Americas

  • George Floyd: Minneapolis, US cities Brace for Chauvin Verdict

    4/20/2021

    Minneapolis and other cities across the US are bracing for possible protests after a jury delivers a verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

    Floyd’s death last May in the Minnesota city helped sparked racial justice protests across the US that at times turned violent. In some cases, the unrest was met with violent crackdowns from police.

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  • Mayan Urn Returned to Mexico by Albion College

    4/15/2021

    A Mayan urn, made between 900 and 1600 AD, is returning to Mexico after spending more than 50 years at a college in the United States. The urn, considered to be of high historical value, has been housed at Albion College, Michigan, since 1969.

    The Mexican foreign ministry said the urn would now be taken to the Museo de los Altos in Chiapas.

    "The actual definition of repatriation is to return someone or something to their own country," Elizabeth Palmer, head of the Albion College Archives, told the Albion Pleiad.

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  • Mexico Detains 30 Marines Accused of Disappearances

    4/13/2021

    Prosecutors in Mexico have arrested 30 Marines in connection with the disappearance of an unspecified number of people in the northern state of Tamaulipas in 2014, the Navy said on Monday.

    Tamaulipas, long marred by violence linked to drug trafficking, has one of the highest rates of missing persons in the country, especially on roads that lead to the border with the US. Most of the disappearances are blamed on drug cartels, but law enforcement officials, especially state and municipal police, have also been charged.

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  • US Lifts Trump-Era Sanctions Against ICC Prosecutor

    4/6/2021

    The US has lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The sanctions were imposed under former President Donald Trump over the court's investigation into alleged war crimes by the US in Afghanistan, and US ally Israel in the Palestinian territories.

    Last year, the Trump administration accused the ICC of infringing on the US's national sovereignty when it launched its investigation into potential war crimes committed by US troops, the Taliban, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

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  • Venezuela and Colombia Rights Groups Ask for U.N. Envoy Amid Border Violence

    4/1/2021

    Human rights groups from Venezuela and Colombia on Wednesday called on the United Nations to appoint a special envoy to address the humanitarian crisis caused by clashes between Venezuelan troops and Colombian armed groups near the countries’ shared border.

    Colombian officials estimate that some 4,000 people have fled Venezuela for Colombia since March 21 following a military offensive in Venezuela’s Apure state.

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  • As Turmoil Deepens, Haitians Fear Democracy Is Slipping Away

    3/30/2021

    Thousands have been taking to the streets nationwide in a new wave of anti-government protests, chanting “No to dictatorship!” and calling for Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s immediate resignation and a transition government.

    The protests have shut down schools and businesses, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in a country where two-thirds of the population makes less than $2 per day and gang violence has surged lately.

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  • Ex FARC Leader Asks US Congress for Help with Peace Deal

    3/25/2021

    One of Colombia’s most notorious ex-rebel leaders has sent an open letter to the United States Congress to ask for help with the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement.

    Rodrigo Londoño, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, was a leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a fighter group that waged a 50-year-long war against the Colombian government. He now heads a political party—Comunes—formed by the demobilized FARC under the 2016 peace deal, signed under the previous government of Juan Manuel Santos.

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  • US City of Evanston to Pay Reparation to Black Residents

    3/23/2021

    Council members of the city of Evanston, Illinois, have voted in favor of giving funds to Black residents as a form of reparations for housing discrimination —the first city in the United States to take such action.

    For Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, the architect of the Evanston Local Reparations Restorative Housing Program and Program Budget, it was an “initial first step” after years of discussion and input from locals.

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  • The End Approaches for Chile’s Military-Era Constitution

    3/18/2021

    On April 11, Chileans elect an assembly to write fresh governing principles and put them to a national vote in 2022. The goal? A more inclusive country and the erasure of a much-amended relic of military rule, the 1980 constitution.

    While some Chileans worry a new constitution that mandates a bigger state role would sap the economy, Indigenous groups see an opportunity.

    Chile, with 19 million people, would be the first country with a constitution drafted by an assembly equally divided between men and women, according to the United Nations.

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  • The Abortion Cases That Could Force El Salvador to Loosen its Ban

    3/16/2021

    Lawyers are fighting for the release of one of the dozens of women imprisoned for abortion-related crimes in El Salvador in a case that could signal if the country will be swept up by the region’s “green wave” of abortion decriminalization.

    Sara had a miscarriage in 2012 at the age of 22 when she slipped and fell washing laundry. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide but has maintained her innocence.

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