Latin America

Venezuela’s AG orders arrest of opposition members, accuses them of plotting against referendum

Venezuela’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of a dozen opposition members. Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Wednesday accused them of conspiring against a referendum the government held Sunday to claim sovereignty over a large swath of neighboring Guyana.

In Mexico, Yellen announces economics sanctions as the US aims to crack down on fentanyl trafficking

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has announced economic sanctions against 15 people and two companies that the United States says are linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

48 Haitian migrants have been detained on an uninhabited island west of Puerto Rico

U.S. federal authorities say they have detained 48 Haitian migrants who were abandoned by smugglers on an uninhabited island between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Mexico’s Supreme Court lifts 2022 ban on bullfighting

Mexico’s Supreme Court has overturned a 2022 ban on bullfighting in Mexico City, opening the way for events to resume, possibly as soon as this month.

Peruvian constitutional court orders release of former President Alberto Fujimori

Peru’s constitutional court has ordered an immediate humanitarian release for imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori.

Maduro orders the ‘immediate’ exploitation of oil, gas and mines in Guyana’s Essequibo

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is asking the country’s state-owned companies to “immediately” begin to explore and exploit the oil, gas and mines in Guyana’s Essequibo region, a territory larger than Greece and rich in oil and minerals that Venezuela claims as its own.

El Salvador is seeing worst rights abuses since 1980-1992 civil war, Amnesty reports

A report by Amnesty International says El Salvador is experiencing one of the worst human rights crises since the country’s 1980-1992 civil war, because of President Nayib Bukele’s harsh anti-gang crackdown.

Residents in northern Mexico protest over delays in cleaning up a mine spill

Residents in Mexico’s northern state of Sonora have protested at the state capital against persistent pollution from an almost decade-old mine spill.

Paraguay rounds up ex-military leaders in arms smuggling sting carried out with Brazil

Several former top military officials in Paraguay have been arrested as part of a cross-border law enforcement operation with Brazil to disband an arms smuggling ring that brought firearms from Europe to South America.

Argentina’s President-elect Milei replies to Musk’s interest: ‘We need to talk, Elon’

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of the social network X, has shared a video in which Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei says equality should never come before freedom.

Mexico halts deportations and migrant transfers citing lack of funds

The head of Mexico’s immigration agency has ordered the suspension of migrant deportations and transfers due to a lack of funds.

Venezuela’s government wins vote on claiming part of Guyana, but turnout seems lackluster

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has the victory he was seeking in a weekend referendum on whether to claim sovereignty over an oil-rich area of neighboring Guyana.

The bodies of 5 university students are found in a car in a violence-wracked city in Mexico

Mexican authorities say the bodies of five university students have been found stuffed in a vehicle on a dirt road in north-central Mexico.

Venezuelans approve a referendum to claim sovereignty over a swathe of neighboring Guyana

Venezuela’s election authority says voters approved a referendum called by the government of President Nicolás Maduro to claim sovereignty over an oil- and mineral-rich piece of neighboring Guyana.

US expels an ex-Chilean army officer accused of a folk singer’s torture and murder

The U.S. has expelled a former Chilean Army officer accused of torturing and killing folk singer Victor Jara during the country’s bloody 1973 coup.

Venezuela’s government and opposition agree on appeal process for candidates banned from running

The government of Venezuela and a faction of the opposition have agreed on a process through which aspiring presidential candidates who were banned from running for office can attempt to get that decision reversed.

Canadian mining company starts arbitration in case of closed copper mine in Panama

Canada’s First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has announced it will start arbitration proceedings to fight the closure order of an open-pit copper mine in Panama, or possibly obtain damages.

US border officials are closing a remote Arizona crossing because of overwhelming migrant arrivals

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it will temporarily close south and northbound traffic to vehicle and pedestrians at the remote Lukeville, Arizona border crossing with Mexico.

Guatemalan electoral magistrates leave the country hours after losing immunity from prosecution

Three magistrates of Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal have left the country, hours after the country’s Congress opened them up to prosecution by stripping them of their immunity.

Mexico’s minimum wage will rise by 20% next year, to about $14.25 per day

Mexico’s president says its minimum wage will rise by 20% in 2024, to the equivalent of about $14.25 per day.

Authorities in Haiti hold former rebel leader Guy Philippe after the US repatriated him

An attorney for former Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe says he is being held by Haitian authorities at a police station a day after the U.S. repatriated him to Haiti.

UN court bars Venezuela from altering Guyana’s control over disputed territory

The U.N. top court has ordered Venezuela not to take any action that would alter Guyana’s control over a disputed territory, but did not specifically ban Venezuela from holding its planned referendum Sunday on the territory’s future.

APWeek in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Nov. 23- 30, 2023

A woman walks on a dried-out portion of Lake Titicaca in Coata, Peru. Demonstrators who are demanding the resignation of Attorney General Consuelo Porras consume a roast pig during a protest near the Congress building in Guatemala City.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele granted leave to campaign for reelection

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has been granted leave by Congress for six months to allow him to campaign for reelection despite a constitutional prohibition on reelection.

US says Mexican drug cartel was so bold in timeshare fraud that some operators posed as US officials

U.S. authorities say a Mexican drug cartel was so bold in operating frauds targeting elderly Americans that the gang’s operators posed as U.S.

A new study says about half of Nicaragua’s population wants to emigrate

A new study says that about half of Nicaragua’s population of 6.2 million want to leave their homeland because of a mix of economic decline and repression from President Daniel Ortega’s government.

Argentina won’t join BRICS as scheduled, says member of Milei’s transition team

Argentina will not be joining the BRICS bloc of developing economies next year as scheduled, a senior official in President-elect Javier Milei’s team said.

Protesters shove their way into congress of Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon, toss smoke bomb

The legislature of the northern Mexico border state of Nuevo Leon says protesters broke through doors, took over the floor of the state congress and launched a smoke bomb.

Coup leader Guy Philippe repatriated to Haiti as many question his next role in country in upheaval

Notorious coup leader Guy Philippe has returned to Haiti after the U.S. government repatriated him. His arrival is sparking concerns that his presence could unleash further upheaval on a country already reeling from gang violence and political instability.

Suspected drug cartel members abduct 7 Mexican immigration agents at gunpoint in Cancun

Authorities say suspected drug cartel members have abducted seven Mexican immigration agents in Cancun at gunpoint and beat and threatened them before they were freed.

Panama’s high court declared a mining contract unconstitutional. Here’s what’s happening next

Panama’s Supreme Court unanimously declared that legislation granting a Canadian copper mine a 20-year concession was unconstitutional.

Video of teen beating parking guard in upscale neighborhood sparks anger in class-divided Mexico

An expensive private high school in Mexico has suspended and may expel a student who was caught on video beating a parking lot attendant at his housing complex.

Venezuela’s planned vote over territory dispute leaves Guyana residents on edge

Congregants of an Anglican church in a sparsely populated rainforest village in Guyana are asking for peace for their community amid what they see as an existential threat.

Argentina’s libertarian president-elect picks a former Central Bank chief as his economy minister

Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei says he’s chosen Luis Caputo, a former finance minister and Central Bank chief who is known as an expert in markets, to lead the Economy Ministry when the right-wing leader takes office on Dec. 10.

Honduran opposition party leader flees arrest after being stopped in airport before traveling to US

The president of Honduras’ main opposition party fled an international airport breaking through a parking gate with his pickup truck after immigration agents stopped him for carrying two passports before he boarded a flight to the United States.