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Pantanal Wildfires: Blazes have consumed 28% of the world’s largest wetland

South America’s Pantanal region, the world’s largest tropical wetland on earth has been ablaze for months now. The blazes have already consumed about 28% of the vast floodplain that stretches across parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. They are still not completely under control. The fires have destroyed unique habitats and wrecked the livelihoods of […]

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260 Chinese fishing vessels stray near Galapagos Islands; Ecuador on alert

Ecuador has announced an alert after a huge fleet of Chinese-flagged fishing vessels appeared off the Galapagos Islands. Patrols are making sure that the 260 odd vessels don’t enter the delicate eco-system from international waters. Chinese vessels travel to the region each year in search of marine species. Chinese fishing vessels in 2017 were caught […]

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Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest: World Health Organization

The Americas are bearing the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic at present, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, with North and South America currently having four of the 10 worst hit countries in the world. The disease was “highly active” in Central and South America, the WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan […]

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South America has become new coronavirus epicentre: WHO

South America has become “a new epicentre” of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. “In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases,” WHO emergencies director Mike […]

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Colombian guards foils jail break attempt amid coronavirus fears

Guards have foiled an attempted jail break and riot at a prison in central Colombia which has hundreds of cases of coronavirus, officials say. Seven inmates tried to dig a tunnel out of one of the cells at a jail in Villavicencio, guards said. Home-made weapons that were going to be used in an uprising […]