Fire in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro

A fire in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro spread panic and left more than a dozen dead.

Scenes of panic and chaos took place at the Badim hospital, north of the city, after a possible short circuit in a generator sparked a fire.

About a hundred patients were evacuated and transferred in an emergency operation.

Civil Defense reported that at least 11 bodies were removed during the night, which have yet to be identified.

The fire, which began before 6 p.m. on Thursday (local time), was brought under control four hours later.

The work of the security forces, however, lasted until the early hours of this Friday.

Controversy over abortion in Mexico

A senator reminded Mexico's ambassador to the UN that abortion is not a human right.

Pro-life Senator of the State of Sonora, Lilly Tellez, expressed concern on social networks over an article written by Ambassador Juan Ramon De la Fuente.

In his controversial writing, the diplomat attacked the new international trend that rejects abortion, which defendedf family and life.

In response, the senator said that, in Mexico it is clear that abortion is not an issue of Reproductive Rights, much less a Human Right.

She pointed out that the diplomat's claim lacked rational arguments backed by Mexican science or culture, and offered to initiate a dialogue without ideologies or prejudices.

Europe finances Cuban regime

The European Union has replaced Venezuela as the main financier of the Cuban regime.

Federica Mogherini, high representative of the organization, stated that in only two years the EU almost tripled its investments in the island, becoming its first commercial partner.

Analysts reported that European funding came at a time when Maduro is unable to supply the island due to U.S. sanctions.

They criticized that instead of helping Cuban citizens, European investment finances a repressive regime, perpetuating its political and economic monopoly.

Peru fights coca crops

Peru will begin to eradicate coca cultivation in the area of the country most affected by drug trafficking.

The authorities announced that operations will begin in November in the area known as the “Valley of the Rivers” in the dangerous Andean jungle region.

This area produces at least 70 percent of Peru's cocaine, and serves as a refuge for drug traffickers and remnants of the terrorist group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).

Interior Minister Carlos Morán said the goal of this first stage is to destroy 750 hectares.

He also indicated that they will try to put an end to the threat posed by the armed groups before 2021.