October 24, 2014

Hugo Chavez says he is cancer free

Not only am I free from cancer but the people of Venezuela are free to elect me for another term as their president next year.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he is free of cancer after returning from Cuba for health checks following four cycles of chemotherapy. He travelled to the island four months ago to have surgery for cancer there. "Everything went perfectly. I got top marks, 20 out of 20," he told … [Read more...]

Restaurant blast in Rio de Janeiro kills three people

Debris from the explosion caused traffic chaos around Tiradentes Square.

A suspected gas explosion at a restaurant in central Rio de Janeiro has left three people dead and at least 13 injured, Brazilian officials say. The powerful blast early in the morning caused widespread damage to the restaurant, located in a multi-storey building on Tiradentes Square. Those … [Read more...]

Bolivian Defence Minister resigns over Amazon road protest

Cecilia is not smiling now after the government cracked down hard on protesters.

Bolivian Defence Minister Cecilia Chacon has resigned in protest at the government's decision to use police to break up an anti-road march. Her resignation came amid growing public anger at the police action which saw 500 police officers fire tear gas and round up indigenous demonstrators. The … [Read more...]

Chile plane crash claims 21 lives

TV star Felipe Camiroaga who died in the crash.

All 21 people aboard a military plane that went missing off the coast of Chile on Friday, near the Juan Fernandez islands, are dead, Defense Minister Andres Allamand has announced. According to preliminary information, the passengers died instantly on impact. At least four bodies were found … [Read more...]

Cristina Fernandez wins Argentina President primary vote

Christina has every reason to smile. Longevity in Argentine politics without the help of the military is a rare thing.

Current Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner looks set to win a second term in office after easily beating her rivals in a primary election on Sunday. Ms Fernandez won more than 50% of the vote - which is enough to win outright in the first round presidential election in October. … [Read more...]

Caribbean Airlines Boeing crash – everyone survived

Flight 523 does its best 'Concorde' impression. Excellent effort.

A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 163 people on board has crashed in Guyana after it overshot the runway. The flight 523 left John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday evening, stopping in Trinidad before landing in Guyana. Everything was all cool up until that moment, but the plane … [Read more...]

Experts conclude Salvador Allende shot himself

Salvador Allende - elected by the people, deposed by the military. That was democracy CIA style.

A team of international experts has concluded that Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile, killed himself during the 1973 military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet, rather than be captured. While President Allende's family had always accepted the official version that he had taken … [Read more...]

Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela and holds mass rally

Hugo wore his regular party suit of olive drab uniform and red beret with just enough gold braid to make him special.

President Hugo Chavez has returned to Venezuela and addressed a crowd of thousands at a rally in Caracas. He has been receiving medical treatment in Cuba for the last month for cancer after becoming ill on a State visit to Cuba. The crowds cheered as he waved the Venezuelan flag from his … [Read more...]

Hugo Chavez admits he has cancer

I am not feeling well so I am going to stay with Uncle Fidel for a while.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has given a TV address and admitted he has had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour. There has been much speculation about his health since he left Venezuela for Cuba three weeks ago for what officials said was an operation on a pelvic abscess. Mr Chavez said … [Read more...]

Speculation about health of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez is visited in hospital of the unlikely couple of Raul Castro (right) and Liam Neeson's dad (left).

Two weeks after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's underwent an operation in Cuba for what was 'officially' described as a pelvic abscess. On Friday the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Mr Chavez - who is still in Cuba - was in what he called a "great battle" for his health." … [Read more...]

The World’s oldest person dies

We would think at 114 years-old, Maria would have had a few tales to tell, but apparently one of her secrets of long life was not meddling in other peoples affairs.

Maria Gomes Valentim, a Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person has died, just just days away from her 115th birthday. Maria died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson (cool name that)Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim would … [Read more...]

Chile hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

Chile's beautiful Antofagasta Region - easy to understand why there are no reports of damage or injuries from such a large earthquake.

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Antofagasta region of northern Chile today, but at this stage there are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremor struck at 12.35pm local time, at a depth of 111km and was located 89km northeast of the city of Calama, a city of 100,000 people, the … [Read more...]

Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range erupts in Chile

Not one, but two, but three, but four volcanoes on the go in Chile.

The previously dormant Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range, in Chile has erupted sending dense clouds of ash and smoke into the sky in the best display by a non-Icelandic volcano this year. The Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range is collection of four interconnected volcanoes. It is the volcanic … [Read more...]

Brazil government approves giant Amazon dam

Xingu River

The Brazil Environment Agency, Ibama, has supported the construction of the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon. The planned hydro-electric, 11,000-megawatt dam will be the third largest in the world - after the Three Gorges in China and Itaipu, which is jointly run by Brazil and … [Read more...]

75 bodies recovered from Air France wreckage

The recovery operation of flight 447 has created so many 'firsts' it is hard to keep count. There is obviously a fantastic team behind the amazing technology.

Brazil's state news agency says seventy-five bodies have been recovered from wreckage of Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago. Agencia Brasil reported that Nelson Faria Marinho, the president of the Brazilian victims' association, was notified of the recovery … [Read more...]