Category: World » Latin America

'Narco-Deforestation' Study Links Loss Of Central American Tropical Forests To Cocaine

17 May 2017 | World

Central American tropical forests are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening the livelihood of indigenous peoples there and endangering some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. The culprit? more »

Zika Could End Up Costing Latin America And The Caribbean Up To $18 Billion

7 Apr 2017 | World

In addition to the impact on public health, the tangible impact of the Zika outbreak, such as on gross domestic product (GDP), could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as $18 billion between 2015 and 2017, a new report has more »

Vicious Circle Of Drought And Forest Loss In The Amazon

14 Mar 2017 | World

Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. read more »

Archaeologists Uncover New Clues To Maya Collapse

26 Jan 2017 | World

Using the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, archaeologists have developed a high-precision chronology that sheds new light on patterns leading up to the two major collapses of the ancient more »

Odebrecht And Braskem Agree To Pay At Least $3.5 Billion In Global Criminal Penalties

29 Dec 2016 | World

Odebrecht, a global construction conglomerate based in Brazil, and Braskem, a Brazilian petrochemical company, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a combined total penalty of at least $3.5 billion to resolve charges arising out of their schemes to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to government officials around the more »

Zika No Longer An International Public Health Emergency, But Sustained Response Needed: WHO

21 Nov 2016 | World

Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the infectious disease and its associated consequences no longer present a public health emergency of international more »

WHO Declares Elimination Of Measles In The Americas

29 Sep 2016 | World

The region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) has more »

Researchers Make New Projections For Spread Of The Zika Virus

26 Jul 2016 | World

New research from the University of Notre Dame places a new upper limit on the total number of people who could become infected by the Zika virus in the first wave of the current epidemic. read more »

Zika Warnings Lead To 'Significant' Increase In Demand For Abortion In Latin America

23 Jun 2016 | World

Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new more »

Risks To Public Health At Rio 2016 Olympics

19 May 2016 | World

Visitors to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games in Rio de Jan, Brazil later this year will be most at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections. read more »

Agency To Train Dozens Of Experts On Nuclear-Related Techniques To Identify Zika

6 Apr 2016 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to train dozens of participants this month from mostly Latin America and Caribbean countries on how to use nuclear-derived techniques to detect the Zika virus in as short a time as three more »

Ancient DNA Shows European Wipe-Out Of Early Americans

4 Apr 2016 | SciTech

The first large scale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time. read more »

Water And Sanitation Likely To Be Best Answer To Zika Virus

13 Mar 2016 | World

Improving water and sanitation services may be the best answer to addressing the outbreak of the Zika virus, according to experts, who stress that such critical factors should not be in the shadow of hi-tech solutions being considered. read more »

WHO Warns More Cases Of Zika Expected With 'Further Geographic Spread'

9 Mar 2016 | World

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said the latest update on Zika virus is ‘alarming,’ with more cases expected in the coming months in a larger geographic area, and warned that modes of transmission now include sexual intercourse as well as mosquito more »

Understanding Scale And Range Of Zika Virus An 'Urgent Priority'

28 Feb 2016 | SciTech

Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global more »

WHO Warns El Nino May Increase Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes Spreading Zika

26 Feb 2016 | World

The above-average rainfall caused by El Nino that is expected in parts of South America until May could cause floods and increases in diseases spread by mosquitoes, including malaria and the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has more »

IAEA To Provide Nuclear Technique To Bolster Brazil's Fight Against 'Zika' Mosquitoes

25 Feb 2016 | World

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced plans to facilitate the transfer of a nuclear technique to Brazil to help the country’s battle with the Zika virus by supressing the mosquito populations that transmit the more »

Agencies Step Up Response To Zika Virus

3 Feb 2016 | World

Following the declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, agencies have highlighted their actions to support affected more »

Authorities Uncover Massive Hizballah Drug and Money Laundering Scheme

2 Feb 2016 | World

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced arrests targeting Lebanese Hizballah’s External Security Organization Business Affairs Component (BAC), which is involved in international criminal activities such as drug trafficking and drug proceed money more »

Zika Virus An 'International Public Health Emergency'

1 Feb 2016 | World

The World Health Organization has announced the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a public health emergency of international more »

Twenty Countries In The Americas Reporting Cases Of Zika Virus

25 Jan 2016 | World

Twenty countries in the Americas and about 10 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific have reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection according to information delivered today by the World Health Organization (WHO).read more »

Experts Sounds Alarm On 'Critical Situation' Faced By Indigenous Peoples Of Honduras

13 Nov 2015 | World

Indigenous peoples in Honduras face a critical situation regarding their land and resource rights, access to social services and judiciary, as well as their vulnerability to violence and impunity, an independent human rights expert warned following a visit to the more »

Mysterious Disease May Be Tied To Climate Change, Says Researcher

9 Oct 2015 | World

A mysterious kidney disease that has killed over 20,000 people in Central America, most of them sugar cane workers, may be caused by chronic, severe dehydration linked to global climate change, according to a new more »

Central America Faces Major Crop Losses Due To El Nino

14 Sep 2015 | World

This year's cereal outputs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have been severely reduced because of the dry weather associated with the El Niño weather phenomenon, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) more »

Researchers Find Romantic Kissing Not The Norm In Most Cultures

6 Aug 2015 | World

Researchers have found that not only is romantic kissing not the norm in most cultures, some find it uncomfortable and even flat-out repulsive. read more »

Long Series Of Droughts Doomed Mexican City 1,000 Years Ago

29 Jan 2015 | World

Archaeologists continue to debate the reasons for the collapse of many Central American cities and states, from Teotihuacan in Mexico to the Yucatan Maya, and climate change is considered one of the major more »

Delegates Pave Way To 'Universal, Meaningful' Climate Agreement At Lima Conference

14 Dec 2014 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in more »

Lima Climate Talks A 'Stepping Stone' For Universal Treaty

1 Dec 2014 | World

As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, a top official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in more »

Venezuela Still Blocking $4.1 Billion Owed To Airlines

28 Jul 2014 | World

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country. read more »

Logging And Burning Cause The Loss Of 54 million Tons Of Carbon A Year In Amazonia

8 Jul 2014 | SciTech

A study conducted by scientists in Brazil and the United Kingdom has quantified the impact that selective logging, partial destruction by burning, and fragmentation resulting from the development of pastures and plantations have had on the Amazon rainforest. read more »

Seven Colombian Nationals Extradited To U.S. Over Murder Of DEA Agent

2 Jul 2014 | World

Seven Colombian nationals have been extradited to the United States to face charges relating to the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James Terry more »

New Early Warning System Predicts Dengue Fever Risk During Soccer World Cup

18 May 2014 | World

For the first time, scientists have developed an early warning system to predict the risk of dengue infections for the 553 microregions of Brazil during the football World Cup. read more »

Concern At Renewed Violence In Venezuela

9 May 2014 | World

Human rights observers have voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to more »

Banana Markets Becoming More Fragmented

24 Apr 2014 | World

Banana markets are becoming more fragmented creating opportunities for new companies and smaller producers, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),which urged more support for smaller farmers to be fully included in their national economies and to grow resilient more »

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

20 Feb 2014 | World

From Ethiopia to Nicaragua, countries that go through civil war are much less likely to become democratic if the winning side gets help from rival nations, a Michigan State University political scientist more »

Alcohol Consumption Caused Nearly 80,000 Deaths Per Year In The Americas

15 Jan 2014 | World

A new study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most more »

Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria And Saudi Arabia Elected To UN Security Council

17 Oct 2013 | World

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January more »

Are Banana Farms Contaminating Costa Rica's Crocodiles?

19 Sep 2013 | World

Shoppers spend billions on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. read more »

One Third Of World's Food Wasted Annually At Great Cost

15 Sep 2013 | World

The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a new more »

South American Nations Voice Concern At Spying Allegations

6 Aug 2013 | World

A group of South American foreign ministers have voiced their concern to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about reported large-scale surveillance programmes. read more »

Edward Snowden Seeking Asylum In Ecuador

23 Jun 2013 | World

WikiLeaks says former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Edward Snowden is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a "safe route" for the purposes of more »

Ralph Lauren Pays Penalty To Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Investigation

23 Apr 2013 | World

The New York-based apparel company, Ralph Lauren, has agreed to pay an $882,000 penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by bribing government officials in Argentina to obtain improper customs clearance of more »

Pope Francis Unlikely To Bring Radical Change Says Expert

14 Mar 2013 | World

It is unlikely that Pope Francis will usher in radical changes in the Catholic Church, and he may have been chosen to shore up Catholicism in Latin America where the Church is losing ground to Protestantism and liberation theology, says a U.S. religious studies more »

Death of Hugo Chavez May Signal Fresh Start for US and Venezuela: Academic

6 Mar 2013 | World

The recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez could allow the United States and Venezuela to improve their relationship but could also shake the international oil market, according to University of Missouri political scientist Moises Arce. read more »

Former Ecuadorian Judge Admits Role in Orchestrating Fraudulent Judgment Against Chevron

28 Jan 2013 | World

A former Ecuadorian judge has acknowledged his direct involvement in orchestrating a fraudulent judgment against Chevron Corp. in the environmental trial against the company in Lago Agrio, more »

Hundreds Die In Brazil Night Club Fire

27 Jan 2013 | World

Over 200 people have died in a nightclub fire at the Kiss club in Santa Maria in Brazil with over a hundred people reported injured. read more »

Diplomatic Standoff After Ecuador Grants Wikileaks Founder Assange Asylum

16 Aug 2012 | World

The United Kingdom says it is determined to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden despite Ecuador granting him asylum, with the Wikileaks founder still holed up in the Ecuador embassy in more »

World Leaders Pledge $513 Billion To Sustainable Development

22 Jun 2012 | World

Some $513 billion in funding has been committed by governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups to achieve a sustainable future at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).read more »

Rio+20 Conference On Sustainable Development Begins With Call To Action

20 Jun 2012 | World

More than 100 Heads of State and government have gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental more »

G20 summit in Mexico must achieve real results

15 Jun 2012 | World

Next week’s summit of the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies must achieve meaningful results, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders, stressing the need to tackle the global jobs crisis, ensure green growth and promote sustainable more »