The world this week -- Politics
Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, declared a state of emergency for 15 days in two southern regions.
The army will be deployed to help local police, who have struggled to contain violent attacks by indigenous groups seeking to reclaim ancestral lands.
A demonstrator died during a protest led by indigenous groups in Santiago.
Chile is in the process of drafting a new constitution, which may decentralise power and expand indigenous rights.
A far-right presidential candidate campaigning on a law-and-order platform is polling well in a tight race ahead of the election on November 21st, in which Mr Pinera cannot stand.
In Bogota, Colombia’s capital, at least five American families connected to the United States embassy appear to have been afflicted with the Havana syndrome.
The mystery illness, which causes ringing in the ears, fatigue and dizziness, first surfaced in Cuba in 2016.
The American government said it would open up land and ferry crossings at its borders with Canada and Mexico in November, but only to travellers who are vaccinated against covid-19.
From January this will also apply to truckers and students from Canada and Mexico, who had been exempted from the ban on crossings.
Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott, banned employers, including private ones, from requiring their workers to be vaccinated against covid-19.
That sets up a clash with the federal government, which is ordering large employers to do the opposite.
Poland set itself on a collision course with the rest of the European Union, after the country’s constitutional court ruled that some of the EU’s most important rules, including Article 1 of its main treaty, are incompatible with Poland’s constitution.
The EU seems sure to retaliate, perhaps by freezing the covid-19 recovery funds it was due to send to Poland.
Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, resigned.
It had become clear that his coalition partners, the Greens, would bring down his government if he stayed on, because of a scandal swirling around him involving payments for favourable press coverage.
Mr Kurz denies wrongdoing.
An election in the Czech Republic appeared to spell the downfall of Andrej Babis, the country's billionaire prime minister.
An opposition alliance secured more seats.
Mr Babis, who is also mired in scandal, remains prime minister for now.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, launched a plan called “France 2030", which calls for 30bn euros ($35bn) to be spent on cutting carbon emissions and boosting industry.
It includes a renewed commitment to nuclear power.
Immigrants worry that their children will lose their ancestral tongue and values.
The indigenous population has long suffered exclusion and profound injustice.
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He was afflicted with severe asthma.