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15 January 2017 14:53

  Gang fights have reportedly left at least 10 people dead in a prison in northern Brazil, in the latest of a series of similar incidents in the South American country. News website Folha de Sao Paulo said a riot broke out at the Alcacuz Penitentiary in Rio Grande do Norte State on Saturday afternoon after criminal gangs clashed and some cellblocks...

12 January 2017 15:38

  Son of the late Cuban Leader Fidel Castro who is named Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart visited the Iranian embassy in Cuba to sign the memorial book opened there for the late Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away on Sunday. He also issued a message on Thursday in which he expressed deep grief over the demise...

12 January 2017 12:32

  Venezuela’s opposition says that it will not return to talks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro focused on alleviating the country’s economic woes. The last round of Vatican-sponsored negotiations broke down in December after Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), accused Maduro of bad faith. “The dialogue cannot be seen to be a joke, a way of wasting the country's...

6 January 2017 14:30

  At least four people have been killed in Mexico and hundreds of others have been detained amid continuing unrest and looting over raised fuel prices. An official with the state prosecutor in the eastern province of Veracruz, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said late Thursday that two people were found dead near some looted shops in the port city of...

5 January 2017 13:36

  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has tabbed a Hugo Chavez-era minister as the new vice-president in a cabinet reshuffle that also includes two new ministers. Maduro named Tarek El Aissami, an influential state governor, as vice-president during a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday. "I have appointed Tarek El Aissami executive vice-president of the republic so that he can take up the role from 2017 to...

5 January 2017 13:32

  Mexican authorities say they have arrested hundreds of people for looting stores across Mexico amid unrest over a sharp increase in gasoline prices. According to a statement by the National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores, so far 79 shops have been looted and access to over 170 others have been blocked, mainly in the state of Mexico, where the capital...

3 January 2017 16:47

  Brazilian authorities have launched a major operation to capture scores of inmates who escaped from a detention center in the country's north during a prison riot in which nearly 60 people were killed. The violent rebellion, the bloodiest in over two decades in the country’s overcrowded prisons, broke out at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary complex in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas Province, late...

2 January 2017 22:11

  A bloody prison riot in Brazil’s northern province of Amazonas has claimed the lives of at least 60 people, Brazilian authorities say. According to the province’s public security office, the violent rebellion occurred at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary complex in the provincial capital Manaus on Sunday afternoon and but was quelled on Monday morning. The violence was triggered by a fight between...

30 December 2016 7:55

  Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has once again extended the validity of the country’s most common currency note, citing the need for people not to worry about cash shortages during New Year festivities. In a televised address on Thursday, Maduro said the 100-bolivar bills can be used until January 20. The Maduro government has wanted to pull the bills, the highest-denomination notes in...

21 December 2016 15:39

  At least 31 people have been killed and some 72 others injured in a blast at a fireworks market in Mexico. The explosion happened at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 32 kilometers north of Mexico City, on Tuesday. The casualty toll may rise as rescue workers continue to search for victims at the site of the explosion. Firefighters work amid the debris...

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