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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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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Demonstrators are taking to the streets of cities and towns across Brazil for a day of nationwide anti-government protests. Sunday’s protests, which were called mostly via social media by a variety of groups, are seen as a barometer of popular discontent with President Dilma Rousseff. Her second term in office...
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Credit cards and cash aren’t disappearing anytime soon but Latin American business travelers in Brazil and Mexico appear keener to bid them farewell for digital payments than their counterparts in other regions, including the U.S. In a Global Business Travel Association and American Express survey, 36% of both Brazilian and Mexican business traveler respondents indicated...
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The move marks both a physical and figurative shift that highlights what top chefs around the world are predicting will become the most influential cuisine around the world: the foods and flavours of Mexico. For the past few years, Peruvian cuisine has been the darling of the Latin American food world, with international chefs becoming...
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Mexico is among the top five business-friendly regulatory environments in Latin America, while Brazil suffers from a complex and time-consuming process for essential business tasks, according to a World Bank Group study. The annual World Bank Group report released on Oct 29 analyzes regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses in 10 categories including trading...
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Brazil’s Grupo Oi SA, Mexico’s America Movil SAB and Spain’s Telefonica SA agreed to place a joint bid worth around 32 billion reais ($13 billion) for TIM Participações SA (TIMP3.SA), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia...
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An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the United States. While the disease, called chikungunya, usually is not fatal,...
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