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The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico and six Central American countries have launched a network to coordinate efforts to benefit the environment and indigenous people in the region. The Vatican’s information service says that “like the Amazon, the Mesoamerican biological corridor is a devastated territory and threatened by state concessions to transnational corporations.” It warned...
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Tens of thousands of tourists and locals gaped skyward Tuesday as a total eclipse of the sun darkened the heavens over Chile and Argentina. Tourists from around the world gathered to witness the cosmic spectacle, which began in the morning as the moon crossed in front of the sun and cast a shadow that passed...
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Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala’s congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country’s legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. He intends to begin his congressional career...
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Mexico will launch a job creation program for El Salvador on Thursday as part of its Central America development plan geared at slowing illegal migration, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday. Speaking in New York after a meeting at the United Nations, Ebrard also said that Mexico will announce figures on Thursday for...
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Argentina’s main energy company said Sunday it was “slowly beginning to restore” electricity after a massive power failure left large swathes of the South American country and neighboring Uruguay in the dark. It was unclear how many people had been affected by the blackout, but the nations have a combined population of more than 45...
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Gino forgot the phone in a taxi and he is now offering his savings to get it back. “I do not want to forget about my mom because when I’m sad I see her pictures and I hear her voice through the videos, and I do not want to forget her voice, her face,” says...
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Hundreds more Central American migrants have crossed into Mexico from Guatemala, and a group of about 1,000 has started walking en mass to the north. State and local police accompanied the migrants Wednesday as they walked along a highway leading from the border to the first major city in Mexico, Tapachula. In recent months Mexico...
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Colombia’s LGBT+ people who live in black and indigenous communities must cope with violence, humiliation and efforts to “cure” them of their sexual identities, according to research released on Thursday. Their lives in Colombia’s desert Wayuu tribe or Afro-Colombian communities along the rainforest Pacific Coast are often overlooked by the government, leaving LGBT+ people with...
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Masked men set fire to a pile of tires placed at the front door of the U.S. Embassy in the Honduran capital on Friday amid three weeks of street protests. At least a half-dozen burning tires sent up a large plume of dark smoke at the embassy before Honduran soldiers moved in with fire extinguishers....
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The feared street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he’s lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he’s quick to gripe about how Venezuela’s failing economy is cutting into his profits. Firing a gun has become a luxury. Bullets are expensive at $1 each. And...
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Mexico diplomatic residence in Venezuela’s capital took in a member of that country’s opposition-controlled congress, the foreign affairs ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said giving protection to National Assembly member Franco Manuel Casella Lovaton did not indicate a change in Mexico’s stance of not taking sides in the political crisis in Venezuela. Casella is president...
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Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened travel restrictions in Central...
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An intense drought related to this year’s El Nino phenomenon has precipitously lowered the level of Panama’s Gatun Lake, forcing the country’s Canal Authority to impose draft limits this week on ships moving through the waterway’s recently expanded locks. The restrictions on how deep the vessels can reach below the surface means large ships, primarily...
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Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico’s coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory’s main power system 18 months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The Electric Power Authority said it connected an underwater cable to Culebra despite wariness from the more than 1,000...
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Francibel Contreras brings her three malnourished children to a soup kitchen in the dangerous hillside Caracas slum of Petare where they scoop in spoonfuls of rice and scrambled eggs in what could be their only meal of the day. Part of the tragedy of daily life in socialist Venezuela can be glimpsed in this small...
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