Couples hold first same-sex marriages in Costa Rica

World / Social Issues May 27, 2020

Couples hold first same-sex marriages in Costa Rica

Marco Castillo and his boyfriend, Rodrigo Campos, waited just a few hours to take advantage of a new law in Costa Rica that made the country the first in Central America to allow same-sex marriage. A judge, two witnesses, relatives and hundreds of online viewers ...

U.S. may restore Cuba to list of sponsors of terrorism, source says

World May 15, 2020

U.S. may restore Cuba to list of sponsors of terrorism, source says

The United States is considering returning Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday, a move that would mark another major blow to increasingly tense relations between Washington and Havana. There is a "convincing case” ...

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

World May 9, 2020

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

As the world focuses on the coronavirus, deforestation continues to surge in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of a repeat of last year's record-breaking devastation — or worse. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of ...

Peru's Keiko Fujimori to be freed from prison during graft investigation

World May 1, 2020

Peru's Keiko Fujimori to be freed from prison during graft investigation

Former Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori will be released from prison while she is under investigation for money laundering, her lawyer said on Thursday. Peru's supreme court accepted an appeal and ruled to revoke Fujimori's 15-month jail sentence, according to her lawyer, Giulliana Loza. Fujimori will ...

Argentine tango dancers go solo awaiting embrace lost to pandemic

World Apr 30, 2020

Argentine tango dancers go solo awaiting embrace lost to pandemic

Tango's once-warm embrace has grown cool under Argentina's strict coronavirus quarantine, though aficionados are finding a way to circumvent social isolation with virtual classes while they wait for dance venues to reopen. The lockdown means milongas — traditional dance clubs that dot the Buenos Aires ...

Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil COVID-19 deaths soar

World Apr 30, 2020

Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil COVID-19 deaths soar

Deaths from the coronavirus outbreak have piled up so fast in the Amazon rainforest's biggest city that the main cemetery is burying five coffins at a time in collective graves. Soon, the city may run out of coffins. "It's chaos here," said Maria Garcia, who waited ...

In Ecuador, coronavirus dead piled up in bathrooms

World Apr 29, 2020

In Ecuador, coronavirus dead piled up in bathrooms

Front-line medics in one of Latin America's coronavirus epicenters are lifting the lid on the daily horrors they face in an Ecuadoran city whose health system has collapsed. In one hospital in Guayaquil overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, staff have had to pile up bodies in ...

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro isolated and weakened by coronavirus denial

World Apr 4, 2020

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro isolated and weakened by coronavirus denial

At a tense Cabinet meeting on Saturday in the Brazilian president's official residence, Jair Bolsonaro found himself isolated. The far-right leader convened the emergency meeting in Brasilia's modernist Alvorada Palace to resolve a dispute with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who publicly opposed the president's ...

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

World Mar 27, 2020

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and illegal logging. Now the battle is against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Indigenous tribes are locking down and closing off their reserves to visitors as ...