Latin America News Headlines
Argentina pushes back mid-term elections as COVID-19 rages
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine government has agreed with opposition parties to postpone primary and mid-term elections due to take place from August for five weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
UPDATE 1-Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest speeds up for 2nd straight month
BRASILIA, May 7 (Reuters) - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose 43% in April from the same month a year ago, preliminary government data showed on Friday, the second consecutive monthly rise as destruction picked up ahead of the annual burning season.
UPDATE 1-Mexico City to allow open-air events as coronavirus cases fall
MEXICO CITY, May 7 (Reuters) - Residents of Mexico City will be able to attend open-air concerts and sporting events at limited capacities beginning next week after a sustained drop in coronavirus infections, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Friday.
UPDATE 3-Citgo posts $667 million loss for 2020 on falling demand
HOUSTON, May 7 (Reuters) - Eighth-largest U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp on Friday reported a 2020 loss of $667 million due to slack demand for fuel and higher costs that crushed profit margins.
Brazil registers 78,886 new cases of coronavirus, 2,165 COVID-19 deaths
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 7 (Reuters) - Brazil recorded 78,886 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 2,165 fatalities from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Friday.
Brazil eyes new Pfizer deal next week for 100 million more COVID-19 shots
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil expects to sign a new deal next week with Pfizer Inc for 100 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses, a Health Ministry official said on Friday, which would double the U.S. drugmaker's delivery to the Latin American country this year.
Brazil welcomes U.S. call for talks on vaccine patents
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government said on Friday it welcomed a call from the United States for multilateral talks on vaccine patents, and would engage constructively to find a way to increase the availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Brazil judge sees signs of 'arbitrary execution' in Rio police raid
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Supreme Court justice called on Friday for Brazil's top prosecutor to investigate Rio de Janeiro's deadliest police raid in over a decade, which has drawn condemnation from the United Nations, human rights groups and local activists.
Argentina's cashless king targets Latin America's unbanked millions
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Digital banking startup Uala will double the size of its operations in Argentina and Mexico with a $64 million investment as it seeks to convince more people across Latin America to skip traditional banking in favor of digital, the head of the company said on Friday.
UPDATE 1-Colombia's Duque more optimistic than critics after meeting to calm protests
BOGOTA, May 7 (Reuters) - Colombian President Ivan Duque met with political opponents on Friday and afterward he expressed more optimism than they did about progress made toward calming more than a week of widespread and sometimes deadly street protests.
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