Mexico City on Aug. 8, 2021: lots of masks, not so much social distancing.
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COVID-19 cases in Mexico are approaching the highest levels seen during the second wave in late January 2021, with about 22,000 new infections a day. A slow vaccine rollout is stunting progress.
Giant sea bass are listed as a critically endangered species.
The giant sea bass fishery collapsed long ago in the US, but that didn’t mean the species was endangered. New research shows these iconic fish have been thriving south of the border.
Migrating monarch butterflies rest at Pismo Beach, Calif. on their way to Mexico.
Raising monarch butterflies is a popular hobby, but concerns have been raised about its contribution to population decline. Research shows that monarchs raised in captivity are still able to join the migration.
An Argentine justice crusader who calls himself Menganno has been patrolling the streets of the city of Lanus since 2010. Netflix has now picked up his character.
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In Latin America, common citizens have often donned outlandish outfits and comic book-inspired personas to lead demonstrations and promote social change.
Lake Mead, which serves seven U.S. states and three Mexican states, is drying up.
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Record heat and low rainfall are drying up water sources shared by the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Voters line up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, on June 6, 2021.
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Thirty-six candidates were murdered since campaigning began in Mexico last September, including numerous members of the president's own Morena party.
Local support might be the most important factor for a successful marine protected area.
In the design of marine protected areas, new research suggests that it might be better to start small in order to gain local trust and support that leads to larger long-term benefits.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visits a hospital for COVID-19 patients, unmasked, in Minsk on Nov. 27, 2020.
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The pandemic’s not over yet, but these world leaders have already cemented their place in history for failing to effectively combat the deadly coronavirus. Some of them didn’t even really try.
U.S. Border Patrol detains tens of thousands of the families and children who try to cross U.S. borders every year.
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Children and families have been fleeing to the US in rising numbers for nearly a decade. So why is the current situation at the US-Mexico border being viewed as something new?
Mexico’s militarized war on drugs – and, often, drug users – has killed at least 150,000 people over the past 15 years.
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Mexico would not fully legalize cannabis; its new regulation plan makes recreational use legal. However modest, that would be a symbolic milestone for a country immersed in a long, deadly drug war.
The first group of asylum-seekers allowed to cross from a migrant camp in Mexico into the United States following Biden’s repeal of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy arrives to Brownsville, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021.
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Luck and tenacity paid off for some 15,000 migrants who may now pursue their asylum cases in the US But nearly 42,000 cases filed from Mexico under a Trump-era rule were already rejected.
Helping women is an explicit goal of the Biden administration’s pandemic relief plan. Does the gender focus extend to the world?
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Gender equality doesn’t top any country’s international agenda – yet. But ever more countries, including the US, are starting to discern that women’s rights really are human rights.
Shorebirds gather by the thousands at important feeding and resting areas, but how individual birds move among sites remains a mystery.
In northwest Mexico, biologists are building a network of radio towers to track how individual migratory birds move among important wetland areas.
Refugee holding a mobile phone at a refugee accommodation centre in in Berlin, Germany, 2016.
Fears over the sinister side of artificial intelligence have become reality
This man visited the Soviet embassy in Mexico City while Lee Harvey Oswald was in Mexico in 1963. Officials thought it might be Oswald.
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In 1967 a Mexican reporter told the CIA he had met Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City just before the JFK assassination. New research and recently declassified intelligence pokes a hole in his story.
Is it a lovely autumn day, or is America burning to the ground?
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Mexican philosophers have a word for the peculiar anxiety you may be feeling: ‘zozobra,’ a dizziness that arises from social disintegration.
A woman counts money outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, El Salvador.
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Remittances to countries like Mexico, Pakistan and Vietnam are keeping pace with 2019’s record levels or in some cases rising, despite spring forecasts of a 20% decline.
Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018.
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Molina, who died on Oct. 8, ‘thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.’ His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
The pandemic and anti-immigration policies haven’t stopped migration from Central America – they’ve just made conditions at the border more hazardous.
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COVID-19 has created new hardships for migrants while giving the Trump administration an excuse to further restrict asylum as public attention focuses on the pandemic.
Then-president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sign the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The agreement was ratified in April 2020 and came into force last July.
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The Canada-U.S.-Mexico Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in July 2020, puts more emphasis on the environment and gives greater authority in Canada in the matter.