Ecuador orders 'State of Emergency'

Ecuador President Lenín Moreno has ordered a state of emergency after protests against his new economic policies erupt.

Riots began on October 1st after Moreno announced that he would unleash fuel price hikes.

The protests intensified yesterday before the declaration of emergency when a gallon of diesel surged  from a dollar to 2.25 dollars, while Premium gasoline rose from 1.85 to 2.30 dollars.

Lenin proposes new types of hiring and probationary period increases for workers.

His measures are framed within the package of tax and labor reforms, designated by the International Monetary Fund.

The State of Emergency will last 60 days, limiting the right of assembly and freedom of transit, while the Armed Forces are deployed throughout the country.

Narco-trafficker gave money to Honduran president

A narco-trafficker imprisoned in the United States has revealed that he gave $40,000 for the campaign of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Víctor Hugo Díaz, alias "el Rojo," testifies that Juan Antonio—the president's brother—informed him that with this money he would obtain important information and connections.

The testimony came during the drug trafficking trial in New York against the brother of the Honduran president.

The drug trafficker also states that for each delivery of cocaine he had to pay $5,000 to the president's brother.

In exchange, Antonio warned him about the police checkpoints and the investigations carried out by the Honduran police.

Venezuela experiences acute water shortage

Experts are warning that 80 percent of Venezuelans do not have access to quality drinking water.

Some experts describe the situation as critical for Venezuelans at an event in Washington, 

They propose initiatives to recover Venezuela's water systems to avoid shortages and their health consequences.

They also point out that the lack of water continues to worsen and that it has already affected cities and hospitals.

The experts also agree that the collapse of water systems in Venezuela is due to corruption, and the lack of concern from Maduro's regime.

Brazil cuts privileges to bureaucracy

Brazil will save over 220 billion dollars in 10 years if the pension reform is finally approved.

President Jair Bolsonaro's government states that the savings will come from reducing the retirement privileges of state workers and politicians.

Currently, a public employee can receive a pension up to 20 times higher than that of a private worker who, on the other hand, pays all the pensions of both sectors.

If ratified by the Lower House, the proposal that has already been approved in the Senate will equalize the pensions of both sectors.

Presidential special advisor Arthur Weintraub says the reform also focuses on guaranteeing the future of pensions for Brazilians.