South America

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Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides

More than 50 people have been killed in southern Peru in protests that broke out in December, and have resulted in street battles between police forces and largely Indigenous groups of protesters who have fought back with rocks, slingshots and homemade rockets.

Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides
Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube
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Lula promises sustainable development for the Amazon

Lula promises sustainable development for the Amazon
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, President of the Supreme Court Rosa Weber, center right, are accompanied by governors and ministers for an inspection visit and support for the Supreme Court headquarters.

Brazilians rally behind Lula after violent rampage in Brasília 

Brazilians rally behind Lula after violent rampage in Brasília 
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'Brazil is back': Lula promises to once again lift Brazil onto the international scene 

'Brazil is back': Lula promises to once again lift Brazil onto the international scene 
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World-renowned soccer great ​​Pelé dies at 82

​​​​​​​Pelé won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century.

World-renowned soccer great ​​Pelé dies at 82
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Who are Brazil's private security guards who outnumber the police?

Erika Robb Larkins, director of Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University, visited a training school for private security guards. She spoke to Gemma Ware, the host of The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Who are Brazil's private security guards who outnumber the police?
Delegates began to share their concrete visions on what they believe the future plastic treaty could look like at the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-1).

Negotiators meet in Uruguay to map out global plastics treaty

With a 2024 completion deadline that was voted on in March, the future treaty aims to reduce plastics pollution on a global scale. Organizers plan to mitigate the costs and effects of plastic production as a whole and engage workers’ concerns within the industry.

Negotiators meet in Uruguay to map out global plastics treaty
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To reduce its emissions, Colombian ranch experiments with a new variety of grass 

In the remote Colombian province of Vichada, mostly covered by savannah and small forests, the San Jose ranch is trying to show that there are ways for cattle ranching to be more environmentally friendly — and still be profitable. 

To reduce its emissions, Colombian ranch experiments with a new variety of grass 
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Colombia’s govt launches peace talks with the nation’s largest-remaining rebel group

Talks with the rebels started on Nov. 22 in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas where delegates from both sides fielded questions from journalists. 

Colombia’s govt launches peace talks with the nation’s largest-remaining rebel group
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Lionel Messi’s last shot at World Cup glory

The Argentine soccer star won countless trophies for Barcelona, but failed to earn his homeland the biggest prize of all. This may be his last chance.

Lionel Messi’s last shot at World Cup glory
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Brazil’s yellow-and-green soccer jersey stirs up controversy

The Brazilian soccer team's jersey colors have been co-opted by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. But some people say that the reelection of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in late October could change that.

Brazil’s yellow-and-green soccer jersey stirs up controversy
Migrants from Venezuela cross into Chile from the Bolivian border near Colchane, Chile

Chile grapples with transnational criminal organizations targeting migrants and locals

More than 7 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since 2015 amid ongoing economic and political crises in their country. And with ineffective border security, criminal gangs are increasing their efforts to take advantage of the migrants.

Chile grapples with transnational criminal organizations targeting migrants and locals
The cover to "Solito" by Javier Zamora.

New memoir speaks to the trauma of migration and the potential for healing

Poet and author Javier Zamora recounts nearly every detail of his harrowing journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was 9 years old in a new memoir called "Solito."

New memoir speaks to the trauma of migration and the potential for healing
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'We want democracy': Lula's supporters celebrate his victory over Bolsonaro for the presidency in Brazil

Brazil has a new president-elect. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva beat out incumbent Jair Bolsonaro for the presidency in one of the most highly contentious races in the country’s history. 

'We want democracy': Lula's supporters celebrate his victory over Bolsonaro for the presidency in Brazil