Hardline Venezuela opposition leader Antonio Ledezma flees to Colombia

Former mayor of Caracas was under house arrest accused of coup plotting with Colombia saying Ledezma, 62, entered legally via Simn Bolvar bridge The Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, who was detained in 2015 on allegations of coup-plotting but had been under house arrest in Caracas, has fled over the border to Colombia. Colombian immigration…

Amnesty chief calls Latin America’s abortion laws violence against females

Salil Shetty, Amnesty Internationals secretary general, advises Argentina to reform harsh legislation and says human rights have degenerated across region Latin America’s draconian abortion policies have resulted in the needless deaths of thousands of women, said Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, as he called for a decisive push for legalization of the procedure across…

Genes That Change Alzheimer’s Timing Identified

The immense suffering of a Colombian family could help scientists develop therapies to delay the symptoms of dementia.The huge household carriesa gene that watches many fall victim to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Now research has uncovered other genes that decide just how long people get before the disease constructs itself felt. One of the Spanish Conquistadors…

Online abuse: how different countries deal with it

Nations worldwide are struggling to address issues such as harassment, libel or retaliation pornography Online abuse is rife on social media and other sites across the globe but countries are attempting to deal with it in very different ways. As part the Protector Web we want series investigating the dark side of the internet –…

Colombia researchers detect first cases of Zika virus linked to birth defect

Country had until now not corroborated any cases of defects related to the virus, though Brazil has insured a marked rise in areas where the disease is widespread Researchers in Colombia have discovered the countrys first cases of birth defect linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. One researcher in the city of Sincelejo in northern…