Fight for survival on the climate change frontier

When the rains stopped coming two years ago, transforming Denise Reid’s once flourishing banana fields into an expanse of desiccated wasteland, she was bewildered at first. Here in rural Portland, Jamaica’s wettest parish for as long as anyone can remember, farmers like Mrs Reid are battling for survival on the frontier of climate change. “I couldn’t understand why it was […]

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Old enemies in the Amazon unite to save their land

While the world’s attention has been focused on the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, indigenous people living there have warned that the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro pose a bigger threat to their existence. Rival groups have now come together to fight the government’s plans for the region that is their home, as BBC News Brasil’s João […]

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Old enemies in the Amazon unite to save their land

While the world’s attention has been focused on the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, indigenous people living there have warned that the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro pose a bigger threat to their existence. Rival groups have now come together to fight the government’s plans for the region that is their home, as BBC News Brasil’s João […]

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Woman charged with fraud in Neymar rape case

Police in Brazil have charged a woman who accused the international footballer, Neymar, of raping her in a Paris hotel in May with perverting the course of justice. Najila Trindade and her former husband, Estivens Alves, have been accused of lying to police and attempting to blackmail the player. The Paris St-Germain player has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ms […]

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Bolivian forest fires destroy two million hectares

Bolivian wildfires have destroyed two million hectares (almost five million acres) of forest and grassland since August, according to officials. Almost half of the losses are in “protected” areas, known for high biodiversity. Scientists at the College of Biologists in La Paz estimate that regeneration of the local ecosystem will take about 300 years. The government is under pressure to […]

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Hurricane Dorian death toll tops 40, hundreds remain missing

As new death toll of 43 from Hurricane Dorian is confirmed, Bahamas officials warn number will rise ‘significantly’. The death toll from the devastating Hurricane Dorian has risen to at least 43 across the Bahamas, but authorities warn they expect a “staggering” number of casualties as hundreds of people remain missing. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas swept […]

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‘Hurricane’s storm surge swallowed my son’

When the water surged to the level of their house’s roof, Adrian Farrington grabbed his five-year-old son and put him there, thinking he would be safe. For almost an hour, he had been fighting the flood with a broken leg, carrying Adrian Farrington Jr, who would not stop crying. “I keep telling him, ‘Don’t cry. Close your month,’” he told […]

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Honduras ex-first lady jailed for 58 years

A court in Honduras has sentenced former First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla to 58 years in prison. Bonilla, 52, was found guilty of misappropriating $779,000 (£635,000) from international donations and public funds during the four years her husband Porfirio Lobo was in power. Prosecutors said she had used the money to buy jewellery and to pay for medical bills and […]

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In pictures: The ancient game making a comeback

A group of young Mexicans is reviving an ancient ballgame once played by the Aztecs, Maya and Incas. Ulama was played in Mesoamerica more than five centuries ago before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area in 1519. Players wearing special belts and loincloths pass a rubber ball with their hips. The solid ball can weigh up to 4kg (9lb). […]

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