Ten dead and 17 wounded in Brazilian school bloodbath after two men begin shooting at children | Daily Mail Online

  • At least ten people were killed at an elementary school in Brazil on Wednesday
  • Two young shooters reportedly attacked as classes were beginning for the day
  • They were seen walking into the building with hoods up before firing weapons
  • Police found a crossbow, Molotov cocktails and a wired up briefcase at the scene

Source: Ten dead and 17 wounded in Brazilian school bloodbath after two men begin shooting at children | Daily Mail Online

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U.S. to withdraw personnel from Venezuela embassy amid turmoil

The United States announced plans to withdraw all remaining personnel from its embassy there this week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement Monday night on Twitter. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” he wrote.

Source: U.S. to withdraw personnel from Venezuela embassy amid turmoil

Venezuelans turn to looting in Caracas during fourth day of power outages | Daily Mail Online

Some supermarkets in the capital have been ransacked by residents as they struggle to find food. Security forces detained a number of people caught looting on Sunday during day four of power outages.

Source: Venezuelans turn to looting in Caracas during fourth day of power outages | Daily Mail Online

Venezuela’s Power Outage Draws Its Leaders Into Deeper Tensions : NPR

A massive power outage has swept across Venezuela, leaving its two leaders at odds over who is to blame for plunging the country into darkness at a time of deep political unrest.

The outage began Thursday evening at rush hour, bringing the subway system in Caracas to a halt. Thousands of commuters returned home on foot, their walks lit only by mobile phones and the stars.

President Nicolás Maduro was quick to blame the “electricity war” on the United States, which has supported Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó after he declared himself interim president in January and received endorsements from dozens of countries.

“The electricity war declared and directed by U.S. imperialism against our people will be defeated,” Maduro said. “Nothing and nobody will vanquish the people of Bolívar and Chávez.”

Source: Venezuela’s Power Outage Draws Its Leaders Into Deeper Tensions : NPR

Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery | Fox News

A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and some 300 injured.

Source: Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery | Fox News

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Ecuador’s Border With Peru : NPR

The earthquake struck at 5:17 a.m. local time. Its epicenter was 71 miles east-southeast of Palora, far inland and distant from Ecuador’s main highways that run along its mountain ranges.

For an area ranging some 50 to 100 miles from the quake’s center, the quake was felt at a magnitude of at least 5.5, according to the USGS.

“The Peru-Chile Trench is an area that hosts large earthquakes quite regularly,” the USGS said. It added that 15 other intermediate-depth earthquakes have occurred within 310 miles of the epicenter in the past 100 years.

M 7.5 – 115km ESE of Palora, Ecuador

  • 2019-02-22 10:17:22 (UTC)
  • 2.199°S 77.023°W
  • 132.4 km depth

Source: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Ecuador’s Border With Peru : NPR

58 dead, at least 300 missing after dam collapse in Brazil – ABC News

A dam collapse in Brazil has killed at least 58 people, with another 305 unaccounted for, officials say.

Rescuers have been digging through mud to find survivors.

“Part of the Vila Ferteco community has also been affected,” the mining company said in a statement. “Rescue and care of the wounded is being carried out on site by the Fire Department and Civil Defense. There is still no confirmation as to the cause of the accident.

“The top priority of the company right now is to support the rescue efforts and to help preserve and protect the lives of direct employees, third-party employees and local communities,” the statement added.

Source: 58 dead, at least 300 missing after dam collapse in Brazil – ABC News

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave

The news comes after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s interim president.

  • Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro says he is breaking diplomatic relations with the United States.
  • Earlier, the Trump administration said it recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.
  • Maduro says U.S. diplomatic personnel have 72 hours to leave the country. The U.S. State Department said it would not comply with that order

Source: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Chile

strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on  Saturday evening.

Local government officials said that two people have died as a result of the quake.

The quake struck at 10:32 pm local time with a depth of 53 kilometres and an epicentre some 15 kilometres southwest of Coquimbo.

It rattled buildings in the capital city of Santiago and was felt in Valparaiso, O’Higgins, as well as in Atacama and Coquimbo up north.

A tsunami warning was initially issued, but cancelled shortly afterwards.

Source: Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Chile

Colombia car bomb attack leaves at least 11 dead – CNN

At least 11 people were killed Thursday after a car bomb detonated in the Colombian capital of Bogota, the country’s Defense Ministry told CNN en Español.

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Officials said 65 others were injured in the blast, which occurred outside the General Santander National Police Academy.
A high-ranking police official told CNN that the explosion appeared to be the result of a suicide attack.

Source: Colombia car bomb attack leaves at least 11 dead – CNN

Brazil shooting: Campinas cathedral gunman ‘mentally ill’ – BBC News

Police investigating a deadly shooting in a cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas have identified the gunman.

Euler Fernando Grandolpho opened fire in the Metropolitan Cathedral after midday Mass on Tuesday.

Four people were killed and four more injured before the 49-year-old turned the gun on himself after being shot by police.

Officers said the systems analyst had no criminal record and “no motive except for his own madness”.

While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature and especially in a place of worship are not.

Source: Brazil shooting: Campinas cathedral gunman ‘mentally ill’ – BBC News

Incredible drone footage shows isolated Amazon tribe | Fox News

Remarkable drone footage offers a rare glimpse of an isolated tribe in Brazilian Amazon.

 

Sarah Shenker, a senior researcher at tribal advocacy group Survival International, told Fox News that the images like the ones released by FUNAI are a powerful tool. Glimpses of uncontacted tribes “galvanize public support for the need to protect their lands,” she said, noting that FUNAI has suffered drastic budget cuts. “We’re calling for the teams that are on the ground … to have the resources they need to do their job properly,” Shenker added.

Earlier this year, FUNAI released extremely rare video footage showing the last surviving member of an uncontacted tribe that was massacred in 1995.

Dubbed “the world’s loneliest man,” the solitary figure is also known as “the Indian of the hole,” according to FUNAI, on account of the stave-filled holes he digs to trap animals.

Source: Incredible drone footage shows isolated Amazon tribe | Fox News

Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela | Daily Mail Online

A powerful earthquake has rocked the Carribean and South America, as the first images of the devastation begin to emerge.

A tremor has shaken eastern Venezuela through to Colombia and Trinidad, causing buildings to be evacuated in Caracas and Bogata.

Cars have been flattened by collapsing walls, supermarket shelves have been completely wiped out and gaping holes in the ground have begun to emerge in Trinidad.

The quake has been placed at a 7.3 magnitude with its epicentre being 13 miles southwest of Irapa, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

Source: Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela | Daily Mail Online

Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil despite attacks – BBC News

The number of Venezuelans entering Brazil is rising, officials say, despite Saturday’s attacks on makeshift migrant border camps.

A Brazilian army spokesman said about 900 Venezuelans were expected in the state of Rorarima on Monday, a steep rise in the daily average.

There is fresh uncertainty following the issuing of new banknotes.

Source: Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil despite attacks – BBC News