Chile investigates protest interference

Chile is investigating possible interference in their protests from Eastern Europe, Chilean Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribero announced Tuesday.

Chilean international organizations are investigating "excessive Internet traffic" and the creation of false profiles from "an Eastern European country."

At the end of October, an official from the U.S. State Department informed the press that they had "indications of Russian activities to give a negative course to the debate in Chile" and thus "exacerbate division and incite conflict."

Morales acknowledged favoring Russian influence

Evo Morales acknowledged that one of the objectives of his alliance with Russia was for that country to have a greater "presence" in Latin America in order to "balance" the forces in the region.

He admitted it in an interview with the Spanish daily ABC, in which he also defended his link with Cuba and his medical plan.

It was later discovered that the alleged doctors were not certified doctors. 

He was also evasive in answering whether the audio where he ordered blockades so that "food would not enter the cities" was his, although he never denied the accusation.

New blackout in Venezuela affects 9 states

A new blackout occurred in Venezuela in the early hours on Tuesday, December 2, affecting at least nine states.

A substation exploded in the state of Zulia. In this region, power outages remained for up to 12 hours and its population has been most affected by the failures. 

The instability in the electrical service severely affects the services of water, transportation, and telephone communications. 

So far, the authorities of the Ministry of Electric Energy and Corpoelec have not made any statements. 

Rio Treaty signatory countries sanction Maduro

Countries that have signed the Rio Treaty have also approved sanctioning officials of Nicolás Maduro's regime.

This was during an official meeting held in Bogotá on Tuesday, according to the Colombian Foreign Ministry in a press release.

The official report indicated that 29 people will face economic sanctions and "measures restricting entry and transit" in the member states of the treaty.

The Organization of American States (OAS), the depositary of the agreement, published the list of those sanctioned:

The list includes Nicolás Maduro, his wife Cilia Flores and Diosdado Cabello, among others.