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Venezuelan Assembly Grants President Maduro Emergency Powers

Monday, March 16, 2015

Over the weekend, the Venezuelan national assembly granted President Nicolas Maduro emergency powers. The U.S. recently imposed sanctions against some of Maduro's party leaders.

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Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mexico has opened up its oil and gas fields to foreign investors. But they're slow to enter, as low oil prices, drug violence and other challenges trump the lure of a vast and undeveloped shale bed.

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Brazilians Stage Massive Protests Against President Dilma Rousseff

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest her leadership. It's been only four months since she was re-elected, and it already looks like her presidency is in deep trouble.

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Massive Protests Against Brazil's President Seek Her Ouster

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says protesters don't just want Dilma Rousseff gone: They are demanding the ruling party be booted as well. Some estimates say 1 million people protested across Brazil.

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Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Univision commentator's ugly remarks about Michelle Obama are more than just an idle misstep. Essayist Maria Murriel says they reveal an ugly truth about Latin American culture: It's really racist.

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LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The blaze on the outskirts of Valparaiso, Chile, has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency; about 4,500 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fashion critic and host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. Critics see the incident as an example of racism in Spanish-language broadcasts.

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Drumbeat Grows Louder For Impeachment Of Brazil's Rousseff

Friday, March 13, 2015

The second-term president faces a massive corruption scandal at the state oil company that implicates her party, rising inflation and a tanking currency. Now, her popularity is at an all-time low.

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Singing About Chikungunya Might Not Cure You But Will Make You Laugh

Friday, March 13, 2015

As one song puts it, the painful disease is "a crazy mess that you can't contain." So why not sing about it? Music videos from Latin America are going viral, just like chikungunya.

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Mexico Takes Out Cartel Heads, But Crime Continues To Climb

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mexican authorities have scored some big arrests of major drug cartel leaders in recent weeks. But most experts say that's not enough: Police, legal and judicial institutions need strengthening.

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Tijuana Cops Turn On Body Cameras And Hope To Turn Off Bribery

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Police in Mexico are known more for taking bribes than fighting crime. Tijuana's force is now using body cameras and hopes it will show that the public also plays a big role in corruption.

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Meet The 15-Year-Old From Rural Guatemala Who Addressed The U.N.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Back in 2012, Emelin asked the mayor to help the girls of her town. He laughed in her face. But she didn't give up. This week, she told the U.N. General Assembly about her efforts.

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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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Climate Change May Be Destroying World's Oldest-Known Mummies

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Chinchorros, who lived between modern-day Peru and Chile, mummified their dead at least 2,000 years before the Egyptians. But some mummies have begun to turn to ooze, so scientists investigated.

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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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Sao Paulo's Drought Pits Water Prospectors Against Wildcatters

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Geologists say the problem with wildcatters is that new wells are contaminating Sao Paulo's natural aquifer not to mention damaging the structure of many buildings.

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Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chris Fisher, an archaeologist who recently returned from the site of a lost city, says that some of the objects there looked as if they hadn't been touched in centuries.

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Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo

Monday, March 09, 2015

Many of the thousands of youths who arrived in the U.S. in 2014 now live with family, awaiting hearings on whether they can stay. But finding legal and mental health assistance remains a challenge.

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Obama Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela, Invoking Emergency Powers

Monday, March 09, 2015

Citing an "erosion of human rights guarantees," President Obama issues an executive order imposing sanctions on members of Venezuela's military and intelligence services.

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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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