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Venezuela and Colombia Agree to Reestablish Diplomatic Ties

By The Editors | Al Jazeera (free)

Colombia and Venezuela will appoint new ambassadors in their respective capitals when Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro takes office next month, authorities said, in an effort to rebuild diplomatic relations after years of tension.

More from WPR: After Petro’s Win, Colombia Teeters Between Hope and Fear

Argentina’s Lower House Leader Massa Named Economy ‘Superminister’

By Nicolás Misculin | Reuters

Argentina’s lower house congressional leader Sergio Massa will take charge of a new economy “superministry,” the government said Thursday, the latest twist in President Alberto Fernandez’s struggle to contain a worsening economic crisis.

Nicaragua Withdraws Approval of U.S. Ambassador Nominee

By The Editors | Reuters

The Nicaraguan government has withdrawn its approval of the U.S. nominee for ambassador to Nicaragua, Hugo Rodriguez, following his criticism of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime, the Central American country said in a statement Thursday.

More from WPR: Ortega’s Sham Trials Mark Another Step Toward Dictatorship

Panama’s Ex-President Martinelli Says Will Run Again in 2024

By Elida Moreno | Reuters

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who faces open corruption investigations, declared Thursday his intention to run as an independent in the country’s 2024 elections.

The Barbados Rebellion: An Island Nation's Fight for Climate Justice

By Yan Zhuang | ProPublica, The New York Times (free)

Across the Caribbean, soaring national debt is a hidden but decisive aspect of the climate crisis, hobbling countries’ ability to protect themselves from disaster. One island’s leader is fighting to find a way out.

Protesters Against Panama's Soaring Costs End Roadblocks


Protesters angry at the high cost of living in Panama ended their three-week blockade of major roads Tuesday, authorities said, as negotiations between the government and groups behind the demonstrations continued.

U.N.: Violence Rising in Rural Colombia Despite Peace Deal

Manuel Rueda | Associated Press

Violence is increasing in many rural areas of Colombia despite a 2016 peace deal between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the United Nations Human Rights Office said in a report. It called on the government to boost rural development and take steps to encourage members of Colombia’s remaining illegal groups to demobilize.

El Salvador to Buy Back Some Debt in Surprise Move

Nelson Renteria | Reuters

El Salvador's president announced Tuesday a plan for a voluntary repurchase offer to holders of bonds maturing between 2023 and 2025.

The Barbados Rebellion: An Island Nation’s Fight for Climate Justice

Abrahm Lustgarten | The New York Times

Caribbean nations are trapped between the global financial system and a looming climate disaster. One country’s leaders have been fighting to find a way out.

Chile’s Constitutional Campaigns Start Amid Faltering Public Support

By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda | Reuters

Electoral campaigns to approve or reject Chile’s proposed new constitution officially began Wednesday and high-profile political and public figures have started picking sides at a time when public support is faltering.

More from WPR: Chile Shows How Constitutional Reform Should Be Done—and Why It’s Insufficient

Suspect in Haiti President’s Assassination Pleads Not Guilty

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

One of the main suspects in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a federal court in Miami.

Argentina Says Has China’s Support to Join BRICS Group

By The Editors | Reuters

Argentina’s government said Thursday it had received China’s formal support for the country’s bid to join the BRICS group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a bloc seen as a powerful emerging-market alternative to the West.

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