Silent search for Brazil mudslide survivors

Rescuers are searching for survivors from a Brazilian landslide that killed 10 people, including at least one child. The incident happened in Rio de Janeiro state in the early hours of Saturday, following two days of heavy downpour. A boulder slid down a slope and hit a group of houses in the city of Niterói, according to the local fire […]

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The Mexican doctor rehydrating the dead

Warning: This article contains images that readers might find disturbing. Rosa María Apodaca has spent the past six years looking for her eldest daughter. Patricia Jazmín Ibarra was 18 when she left on the morning of 7 June 2011 to go to work at a mobile phone shop in the centre of Ciudad Juárez. “They stole her,” says her mother, […]

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Brazil’s swing to the right brings fear and celebration

Even before the results were in, Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters were celebrating outside his beachfront flat in the upscale Rio suburb of Barra da Tijuca. “The legend has arrived,” they shouted, using the nickname for Brazil’s president-elect. “Out with the Workers’ Party,” yelled others. A cry that defines what these elections have been about. More than just a victory for Mr […]

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‘Living corpses’: Why Colombia’s national tree is at risk

“They are essentially living corpses,” says Colombian scientist Rodrigo Bernal of Colombia’s national tree. The ceroxylon quindiuense, a distinct species of palm tree which was declared the country’s national tree in 1985, is on the verge of extinction and most Colombians are not even aware of the problem. That is because it takes decades for the palms to show signs […]

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Mexico’s war on drugs: Arrests fail to drive down violence

Mexico experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, official figures suggest. It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organised crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those murders. While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his predecessor in office, Felipe Calderón, have both waged war against criminal gangs for more than a decade, […]

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Former boxer chokes to death during televised croissant-eating contest

A former boxer has choked to death during a televised croissant-eating contest in Argentina. The death of 56-year-old Mario Melo was announced by his sister. Aida Melo told the TN television channel she was watching as her brother collapsed behind the contest’s announcer as he was choking on a medialuna, a traditional Argentine croissant. She said people thought he was […]

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