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Blog Entries by HS News Staff

Environmentalists Call on Peru’s Gov’t to Fight Illegal Logging

Illegal logging is the source of more than 40 percent of mahogany and cedar that Peru exports to the United States, and is behind the death of those who oppose that sector of the lumber industry, such as the four Indian leaders murdered in early September by suspected illegal loggers, environmentalists said. continue reading »

Brazil’s Paulo Jose Doesn’t Let Parkinson’s Keep Him From Working

Paulo Jose, still one of the main figures in Brazil's film industry at 77, said in an interview with Efe that he had no plans to leave the stage despite a two-decade battle with Parkinson's disease. continue reading »

Cuban Water Supply at Only 54 Percent of Capacity

Water levels in Cuba's more than 900 reservoirs stood at only 54 percent as of Aug. 31, the National Institute for Water Resources, or INRH, said Wednesday. continue reading »

U.S. Company Buys 50 Jets From Brazil’s Embraer

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to sell 50 E175 jets to U.S. regional operator Republic Airways Holdings for $2.1 billion. continue reading »

Search Sparks Riot at Bolivian Prison Where 4 Were Killed

Inmates at El Abra prison set sheets and clothes on fire Wednesday to prevent authorities from searching for weapons, three days after a shootout between Bolivian and foreign-born inmates left four people dead and 10 injured, authorities said. continue reading »

Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. continue reading »

Total Estimates Cost of Developing Brazil’s Biggest Oil Field at $80 Billion

Brazil's biggest oil field, Libra, will cost $80 billion to develop, according to a senior executive with France's Total, one of five consortium members participating in the project. continue reading »

Barack Obama Calls Ebola Outbreak a “Threat to Global Security”

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a significant escalation in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 2,400 people in West Africa, which he called a "potential threat to global security." continue reading »

Real Madrid Defeats Basel 5-1 in Champions League Match

Real Madrid got off to a good start in defending its Champions League title with a 5-1 win here Tuesday over Basel. The visitors fell behind 1-0 in the 14th minute on an own goal and went on to give up three more in the space of seven minutes before clawing one back nearly 40 minutes into the contest before more than 65,000 people at the Blancos' Santiago Bernabeu stadium. continue reading »

Spain Considers Prosecuting Citizens Who Join Jihadist Groups

The Spanish government is thinking about amending the criminal code to allow Spaniards who take part in foreign conflicts, especially those in which radical Islamic groups are involved, to be prosecuted on terrorism charges. continue reading »

Latin American Families Challenged by Poverty, Violence, Social Norms

Poverty, violence and changing social norms are causing the disintegration of the family structure across Latin America, church workers in the region said in advance of the October gathering of bishops in the Vatican to discuss pressures families face. continue reading »

Colombian Economy Grew 5.4 Percent in First Half of 2014

Boosted by a construction boom, Colombia's gross domestic product grew 5.4 percent between January and June, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent during the same period of 2013, the National Statistics Department said Tuesday. continue reading »

Gerard Pique Stands By Referendum in Catalonia

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said Tuesday that he does not understand the criticism he has received in social media for attending a rally in favor of a referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain. continue reading »

Venezuela Charges Ex-Bank President with Embezzlement

The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office on Tuesday formally accused the former president of Banco Canarias, Alvaro Gorrin Ramos, with embezzlement and criminal conspiracy. continue reading »

Ecuador and China Strengthening Military Ties

Ecuadorian Defense Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa and her Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, agreed during a meeting Tuesday in Beijing to strengthen bilateral military ties. continue reading »