RIO DE JANEIRO — The coronavirus was taking root in Latin America when President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil startled the medical community with a claim: A miracle drug was on hand. “God is Brazilian, the cure is right here!” the president exclaimed in late March to a throng of supporters. “Chloroquine is working everywhere.” Since
RIO DE JANEIRO — As the coronavirus tore through Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro came under blistering criticism for sabotaging the isolation measures imposed by states, encouraging mass rallies by his supporters and lashing out on the soaring death toll, saying “What do you want me to do?” Now that the outbreak in Brazil has gotten
TORONTO — When asked what he thought of President Trump’s call for military action against American protesters and the tear gassing of peaceful demonstrators to make way for a photo-op, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused at his podium for 21 uncomfortable, televised seconds. He opened his mouth, then shut it — twice. He softly groaned.
TORONTO — Many Indigenous activists in Canada consider Justin Trudeau, after more than four years as prime minister, as little better than the other white colonial leaders who have oppressed them for the past 150 years. His only Indigenous cabinet minister quit and his government approved pipelines across Indigenous territory, despite dissent and protests. Despite
On Thursday, Tobi Lütke, the founder and chief executive of Ottawa-based Shopify, announced on Twitter that most of his company’s 5,000 employees had permanently become stay-at-home workers. ImageShopify’s Ottawa headquarters will remain largely empty permanently.Credit…Chris Wattie/Reuters That came the same day as a similar announcement from Facebook, and it followed remote working moves by Twitter
SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador’s Supreme Court said on Monday that it had ordered the immediate suspension of the state of emergency that President Nayib Bukele declared to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Mr. Bukele had ordered the state of emergency on Saturday, when previous orders were set to expire, without congressional approval. The
MEXICO CITY — At least 70 people have died across Mexico since late April after drinking tainted alcohol, including at least 20 residents of a poor mountain town in the central state Puebla who consumed a cheap, popular moonshine. Mexican officials said the rash of deaths, coming as the nation struggles to contend with the
MEXICO CITY — A migrant shelter in southern Mexico called La 72 has for years been a popular way station for those traveling from Central America to the United States. Last year it received a record number of visitors, sometimes sheltering more than 2,000 a month. In recent weeks, however, that traffic has come to
Rufous treepies, birds in the crow family native to South and Southeast Asia, usually eat insects, seeds or fruits. But some of them have learned to eat fire. Well, not exactly, but close. At a small temple in the Indian state of Gujarat, the caretakers regularly set out small votive candles made with clarified butter.
TORONTO — Soon after his neighbors were gunned down in rural Nova Scotia, Cees van den Hoek started a memorial site near an old church. He hammered together boards for people to fasten cards and mementos to, and was hauling one into place when a middle-aged woman raced toward him. “She gave me a hug,”