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Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

- Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas -- the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas -- through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.

Javier Bardem sounds free speech warning in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Oscar-winner Javier Bardem warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of expression with artists probed or jailed for voicing their opinions.

Evidence of world's biggest child sacrifice found in Peru

- Archaeologists in Peru have found evidence of the biggest-ever sacrifice of children, uncovering the remains of more than 140 youngsters who were slain alongside 200 llamas as part of a ritual offering some 550 years ago, National Geographic announced ...

Ivanka Trump talks up LatAm women's fund for entrepreneurs

- Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to US President Donald Trump, on Friday announced a private-public funding plan to boost businesses started by women in Latin America.

'What next?' Cubans wonder as Castro era draws to a close

Havana - They are farmers, musicians, dancers and fishermen and all of them hold different hopes for Cuba's future in the post-Castro era, where a new generation is preparing to take power for the first time in nearly 60 years.

Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing

Pinar Del R - When they rip the big green leaves from the tobacco plant, Cuban farmers know they're touching gold.The island nation's legendary cigars have closed another year for the record books, in large part thanks to Chinese consumption.

Mexican man, once the world's fattest, dreams of walking again

Guadalajara - The folds of flesh on Juan Pedro Franco's back sway heavily as he cranks the pedals of a modified bicycle with his arms, exercising to boost his already jaw-dropping weight-loss total of 250 kilos (550 pounds).

Tenancingo, the sex slavery capital of Mexico

Tenancingo - "Tenancingo" means "the walled city" in the Nahuatl language, and it lives up to its name: Mexico's sex slavery capital is not a place that welcomes scrutiny from outsiders.

Breathe easy, world: Mexican psychic says no US-NKorea nuclear war

Mexico - Hovering over his tarot cards and holding a microphone to his wizard-like beard, Mexican psychic Antonio Vazquez on Thursday said there was no need to fear a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea.

Anxiety, evasion and addiction: how Mexicans deal with endless violence

Mexico - Between anxiety, addiction and evasion, Mexicans have found coping mechanisms to deal with the violence plaguing their country and which peaked in 2017 to the highest level in two decades.

Feeding a metropolis: Mexico City's Central Market

Mexico - With hotels, car rental agencies, restaurants and even banks, Mexico City's main fruit and vegetable market, the "Central de Abasto", is more than just a place to get your groceries -- it is a mini city within a city.

Food, clothes for poor in not-so-merry Christmas for Venezuela

Caracas - Joel Rodriguez, a one legged panhandler, bursts into tears as a young man dressed as Santa Claus gives him food and clothing -- a rare scene of holiday cheer in economically-depressed Venezuela.
 

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