South America

Argentinian Falklands veterans take ‘torture’ case to international arena

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Veterans of the 1982 conflict recount their ordeal and the anti-Semitic abuse they faced in a press conference, including instances of beatings and sexual violence The Telegraph – By James Badcock, Madrid – Comments Argentinian Falklands War veterans who accuse military officers of torture during the 1982 conflict will take their case to an international appeal court after Argentina’s highest court ruled ... Read More »

As violence spirals, Salvadorans look to Archbishop Romero as example

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — If there’s a place in need of salvation at this moment, it’s this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it gets ready to mark one of the biggest events in its history — the May 23 beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero — El Salvador, which in Spanish means “the savior,” is in ... Read More »

Scots scientists aim to clean waters before Brazil 2016

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AS THE countdown begins to next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil, a team of Scottish scientists is launching a pioneering new scheme to tackle toxic 
water pollution in two of the country’s biggest cities. The Scotsman – Ilona Amos There is considerable concern about the long-term impacts of contaminated water on ecosystems and human health in Brazil, where a bay ... Read More »

Venezuela policeman jailed over teenager death in protest

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BBC - A court in Venezuela has sentenced a policeman to 18 years in jail for the death of a teenager in an anti-government protest in February. Police officer Javier Mora Ortiz, 23, admitted responsibility in the death. The 14-year-old protester, Kluiver Roa Nunez, was shot in the head by a plastic bullet during a march in the western city ... Read More »

Life in a Colombia village threatened by landmines

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BBC - Colombia’s government and left-wing Farc rebels recently agreed to clear the country of landmines as part of the ongoing peace talks. Natalio Cosoy reports from Anori where people live in fear of landmines ( video ) But the job could take decades. BBC Mundo’s Natalio Cosoy visited one area where residents live in constant threat of being killed, maimed ... Read More »

Lagos locals fear annual carnival’s links to Brazilian past are being lost

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Streets of Nigeria’s commercial hub to fill on Saturday for annual party – the legacy of slave descendants who returned to their ancestral homeland The Guardian - Monica Mark in Lagos Before he died earlier this year, 86-year-old great-grandfather Mr Ibaru decided he had finally had enough of Lagos’ annual carnival. “It’s become boring,” grumbled the fine-boned man with a halo ... Read More »

Honduras is world’s number one for killing environmental activists

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Report by NGO Global Witness finds that globally people are being killed “in record numbers” defending land and the environment The Guardian – David Hill More people were killed in Honduras per capita than any other country for each of the last five years as a result of their efforts to defend land and the environment, according to a report by ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments

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Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Johns Hopkins Sued for $1B Over Role in Deliberate STD Infections in Guatemala

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Lawsuit seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with STDs through US government program in 1940s and 1950s rsn – By The Associated Press ore than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were deliberately infected ... Read More »