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Campaigners fight to lift ban on morning-after pill in Honduras

Law against emergency contraception leaves desperate women, including rape victims, forced to buy medication on black marketA pioneering grassroots campaign to legalise emergency contraception is launched in Honduras this week amid ongoing false claims by church leaders, senior doctors and conservative politicians that the medication causes abortions, infertility and cancer.Honduras is the only country in Latin America where emergency contraception is banned, forcing desperate women, including r...
Tags: Reproductive rights (developing countries, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality, Reproductive rights, Society, Honduras, Americas, World news


The island of cinemas: Cuba's faded movie theatres – in pictures

In 1958, Cuba had 511 cinemas, and Havana alone had 130 – more than either New York or Paris at the time. Carolina Sandretto documents the now largely forgotten buildings for the book Cines de Cuba, published by Skira Continue reading...
Tags: Cities, Cuba, Americas, Architecture, Film, Art and design, Culture


Prince Edward Island elevates Green party to opposition in Canadian first

‘My god, I love this island,’ says leader Peter Bevan-Baker after news party will form official opposition A Green party will form the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history, following a closely watched election in the province of Prince Edward Island. The unprecedented result signifies a major milestone for the environmentally oriented political party.Following weeks of vigorous campaigning in Canada’s smallest province, the Progressive Conservatives (PC) emerged victorious ...
Tags: Canada, Americas, Environment


His wife died in combat. His daughter is American. And yet Ice targeted him

Gonzalez Carranza was once permitted to live and work in the US but his future is uncertain as Trump pushes to deport non-criminal immigrants like himOn a warm April morning in the Arizona desert, Jose Gonzalez Carranza, a thickset man with a slight lisp, a crooked smile and an intricate tattoo of a hundred-dollar bill creeping across his left hand, sits at his kitchen table trying to unpack what’s happened to him.Gonzalez Carranza, 30, the Gold Star immigrant dad who made national news when he ...
Tags: US immigration, US-Mexico border, US news, Mexico, Americas


Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures

Phyllis Galembo photographs ritual dress, from costumes to masks to body paint, expressing a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings. Her latest project focuses on Mexican traditions Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Art, Art and design, Culture, Art and design books, Books, Mexico, Americas


'Operation Blackout is underway': Russia blames US for Venezuela power crisis

Deputy defence minister says US using a ‘broad range of techniques’ in bid to oust president Nicolás Maduro Russia has accused the United States of deliberately causing a succession of crippling power cuts in Venezuela as part of a plot to topple its president, Nicolás Maduro, dubbed “Operation Blackout”.The crisis-stricken South American country has been rocked by a series of nationwide power outrages since 7 March, which Maduro’s government has blamed on US-backed saboteurs and snipers but mos...
Tags: Venezuela, Russia, Nicolás Maduro, Americas


Bolsonaro's motorbike escapade provokes helmet backlash

Legal expert says any regular citizen would be punished for breaking transport lawsIt was the latest populist ruse from a president who wishes to portray himself as a man of the people: a late-night motorbike ride designed to show Jair Bolsonaro had two wheels firmly on the ground.But the Easter escapade – a video of which was duly published on the social media account’s of Brazil’s far-right president – may have backfired. Continue reading...
Tags: Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil, Americas, World news


Canada’s Greens eye victory on Prince Edward Island

Party sets sights on upsetting status quo on the front line of climate changeCanadians on Prince Edward Island are preparing to vote on Tuesday in a regional election that could lead to a Green party forming a government for the first time in the country’s history.The party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker is a Scotland-born dentist who has transformed a routine election into a closely watched race as he seeks to upend expectation and precedent on 23 April. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Green Party, Greens, Prince Edward Island, Peter Bevan Baker


Canada avalanche: bodies of three renowned mountaineers found

Remains of two Austrians and an American discovered on Sunday, five days after avalanche in Canadian RockiesThe bodies of three world-renowned professional mountaineers – two Austrians and an American – were found Sunday after they went missing during an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the national parks agency said.American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Hansjörg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, of Austria went missing late Tuesday at Banff National Park. Authorities launched an aerial search the...
Tags: Europe, Americas, World news, Austria, Canada, Mountaineering, David Lama, Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer, Banff National Park Authorities


Member of armed militia who detained migrants faced similar charges in 2006

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, arrested on Saturday, was also arrested in Oregon in 2006 for impersonating a police officer while unlawfully carrying a firearm as a convicted felonA member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the US-Mexico border who was arrested on Saturday reportedly faced similar charges in Oregon 13 years ago. Related: Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Mexico, Oregon, Americas, US, US news, US immigration, Us-mexico Border, Larry Mitchell Hopkins


Provincial election losses may help Justin Trudeau's green agenda

Rightwing provinces fighting his carbon tax could be a boon to embattled Canadian leaderFor months, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has been dogged by an ever-deepening political scandal that has dragged down his popularity and threatened his re-election prospects. In yet another blow, Trudeau last week lost one of his most important allies in the country’s fight against climate change in a bitterly contested regional election in Alberta.But for the embattled Liberal prime minister the lo...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Carbon Tax, Justin Trudeau


Ancestry pulls ad that appears to romanticize slavery after backlash

In the genealogy company’s commercial, a white man gives a black woman a ring and says they can ‘escape to the north’Ancestry.ca, the Canadian outpost of the genealogy site Ancestry.com, has taken down an ad that was criticized for appearing to romanticize slavery. It was deemed an irresponsible retelling of an already reprehensible history.ooooh my god LMAOOO who approved this ancestry commercial??? pic.twitter.com/Isy0k4HTMA Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Americas, Advertising, World news, Canada, Slavery


What you need to know about Lima's PanAm Games

The premier sports competition of the Americas is 100 days away. Learn more about the number of athletes participating, what it means in relation to the 2020 Olympics and which country has the most medals all-time.
Tags: Americas, Sport, Lima


Three mountaineers killed in avalanche in Canada

Parks service says no chance of finding David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley aliveThree of the world’s most accomplished and well known mountaineers have been killed after an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies.The two Austrian climbers, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, and the American Jess Roskelley, had been missing since going to attempt a climb on a remote face of Mount Howse in Alberta’s Banff national park earlier this week. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, US news, Canada, Mountaineering, Alberta, Banff, David Lama, Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer, David Lama Hansjörg Auer, Jess Roskelley aliveThree, Mount Howse


Honduran transgender woman freed after seven months in US detention

Nicole García Aguilar was granted asylum in October but was held while Ice appealed A Honduran transgender woman who was detained in a US immigration facility for seven months after being granted asylum has been released after a legal challenge.Nicole García Aguilar was freed from the Cibola County detention facility in New Mexico on Wednesday night, a week after lawyers filed a habeas corpus writ challenging her unjustified prolonged detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). Conti...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, Global development, US immigration, New Mexico, Honduras, Cibola County, Customs Enforcement Ice Continue, Nicole García Aguilar


Honduran transgender woman freed after a year in US detention

Nicole García Aguilar was granted asylum in October but was held another seven months while Ice appealed A Honduran transgender woman who was detained in a US immigration facility for seven months despite being granted asylum has been released after a legal challenge.Nicole García Aguilar was freed from the Cibola County detention facility in New Mexico on Wednesday night, a week after lawyers filed a habeas corpus writ challenging her unjustified and prolonged detention by Immigration and Custo...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, Global development, US immigration, New Mexico, Honduras, Cibola County, Customs Enforcement Ice Continue, Nicole García Aguilar


Angélique Kidjo: Celia review – magnificent African reinvention of salsa | Robin Denselow's world album of the month

(Verve Records)Kidjo’s album takes the songs of Celia Cruz and adds Afrobeat and other influences with stars including Tony Allen and Meshell Ndegeocello Angélique Kidjo is on a roll. For years, she has been an entertaining, reliable fixture on the world-music scene, a powerful singer famed for mixing African material, including songs by her heroine Miriam Makeba, with old favourites by anyone from Bob Marley to Sam Cooke. But it’s her most recent albums that have demonstrated the scope of her a...
Tags: Music, Africa, Americas, Culture, World Music, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Miriam Makeba, Tony Allen, Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo, Celia, Kidjo, Robin Denselow, Meshell Ndegeocello Angélique Kidjo


Riding with the gauchos of Argentina: a photo essay

Greg Funnell and Amanda Barnes ride, swim and drink mate tea with some of Argentina’s most skilled horsemen, travelling from the north-eastern wetlands to the faded gaucho heartlands of La Pampa and Patagonia The water reaches up to my knees as a large lump rises to my throat. I clench my inner thighs tighter around the firm body of my horse and look hesitantly up at Omar in the canoe ahead. “Let go and float like a crocodile,” he instructs over the heavy grunts of the horses and the tumultuous ...
Tags: Americas, Cattle, World news, Argentina, Patagonia, Omar, La Pampa, Amanda Barnes, Greg Funnell


Three mountaineers presumed dead after avalanche in Canada

Climbers David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley missingRescue efforts on hold for fear of further avalanchesThree world-class mountaineers were presumed dead on Thursday after an avalanche in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.Renowned Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, and American alpinist Jess Roskelley had been missing since a series of avalanches in Alberta’s Banff national park earlier this week. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, US news, Canada, Mountaineering, Alberta, Banff, David Lama, Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer, David Lama Hansjörg Auer


Alan García obituary

Former Peruvian president dogged by corruption claims, who was a divisive force in his country’s politicsAlan García, who has taken his own life aged 69, was a dominant, if divisive, figure in Peruvian politics for more than 30 years, during which he was twice democratically elected as president. His first stint in office, during which parts of the economy threatened to run out of control, was from 1985 to 1989. He then spent a decade out of power, for the most part in foreign exile, before re-e...
Tags: Americas, Spain, World news, Peru, Lima, Garcia, Alan Garcia, Carlos García Ronceros, Nytha Pérez Rojas, American Popular Revolutionary Alliance APRA


ISLET supports sign language Bible translation

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The article below was submitted by Deaf Bible Society .] International (DBS) -- Deaf Bible Society (DBS) , a non-profit organization that supports Bible translation work in Deaf communities around the globe, has a straightforward mission: God’s Word in Every Sign Language. But DBS faced some obstacles to this mission related to language and training. First, it was unclear exactly how many sign languages existed. Second, many Deaf people who worked to translate the Bible into ...
Tags: Asia, Americas, Deaf, Institute, Great Commission, DBS, Aveditz, Josiah School of Translation Through


Who invented modern democracy?

Did modern democracy start its long career in the North Atlantic? Was it invented by the Americans, the French and the British? The French Revolution certainly helped to inject modern meaning into a term previously chiefly associated with the ancient world, with ancient Greece and republican Rome. In the 1830s the French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville concluded from his trip to the United States that it was possible for a modern state to function as a democracy (in both a political and a soci...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Greece, Democracy, France, Russia, Americas, Spain, History, World, Rome, Britain, United States, French Revolution


Sights to See in London

If you’re traveling to London, congratulations. You are going to enjoy yourself. The capital of the United Kingdom has something for everyone – history, theater , art, and of course, the monarchy. Before you go, make sure to learn speaking languages in London . It will make your trip all the more enjoyable. While there is much to do across the pond, make sure you put these destinations on your must-see list. British Museum Considered by many to be the best museum in England, this archi...
Tags: Travel, Asia, England, London, Greece, Americas, Rome, Egypt, United Kingdom, Middle East, Sudan, Buckingham Palace, Charles, Travel Tips, British Museum, World Heritage


Group: Americas saw greatest deterioration of press freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americas saw the greatest deterioration in press freedom of any part of the world during the last year, a press advocacy group said Thursday. The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders shows that Nicaragua fell 24 places from the previous year’s list due to attacks on journalists […]
Tags: News, Washington, Americas, Ap, Nation, Nicaragua


Trump's new Cuba crackdown puts US at odds with Canada and Europe

US will allow lawsuits against firms using property nationalised by the revolution, cap remittances and restrict ‘non-family’ travelDonald Trump has taken another step towards reversing Barack Obama’s historic rapprochement with Cuba with a measure that earned swift criticism from allies in Canada and Europe.The US announced on Wednesday that it would enable lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties nationalised by the communist government after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Americas, US, Barack Obama, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Canada, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Trump


Alan García: former Peru president dies after shooting himself before arrest

García, who faced accusations of taking bribes from Brazilian company Odebrecht during his presidency, shot himself at his homePeru’s former president Alan García has died after deliberately shooting himself in the head when police tried to arrest him in connection with a multibillion-dollar Latin American corruption scandal.“I am saddened by the death of former president Alan García,” tweeted the country’s current president, Martín Vizcarra, confirming the news. “I send my condolences to his fa...
Tags: Americas, World news, Peru, Garcia, Alan Garcia, Odebrecht, Martin Vizcarra


Peru: ex-president in critical condition after shooting himself before arrest

Alan García, who faces accusations of taking bribes from Brazilian company Odebrecht during his presidency, is in hospitalPeru’s former president, Alan García, is reportedly in critical condition having deliberately shot himself in the head when police tried to arrest him in connection with a multibillion-dollar Latin American corruption scandal.García’s lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, told local media his client “took the decision to shoot himself” early on Wednesday after officers arrived at his home in...
Tags: Americas, World news, Peru, Lima, Garcia, Alan Garcia, Odebrecht, Erasmo Reyna


Teenage girls most at risk amid rising sexual violence in El Salvador – report

Study reveals 31% increase in sexual attacks since 2017, with many related to gang cultureRates of sexual violence in El Salvador rose by a third last year, with the majority of cases involving teenage girls.More than 60% of the 4,304 cases of sexual violence recorded in 2018 involved 12- to 17-year-olds, according to a report published this week by the Organisation of Salvadoran Women for Peace (Ormusa). Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Global development, El Salvador, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


Video: Three takeaways from MotoGP's Grand Prix of the Americas

MotoGP's Grand Prix of the Americas was notable for Marc Marquez's winning streak ending, but it also provided plenty of intrigue
Tags: Americas, Sport, MotoGP, Marc Marquez, Autosport


Canada's legal weed struggles to light up as smokers stick to black market

Six months after legalisation, licensed producers are unable to keep up with the demand or quality of neighborhood dealersWhen Melissa, a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia, went to one of Canada’s first government cannabis stores, she wasn’t impressed. “You can’t look at what they have. You can’t smell the product,” she said. “It’s too expensive.”And so she, like tens of thousand of other Canadians, went back to their old habits: buying from neighbourhood dealers. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Americas, Society, World news, Cannabis, Canada, Melissa, Halifax Nova Scotia