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Ecuadorian tribunal deems arrest of former Vice President Glas illegal

But the three-member panel also upheld his ongoing imprisonment, arguing it could not ‘modify’ his sentence. The defence team for former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas has hailed a decision declaring his arrest inside Mexico’s embassy in Quito illegal. Still, on Friday, lawyer Sonia Vera Garcia pledged to appeal the ruling, which upheld her client’s […]

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe blasts impending criminal charges

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has denounced the charges he faces as an act of political retribution, as he confronts the prospect of a history-making criminal case. Never before has a Colombian president stood trial on criminal charges. But earlier this week, the office of Colombia’s attorney general, Luz Adriana Camargo Garzon, announced that prosecutors […]

Residents in North America look to the sky for a rare total solar eclipse

A major golf tournament ground to a halt. Schools emptied of students. And thousands of people across North America turned their eyes to the sky to watch a rare celestial event. On Monday, parts of Canada, Mexico and the United States were treated to a total solar eclipse, a phenomenon that will not arise for […]

Mexico to Iran, why are attacks on embassies so controversial?

EXPLAINER International law decrees that embassies are ‘inviolable’. Recent attacks on embassies have breached that understanding, prompting anger. Mexico and Ecuador are locked in a diplomatic spat after Ecuadorian police raided the Mexican embassy in Quito on Friday to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas. Glas had been seeking political asylum in the Mexican […]

When is Eid al-Fitr 2024 and how is it celebrated?

EXPLAINER The three-day festival celebrates the completion of the fasting month of Ramadan by Muslims across the world. As the fasting month of Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims around the world are preparing for Eid al-Fitr, the “festival of breaking the fast”. According to astronomical calculations, the month of Ramadan is expected to last […]

Mexican President Lopez Obrador responds to mayoral candidate’s slaying

The death of Bertha Gisela Gaytán has renewed concerns over violence in the lead-up to the nationwide election on June 2. Outgoing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has offered condolences to the family of a slain mayoral candidate who was shot dead shortly after launching her campaign. The shooting was the latest in a […]

‘Horrific’: US Supreme court allows Texas to detain, deport migrants

The United States Supreme Court has lifted a pause on a controversial law that allows Texas state authorities to detain and deport migrants and asylum seekers, a measure critics have dubbed the “show me your papers” law. The top court on Tuesday voted six to three to allow the law, Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), […]

Haiti unrest fuels fear, frustration in tight-knit Haitian diasporas

Montreal, Canada – Marjorie Villefranche has never experienced anything like it. For the past six months, the head of Maison d’Haiti (Haiti House), a community centre in Montreal’s St-Michel neighbourhood, has received a wave of unsolicited messages from Haitians, begging for help to leave the country. “‘Get us out of here please, we are starving, […]

‘Divine justice’: How Hondurans are reacting to an ex-president’s US trial

New York City, United States – Bundled against the cold gusts of a New York winter, Cecilio Alfaro braved the morning rush to arrive at Manhattan’s Financial District just after sunrise at 7am on Tuesday. A longtime United States resident, formerly from Honduras, Alfaro wore a beanie hat patterned with the colours of the American […]

Brazil recalls ambassador to Israel in row over Lula’s Gaza comments

Israel says Brazilian president is not welcome in the country after he compared Israel’s war on Gaza to the Holocaust. Brazil has recalled its ambassador to Israel, and Israel says Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is not welcome in the country in a diplomatic rift after Lula compared Israel’s military campaign in Gaza […]

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