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Clash of cultures as Amazon cowboys close in on indigenous lands

Santa Cruz - As evening falls over their Amazon home, the hunter gatherers of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people extract bamboo arrows from the flank of a wild pig and begin roasting it.

Mexican president's new airport flies into turbulence

Mexico - For a groundbreaking ceremony, there was suspiciously little ground broken as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador symbolically inaugurated work on a new Mexico City airport -- a pet project analysts warn could go badly wrong.

Chilean suspect in Japanese student disappearance faces prosecutors

Santiago - Chilean authorities on Wednesday questioned a man suspected of involvement in the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend in France.

Dinner in white in Cuba: a French picnic and American ambience

Havana - "Dressing in all white -- the ambience, the Champagne, the sparkles -- I love it," exclaimed Kay Barnes, who traveled from Florida to participate along with hundreds of other Americans in Cuba's first Dinner in White, a giant, chic, French-inspired pic...

Bolsonaro 'turned me into a pariah', says gay lawmaker who fled Brazil

Paris - Brazil's first openly gay lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, who fled his country over mounting death threats after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, fears he won't be returning home anytime soon.

Europe facing 'winds of xenophobia', Spain's Sanchez warns

Argel - Spain's Pedro Sanchez on Sunday urged Europeans to resist the "winds of xenophobia" threatening the continent, as he marked 80 years since the flight of 475,000 Spaniards to France after Francisco Franco seized power after a brutal civil war.

Cuban cigars hit record sales thanks to increasing Chinese demand

Havana - Boosted by growing demand from China, sales of Cuban cigars reached a record $537 million in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year despite global laws against tobacco, the partially state-owned Habanos said Monday.

Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have detained five foreign journalists covering the standoff with opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.
 

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