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Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil's Ver-O-Peso market

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

BELEM, Brazil (AP) — Exotic Amazonian fruits, medicinal tonics with natural ingredients from the rainforest that claim to cure it all and freshwater fish served fried with a side of thick, deep purple acai juice. Bands huddled in a circle that sing, tap on tambourines and bang drums to the rhythm of Samba....

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...

Mexico's indigenous Lacandon battle settlers over rainforest

Oct. 11, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few remaining indigenous Lacandon are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral home: the last pocket of tropical rainforest in North America. There are only about 1,500 Lacandones left, scattered in a handful of settlements across the 1,280 square miles ...

Pole who oversaw logging in pristine forest dies at 75

Oct. 9, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jan Szyszko, a former Polish environment minister who oversaw extensive logging in one of Europe's last pristine forests, died suddenly on Wednesday at age 75. Polish President Andrzej Duda announced the "very sad, unexpected news" that Szyszko died in the morning, remembering him as...

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

Oct. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited...

Pope seeks 'courageous' debate over Amazon priest shortage

Oct. 7, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged South American bishops on Monday to speak "courageously" at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries. Francis opened the work of...

Evo Morales not trending among Bolivia's youth ahead of vote

Oct. 7, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A series of memes that have gone viral in Bolivia show President Evo Morales combatting raging forest fires with a toy water gun or a flamethrower, while others superimpose his image on the original cast of the "Ghostbusters" film. Many young Bolivians have used the memes to poke fun...

India's Supreme Court orders tree-felling project halted

Oct. 7, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court ordered the central state of Maharashtra on Monday to stop clearing a heavily forested area for a metro line project after protests by hundreds of people. The court ordered tree cutting to halt at least until it holds another hearing on Oct. 21. The Mumbai Metro Rail...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 5, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...