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Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Sep. 17, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry....

Rising numbers of migrants risk lives crossing Darien Gap

Sep. 17, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

ACANDI, Colombia (AP) — It was 5 a.m. and in dozens of small tents around 500 migrants began showing signs of life, rising, packing their bags and preparing to cross the Darien Gap, the thick jungle teeming with snakes, bandits and treacherous rivers that separates Colombia from Panama. ...

Haiti prosecutor seeks to charge PM in killing, is replaced

Sep. 14, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new chief prosecutor was sworn in Tuesday just hours after his predecessor asked a judge to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the slaying of the president and to bar him from leaving Haiti, a move that could further destabilize a country roiled by turmoil...

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

Sep. 14, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on...

Haiti ombudsman demands PM resignation amid slaying probe

Sep. 13, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s Office of Citizen Protection posted a video Monday demanding that Prime Minister Ariel Henry step down as authorities seek to interview him about telephone calls he allegedly had with a key suspect in the president’s assassination. ...

Report: 2020 is deadliest year for `environmental defenders’

Sep. 13, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — At least 227 people died last year defending their homes, land and livelihoods from environmental exploitation as the deepening climate crisis increasingly pits economic interests against local communities, according to data compiled by the environmental group Global Witness....

Colombian ex-soldiers in Haiti accuse police of torture

Sep. 10, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian soldiers arrested in Haiti in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse have accused local authorities of torture, saying they’ve been burned, stabbed and hit in the head with a hammer, among other things. Details of the...

Wigged out: A Venezuelan spymaster's life on the lam

Sep. 10, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wigs, a fake moustache, plastic surgery and a new safe house every three months — these are just some of the tools of deception authorities in Spain believe a former Venezuelan spymaster relied on to evade capture on a U.S. warrant for narcoterrorism. ...

Spain arrests Venezuelan spymaster wanted on US drug charges

Sep. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Police in Madrid on Thursday arrested a former Venezuelan spymaster wanted on U.S. narcoterrorism charges, capturing him in a hideout apartment nearly two years after he defied a Spanish extradition order and disappeared. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for over a...

What is the mu variant of the coronavirus?

Sep. 08, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

What is the mu variant? It's a version of the coronavirus that was first identified in Colombia in January and has since caused isolated outbreaks in South America, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organization last month listed it as a...