Latin America

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel has become Mexico’s most powerful criminal organization, dominating the trade in fentanyl and methamphetamines and protecting its business by attacking Mexican security forces and public servants directly.

Mexico’s true death toll from coronavirus is nearly double the government’s official count, according to a review of data from a Mexican government agency that suggests the country now has more than 50,000 coronavirus deaths.

Allegations that soldiers kidnapped and raped children in remote regions of Colombia inhabited by indigenous communities have sparked public outrage and calls by an American senator for changes to the U.S.-backed military.

The Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil is the first in the developing world to be hit hard by Covid-19 and manage a turnaround. The key to its success: Sending health brigades into the worst affected neighborhoods rather than wait for patients to arrive at the hospital.

Heavily armed gunmen attacked Mexico City’s police chief along the city’s most famous boulevard on Friday morning, in a failed assassination attempt that officials said marked a brazen challenge by the country’s most powerful organized crime group, the Jalisco cartel.

The politically influential mentor of U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó was behind a monthslong effort to contract mercenaries to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to several people involved in the planning.

The use of use testing, contact tracing and isolation to reduce coronavirus cases has tamed Covid-19 in one of the world’s largest food markets, Mexico City’s Central de Abasto, even as Mexico itself carries out the least testing of any major country and has ruled out contact tracing.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Oaxaca Tuesday, damaging roads and buildings and leaving at least six people dead in the state, authorities said.

Latin America is the new center of the pandemic, accounting for nearly half the world’s Covid-19 deaths in the past two weeks. The pandemic is sending poverty rates skyrocketing and eroding the social gains the region made in the past two decades.

A federal court has ordered Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is among a handful of prominent world leaders who sometimes refuse to wear a mask, to put one on when he is out in public in the country’s capital.

Mexico’s antitrust commission has turned to the Supreme Court to challenge new government rules for the electricity sector which it says restrict competition in the market in violation of the constitution and energy laws.

Nicolás Maduro’s regime stripped the license of one of the country’s largest parties and handed control to a pro-government ally, the latest in a string of measures to further weaken the opposition.

Peru implemented one of the Western Hemisphere’s strictest lockdowns to slow the coronavirus pandemic. But the country is now grappling with Latin America’s worst outbreak outside of Brazil.

Authorities in the African country of Cape Verde detained a Colombian businessman wanted in the U.S. on money-laundering charges, in a blow for Venezuela’s authoritarian government, for whom he is an important deal maker.

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