US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Senior US government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the US to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives. A U.S. State Department spokesperson described the trip … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernández, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more

Ex-guerilla rebel Gustavo Petro wins runoff to be Colombia’s 1st leftist president

Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country’s first leftist president. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, got 50.48% of the votes, while real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernández had 47.26%, … Read more

Brazil police: Items owned by missing men found in Amazon

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil – Search teams found a backpack, laptop and other personal items that belonged to Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and freelance British journalist Dom Phillips, who went missing in a remote area of ​​Brazil’s Amazon a week ago, Federal Police said Sunday night. Phillips’ backpack was discovered Sunday afternoon tied to a … Read more

Challenge for Biden to rally Americas around a shared vision

LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Joe Biden tried to present a unifying vision for the Western Hemisphere on Thursday even as the Summit of the Americas has been wracked by divisions and absences that make it hard to bring North and South America together around shared goals on migration, the economy and climate. The disparities … Read more

Mexican President won’t attend US-hosted Summit of the Americas due to exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

CNN – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he won’t be attending the Summit of the Americas, hosted later on this week by the United States, due to the exclusion of several countries in the region. Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were not invited to the summit because of the “lack of democratic space … Read more

Immersed in crisis, Peru neglects Amazon’s destruction

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Peru has descended into one of the worst political crises in its history and protection of its Amazon rainforest is failing, according to a report published Thursday. Peru is home to the second-largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil. The country had pledged to stop deforestation by 2021. The … Read more

Colombia presidential race to runoff; leftist vs businessman

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – In a blow to Colombia’s political class, a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in the country’s presidential election Sunday and headed to a runoff showdown in June. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the results with just over 40% of the … Read more

Colombia’s presidential election: A rattled country looks left, but will voters make historic pivot?

Bogota, Colombia CNN – Colombians head to the polls on May 29 to pick a new president in one of the most turbulent times in its modern history. Six candidates are vying for the presidency in a country plagued by the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, social unrest and a deteriorating security situation. On … Read more

Chile’s Boric attempts relaunch as honeymoon ends abruptly

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – President Gabriel Boric of Chile is attempting to relaunch an administration that has plunged in popularity less than two months since he made headlines around the world for becoming the country’s youngest president and a possible symbol for a resurgent left wing in South America. As opinion polls show Boric with … Read more