Americas

A large pile of stones are shown with a square opening and a passageway.

UNESCO adds an ancient Peruvian solar observatory to its World Heritage Sites

Iván Ghezzi, an archeologist and the director of the Chankillo project that was awarded the honor, discusses how the centuries-old system operated, and how it's still precise to this day.

UNESCO adds an ancient Peruvian solar observatory to its World Heritage Sites
A group of runners carrying staffs and smile for a group shot

'Spirit Run': A new memoir details one man's journey to reconnect with nature and his Indigenous heritage

'Spirit Run': A new memoir details one man's journey to reconnect with nature and his Indigenous heritage
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "George Floyd, justice" during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd and the arrival of US troops in Colombian territory, in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 3, 2020.

Black Lives Matter protests renew parallel debates in Brazil, Colombia

Black Lives Matter protests renew parallel debates in Brazil, Colombia
A couple kiss in the Pantitlan metro station as Mexico's government is seeking to minimize public disruption in its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 17, 2020.

Experts concerned Mexico not taking enough COVID-19 precautions

Experts concerned Mexico not taking enough COVID-19 precautions
Gay and lesbian newlyweds kiss at a pro same-sex marriage party in Taipei.

An LGBTQ rights advocate looks back on the 2010s and ahead to a new decade

An LGBTQ rights advocate looks back on the 2010s and ahead to a new decade
A man on a horse wears a black and red colonial-era costume. Behind him is smoke from a fire.

Haiti protests summon spirit of the Haitian Revolution to condemn a president tainted by scandal

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the black Haitian revolutionary who defeated the French to free Haiti from colonial rule in 1804, has emerged as a new icon of protest in Haiti.

Haiti protests summon spirit of the Haitian Revolution to condemn a president tainted by scandal
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Brazilian biologist discovers 4 new spider species and names them after heavy metal icons

Musicians from Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Def Leppard and the Brazilian band Angra got spider species named after them.

Brazilian biologist discovers 4 new spider species and names them after heavy metal icons
Four girls sit in a row of protesters, one with a long braid is speaking and gesturing with her hands.

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes protest to climate-change denier Trump

A demonstration across the street from the White House Friday marked the first high-profile event of Greta Thunberg's six-day visit to Washington, intended to pressure the Trump administration ahead of a United Nations Climate Summit.

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes protest to climate-change denier Trump
A group of men and women, some holding arms stand around a man reading from a document.

Former FARC leaders announce new armed offensive in Colombia

A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced it will launch a new armed offensive.

Former FARC leaders announce new armed offensive in Colombia
A Mayan temple is seen on a foggy morning.

Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?

Cancun, on the Yucatan peninsula, is one of Mexico's most visited cities, while nearby Mayan villages struggle with poverty and lack of economic opportunities. A newly proposed train line could help fix that, but at what cost to the people and ecosystem?

Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?
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Guatemalan elections: Corruption, violence — and hope

Maya candidate Thelma Cabrera's unprecedented campaign for president was unsuccessful, but hope has not been dashed. Her run suggests that Guatemala's grassroots opposition is slowly gaining ground.

Guatemalan elections: Corruption, violence — and hope
A woman is shown walking down a cement staircase in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A family split between the US and Haiti dreads looming loss of legal status

The loss of Temporary Protected Status could be devastating for Haitians in the US and their loved ones back home, who are still struggling to recover almost 10 years after a massive earthquake.

A family split between the US and Haiti dreads looming loss of legal status
An artist rendering of European soldiers disembarking from ships being greeted by two Indigenous men

European colonization of the Americas killed 10 percent of world population and caused global cooling

The “Great Dying” of Indigenous populations in the Americas after the arrival of Europeans is the largest human mortality event in proportion to the global population, putting it second in absolute terms only to World War II. The devastation of the population also caused a drop in atmospheric CO₂. During this period, severe winters and cold summers caused famines and rebellions from Europe to Japan.

European colonization of the Americas killed 10 percent of world population and caused global cooling
A demonstrator wears a mask at rally in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2017.

Trump sees opportunity in Venezuela's humanitarian crisis as midterms approach

Bellicose rhetoric against socialism coupled with compassion may play well with Trump’s base, but it doesn't help Venezuelans living in unprecendented turmoil.

Trump sees opportunity in Venezuela's humanitarian crisis as midterms approach
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Study: Around the world, the super-rich are getting richer

While residents of North America held the greatest share of personal wealth at almost 43 percent, the fastest growth came in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Most super-rich individuals lived in the United States, China and Japan.

Study: Around the world, the super-rich are getting richer