Fires in Valparaiso: 200 homes destroyed

Serious fires in Chile have ravaged more than 200 homes and the government believes it was intentional.

Teams are working to mitigate forest fires that swept through at least 200 homes in the city of Valparaiso on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said investigations are being conducted and there is a very high probability that this fire was intentional.

The fires began on days of maximum temperature and at the time when the airplanes stop flying, in the middle of Christmas Eve.

So far, no casualties have been reported.

New anti-crime law in Brazil

Brazil enacted a new "anti-crime" law that toughens the criminal code.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a law that toughens the criminal code to fight crime, which includes some proposals from Justice Minister Sergio Moro.

The law was drafted by Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who led Operation Lava Jato, Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Morae and members of parliament.

According to the Secretariat of the Presidency, Bolsonaro vetoed some parts of the bill for "reasons of public interest and unconstitutionality."

Among the articles vetoed by Bolsonaro are the one that stipulated the tripling of the penalty for crimes committed or disclosed on the Internet and the extraction of DNA, which will be applied only in some atrocious crimes.

Requests for shelter in Mexico grow 13 times

In only 5 years, there was a 13-fold increase in the number of applications for refugee status in Mexico.

This is revealed in the "Yearbook of Migration and Remittances" produced by the banking financial institution BBVA and the National Population Council.

The number of people who requested refuge in Mexico increased from 1,296 in 2013 to 17,116 in 2018.

The report details that only 11.6% managed to be recognized as refugees while 72.5% were in pending status.

Most migrants head to the United States, but not being able to enter, instead of returning to their countries, they turn their expectations on Mexico as a second option to live.

Tension grows between Mexico and Bolivia

Diplomatic tensions between  Mexico and Bolivia have increased in recent days.  

The Mexican government plans to request the International Court of Justice to monitor its embassy in Bolivia. 

Several people close to former President Evo Morales are currently living in asylum in the Mexican embassy. 

Some of them have arrest warrants, but the Mexican embassy has refused to hand them over. 

In November, Mexico welcomed former Bolivian President Evo Morales after he resigned due to allegations of fraud in the last October elections. 

The transitional government in Bolivia has rejected Mexico's position and accused it of meddling in the Andean nation's internal affairs.