Ivan Duque, a conservative who opposes parts of the peace agreement between Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrilla group, won the country’s presidential election. He took 54% of the vote in a run-off, defeating Gustavo Petro, a far-left former mayor of Bogota.
Masaya,a town near Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, declared that it no longer recognises the presidency of Daniel Ortega and will govern itself. At least three people were killed in an operation to regain control of the town. More than 170 people have died in protests since April. Mediators from the Catholic church suspended negotiations between the government and the opposition because the government refused to allow foreign human-rights observers into the country.