Defying the polls, rural primary school teacher Pedro Castillo topped the votes in the first round of Peru’s presidential poll and will contest the run-off against one of the nation’s most established political figures.
- by Franklin Briceno and Regina Garcia Cano
The true number of deaths is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak.
- by David Biller and Maria Cheng
The scenes playing out across Brazil, one of the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, are placing growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.
- by Leandra Camera and Pedro Fonseca
“For the Kremlin, COVID was a godsend,” says a former US official of Russia’s vaccine outreach.
- by David Biller and Christopher Sherman
Fatalities climbed above 4000 in a day on Tuesday for the first time, taking the pandemic total to nearly 337,000.
- by Pedro Fonseca
Argentine President Alberto Fernández says he had an initial positive test for COVID-19, despite having been vaccinated in January.
- by Almudena Calatrava
The Brazilain President, a former army captain, has sought to steer the public conversation to his nostalgia for the 1964-1985 dictatorship and away from his handling of the pandemic.
- by Mauricio Savares and Diane Jeantet
The resignations followed the appointment of a new defence minister who celebrated the dictatorship that killed and tortured thousands of Brazilians.
- by Diane Jeantet and David Biller
COVID deaths are soaring in Brazil and health experts warning that the nation is on the verge of disaster.
- by David Biller and Maircio Savarese
A new octopus study suggests the creatures experience short bursts of ‘active sleep’ not unlike humans, but without the “complex symbolic plots”.
- by Will Dunham
The outbreak is reaching its worst ever stage in the country, fanned by a patchy vaccine rollout, an infectious new variant and a lack of nationwide public health restrictions.
- by Pedro Fonseca