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  1. US President Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that Mexico’s success was crucial to the hemisphere and that he would view the US southern neighbour as an equal.In a virtual summit to discuss immigration, Covid-19 and commercial issues, Biden opened talks by reminding Lopez Obrador of his four visits to Mexico as vice-president.“The United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together,” Biden said at the beginning of their teleconference. But “we haven’t…
  2. A colossal dinosaur dug up in Argentina could be the oldest titanosaur ever found, having roamed what is now Patagonia some 140 million years ago at the beginning of the Cretaceous period, scientists said on Sunday.The 65-foot (20-metre) lizard, Ninjatitan zapatai, was discovered in 2014 in the Neuquen province of southwest Argentina, the La Matanza University reported on its analysis.“The main importance of this fossil, apart from being a new species of titanosaur, is that it is the oldest…
  3. Thousands of Argentinians protested over the weekend against what they see as the privileging of politicians, their families and allies in receiving Covid-19 vaccinations.On Saturday evening, demonstrators hung stuffed black body bags on the gates of Buenos Aires' Government House – a mansion housing the office of the president – to symbolise those dying while waiting to be vaccinated.Some of the mock body bags included the names of pro-government politicians who have received the vaccine.“The…
  4. More than 300 demonstrators gathered in Venezuela’s agricultural Portuguesa state following the murder of three young women last week, in a protest against femicide, the gender-related killing of women and girls.Chanting for “Justice” and holding balloons with the phrase “Not one more” written in black marker, women and men marched peacefully on Saturday in the northern city of Acarigua, where drivers honked horns in support, as protesters also gathered in the capital of Caracas.“We are afraid,…
  5. More than 400 prisoners were on the run in Haiti on Friday after they escaped from jail in a violent breakout that left 25 people dead, including the prison director, officials said.“Twenty-five people died including six prisoners and Divisional Inspector Paul Hector Joseph who was in charge of the prison,” Secretary of Communication Frantz Exantus said of the Thursday mass escape from the jail in the suburbs of the capital Port-au-Prince.“Among those killed were some ordinary citizens who were…
  6. At least 75 inmates died on Tuesday and several were injured in riots blamed on gang rivalry at three jails in Ecuador’s overcrowded prison system, authorities said.As security forces battled to regain control, distraught family members waited desperately for news outside the prison in Ecuador’s western port city of Guayaquil, where officials said 21 died.Another 33 died at the prison in Cuenca in the south and eight in Latacunga in the centre of the South American country, according to Edmundo…
  7. Russia on Saturday approved a third coronavirus vaccine for domestic use, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on state TV, though large-scale clinical trials of the shot, labelled CoviVac and produced by the Chumakov Centre, have yet to begin.Russia has already approved two Covid-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, following a similar approach of granting approval before seeing any late-stage trial results.The pre-emptive approvals had raised…
  8. Brazil became the third country in the world to breach 10 million coronavirus cases, with infections picking up speed in recent weeks as a new variant spreads amid a shortage of vaccines.Latin America’s largest nation reported 51,879 new cases Thursday, pushing the total confirmed to 10,030,626, according to Health Ministry data. It’s a toll that lags only the US and India. Deaths rose by 1,367 to 243,457, the second-highest globally.“Brazil’s situation is really bad, with contagion at high…
  9. Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which is drawing amused reactions on social media in a nation that has been struggling since anti-government protests three years ago.The agency was approved by 76 legislators Wednesday in the country’s Congress, which is dominated by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista Party. Fifteen opposition legislators abstained.In a country that has a hard time supplying its people with…
  10. The Brazilian town of Serrana on Wednesday began immunising its entire adult population, the first such clinical mass vaccination trial in one of the worst affected countries in the world from the coronavirus pandemic.The ambitious campaign to vaccinate 30,000 of the town’s 50,000 population will allow authorities to analyse the impact of immunisation on the pandemic, a second wave of which has swept over the country of 212 million.With the exception of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and…