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Latin America
Staying up late into the night, Lilia Lobato Martinez watched endless YouTube videos to teach herself the computer code she used to help build her prize-winning Ool app for volunteers in Guadalajara, Mexico. In her country, she is usually the only woman in tech competitions, which often hand out men’s T-shirts to the winners. Now...
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Latin America, once plagued by malnutrition, now faces a different type of public health crisis as processed food increasingly replaces traditionally prepared dishes, leading to a surge in obesity rates, a United Nations report showed on Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of the region’s inhabitants, or close to 360 million people, is either overweight or obese,...
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The room is home to several members of Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community seeking refuge from discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT people. They were invited to join some 300 squatters who have been living in the building for several months in an occupation organized by Front in the Fight for Housing, an...
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Bertha Lutz
Eleanor Roosevelt gets the credit for championing women’s rights at the United Nations but two researchers have found that the real heroines responsible for getting women into the U.N. Charter are from Latin America, led by a little-known Brazilian. Fatima Sator and Elise Luhr Dietrichson, researchers from the University of London’s School of Oriental and...
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An art gallery in the Venezuelan capital is honoring the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with an exposition featuring the works of 50 female Venezuelan artist. The exhibit – entitled “Always Frida” – is being displayed at the Florida Art Gallery in Caracas marking the 109th anniversary of Kahlo’s birth. Kahlo, whose reputation has bloomed...
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Aeromexico
Mexico’s Aeromexico, the countries largest airline, says it has indefinitely suspended flights to Venezuela’s capital due to the complicated economic situation in the South American nation. Aeromexico said in a statement released Thursday that passengers holding tickets may contact the airline for refunds. Last month, Latin America’s largest airline, Chile-based LATAM, and Germany’s Lufthansa announced...
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With Venezuela’s highest denomination bill now worth less than a stick of gum, one local designer is protesting his country’s economic crisis through currency art. Jose Leon, 24, has been covering the faces of national heroes on the smallest bills of two bolivars – worth one fifth of a U.S. cent at the black market...
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brazil olympics
Visa Inc, one of the Olympics’ top global sponsors, kicks off its global advertising campaign for the Summer Games on Sunday with no plans to cut back on its Olympic presence despite difficulties in host country Brazil. The U.S. payment provider said it has seen no significant cancellations in trips to Rio de Janeiro, either...
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brazil abortions
Years after giving into family pressure and having an illegal abortion, one Brazilian woman says she is haunted by the secret procedure so taboo that hardly anyone will talk about it. The woman, who only wants to be identified as F.D., went to a clinic hidden away in the southern state of Paraná for an...
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Access to potentially life-saving contraception and abortion can be a lottery for women and girls in Latin America, often depending on their ability to pay or the personal and religious views of a health worker, Amnesty International said on Monday. In a new report, the rights group looked at sexual and reproductive healthcare in eight...
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hunger in mexico
Latin American governments have pledged to work toward ending hunger within a decade while tackling an epidemic of rising obesity in the region – itself considered a form of malnutrition. At a regional meeting of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government representatives from across Latin American and the Caribbean drew up plans to...
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The worst recessions in the world this year will take place in Latin America, with little room for policymakers to try and avoid them as global commodity prices flounder, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday. Economists slashed growth forecasts for most of the region in a survey conducted Jan. 8-13 compared with an October poll....
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Venezuela’s first transgender lawmaker says she will fight for gay rights and gender equality, drawing inspiration from a flurry of new laws on marriage and civil unions in the rest of traditionally Roman Catholic Latin America. After her historic election to the National Assembly as part of an opposition triumph, lawyer and activist Tamara Adrian...
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Brazil has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels as part of its contribution to a pact to fight global warming. President Dilma Rousseff announced Brazil’s targets for a landmark agreement on climate change in an address to the U.N. in New York on Sunday. In addition...
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A new wave of cinema is emerging from the chaos and violence of modern Venezuela that focuses on highly personal tales of gay love affairs and little boys who want to wear party dresses. Following the tradition of 1990s gay Cuban cinema, Venezuelan directors are finding creative ways to produce films that explore and criticize...
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