SABANETA, Venezuela, (Reuters) – In 2010, late socialist leader Hugo Chavez knelt down in the backyard of his childhood home in Venezuela’s lush plains to plant an orange tree named ‘revolution’ as red-shirted supporters cheered and cameras flashed.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela opened an investigation yesterday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before a legislative election, stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American OPEC nation.
(Trinidad Guardian) The Police Complaints Autho-rity (PCA) has recommended that the former head of Special Branch be charged for his role in the alleged cover-up of the discovery of a quantity of marijuana at the private residence of former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in 2013.
RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) – Illegal levels of arsenic and mercury polluted the Rio Doce river in the days after a dam burst at an iron ore mine in early November in Brazil’s worst-ever environmental disaster, according to tests by a state water agency.
xSAO PAULO/BRASILIA, (Reuters) – The chief executive of Brazil’s biggest independent investment bank and the leading senator in the governing coalition were arrested yesterday on suspicion of obstructing the country’s most sweeping corruption investigation ever.
BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri named former JP Morgan executive and ex-central bank chief Alfonso Prat-Gay his finance minister yesterday in a sign that he will move quickly to restore the bank’s autonomy and free up the economy.
SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazilian police investigating corruption around state-run oil firm Petrobras also plan to probe more than $10 billion of construction contracts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a lead investigator said.
(Barbados Nation) Trinidadian Zahra Gomes is the latest recipient of the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship.
She was chosen from a field of six candidates who were interviewed today at Government House by the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazilian federal police on Tuesday arrested businessman and rancher Jose Carlos Bumlai, a friend of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, for suspected fraud in a drillship contract with state-run oil firm Petrobras.
SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil’s environmental assets exchange BVRio yesterday launched an app that promises to help foreign traders and buyers of Brazilian timber make sure the product hasn’t been illegally logged.
(Trinidad Guardian) Relatives of Brian Smith, whose body was fished out from sea on Sunday morning, last night burnt tyres and caused major traffic gridlock along the Western Main Road as they claimed the 30-year-old was killed by regiment officers and called for justice.