Caribbean & International

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Top Brazil Judge dies in plane crash

(BBC)  A prominent Brazilian Supreme Court judge has died in a plane crash. Two other bodies were found at the crash site in the sea near Paraty, some 250km (160 miles) south of Rio de Janeiro. Teori Zavascki, 68, was overseeing a massive corruption investigation at the state oil company, Petrobras. Dozens of politicians have […]

Brazil jail riots: Amazonas governor asks for help

(BBC)  Brazil  –  The governor of Amazonas, the state in northern Brazil where at least 64 inmates have been killed in prison riots since 1 January, has asked the federal government for help. Governor Jose Melo said Amazonas police were “at their physical and psychological limit” and federal troops should be sent as reinforcements. State […]

Venezuela issues new banknotes after inflation

Venezuela is issuing new higher-value notes to help deal with some of the practical problems of soaring inflation. A backpack full of cash is often required to pay bills at a restaurant or supermarket. The central bank said that six new bills ranging from 500 to 20,000 bolivars would come into circulation on 15 December. […]