Thousands of protesters armed with stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails clashed with police Sunday as Latin America's biggest music festival opened, in the latest spurt of a four-month old wave of grassroots anger over economic inequality and other gri...

Fourth death as protests grow in Chile

Santiago - A man died of carbon monoxide poisoning after a supermarket was torched in Chile's capital Friday, and another succumbed to injuries sustained in clashes with police, bringing the death toll in a new wave of unrest to four.

Chileans march against police repression of social unrest

Santiago - Hundreds of Chileans rallied Saturday night to protest what they call police repression during three months of the worst social unrest since democracy replaced the country's military dictatorship in 1990.

Bolivia unveils anti-terror unit to fight 'threatening' foreign groups

La Paz - Bolivia's interim government on Tuesday unveiled a new anti-terrorism police force it said was aimed at dismantling foreign groups "threatening" the troubled South American country.

Nine are trampled after police enter poor Sao Paulo neighborhood

S - At least nine people were trampled to death and two others were injured early Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of a police raid in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood, authorities there said.

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.

Protesters seize state-run media in Bolivia as tensions soar

La Paz - Opposition demonstrators in Bolivia overran two state-run media outlets and forced them off the air Saturday and some police stopped guarding the square where President Evo Morales' palace is located, as tensions remained high after a disputed election...

Mexico FM says El Paso shooting 'terrorist' act

Mexico - Mexico considers the El Paso massacre a "terrorist" act and is looking at legal action to extradite the gunman, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday.Seven of the 20 people killed in Saturday's shooting at a Walmart store were Mexican.

US to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Los Angeles - US authorities said Wednesday they are investigating allegations of abuse of migrant children by border agents, including the groping of a Honduran teenage girl, at a facility near the southern border with Mexico.

Mexican police protest president's National Guard plan

Mexico - Hundreds of federal police blocked roads and protested in Mexico City Wednesday against President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plan to merge them into his new National Guard.

Families demand answers after 29 inmates die in Venezuela jail riot

Acarigua - Wracked with pain and anger, dozens of families gathered in front of a morgue in the Venezuelan town of Acarigua on Saturday after 29 inmates died in rioting at a police station jail.

Peru: Ex-president Kuczynski undergoes heart surgery

- Peru's former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who is under arrest in connection with the Odebrecht corruption scandal and has been hospitalized for heart problems, underwent emergency surgery Saturday to install a pacemaker, his brother said.

Air conditioning system caused Brazil museum fire: police

Rio De Janeiro - The fire that devastated Brazil's National Museum in September was caused by the air conditioning system and spread quickly because the building lacked the equipment to contain it, federal police said Thursday.

Brazil police arrest 26 and capture planes in huge drug bust

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police announced a huge drug trafficking bust on Thursday that saw at least 26 people arrested and several aircraft seized in an operation targeting a narcotics network that had transported nine tons of cocaine between 2017 and 2018.

Honduras police clash with students demanding president's ouster

Tegucigalpa - Police in Honduras fired tear gas at hundreds of student protesters who blocked a major road in the capital Tegucigalpa as they called for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who just finished the first year of his second term.

Honduran court convicts seven in murder of environmental activist

Tegucigalpa - A Honduran court on Thursday found seven men guilty in connection with the murder of Berta Caceres, a Honduran indigenous environmental activist shot dead for opposing the construction of a dam.

Students given cookies baked with grandfather's ashes: media

Los Angeles - A teenage girl in California allegedly baked her grandfather's ashes into cookies and handed them out to her school friends, local media reported on Wednesday.

Venezuela forms immigration police to strengthen border controls

Caracas - The government of President Nicolas Maduro said Friday it has created a new police force to strengthen border controls, at a time that thousands of people are fleeing Venezuela's spiraling economic and political crisis.

US police find body of boy at raided camp

Los Angeles - The body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a dilapidated camp in the US state of New Mexico where 11 children were rescued in appalling conditions, police said.

Brazilian ex-policeman, ex-fireman detained over activist's murder

Rio De Janeiro - Authorities have arrested two people suspected of involvement in the murder of a high-profile Brazilian politician and black rights activist, Rio de Janeiro police said Tuesday.

Violence in Rio slums, failed bid to end it, depicted in new movie

Rio De Janeiro - In an alley of the only Rio slum where shootouts are not people's daily bread, a cop and a drug dealer chat and joke around.But then a movie director shouts "action!

Rio councilor and paramilitary member accused in activist's death

Rio De Janeiro - A Rio de Janeiro city councilor and a leader of the city's underground paramilitary militias have been accused of masterminding the high-profile killing of black rights activist Marielle Franco, local media reported Wednesday.

Shaken by toddler's rape death, Chile seeks to alter law on sex crimes

Santiago - With the country in an uproar over the brutal rape and death of a toddler, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday backed plans to lift the statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors.

Jailbirds in love: 63 inmates marry in Mexico

Juarez - With a lot of kissing and tears, Jorge Armando Perez finally tied the knot with his fiancée Corina Chavez at an emotional ceremony inside a prison in Mexico where a total of 63 couples got hitched.

Brazil to close half of its 'peace police' units in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is to close half of its "peace police" units operating in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the government has said, referring to a 10-year-old project that had once raised hopes for restoring order in the city's crime-ridden slums.

Missing Salvadoran journalist found dead on roadside: media

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran journalist reported missing Sunday has been found dead on the side of a road, according to media reports.

Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murder

La Esperanza - Honduran authorities said they have arrested an energy company executive allegedly behind the high-profile 2016 murder of prominent environmental activist Berta Caceres.

Honduras ex-first lady arrested for embezzlement

Tegucigalpa - Honduras's former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo, wife of Porfirio Lobo who was president from 2010 to 2014, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of embezzling millions of dollars of public funds, authorities said.

Activists hold collective kiss in Buenos Aires to protest homophobia

Buenos Aires - Lesbian couples puckered up for a collective kiss Tuesday in front of a Buenos Aires courthouse to protest the prosecution of a woman in a case activists say is homophobic.
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