Caribbean & International

Panama orders arrest of ex-leader Ricardo Martinelli

Panama’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of former President Ricardo Martinelli, who governed the Central American country from 2009 to 2014. Mr Martinelli is accused of using public funds to illegally spy on more than 150 prominent people. Among those he allegedly spied on are trade union activists, politicians, lawyers, doctors and business people. […]

Colombia fully legalizes medical marijuana

(BBC) Colombia’s president has signed a decree fully legalising medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production. Juan Manuel Santos said the move put Colombia “in the group of countries that are at the forefront…in the use of natural resources to fight disease”. But, he said, the country would still fight illegal […]

Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies are born with brain damage, possibly due to mosquito-borne virus

(Washington Post)  Brazilian health authorities are sounding the alarm about a mosquito-borne virus that they believe may be the cause of thousands of infants being born with damaged brains. The pathogen, known as Zika and first discovered in forest monkeys in Africa over 70 years ago, is the new West Nile — a virus that […]

Comedian Host mistakenly crowns wrong Miss Universe Queen

The host of the Miss Universe has apologised after mistakenly naming the wrong woman as winner, leaving Miss Colombia empty-handed. After the error, Ariadna Gutierrez was instead declared runner-up and surrendered her crown to Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. #MissUniverse2015 became Twitter’s biggest trend of the night as social media users expressed their disbelief. Ms […]

Colombia and Farc reach deal on war reparations

(BBC)  The government of Colombia and Farc rebels have announced that they have reached a deal on reparations for war victims. The agreement deals with one of the most sensitive issues in the three-year peace talks taking place in the Cuban capital, Havana. It will include the establishment of a special judicial system to deal […]