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Stormy weather and tempestuous seas caused the crew from Dutch cargo ship, Eemslift Hendrinka, to need rescuing earlier in April. Some crew members had to jump ship, while others were picked up off the deck. Once the crew was saved from the listing ship, attention quickly turned to the problem of towing it ashore before...
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This past Friday, Chile registered over 9,000 new COVID cases in one day. It’s a grim record in a country that has been lauded for being 4th in the world in vaccination rates, and 1st in Latin America. Chile has given at least one dose of the vaccine to almost 40% of its population, but...
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In many western countries, a trend is unfolding that is pushing paper money by the wayside: digital currency. Sweden is a leader in this new economy, with only 3% of all transactions taking place in cash. An evolving mindset concerning currency, as well as new payment technologies, have paved the way for many countries to...
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In the subtropical Yungas valleys, about 60 miles northeast of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, you will find a small kingdom of Afro-Bolivians. This little kingdom has a population of about 2,000 people and is mostly made up of farmers that grow coca, citrus, and coffee. The city of Mururata is the center of this kingdom,...
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The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, was recently arrested by the new socialist government that was voted in this past October. The Movement for Socialism (MAS) arrested Añez for throwing a coup against former president Evo Morales. Añez was apprehended along with several other government administrators. Bolivians have once again taken the matter...
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Russian authorities are strongly considering banning Twitter due to it’s refusal to remove banned content. Russian authorities allege that the site contains illegal posts that have not been removed by the social media giant. The illegal content includes not only 2,500 posts encouraging child suicide, but also child pornography and drug information. In the past...
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Singapore is a relatively new country. A former British colony, it gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. At the time of independence, Singapore would have been considered a third-world country. Through strong leadership and multiple government programs, Singapore quickly developed into the modern, first-world country it is today.  Singapore is a city-state meaning the whole...
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For the last two hundred years, the village of Yoro, Honduras has experienced an unusual yearly phenomena–raining fish! Once or twice a year after a massive rainfall, villagers will find hundreds of tiny fish flopping around in the streets. The citizens of Yoro collect the fish and thank God for the provision. A team of...
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There has been an increase in the number of Venezuelan migrants crossing the border between Chile and Bolivia on foot. Chile has seen around 200 migrants a day cross its borders, braving the harsh altiplano terrain almost 4,000 feet above sea level where temperatures can drop to below 0C. Border towns, themselves without sufficient electricity,...
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Freedom of the press is something we often take for granted in the United States, but the desire for that freedom is not unique to our country. Nicaraguans desire that same freedom; however, new laws passed in Nicaragua have limited the press. Under the “Special Cybercrime Law,” passed in October 2020, a journalist who writes...
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