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Tough realities threathen Chile's remote Easter Island

Apr 18, 2014
Ranu Raraku, Easter Island, Chile: where the moai were carved out of the stone and then half buried in the hillside to finish the features. Photo credit ccarlstead via Flickr.

A few years ago, Chile's leading newspaper El Mercurio published a big article on the 10 biggest problems facing Easter Island, the remote Chilean outpost in the South Pacific.

Mexico shaken by powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake

Apr 18, 2014
Flag of Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.

Venezuelan students use Easter to breathe life into protests

Apr 18, 2014
Anti-government protesters take part in a protest against Nicolás Maduro's government in Caracas, March 14, 2014. Photo by MARQUINAM via Flickr.

Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolás Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter.

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

Apr 17, 2014
Gabriel García Márquez, 2009

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish language literature and magical realism with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, died at the age of 87.

Is Colombia's 'Medellín miracle' more show than substance?

Apr 17, 2014
Medellín Metro, Colombia, May 17, 2012. Photo by Robert Schrader via Flickr

Last week, hosting the UN Habitat's World Urban Forum on the future of cities, Medellín flaunted its makeover. It organized tours to the schools and libraries, parks and transportation infrastructure that are the most visible signs of the change.

Cuban doctors flashpoint in Venezuela political crisis

Apr 17, 2014
10th Anniversary of the Integral Cooperation Agreement between Cuba-Venezuela, November 7, 2010.

Cuban doctors are the most visible symbol of the controversial collaboration between the two countries during 15 years of socialist rule in Venezuela, and increasingly they are a flashpoint for the violent unrest that has rocked the country since February and is blamed for at more than 40 deaths.

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