US opens criminal probe after 51 people die in Texas truck

Authorities in the United States have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of at least 51 people who had been trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer found abandoned in the city of San Antonio in southern Texas. The incident was one of the deadliest human trafficking tragedies along the US-Mexico border in recent history. The … Read more

Can talks bring an end to weeks of violent protests in Ecuador?

Video Duration 25 minutes 00 seconds 25:00 From: Inside Story Indigenous groups are demanding lower food and fuel prices. Ecuador’s government is holding talks with representatives of its Indigenous community. The dialogue aims to end weeks of protest against a sharp increase in fuel and food prices that have affected Indigenous people the most. After … Read more

¿Puede el joven presidente de Chile reimaginar la izquierda latinoamericana?

Pero, por muy despótico que fuera Pinochet, incluso él encarnaba algunas de las tendencias institucionalistas de Chile. Tras siete años en el poder, trató de legitimar su mandato redactando una nueva constitución. En Santiago, Pinochet me explicó una vez que la antigua constitución había sido un lastre para su poder. “¡Hay que poder cambiar las … Read more

Indigenous protest leaders agree to talks with Ecuador government

Talks to begin as demonstrations against rising costs of living have paralysed parts of the South American country. The Indigenous organisation leading protests in Ecuador has agreed to hold talks with the government, as the South American nation has been rocked by mass demonstrations over the last two weeks. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of … Read more

This week in pictures

This week huge wildfires ravaged swathes of Spain, Cyprus and Turkey, amid searing heat across Europe. A gunman opened fire on two bars in Oslo, killing two and injuring scores more. Norweigan secret services are treating the attack as a terrorist incident, while concerned about the suspect’s mental health.  Afghanistan suffered a major earthquake, which … Read more

Cuban court sentences two dissident artists to prison terms

Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo receive five-year and nine-year terms, respectively, the Cuban prosecutor says. A Cuban court has sentenced two dissident artists to nine and five years in prison, the government announced, in a high-profile case that rights groups have slammed as a “sham” that violates free speech. The activists, Luis Manuel … Read more

Clashes as Ecuador protests continue despite small concession

Police in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, have fired tear gas to disperse Indigenous protesters who tried to storm congress on the 11th day of crippling demonstrations over fuel prices and living costs. The confrontations on Thursday came after protesters won a concession from the Ecuadoran government when President Guillermo Lasso, isolating because of a COVID-19 infection, … Read more

Left-wing ex-rebel Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidency

Petro defeats construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez by a margin of more than 700,000 votes in presidential runoff. Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 rebel movement who has promised profound social and economic change, has won Colombia’s presidency, beating the construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez. Petro won 50.5 percent of the vote to Hernandez’s 47.3 … Read more

2 dead in Mexico after Netflix series cast, crew van crashes

Two actors on the Netflix series The Chosen One were killed and six other cast or crew members were injured after a van crashed near Mulege on the Baja California Sur peninsula. Local media reported that the crash occurred on Thursday, and said the van flipped after running off the road in a desert area. … Read more