Latin America

The government said the person diagnosed with the virus was placed in isolation along with several family members. The confirmed case involved people who visited Italy.

The Mexican economy contracted in 2019 for the first time in a decade, revised government data confirmed Tuesday, with a drop in industrial production and investment marring the first year in office of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

An independent report commissioned by Vale into last year’s deadly mine-dam failure found conflicts of interest between the mining giant and its auditors, faulty information-sharing inside the company and a compensation structure that prioritized financial returns.

Mexican law-enforcement officers are investigating former President Enrique Peña Nieto as part of the country’s highest-profile corruption case in years, a senior Mexican judicial official said.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is resisting pressure to restart auctions for oil drilling rights and allow private firms to have a greater role in the oil industry, even as his government grapples with a stagnant economy and weak investment.

Mexico is running low on lifesaving cancer medications, the unintended consequence of an effort by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to revamp the country’s public health system and crack down on waste and theft.

A Brazilian army general is set to take over as chief of staff Tuesday as President Jair Bolsonaro fills his inner circle with fellow military men, distancing himself from a political establishment tarnished by corruption.

Ecuador hopes to persuade the U.S. to eliminate tariffs on exports of broccoli, artichokes, tuna and roses as part of talks intended to improve trade relations between the two countries, Economy and Finance Minister Richard Martínez Alvarado said.

The Bank of Mexico cut interest rates in its first monetary-policy meeting of the year as inflation remained close to its target and risks to economic growth increased.

Sugar-cane fields, once playgrounds for poor children, have become stalking grounds for rabbits as hunger gnaws at the countryside. One became a killing field when fire consumed 11 boys out to catch a meal for their families.

The move is less a show of force by the communities than a cry for help. For years, this community of 800 people and 15 other nearby villages have been left at the mercy of local cartels.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó returns to Caracas after he slipped out of the country last month to meet with President Trump at the White House and world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

One year into his term as Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro is using broadcasts on his Facebook page to stoke his base and fight his opponents.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has beefed up his strategy to fight drug cartels, including bringing the marines, Mexico’s elite security force, back to the front lines of the drug war.

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