Five civilians and one police officer die in Colombia protests

Ombudsman Carlos Camargo said three civilians died in the city of Cali, one civilian in Bogota, one civilian in Neiva and one police officer in Soacha, citing figures from the Attorney General’s Office. Three more deaths are being investigated, Camargo said. At least 179 civilians and 216 police officers have been injured since the start … Read more

“CITGO 6” oil executives released to house arrest in Venezuela in apparent goodwill gesture to US

The group, collectively known as “CITGO 6,” consisted of former executives of US-based refinery CITGO. They were arrested in 2017 on embezzlement charges stemming from a never-executed proposal to refinance some $4 billion in CITGO bonds by offering a 50% stake in the company as collateral. Last year, they were sentenced to between 8 and … Read more

Canada military will help out in the province of Ontario as the Covid-19 positivity rate hits an all-time high

The government approved Ontario’s request for medical and other support as ICU admissions hit new highs Monday. “We have approved a request for assistance from Ontario to provide support to their provincial healthcare system against COVID19,” Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said on Twitter. “@CanadianForces will provide medical + civilian human … Read more

America’s Unhealthiest Cities for Polluted Air

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — More than 40% of Americans live with unhealthy air, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report. Certain cities, and certain types of Americans, are far more prone to be affected. Black Americans are 61% more likely to live in … Read more

Brazil asks women ‘if possible’ to delay pregnancy over Covid variants

“If possible, (the women should) postpone the pregnancy a bit to a better time so that (they) can have a more peaceful pregnancy,” Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry Raphael Camara said Friday. “We cannot say this to those who are 42, 43 years old, of course, but for a young … Read more

Cuba’s Raul Castro steps down, ending the era of his famous clan at the country’s helm

Things have not worked out exactly according to Castro’s plan. As Castro announced he was stepping down on Friday, his country is deep in crisis. The tourism-dependent island has been battered by the pandemic; the economy shrunk at least 11% in 2020 according to government estimates. Cubans each day spend hours in long lines to … Read more

Deaths outpace births in some Brazilian cities, as Covid-19 resurges

Brazil’s second most populous city, Rio de Janeiro registered 36,437 deaths in March — 16% more than the month’s 32,060 new births, according to the national Civil Register. It wasn’t alone; at least 10 other Brazilian cities with populations over half a million people also registered more deaths than births last month. Cities across the … Read more

‘Extremely heavy ash fall’ as authorities report third explosion at volcano in St. Vincent

The volcano “continues to show periods of explosive activity,” said Dr. Erouscilla Joseph, director of The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC). Joseph reported the third explosion in an audio update issued Friday evening. She didn’t provide additional details about the third explosion, but it appears it was smaller than the previous … Read more

“I never considered myself White”: Thousands of Brazilian politicians changed their race last year

Interviews with several Brazilian candidates revealed a range of reasons for race changes — some said they or campaign officials had simply made a mistake while filling their candidacy form, some said their family background gave them a claim to multiple racial groups, and some said they had recently started to feel a sense of … Read more