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Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few years ago, Nicaragua was almost totally dependent on imported fuel. Now the country's fierce winds, sun and volcanoes generate nearly half the country's electricity, and perhaps 80 percent soon.

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U.S. Hits Venezuela With Sanctions Over Crackdown On Protesters

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

President Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat. That prompted Venezuela's socialist government to warn its citizens of an impending U.S. military attack.

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Venezuela's Maduro Sees Only Plots As His Economy Crumbles

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Venezuela's president is expelling most U.S. diplomats and demanding Americans secure visas to enter the country. Critics say it's an effort to draw attention from the the nation's economic meltdown.

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Opposition Grows To Nicaragua Canal Connecting Atlantic And Pacific

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The canal would allow passage for the largest ships on the water, but cut through wetlands, forests and the region's largest freshwater lake — and environmentalists worry about the consequences.

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Rich In Oil, Venezuela Is Now Poor In Most Everything Else

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Venezuela's president has responded to a worsening economic crisis by imposing even more controls. A long-time pasta producer says prices are so low, the more pasta he makes, the more money he loses.

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Socialist Venezuelan Government Clashes With Labor Unions

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

President Maduro is a former bus driver and union leader while his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, promised to lead a revolution on behalf of the workers. But now many independent labor unions are in open revolt over contract disputes, low wages that can't keep up with inflation, and government repression. The Chavez and Maduro governments have long viewed independent unions as a threat to their power and tried to co-opt or replace them with pro-government syndicates. But it's no longer working.

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Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.

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Venezuela Braces For A Tough Year Ahead

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The country's economy is a mess and low oil prices are hurting the oil-exporting nation. While President Nicolas Maduro is unpopular among many Venezuelans, the opposition is fractured and weak.

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For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba and Venezuela are close allies that often seemed to speak with a single voice when it came to bashing the U.S. But now they may be out of sync.

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In Bolivia, A Child's Place Is In The Market And The Mines

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Other countries have moved away from child labor, but not Bolivia, which has lowered the legal working age to as young as 10. Advocates say the move brings the law in line with harsh reality.

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The Place Where Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas In The Sky Ease Congestion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

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Morales Is The Favorite In Bolivia Elections

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Love him or hate him, Bolivia's President Evo Morales is expected to win a third term in today's election. Morales has paved the way for his re-election through his skilled handling of the economy.

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Ecuador Seeks To Build A Silicon Valley Of Its Own

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ecuador is trying to build a high-tech city, which it hopes will spur a more diverse economy. The tiny South American country is concerned about possibly running out of the natural resources it relies on for most of its revenue.

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Ecuador's President Tests The Waters On Wiping Away Term Limits

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fiery Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa had sworn that his current term, his third, would be his last. But his ruling party is now moving to remove constitutional term limits, potentially opening the door to a fourth term.

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Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ecuador produces some excellent soccer players, but they predominantly come from the same area. The sparsely populated Pacific coast province of Esmeraldas. What makes it Ecuador's soccer hotbed?

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Hopping From Venezuela To Colombia To Evade Currency Controls

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Venezuelans in need of U.S. dollars are restricted by government controls in the amount they can purchase legally. So many head across the border to Colombia. Hundreds of money-changers are at work in the border town of Cucuta, which also sets the exchange rate for the black market in Venezuela.

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Colombian Rebel Group Becomes World's Oldest Guerrilla Army

Friday, May 30, 2014

In May 1964, the Marxist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, began its fight to overthrow the Colombian government. Fifty years later, the FARC is still fighting.

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