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Indigenous Bolivian coca farmers fear return of 'abusive' Morales

Caranavi - Evo Morales was Bolivia's first indigenous president -- but not all of the South American country's native people are fans, and some are calling on president-elect Luis Arce to undo what they see as the harm done under the former leader.

Socially distanced samba seeks to revive lost bliss in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Few things say Rio de Janeiro like a "roda de samba" legendary jam session where musicians sit in a circle gushing out Brazil's most beloved music and a tight crowd of beer-guzzling revelers surrounds them.

In land of 'manana,' pandemic sparks rush for wills

Mexico - Fear of dying from the coronavirus led Laura Villa to finally get around to doing what many Mexicans had put off until the pandemic struck -- making a will.

As pandemic rages, Mexicans pray to death 'saint'

Mexico - Their arms raised towards the sky, worshippers of Mexico's "saint" of death pray before a giant cloaked skeleton asking for protection from the coronavirus and its devastating economic fallout.

Pandemic threatens to undo a decade of Latin American progress

Montevideo - Almost six months after it was first detected in Latin America, the coronavirus death toll has reached 250,000 and exacerbated poverty and inequality, threatening to undo a decade of slow social progress.Among the 620 million people in the region, 6.

Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Santiago - During more than three decades of boom in Chile, the middle classes reaped the rewards, but just three months of the coronavirus pandemic has already reduced many to poverty.

Argentina's pandemic-hit events business reinvents itself online

Buenos Aires - Argentina's strict coronavirus lockdown has forced hundreds of party venues into bankruptcy since it came into force in March, but many owners are successfully remodelling their businesses to embrace the virtual realities of the pandemic's new normal.

More than 20,000 shops reopen in Argentine capital

Buenos Aires - More than 20,000 clothes and shoe shops in Buenos Aires were allowed to open on Monday as Argentina began a gradual reopening following more than two months of coronavirus lockdown.Until now, only businesses deemed essential had been allowed to open.

Peru to restrict movement by gender during virus quarantine

- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced on Thursday a new measure restricting public movement by gender, as the country tries to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

In Peru, 'they teach you to be ashamed,' indigenous trans candidate says

- The first indigenous transgender candidate to run for parliament in Peru says it's time to end the culture of machismo in the South American country.

Judge orders Rio 2016 Olympic Games venues shut on security grounds

Bras - A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that the 2016 Rio Olympic Games facilities be closed to the public over safety concerns.

'More churros, less cops!': New York food vendors feel the heat

New York - For two decades, Guadalupe Galicia has been waking up every day at 4:00 am to make tamales and rice pudding to sell on the streets of New York.

Falls and fun at eco-friendly 'ice' rink in Mexico

Mexico - Mexico is better known for cactus-dotted deserts and Caribbean beaches than winter sports, but the capital's central square is celebrating winter with an enormous, eco-friendly artificial ice rink.

'There'll be war' if Bolivia cuts coca growing, farmers warn

Caranavi - For the coca farmers of western Bolivia's Las Yungas region, the loss of president Evo Morales -- himself a one-time coca grower, and a champion of indigenous rights -- is less worrying than the drop in price of their "holy leaf" crop.

10 million pilgrims celebrate Mexico's patron saint

Mexico - More than 10 million people made the pilgrimage Thursday to celebrate Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, a symbol of both Latin American Catholicism and national pride.

Locals cheer Morales exit in ex-Bolivia leader's former fiefdom

Copacabana - In the high Andes two hours' drive from La Paz, the people of Achacachi -- long a bastion of ex-president Evo Morales -- say they don't want him back.

Anger at out-of-touch elite stoking Chile protests

Santiago - They send their children to the same schools, vacation in the same lakeside resorts, and marry into each others' families.

No love lost in 'Tinder K' support for Argentina's Kirchner

Buenos Aires - They say opposites attract but it doesn't seem so for many Argentine members of Tinder K, a closed Facebook dating group drawn together by a shared vision of the perfect romantic partner: single, Peronist and Kirchnerist.

Protest in Argentina turns creative with Evitas, flash-mobs and fruit

Buenos Aires - Women dressed as Eva Peron, old political anthems blaring in the streets, flash-mobs with step-perfect choreography -- it's all part of the present day cut and thrust of politics in Buenos Aires.

Food on the table the priority for poor Argentines

Buenos Aires - The giant pots simmering in Dagna Aiva's kitchen explain the long line of people outside her house located in a gritty district of southern Buenos Aires, where Argentina's economic crisis is hitting locals hard.

Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

- Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children.

Cuba's intranet creators, thriving despite regulatory clampdown

Havana - What, no internet? That is no problem for Juan, who used to play the e-sports game Dota 2 on a giant local intranet created with a massive network of cables and antennas connecting thousands of homes in Havana.

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Guayaquil - Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage.

'Christ of Theft' statue poses dilemma for Peru

- A giant statue of Jesus Christ that looms over Lima is causing controversy in Peru because of its financing by the graft-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and late ex-president Alan Garcia.

The sad end of Joao Gilberto, the voice of the bossa nova

Rio De Janeiro - As if to say goodbye, Joao Gilberto emerged from seclusion a few days before his death and had dinner at a restaurant on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Argentina's women protest for legal abortion, against violence

Buenos Aires - Thousands of Argentine protesters flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on Monday in a show of force for the abortion rights movement, and to denounce violence against women.

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...

Miami Beach calls time as Spring Break party gets out of control

Miami Beach - Spring Break is a US holiday known for excessive partying, but in Miami Beach, one of the centers of festivities, residents have had enough.

'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers

Montevideo - She scrubs plates, mops floors and washes clothes with vigor. She works when others relax. And she plays games with children who are not hers, even though they might feel a bit like family by now.

Mexico leader's humble air travel a security headache

Mexico - Accompanied only by five unarmed aides and a small collection of amulets, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador makes police and flight attendants alike tremble when he embarks on air travel, always in economy class.
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