April 25, 2021

The reasons behind a crime drop in El Salvador

For several years, El Salvador, has been on the list of most dangerous countries in the world mainly due to street gangs like MS-13. But in 2020 the crime rates went down significantly. Harris Whitbeck has the answer. 

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Brazil: The Human Cost of COVID 19
April 12, 2021

Brazil: The human cost of COVID-19

Brazil has second-most COVID deaths in the world,  many acknowledge the virus is out of control. This Human Cost of COVID-19 is a multi-part series of human-nature stories behind the pandemic: the suffering, the heroism, the admirable work and behavior of so many that go muted or under-reported.   Episode 1: A study […]

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April 6, 2021

Severe crisis is forcing Venezuelans to reinvent themselves

It’s in its seventh year of recession – one of the steepest ever recorded in the world. Its economy is partially sanctioned by the U.S. and it’s also had to contend with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The last 12 months have been exceptionally tough for […]

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April 6, 2021

Vaccination in the Galapagos Islands will bring back tourism

They serve as a treasure trove to scientists and a paradise for nature tourists. The Galapagos Islands. Located 1000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, they feature plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world. On these islands, tourism has been the main industry […]

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April 6, 2021

Living on minimum wage

A national debate is underway in the United States over whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from the current $7.25 an hour today, as more than 30 million U.S. citizens now live below the poverty line. The last time the U.S. […]

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March 7, 2021

Saving money without going to a bank

The majority of low-income Latino families in the U.S. have limited access to banks, loans or credit cards. Mike Kirsch tells us about some informal female bankers using this system in the U.S.

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January 10, 2021

Costa Rica’s centenarians vs. COVID-19

Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is home to the largest concentration of people over 100 years old in the Americas. A team of psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers are being vigilant to protect them from the pandemic.

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Havana airport reopens after seven months COVID closure
November 16, 2020

Havana airport reopens after seven months COVID closure

Havana’s airport has reopened to commercial flights after a seven-month shutdown. The reopening comes as Cuba announced the elimination of strict baggage restrictions due to COVID-19. The island nation’s tourism industry has collapsed over pandemic concerns amid strict U.S. sanctions. Watch and lean more.

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Peru’s interim president resigns amid demonstrations
November 16, 2020

Peru’s interim president resigns amid demonstrations

The interim president of Peru, Manuel Merino, has resigned in the face of growing protests in less than a week. Congress is expected to choose a new president from the 19 lawmakers who voted against former President Martin Vizcarra’s impeachment over unproven bribery allegations. See the latest.

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September 3, 2020

European Languages find a home in Brazil

The first wave of German immigrants disembarked in Brazil almost 200 years ago. They formed colonies and maintained their native dialects and tongues. Maria Valls investigated this cultural heritage before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Faces of Unemployment
May 18, 2020

The Faces of Unemployment

COVID-19 has shattered lives and hit global economies hard. Businesses are cutting back or closing, leaving employees without jobs and worried about surviving. Here are some of the Faces of Unemployment.

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April 30, 2020

Peru food markets are hotspots for COVID-19

Peru’s COVID-19 lockdown is in its seventh week as the country grapples with the pandemic. One hot spot for coronavirus infections is turning out to be food markets especially in the country’s capital Lima.

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