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Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

In a grim new landmark, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean surge past one million

TEST. A person walks past a pharmacy where COVID-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune in Santiago, Chile, on May 06, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

May 25, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Brazil saw its death toll passing 22,000 on Saturday from more than 347,000 infections, the second biggest caseload of any country in a pandemic

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

South America named virus epicenter as Trump seeks U.S. reopening

May 23, 2020 - 11:14 PM

Brazil leads the surge across South America, its death toll passing 21,000 from 330,000 infections, the third highest caseload of any country in a pandemic that has infected 5.2 million globally and killed more than 338,000

CEMETERY. Aerial view of gravediggers working during the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 22, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Tillerson to rally Americas, amid Venezuela crisis

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Washington's top envoy will lay out his vision for relations with the United States' southern neighbors in a speech in Texas before jetting on a 5-nation voyage

TO LATIN AMERICA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Messi hat-trick fires Argentina into World Cup

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Messi's virtuoso performance erased the fears of Argentina missing next year's World Cup in Russia

HAT-TRICK. Messi leads Argentina to another appearance in the World Cup. Photo by Juan Ruiz/AFP

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Under normal light the frog s translucent skin is a muted yellowish brown color with red dots but when the scientists shine an ultraviolet light on it it turns a celestial green

FIRST. Handout photo relased by CONICET and MACN (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales) researchers Carlos Taboada and Julian Faivovich on March 16, 2017 in Buenos Aires of a fluorescent polka-dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) that lives in South America. Photo by C.Taboada-J.Faivovich /MACN-CONICET/AFP

Venezuela gate-crashes meeting with regional powers

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:39 PM

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez pushes her way through a crowd of riot police and journalists to enter the Argentine foreign ministry in Buenos Aires where the extraordinary meeting was held

BARGING IN. Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (C), arrives to the Argentine Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires during a meeting among Mercosur's ministers where Venezuela was not invited, on December 14, 2016. Photo by Eitan Abaramovich/ AFP

Brazil goes top, Argentina stunned in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Brazil powers to the top of the table in South America s 2018 World Cup qualifying race with a win over Venezuela as Argentina is upset at home by Paraguay

Brazil's Willian (L) and Venezuela's midfielder Adalberto Penaranda vie for the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup football qualifier match in Merida, Venezuela, on October 11, 2016. GEORGE CASTELLANOS / AFP

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease

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Apr 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Muslim countries are seeing a drop in tourist arrivals according to industry experts

epa05019250 A general view for a beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 November 2015. About 25,000 Russian tourists returned home from Egypt over the weekend, amid fears that a terrorist bomb could have brought down an airliner last week. President Vladimir Putin ordered a suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Egypt after an airliner apparently exploded on October 31 while flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. EPA/NAMIR GALAL/ALMASRY ALYOUM EGYPT OUT

Zika-hit nations should allow access to contraception, abortion: UN

Feb 05, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The UN human rights office says the South American countries now urging women to hold off getting pregnant over Zika fears had to offer them the possibility of controlling their fertility

ZIKA VIRUS. Ana Beatriz is held by her father Alipio Martin during a medical appointment at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, Brazil, January 29, 2016. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

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Feb 01, 2016 - 7:36 PM

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Feb 01, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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Zika virus: WHO mulls global health emergency

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:41 AM

The World Health Organization is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of west Africa

Members of the Dominican Republic's army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the 'Aedes Aegypti' mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA

It's a titi! New monkey species found in Peru

Aug 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The name titi is informally applied to 30 odd types of monkeys falling under the genus Callicebus all of them indigenous to the South American jungle

TITI MONKEY. An illustration obtained on August 20, 2015 shows a Callicebus urubambensis or Urubamba brown titi monkey.Photo by Stephen D Nash/CI/IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group/AFP

[Part 2] When my backpacking mama faced her fear of heights

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:03 PM

I wanted to find one amazing way to help my mom face her deeply ingrained fear of heights says Kach Medina

[Part 1] Journey to 50: My backpacking mama's South America adventure

Aug 02, 2015 - 5:17 PM

My mom made me who I am today – and now just before she turns 50 I want to give her the adventure of a lifetime: a grand adventure around South America Follow our journey here

WITH JON. Mama meets her future son-in-law

Life as a Pinay backpacker in South America

May 06, 2015 - 4:05 PM

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Americas linked up 10 million years earlier than thought – study

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:12 AM

A deep strait called the Central American Seaway used to separate the two continents and at some point morphed into a land bridge – the Panama arc Previous research had found the hook up happened about 3 million years ago

Pablo Neruda's remains to head home after 'poison' probe

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Authorities long said the poet died aged 69 in 1973 of prostate cancer but his former driver in 2011 said that Neruda could have been poisoned and asked the court to investigate

Pablo Neruda during a Library of Congress recording session, 20 June 1966. Photo courtesy of the US Library of Congress

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Jun 22, 2014 - 12:56 AM

The listing of the Qhapaq Nan roads is expected to boost efforts to preserve and promote the network – an engineering marvel comparable to the vast road system of the Roman Empire

WORLD HERITAGE. A file photo taken on December 12, 2012 shows a section of the Inca trail is seen near the Huaycan de Cieneguilla archaeological site, 70 km east from Lima. Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started on June 15, 2014 in Doha. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/ AFP

The world in 2013: Chaos, disruption, surprises

Dec 31, 2013 - 8:17 PM

The world took a crazy chaotic ride in 2013 with conflicts leaks surprises and even a government shutting down for 16 days

At least 7 dead in road collision in south Brazil

Nov 25, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Some victims were trapped from the wreckage after a minibus collided with a truck

Peru declares state of emergency after earthquake

Sep 28, 2013 - 12:27 PM

A 60 day state of emergency has been declared for areas struck by the magnitude 7 0 earthquake

DESTRUCTION. A woman weeps next to her house destroyed during the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Arequipa, Peru. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Pope readies trip to simmering Brazil

Jul 15, 2013 - 10:20 AM

Pope Francis travels to Brazil later this month a country riven by social tensions and with the highest number of Catholics in the world

READY FOR POPE FRANCIS. Scene in a church at a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 14, 2013, where Pope Francis is due to celebrate mass during his upcoming visit next July 22 to 28. AFP PHOTO / Vanderlei Almeida

Snowden chose not to release most damaging data: journalist

Jul 14, 2013 - 3:15 PM

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States

SNOWDEN REAPPEARS. A photo made available by Human Rights Watch shows former CIA employee-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow 12 July 2013. EPA/Tanya Lokshina /Human Rights Watch handout

Mexico seeks 'broad information' on reported US spying

Jul 10, 2013 - 2:17 PM

Report: Another key US ally in the region Colombia was the NSA s other main target of espionage over the past five years after Brazil and Mexico

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

1.5-M people due in Rio for papal visit

Jul 10, 2013 - 7:17 AM

World Youth Day 2013 to be held in Rio de Janeiro July 23 28; Pope Francis set to attend

'CRISTO REDENTOR' The Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue atop Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 05 December 2012. Photo by EPA/Gernot Hensel

Rousseff readies reforms to defuse Brazil social unrest

Jul 02, 2013 - 7:33 AM

Rousseff: We are going to send to Congress our suggestions for a plebiscite spelling out the general lines which we view as more important

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during a ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 18, 2013. Photo by AFP/Evaristo Sa

Confederations Cup: Maracana magic as Brazil destroys Spain

Jul 01, 2013 - 8:00 AM

UPDATE Two goals from striker Fred and a stunning effort from Neymar clinched a deserved victory for Brazil as Spain were swept aside in emphatic fashion

Brazil's forward Neymar (C) is marked by Spain's midfielder Xavi Hernandez (L) and midfielder Sergio Busquets during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 final football match, at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 30, 2013. AFP/Luis Gene

Clashes as Brazil trounce Spain in Confeds final

Jul 01, 2013 - 7:56 AM

UPDATE Police clashed with demonstrators near Rio s hallowed Maracana stadium venue of the Confederations Cup final

PROTESTS OUTSIDE MARACANA. Demonstrators gather with banners and Brazilian flags during protests near the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Marcelo Sayao

Brazil police, protesters clash near Confed match

Jun 27, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The unrest outside the venue in Belo Horizonte where Brazil beat Uruguay 2 1 was the latest in a wave of anti government protests

ON GUARD. Authorities during protests in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 26 June 2013, after the semifinal of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Uruguay. Photo by EPA/Sebastiao Moreira

Brazil's Rousseff seeks support for broad political reform

Jun 26, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Rousseff sought support from lawmakers Tuesday June 25 for sweeping reforms in response to a wave of massive protests by Brazilians

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during a ceremony at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 18, 2013. Photo by AFP/Evaristo Sa

Venezuela 'would consider asylum' for Snowden

Jun 26, 2013 - 9:01 AM

UPDATE Maduro: We have not received an official request But in the event we were to receive one we would evaluate it as we understand Ecuador is doing

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct

Jun 25, 2013 - 1:14 PM

A team of scientists is eyeing something of reverse natural selection: bringing back to life animals technically considered to have died out

GENTLE GIANT A Galapagos giant turtle (Geochelone nigra) remains in the shore of a small artificial lake, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on September 1, 2009. Photo by AFP/Pablo Cozzaglio

Brazil hit by fresh protests despite Rousseff speech

Jun 23, 2013 - 11:06 AM

The president s televised address late Friday June 21 appeared to have failed to sway protesters as activists vowed to continue the struggle

MORE PROTESTS. Thousands of people march during a protest on Consolação Street in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 22, 2013 against price hikes and corruption. Photo by Daniel Guimaraes/AFP

One dead as Brazil protests swell

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:29 PM

President Dilma Rousseff postponed a trip she had planned to Japan and called an emergency meeting Friday morning in Brasilia

ANGER IN THE STREETS. Several hundred thousand Brazilians attend a protest against against corruption and price hikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 June 2013. Photo by Oliver Weiken/EPA

Brazilians cry foul over football costs, corruption

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM

They are capitalizing on the Confederations Cup to demonstrate en masse and voice their indignation as representatives of a dissatisfied middle class

ANGER IN THE STREETS. Thousands of Brazilians protest against high public transportation costs and the billions of dollars spent on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, at the City Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 18 June 2013. Photo by Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazilians take to the streets over public spending

Jun 18, 2013 - 11:19 AM

The protests were originally against a hike in public transport prices but demonstrators have widened their complaints to include corruption and the public spending on hosting football tournaments

BRAZIL PROTEST. A group of people participate in a protest against rising public transport costs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 June 2013. Photo by Sebastião Moreira/EPA

Infrastructure: Brazil's major headache for World Cup

Jun 12, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Organizers have been struggling to complete the construction or renovation of the six host arenas with work plagued by repeated delays

(STILL) UNDER CONSTRUCTION. View of works outside the Mario Filho "Maracana" stadium, on May 31, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Amazon deforestation reduced by nearly 84% - Brazil

Jun 06, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Brazil said Wednesday June 5 it has reduced Amazon deforestation by nearly 84 percent over the past eight years

A member of the Public Security National Force --a national police elite unit-- walks through on the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, west of Para state, northern Brazil, looking for illegal deforestation places, on December 4, 2011. File photo by Lunae Parracho/AFP

Capriles expects Venezuela vote ruling 'within hours'

May 16, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said the Supreme Court will decide very soon whether a new presidential vote should be held

Ecuador, Peru in diplomatic crisis... over supermarket spat

May 07, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Ecuador and Peru reassign their ambassadors in a bid to resolve a diplomatic crisis that broke out when the Ecuadoran envoy got into a fight in a supermarket checkout line

Venezuela's Maduro blasts 'devil' Obama

May 05, 2013 - 11:33 AM

Maduro: Obama let loose with a bunch of impertinent remarks insolent stuff He is giving an order to attack Venezuela s democracy

Brazil priest excommunicated over support for gays

Apr 30, 2013 - 8:48 AM

The 48 year old priest who renounced his church duties over the weekend was accused of heresy and schism by the church hierarchy in the world s biggest Catholic country

Capriles still defiant on eve of Venezuela vote recount

Apr 29, 2013 - 7:44 AM

Capriles alleged via his Twitter account that election authorities rejected his appeal for a full recount at the order of the Socialist Party

Capriles photo: AFP/Juan Barreto; Maduro photo: AFP/Leo Ramirez

Venezuela's Capriles says presidential election 'stolen'

Apr 25, 2013 - 8:55 AM

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles accused Nicolas Maduro s government of stealing the April 14 presidential election

Capriles photo: AFP/Juan Barreto; Maduro photo: AFP/Leo Ramirez

Venezuela threatens oil, trade measures in vote row with US

Apr 23, 2013 - 10:49 AM

Venezuela stepped up attacks on the US threatening retaliatory measures affecting trade and energy if Washington resorts to sanctions in a row over the country s disputed presidential election

Venezuela rules out recount after vote, deadly demos

Apr 18, 2013 - 8:10 AM

Venezuela s Supreme Court on Wednesday April 17 ruled out a recount of a disputed presidential vote won by the late Hugo Chavez s political heir Nicolas Maduro