Colombia cocaine seizures break record in 2022

BOGOTA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Colombia seized more cocaine in 2022 than any other year on record, the South American country’s defense ministry reported Saturday.

Iran’s supreme leader pardons ‘tens of thousands’

Iran’s religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned tens of thousands of prisoners, according to state media.

Germany’s Scholz sets off on first South American tour to boost trade, environment ties

BERLIN, Jan 28 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz heads to Argentina on Saturday for the first leg of his inaugural tour of South America as his government seeks to reduce Germany’s economic dependence on China and strengthen relations with democracies worldwide.

Beyonce gets early win at the Grammys curtain raiser

Beyonce has taken one step closer to becoming the most decorated Grammy winner of all time, after scooping an early win.

Brazil Police Say Gang Leader Likely Ordered Killing of British Journalist

Brazil’s federal police said they had a “strong conviction” a gang leader known a “Colombia” ordered the brutal murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, killed in the Amazon rainforest last June.

Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the situation on the front lines in the east is getting tougher and Russia is throwing more and more troops into battle.

UN rights chief asks Venezuela to release arbitrary detainees, end torture

CARACAS, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Venezuela should release arbitrarily detained individuals and end torture, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said on Saturday at the end of a trip to the country.