September 17, 2020 - Quito, Ecuador, Latin America - Protesters mostly made up of medical students and professionals clashed with police in Quito, Ecuador on Wednesday a day after hundreds of post-graduate doctors walked off the job to demand unpaid wages amid the coronavirus pandemic.
September 08, 2020 – La Paz, Bolivia, Latin America - A Bolivian court on Monday rejected a legal appeal by former president Evo Morales, deeming him ineligible to run for a Senate position in an October election re-run of a voided vote late last year.
September 04, 2020 - Havana, Cuba, Latin America - Cuba rolled out the red carpet on Friday for the first plane load of tourists to arrive on the Caribbean island nation in months as it struggles toward a post-pandemic new normalcy.
September 01, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentina delays until November the signing of an initial agreement with China that seeks to attract investments by the Asian giant in local pork production for export, amidst protest from environmental groups.
August 28, 2020 - SANTIAGO - A Chilean special forces captain has been arrested for assault in relation to an incident in which a woman was blinded by a tear gas canister during the massive social protests that rocked the country in 2019.
Fabiola Campillai, a trainee firefighter and mother of three children, was waiting for a bus to work in a southern suburb of the capital Santiago on Nov. 26 when she was hit in the face by a police-issue canister.
She was one of two Chileans left completely blind and more than 400 who suffered eye damage after being hit by projectiles fired during the sometimes violent protests over inequality that began in October last year and petered out with the arrival of the coronavirus in March this year.
Earlier this month, two police officers were fired for failing to provide first aid to Campillai and, in one case, making false statements about what happened, according to police.
On Thursday night, investigators from the police Human Rights Squad detained one of the two officers, special forces captain Patricio Maturana.
In a tweet, the prosecutor's office described him as "the main defendant in relation to the serious injuries caused to a woman... that resulted in her total blindness."
More than 30 people died, 3,000 were injured and 30,000 were arrested during the demonstrations, which drew criticism from several international human rights organizations who accused police of repetitive use of excessive force.
On Aug. 21, police lieutenant Colonel Claudio Crespo was detained for the total blinding of 22-year-old psychology student Gustavo Gatica.
Chile's National Human Rights Institute (INDH) had warned in March that the failure to bring officers to justice in both cases would cause further turmoil and mistrust of the police as the country approaches the anniversary of the outbreak of protests.
INDH Director Sergio Micco welcomed Friday's detention but added: "It could have all happened much quicker, the Chilean police can do more."
August 25, 2020 - Havana, Cuba, Latin America - Caribbean islands already reeling from the economic impact of coronavirus started recovering on Tuesday from the damage wrought by tropical storm Laura, which left at least 24 dead and damaged thousands of homes and electricity infrastructure.
August 25, 2020 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentina's recent debt restructuring deal with creditors should help reduce the wide gap between the peso's official exchange rate and the black market rate, central bank chief Miguel Angel Pesce said on Tuesday.
August 24, 2020 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Latin America - Brazilian Congresswoman Flordelis de Souza was charged with ordering the execution of her husband, pastor Anderson do Carmo, who was shot more than 30 times at their home in June 2019, according to a police statement on Monday.
August 24, 2020 - Brasilia, Brazil, Latin America - Brazil's biggest corruption investigation, that saw a former president jailed, hundreds of arrests of businessmen and politicians and the recovery of $2.7 billion in graft money, is at risk of being shut down, despite 400 probes still ongoing by federal prosecutors and police. Even right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has not come out to bat for the Operation Car Wash task force and public prosecutor Augusto Aras could decide by September 10 not to extend the team's mandate for another year.
August 20, 2020 – Havana, Cuba, Latin America - Cuba kicks off clinical trials next week of a potential coronavirus vaccine called "Soberana 01" ("Sovereign 01") developed by its state-run Finlay Institute, with results due in February, state-run media said on Wednesday (August 19).