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With iffy wifi, Venezuelan schoolkids struggle to join classes

Caracas - Thumbing his mobile phone, Jonathan Figueroa sits on his doorstep in a desperate daily quest for a Wifi signal to download his homework.

El Salvadoran sisters attending online classes up a tree

Los - Two sisters in western El Salvador are taking their love of learning to great heights: every day they climb a mountain, then scramble up an olive tree to get a signal to access their online college lessons.

Bolivian teacher on a bike brings school to pupils

Estancia Misi - Armed only with his bicycle and a whiteboard, Bolivian teacher Wilfredo Negrete treks across rugged country terrain three times a week to give classes to children stuck at home under coronavirus lockdown.

Pandemic increases isolation of Argentina's desert children

Mendoza - Argentina's coronavirus lockdown has closed schools nationwide and driven teaching online, but nowhere are the wasted weeks felt more keenly than in Huarpe indigenous communities in the far north, which have little access to the internet or distance ed...

175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church: report

Mexico - At least 175 children were sexually assaulted by priests belonging to an ultra-conservative Mexican branch of the Roman Catholic Church, according to an internal report published Saturday.

Masked group targets US embassy with arson attack during protests

Tegucigalpa - Masked protesters set fire to the gate of the US embassy in Honduras on Friday during massive demonstrations against public sector reforms in the country.

Mexico pollution alert extended as smog stagnates

Mexico - Mexico City authorities have announced a second straight day of school closures for Friday and extended a pollution alert as a cloud of smog continued to blanket the sprawling capital.

'Perfect storm': Brazil's Bolsonaro faces anger over education freezes

S - Huge protests across Brazil over education spending freezes should serve as a warning to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro who faces a "perfect storm" of political crises, analysts say.

Brazil students, teachers in huge budget cuts protests

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of students and teachers protested across Brazil in "defense of education" on Wednesday in response to a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government.

Nationwide student strike begins in Brazil over budget cuts

Rio De Janeiro - Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges across Brazil began a nationwide demonstration on Wednesday in "defense of education" following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government.

Bolsonaro's vision for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised in his victory speech Sunday to "change Brazil's destiny," after campaigning on a hardline law-and-order platform.

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

Behold the Amazonian eco-warrior drag queen

S - Bare chested, wearing an ankle-length dress, painted yellow, green and red, with flowers or leaves in his hair, it takes Brazil's Emerson Munduruku two hours to transform into Uyra Sodoma, his drag queen alter ego.

Economic crisis forces slowdown at Venezuela universities

Caracas - Teachers unable to pay the bus fare to get to class, students stuck in long supermarket lines in the quest for affordable food: Venezuela's academics say the deep economic crisis is paralyzing the country's universities.

Chile court strikes down ban on for-profit universities

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court on Tuesday struck down a law that would have banned universities operating for profit, dealing a blow to free tuition reforms brought in by former leftwing president Michelle Bachelet.
 

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