Mexicans post ‘beautiful images’ for murdered woman

Outraged Mexicans are flooding social media with nature and animal photos to drown out gruesome photos of a murdered woman. Ingrid Escamilla, 25, was killed by the man she lived with, and forensic workers leaked pictures of her body. By posting “beautiful” pictures and quotes with her name, activists aim to “honour her memory and her life”. Femicide, gender-based killings […]

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Pope rules against ordaining married men in Amazon

Pope Francis has ruled against ordaining married men in the Amazon region as a means of addressing the shortage of Catholic priests. Bishops backed the measure last year, but the decision needed the Pope’s approval to be implemented. Catholic priests are required to abide by the rule of celibacy upon ordination except in cases where married Anglican ministers have converted. […]

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Mexico outraged over woman’s brutal murder

Mexicans are expressing their outrage over the brutal murder of a young woman stabbed to death by her partner. Ingrid Escamilla, 25, was killed by the man she lived with, who also mutilated and skinned parts of her body in an attempt to dispose of the evidence. Femicides, gender-based killings of women, have been on the rise in Mexico with […]

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Armed soldiers enter El Salvador parliament

Heavily-armed police and soldiers in El Salvador have forced their way into parliament, demanding the approval of a $109m (£85m) loan to better equip them. They entered the building as President Nayib Bukele was about to address lawmakers. On Friday, he gave them seven days to back his loan plan. Opposition politicians called the appearance of armed men in parliament […]

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Brazil murder case suspect shot dead by police

Police say they have shot dead a former policeman suspected of murdering a prominent left-wing politician and campaigner in 2018. They say Adriano da Nóbrega was killed after he fired on police officers trying to arrest him in north-eastern Bahia state. Mr Nóbrega is said to have led a paramilitary group suspected of ordering the murder of Marielle Franco. Ms […]

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Amazon deforestation remains high despite rains

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest doubled in January compared with a year ago, reaching a five-year record for the month, officials say. Destruction at this time of the year tends to slow down as the rainy season makes access to areas more difficult. But instead of falling to the same low levels as in the past, deforestation remained high, official […]

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Loved to death: The battle to save the queen conch

From a staple food to its use as a musical instrument, few things epitomise the culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) like the queen conch. And, for tourists, pulling up to a beachside restaurant to sample the freshly caught marine snail is a bucket list feature, the creature having been omnipresent in the islands’ shallow translucent waters for […]

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US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia

Opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for aid distribution, but President Maduro has refused its entry to Venezuela. US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid intended for Venezuelans have landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta. The food and medicines are being stored there as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro refuses to allow aid to enter the country.  Saturday’s 180-tonne shipment includes high-energy […]

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Venezuelan migrants clash with troops

Accusations over who started unrest traded after basic aid supplies crossed border into Venezuela. Violent clashes between Venezuelan people and authorities have been reported from the border with Brazil. The clashes happened soon after the trucks carrying basic aid supplies crossed the border into Venezuela.  Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom has more from Pacaraima, on Brazil’s border with Venezuela. Correction 24/02/2019: […]

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Big quake shakes area from Mexico to Florida

A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centred 139km north-west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140km west-south-west of Niquero, Cuba, according to the US Geological Survey. It […]

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