March 10, 2014
Latin America >
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos heads into presidential elections for a second straight term with his lead all but certain, even while seats for his ruling coalition were trimmed in a congressional vote that cemented his fiercest rival as the main opposition, results showed today.
Carnival festivities in Brazil have been tainted by deadly traffic accidents in the South American giant with 155 deaths and 1,823 injured. Crashes totalized 3,201 from Friday last week till today, the police reported.
Latin American foreign ministers will meet next week to discuss the unrest in Venezuela that has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation, diplomatic sources.
A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said.
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic and commercial relations with the Panamanian government due to a "conspiracy" against his administrtation.