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New York woman celebrates 100th birthday with a skydive

Gansevoort - A New York woman became one of the oldest women skydivers ever when she celebrated her 100th birthday with a skydive recently. She bested former United States President George H.W. Bush who had celebrated his 90th birthday with a skydive.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

Watchdog group alleges Pope Francis covered up sex abuse

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis is accused of looking the other way when sex abuse occurred while he was still the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Flooding in Paraguay sends thousands fleeing to shelters

Fernando De La Mora - Flooding has forced the evacuation of about 150,000 people in Paraguay's capital city Asuncion, authorities said.

Tigre — History, art and nature in the growing Paraná River Delta Special

Tigre - The town of Tigre is located on an island of the Tigre River, one of the branches in the lower delta of the great Paraná River, a major tributary of the "Río de La Plata." The location is an important recreation area for residents of Buenos Aires.

South American road trip, in photos Special

I've always wanted to set off on the Mother of All Roadtrips, starting in northern Alaska and driving all the way down to the tip of South America.

Scientists discover new tigrina wild cat species in Brazil

During a study of three wild cat species descendant from the genus Leopardus living in Central and South America, scientists accidentally found that the northeastern and southeastern Tigrinas are different species – not different populations.

Paul McCartney plays impromptu gig from back of truck

London - Sir Paul McCartney gave an impromptu concert from the back of a truck in London's Covent Gardens Friday afternoon during the lunchtime rush.

Brazilian crime gang threatens terror attacks at soccer World Cup

Rio De Janeiro - A notorious Brazilian crime syndicate issued threats, Tuesday, to disrupt next year’s soccer World Cup finals, hosted by Brazil, by launching terror-style attacks. It also threatened disruption of next year’s Brazilian presidential election.

Paraguayan bus drivers crucify themselves to get jobs

Luque - Eight bus drivers from Paraguay have nailed themselves to wooden crosses to protest their recent job losses. They were fired from their jobs at the Vanguardia bus company in July.

Op-Ed: Argentina President Kirchner goes to bed with terrorists

Buenos Aires - The United States is starting to get concerned about the developing relationship between Iran and Argentina according to reports in The Washington Post Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Paraguay poised to elect conservative president

Asunci - Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party appears headed for victory in presidential elections in Paraguay. The Colorado Party was headed by the former strongman of Paraguay Alfredo Stroessner for 35 years.

Yellow Alert for increase in seismic activity in northern Chile

Antofagasta - Yellow Alert was declared on Friday 5 for the town of San Pedro de Atacama, in the Antofagasta Region of Chile, because of the increase in seismic activity at the Láscar Volcano, the most active stratovolcano in the northern Chilean Andes.

Falkland (Malvinas) Islands holding vote over political status

Port Stanley - The Falkland Islanders began voting on Sunday 10 in a referendum to decide whether they want to remain an overseas territory of Britain; the voting will continue today, amid tensions with Argentina over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago.

Preview: 'Landfill Harmonic', music from a Paraguay slum

A preview for an upcoming documentary, "Landfill Harmonic", about Cateura, a slum in Paraguay situated on a landfill, where residents create music from the trash and have started "The Recycled Orchestra."

Op-Ed: 'Pepe' Mujica — Definitely not your average politician

Montevideo - José Mujica, president of Uruguay, has been described as the world’s poorest and most generous political leader; he donates about 90% of his salary to charities, lives in a modest house at his wife’s flower farm, and drives a 1987 VW Beetle.

Review: 7 Boxes a thrilling fun film with surprising twists Special

Toronto - A delivery boy in a Paraguayan market is the highlight of 7 Boxes, debuting at the Toronto International Festival Market. His wild ride serves as the suspenseful engine for a film that should earn widespread distribution.

UPDATE: Paraguayan president dismissed over peasants’ massacre

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo could be removed from his post today by an impeachment trial supported by allies and opponents after a bloody clash between police and peasants sent his government into a political crisis.

3 Wheels, 2 brothers, 1 Mission: Around the world in a Tuk Tuk Special

Mayenne - The French department of Mayenne, in north west France, was this week the test-bed in preparation for a unique and ambitious attempt by two brothers to travel 45000 kilometers circumnavigating the globe in a tuk-tuk.

Cameron blames Argentina of ‘colonialism’ over Falkland/Malvinas

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron accused Argentina of "colonialism" because of its insistence on reclaiming the Falkland/Malvinas and announced that he had convened the National Security Council of his country to address the situation of the islands.
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