22 May 2020

Virus accelerates across Latin America, India, Pakistan

The COVID-19 pandemic has been accelerating across Latin America, Russia, and India as European countries, Asia, and the US begin to reopen and loosen lockdown measures. Governments have been making difficult decisions between saving jobs and the economy or preventing the spread of the virus as quickly as possible. In

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05 May 2020

Coronavirus Sweeps Across Brazil, a Land Ill-Equipped to Fight It

In Brazil, the COVID-19 virus is devastating the population as the country remains ill-equipped for a pandemic. According to local reports from the city of Manaus, there have been extreme wait times for ambulances as well as a lack of medical equipment and burial arrangements. While COVID-19 has previously impacted

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06 Aug 2019

Secretive ‘Machete’ hacker group steals GBs worth of sensitive files from the Venezuelan military

A cyber espionage group called Machete has been stealing military documents via targeted malware attacks across Latin America, researchers with ESET have discovered. 75% of malware infections impact targets in Venezuela, but the attackers are also going after entities in Ecuador, Colombia, and Nicaragua. According to Matias Porolli of ESET,

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19 Jul 2019

APT Targets Diplomats in Europe, Latin America

New research by ESET provides insights into the activity of the Ke3chang advanced persistent threat (APT) group that is believed to be operating out of China. Since 2015, Ke3chang has been targeting diplomatic entities in various countries across the globe, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America. Ke3chang

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17 Jan 2019

Trump considering oil embargo, recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate President

President Trump is reportedly considering the possibility of recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and leader of the political opposition bloc as the country’s legitimate president, according to several sources. President Trump is also reportedly considering a full embargo against Venezuelan oil, which would increase US gas prices by

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15 Jan 2019

Small group of Marines, sailors complete ‘first step’ in building long-term Latin America task force

The U.S. is slowly strengthening a multinational task force in Latin America whose role spans from natural disaster to security responses. 2018’s exercises saw the first time officers from foreign partner countries were integrated into the command staff, when a Colombian officer served as deputy commander of the task force.

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08 Jan 2019

Colombia: One human rights advocate killed every three days

Community leaders and human rights advocates in Colombia are being assassinated at a rate of roughly 1 every 3 days, the highest rate in the world, since the 2016 peace agreement with FARC. 5 out of the 6 most dangerous countries for these killings are in Latin America and include Guatemala,

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03 Jan 2019

Colombia Investigates a Possible Plot to Assassinate President, Official Says

“Colombia is investigating a possible plot to assassinate President Ivan Duque that may involve Venezuelan nationals arrested while carrying ‘weapons of war,’ according to a top official. Without providing evidence or any further details, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes posted a 90-second video on Twitter Saturday night that said Colombia’s intelligence

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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28 Nov 2018

Defense Officials Warn of China and Russia Tampering in Caribbean

As the U.S. sends hospital ships and doctors to aid refugees from Venezuela, SecDef Mattis and outgoing Admiral Kurt Tidd has warned of China and Russia’s different response in the hemisphere. Tidd emphasized that “China is doing everything in its power to entice nations in this hemisphere to put on

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