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Venezuela humanitarian aid met with teargas and gunfire on borders

The clashes occurred as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela's legitimate leader, gave a personal send off to an aid caravan from the Colombian city of Cucuta. Guaido briefly boarded one of a dozen trucks carrying U.S.-backed humanitarian aid before they set off toward the border, where they were pushed back by Venezuelan security forces. Colombia's government said their contents would be unloaded and transported by "human chains" that have ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, Juan Guaido, Cucuta Guaido


Venezuela protests flare, soldiers defect ahead of border aid operation

Demonstrators set up barricades and burned tires in the Venezuelan border town of Urena, as attention turned to whether National Guard troops stationed at the border crossing would fulfill Maduro's orders to block humanitarian aid from reaching a sick and hungry population. Four National Guard troops at the frontier disavowed Maduro's socialist government on Saturday, following an appeal from Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to let aid through. "Among the troops, whether they are in th...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, National Guard, Maduro, Urena, Juan Guaido, Linarez


Venezuela aid convoy moves to Colombia border, troops fire tear gas

Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela's legitimate leader, briefly boarded one of a dozen trucks carrying U.S.-backed humanitarian aid toward Venezuela's borders. "The humanitarian aid is definitely on its way to Venezuela, in a peaceful manner, to save lives right now," Guaido said in a news conference in Cucuta flanked by three Latin American presidents, including Colombia's Ivan Duque. A humanitarian aid truck also crossed the Brazilian border, an opposition leader in Cara...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, Caracas, Cucuta, Ivan Duque, Guaido


Showdown looms as Venezuela opposition to confront border troops over aid

Opposition volunteers in neighboring Brazil and Colombia plan to arrive at the border to help carry humanitarian aid to a sick and hungry population suffering from an economic meltdown under President Nicolas Maduro. While the need for basic food and medicines is real, the effort is also meant to embarrass military officers who continue to support Maduro's increasingly isolated government. Juan Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as the country's legitimate head of state, defied court o...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Cucuta, Juan Guaido


China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela

Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday as opposition leader Juan Guaido and some 80 lawmakers ran a gauntlet of roadblocks trying to get to the frontier to receive humanitarian aid. Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate he...
Tags: Science, China, Colombia, Beijing, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Foreign Ministry, Maduro, Juan Guaido


Venezuela's Maduro starts shutting borders to block humanitarian aid

Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, was poised for a showdown with Maduro's government on Saturday, when the opposition will attempt to bring in food and medicine being stockpiled in neighboring countries. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis and said on Thursday he was considering closing Venezuela's key border with Colombia and would close the country's other main border with Brazil, effectively shutting off any legal land access. ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Maduro


Venezuela's Maduro threatens border closure to block humanitarian aid

Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, was poised for a showdown with Maduro's government on Saturday, when the opposition will attempt to bring in food and medicine being stockpiled in neighboring countries. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis and said on Thursday he was considering closing Venezuela's key border with Colombia and would close the country's other main border with Brazil, effectively shutting off any legal land access. ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Maduro


Maduro threatens to close Colombia border as opposition travels to receive aid

Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, is poised for a showdown with Maduro's beleaguered government on Saturday, when the opposition plans to attempt to bring in food and medicine piling up on the Colombian side. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and said on Thursday he was considering closing the border with Colombia and would close the border with Brazil. The government has said soldiers will be stationed at crossing...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Caracas, Maduro


Venezuela convoy heads to Colombia border as Maduro threatens to close it

Maduro's beleaguered socialist government, which denies there is an economic crisis in Venezuela, said on Thursday it was considering closing the border with Colombia and would close the border with Brazil. Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, has pledged to bring in the humanitarian aid already piling up in warehouses on the Colombian side of the border by land and sea on Saturday. Brazil's government on Tuesday pledged to deliver aid that ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Maduro


A Brilliant Daytime Meteor Exploded Over Cuba This Month. Here's Where It Came From

Astronomers just got the goods on the meteor that flared up over Cuba earlier this month.The daytime sky show dazzled thousands of people across western Cuba on Feb. 1. Many of those folks captured footage of the meteor or the trail of debris it left behind when it burned up, permitting the reconstruction of the space rock's path."We were very lucky that at least three relatively reliable videos, including one with an incredible quality, could be available on the internet in such a short tim...
Tags: Google, Science, Nasa, Earth, Colombia, Noaa, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Tate, Caribbean Sea, Mike Wall, Chelyabinsk, University of Antioquia, Jorge Zuluaga, Institute of Physics IoP, Zuluaga


Crowds see off Venezuela convoy headed to Colombia border for aid

Guaido, recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, has pledged to bring in the humanitarian aid by land and sea on Saturday. "Through this call for humanitarian aid, the population will benefit from the arrival of these goods to the Venezuelan border," said opposition legislator Edgar Zambrano, as he waited to board a bus in a plaza of eastern Caracas. Maduro's beleaguered socialist government denies there is an economic crisis in Venezuela and has said soldiers...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, Maduro, Guaido, Edgar Zambrano


Trading in Venezuela's pain: Border vendors do brisk business in meds

Cúcuta (Colombia) (AFP) - With the HIV virus killing him, Giovanni Plaza fled Venezuela and was able in neighboring Colombia to receive desperately needed anti-retroviral medicine for free. Between the dire shortages and hyperinflation plaguing crisis-ridden Venezuela, many people there have few good choices, left to rely on whatever they can find for sale by vendors on the Simon Bolivar bridge that links their country to Colombia. "I was dying in Venezuela for the lack of proper food or medic...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Venezuela, Simon Bolivar, Cúcuta Colombia AFP, Giovanni Plaza


Female manakins use male mating call when implanted with male hormones

Among golden-collared manakins, a bird found only in Panama and western Colombia, males emit a particular mating call, the 'chee-poo', to attract females. Smithsonian researchers explore the role of androgens -- male hormones -- in the expression of this vocal behavior, by administering testosterone to females and juvenile males.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Panama


Venezuela's Maduro says Trump out to kill him, Russia seeks talks

The fight to control Venezuela, which has the world's largest oil reserves, has intensified with new U.S. sanctions and legal moves that may bring the arrest of opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. In an interview with Moscow's RIA news agency, Maduro, 56, facing the biggest challenge to his rule since replacing Hugo Chavez six years ago, said Trump had ordered neighboring Colombia to murder him. "Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has to...
Tags: Science, Russia, Colombia, Moscow, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Trump, Maduro, Hugo Chavez, RIA, Chavez, Juan Guaido


Thailand to revoke foreign patent requests on marijuana

Thailand on Monday effectively revoked all foreign patent requests for the use of marijuana, after fears foreign firms would dominate a market thrown open last month when the government approved the drug for medical use and research. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in December in what it described as "a New Year's gift to the Thai people". While co...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Thailand, Canada


Colombia's Transandino oil pipeline hit by bomb attack: Ecopetrol

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA said on Sunday a bomb attack on the Transandino pipeline caused spillage in southwestern Narino close to the border with Ecuador. Ecopetrol did not say who was responsible for the bombing or when the pipeline would return to service.     The 306-km (190-mile) Trasandino pipeline has capacity to transport about 85,000 barrels of crude daily from fields in Putumayo Province to the Pacific Ocean port of Tumaco, from where it is exported.     Colombia...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Pacific Ocean, Ecopetrol, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC, Ecopetrol SA, ELN, National Liberation Army ELN, Putumayo province, Tumaco, Narino, Ecuador Ecopetrol


New beetle species named after 'Game of Thrones' characters

Sadly, Game of Thrones isn't returning until April 2019, but if you're in the mood for some show- related news to hold you over, we've got you covered. Brett Ratcliffe, a University of Nebraska entomologist and professor, decided to name three of his eight newly discovered beetle species after Game of Thrones characters. How fun! According to The Omaha World-Herald, Ratcliffe named the three species of beetles — each from the Gymnetis genus — after Daenerys Targaryen’s three dr...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Colombia, Nebraska, Ecuador, Jason Momoa, George R R Martin, University of Nebraska, Daenerys Targaryen, Ratcliffe, World Herald, Brett Ratcliffe, Herald Ratcliffe, AP Central U S, World Herald Ratcliffe


Colombia tropical forest fires spike after 2016 Peace Accords

Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution. "This dramatic increase from trends in the last decade will boost the likelihood of deforestation in protected areas in the upcoming year," said study co-author Laura C. Schneider, an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University-N...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Farc, Department of Geography, Laura C Schneider


People were eating chocolate way earlier than scientists previously thought

Halloween is just days away, and if you haven't already dug into a big bowl of candy you probably will within the next 72 hours or so. But while you're munching away on that Hershey's bar, spare a thought for the first humans who made it all possible. In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers reveal new archaeological evidence that suggests cacao, the plant that chocolate is made from, was being farmed far earlier than was previously assumed. The scientists ...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Mexico, Colombia, South America, Ecuador, Central America, Panama, Andes, University of British Columbia, Hershey, Michael Blake


Colombian zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey

Medellín (Colombia) (AFP) - A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction. The monkey was born on Sunday at the San Fe zoological park in Colombia's second city, Medellin, but so far staff know little about it, Carolina Diaz, the flora and fauna coordinator, told AFP. The San Fe zoo now has 20 spider monkeys, although Diaz expects that number to rise as one male and several females amongst them are fertile.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Medellin, Afp, Diaz, Carolina Diaz, San Fe, San Fe zoo


End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.
Tags: Science, Colombia


Here’s how climate change is affecting your cup of coffee

Colombia is one of the biggest coffee-producing nations. But growers are increasingly vulnerable to climate-change-induced disasters like flooding, drought and invasive pests.
Tags: Science, Colombia


Climate change is creating new struggles for coffee producers

Colombia’s coffee region is increasingly vulnerable to climate-change-induced disasters like flooding, drought and invasive pests.
Tags: Science, Colombia


Colombia Is Testing Drones to Drop Herbicide on Crops Used for Cocaine

Under newly elected President Iván Duque, Colombia is testing remote-controlled drones designed to track and destroy coca, the crop used in cocaine production. The government has reportedly tested ten drones so far. Read more...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Iván Duque Colombia


Colombia peace deal brings new threat to country's rainforest

The historic peace treaty in Colombia which brought an end to half a century of violence has led to mass deforestation. Once FARC soldiers were disarmed, it led to a vacuum of power which is being exploited by large landowners who are now deforesting the area at an alarming rate to make way for farms and for the illegal growth of coca crops. An ecologically significant region of Colombia, is now at risk of disappearing.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Farc


Climate change wreaking havoc with Colombia's glaciers: government

Climate change has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colombia's mountaintop glacier cover in just seven years, the government said Thursday. The surface area of its six glaciers has shrunk from 45 square kilometers in 2010 to 37 square kilometers in 2017, for a decline of 18 percent, the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies said. If things go on like this the snow and ice covering atop Santa Isabel, a volcano in the Cordillera Central mountains, could vanish over the next ...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Santa Isabel, Cordillera Central, Omar Franco


UNESCO marks Colombian national park for conservation

Colombia's massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday. With an area of ​​2.7 million hectares (6.7 million acres) covering five Amazonian municipalities in the southern Guaviare and Caqueta regions, Colombia's largest natural park has rich biodiversity and is a sacred place for indigenous people. This is the ninth world heritage listing in Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Unesco, United Nations, Caqueta, Guaviare, Chiribiquete National Park


Tropical forests see high loss of tree cover for 2nd year

SAO PAULO (AP) — Colombia saw a dramatic increase in forest degradation last year and levels in Brazil remain historically high, according to new satellite data released Wednesday. The data from the University of Maryland show tropical forests around the globe lost 15.8 million hectares (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017 — an […]
Tags: Science, News, Ap, Colombia, Brazil, University Of Maryland, Sao Paulo, Nation & World


The Most Surprising Aspect of Colombia's Election Wasn't Who Won

Colombians didn't just vote for a new president—they helped create a new political landscape.
Tags: Science, Colombia


5 Reasons Why Right-Wing Senator Ivan Duque Is Likely to Win Colombia's Presidential Election

The country faces a stark choice between far left and hard right. Here's why they're likely to opt for the latte
Tags: Science, Colombia, Ivan Duque



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