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Tag Archives: South America

Confirmed Transmission of Zika Virus from Blood Transfusion in Brazil

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Brazilian heath authorities have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through blood transfusions. Both cases occurred in early 2015, the first being a man with gunshot wounds and the other being a liver transplant recipient (WSJ). Both were treated in Campinas, a city near Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil (Reuters). […]

Human Rights Trial in Ecuador Postponed

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A historic human rights trial in Ecuador, the first of its kind, has been postponed because one of the defendants had health issues which prevented him from attending (Telesur). The case deals with human rights violations against members of a revolutionary guerilla group by the Ecuadorian military intelligence forces during the rule of the right […]

CELAC to Present First Joint Plan at COP Environmental Meeting

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The foreign and environmental ministers of the 33 member states of CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) are meeting in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito to assemble a joint environmental plan (Telesur; Andina). The agreement will be the first of its kind presented at a Conference of Parties meeting- COP21 in Paris (or […]

Colombia and FARC Reach Deal on “Desaparecidos”

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The Colombian government and the rebel guerilla group FARC have reached an agreement on how to identify and locate the remaining 50,000 disappeared people, or “desaparecidos,” who were victims of the decades-long civil war (BBC). FARC began its insurrection against the Colombian government in the 1960s (CNN; Reuters) and many unidentified bodies still lie in […]

Venezuelan Court Criticized for Jailing Opposition Leader

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Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of the opposition group against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, has been jailed for his role in protests in February of last year (New York Times; The Guardian; TeleSur). The protests were initially peaceful and directed towards bringing about President Maduro’s resignation (New York Times). However, a few hundred of the participants […]

Chile’s Largest City Faces Smog ‘Emergency’

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City officials in Santiago, Chile, have imposed emergency measures in response to air pollution that they say has reached a “critical level” (BBC). Over 900 businesses were shut down on Sunday under government order, and about 40 percent of the city’s 1.7 million cars have been temporarily banned from the roads (Reuters). Authorities additionally recommended […]