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Mexico Spyware Inquiry Bogs Down. Skeptics Aren’t Surprised.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:23 GMT

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president, center, arriving at a business summit in San Luis Potosí last year.U.S. officials, said to be worried about being used as a fig leaf, have rebuffed requests for help. The case involves spying on Mexican government critics.


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Cochrane Journal: With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:06:35 GMT

Chacabuco Valley, in the heart of the new Patagonia National Park.Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.


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There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:11 GMT

Zug Island on the Detroit River, with its high concentration of industry, has been identified by some researchers as the likely source of a mysterious noise plaguing residents in Windsor, Ontario.Residents affected by the “Windsor Hum” complain of sleeplessness, depression and headaches. It is one of many mysterious sounds reported throughout the world.


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Oxfam Says Workers in Haiti Threatened Witness to Misconduct

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:14:42 GMT

An Oxfam sign in Corail, a camp for people made homeless by the 2010 earthquake, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this month.After revelations about prostitution, the charity released its 2011 investigative report containing more accusations against staff members.


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Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 GMT

Demonstrators shouted slogans in support of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo last month. The former Brazilian president is running again this year.Officials from the judiciary and law enforcement are teaming up to try to prevent voters from being misled, arguing that freedom of speech cannot come at the cost of a tainted election.


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Pope Revives Sexual Abuse Commission Amid Criticism of Vatican

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:25:35 GMT

Pope Francis leaving the Basilica of Saint Anselm before Ash Wednesday Mass in Rome. His initial defense of a priest accused of abuse had outraged Chile.An American cardinal will head the commission, the Vatican said, and it will include survivors of clergy abuse.


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In Colombia Border Town, Desperate Venezuelans Sell Hair to Survive

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:44:52 GMT

Wilya Hernández, a Venezuelan who crossed the border into Cúcuta, Colombia, breast feeds her daughter, 2. They sleep on the city’s streets.Fleeing crime and economic crisis, more than half a million Venezuelans have entered Colombia, with many homeless, begging for food and suffering abuse.


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Earthquake Strikes in Oaxaca State, Mexico, Stirring Fear

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:23:25 GMT

People embracing in Mexico City, where the effects of a powerful earthquake about 225 miles away were felt.No deaths were immediately reported from the 7.2-magnitude quake, but 13 people were killed when a helicopter bringing officials to a town near the epicenter crashed.


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Citing Hostility, Leader of Anti-Corruption Panel in Honduras Resigns

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:15:21 GMT

Juan Jiménez Mayor, who resigned as the leader of an international anti-corruption panel in Honduras, said his group felt abandoned.The head of the panel, appointed by the Organization of American States, said his group of prosecutors lacked support from the regional body and the Honduran government.


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Canadian Olympic Success, a #MeToo Event and Saskatoon: The Canada Letter

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:25:59 GMT

North Korean figure skaters Kim Ju-Sik and Ryom Tae-Ok during a practice session.In this week’s Canada Letter a reporter at the Olympics takes questions about the country’s performance so far and we highlight a new landmark on the prairies.


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Brazil’s Military Is Put in Charge of Security in Rio de Janeiro

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:21:16 GMT

Brazilian soldiers searching a resident during a joint operation in the Cidade de Deus favela in Rio de Janeiro this month.President Michel Temer’s security order for Rio is the first such military intervention in a Brazilian state since democracy returned in the 1980s.


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El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:06:55 GMT

The woman, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, was convicted of aggravated homicide after she had a stillbirth. She had been sentenced to 30 years in prison.



Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:32:07 GMT

The United States Embassy in Havana. Several American diplomats in Cuba reported mysterious ailments in 2016 after hearing unusual noises. Medical experts now say the officials have injuries resembling concussions.After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.


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Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:50:50 GMT

The study’s authors, Zil Goldstein, left, a nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York.A journal says it’s the first documented case of successful inducement of breast-milk production in a transgender woman.


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In ‘Paradigm Shift,’ Trudeau Announces Talks on Indigenous People’s Rights

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:17:02 GMT

“We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced talks on changing Canada’s legal system to guarantee Indigenous rights.


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Rio Carnival Is Marred by Violence as City’s Security Troubles Worsen

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:11:44 GMT

The governor of the state of Rio acknowledged that there were not enough police officers patrolling the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the celebrations.



Peru Moves to Protect ‘One of the Last Great Intact Forests’

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:00:50 GMT

The Yaguas River of the Yaguas National Park in Peru, one of the Western Hemisphere’s newest national parks.While the United States may be weakening protections for wilderness, the creation of Yaguas National Park protects millions of acres from development and deforestation.


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Peru Withdraws Venezuela’s Invitation to Regional Meeting

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:59:39 GMT

Peru says Venezuela cannot attend the meeting because President Nicolás Maduro plans to hold an election without the opposition’s cooperation.



Guatemala Arrests Ex-President and His Finance Minister in Corruption Case

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:03:50 GMT

Former President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala, center, was arrested Tuesday in Guatemala City in connection with a corruption investigation.Former President Álvaro Colom and his former finance minister, Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, who is now chairman of the charity Oxfam International, face fraud charges related to a bus system.


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Canada Finds Itself in an Unusual Role: A Hockey Underdog

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:00:12 GMT

Wojtek Wolski, right, was chosen for the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team about 15 months after breaking his neck in a game in the Kontinental Hockey League.Canada has won the past two Olympic men’s hockey tournaments, but with no N.H.L. stars available, the country’s depth of talent will be tested.


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