On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Jul 6, 2015

On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Latin America’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society. Children in traditional dress greeted Francis at Mariscal Sucre ...

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Mar 10, 2014

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the hundreds of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world’s sixth-largest gold exporter. Its name in Spanish means “tailings,” a nod to the heaps of mining waste that ...

Central America battles to save coffee from fungus

Jan 20, 2013

Central America battles to save coffee from fungus

Central America is scrambling to contain a coffee-eating fungus that has invaded a third of the impoverished region’s crops, threatening to cost the vital industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Entire families depend on work from the coffee-growing industry in Central America, which employs ...