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  1. Brazilian iron ore mining giant Vale is in talks with the Alcantara Port Terminal on Brazil’s northern coast to increase iron ore shipments to China – a move that aligns with China’s recent attempts to diversify its sources of the critical steelmaking ingredient amid a surge in domestic demand.Alcantara offers a deep water port that could host so-called Chinamax or Valemax iron ore carriers – ships as big as some skyscrapers that can carry much more cargo than normal iron ore transport vessels…
  2. Mexican security forces on Sunday captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a notorious drug gang leader and fuel thief blamed for fanning a sharp surge in violence that has severely tested the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.Known as “El Marro” (The Mallet), Yepez was arrested in the early hours of Sunday by soldiers and state officials during a raid on a house in Guanajuato, a central state that has become the main flashpoint of record gang violence, authorities said.“This a…
  3. The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 per cent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fuelling fears the world’s biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 6,803 fires in the Amazon region in July 2020, up from 5,318 the year before, about a 28 per cent increase.The figure is all the more troubling given that 2019 was already a devastating year for fires in the Amazon, triggering global…
  4. Mexico has overtaken Britain to become the country with the third-most deaths from Covid-19, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Friday night. Reported fatalities rose by 688 from Thursday to reach 46,688, the data shows.The number of cases rose by a daily record of 8,458 to 424,637. Britain has 46,204 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Latin America now leads world in coronavirus casesThe high death rate in Mexico indicates actual cases may be much…
  5. Fresh off a bout of Covid-19, President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday nearly everyone will probably end up catching the new coronavirus, urging Brazilians to “face up to it” and saying there was nothing to fear.The far-right leader’s latest bid to play down the pandemic came as Brazil closed in on the grim milestone of 100,000 people killed by the virus, the second-highest death toll in the world, after the United States.Brazil President Bolsonaro’s wife catches Covid-19, days after his…
  6. Britain on Friday “put the brakes on” easing lockdown measures and imposed new rules on millions of households in northern England, following concerns over a spike in coronavirus infections.The reopening of high-risk activities such as casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, which was meant to begin on Saturday, will be delayed until at least August 15, as will the reintroduction of indoor performances and pilot schemes of larger crowds at sporting events, Boris Johnson announced.“I have…
  7. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for Covid-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.Just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, has tested positive, the presidential office said in a statement…
  8. The top US diplomat in Brazil said in a newspaper interview that the country may face “consequences” if it allows China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G network, referring to US warnings that China fails to protect intellectual property.The US government has stepped up efforts to limit Huawei’s role in rolling out high-speed, fifth-generation technology in Latin America’s largest economy. It believes Huawei would hand over data to the Chinese government for spying. Huawei denies it spies for…
  9. The death of an inmate suspected of having the coronavirus prompted rioting in four of the most populated prisons in Bolivia’s Cochabamba region over access to medical care, a government watchdog said on Monday.Local media showed images of inmates climbing to the roofs of the prisons, calling for medicine and access to doctors.“We urge the entry of medical teams to do an evaluation inside the prison facilities to prevent more deaths,” said Cochabamba ombudsman Nelson Cox.Eight inmates in total…
  10. Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed on Sunday, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.The quickly growing number of cases make Latin America the region most impacted by the pandemic globally, with more than a quarter of worldwide cases.Latin America now has 4,327,160 total cases of the novel coronavirus compared to 4,308,495 infections in United…