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Here’s why the IMF’s Argentina bailout is making people nervous

The International Monetary Fund this week announced plans to expand Argentina's bailout package reached in June, which was already the largest in its history. But some economists are skeptical it will be able to stem a crisis that has roiled Latin America's third-largest economy.
Brachyteles arachnoides, or a charcoal monkey, pictured in Brazil in 2011.

Study reveals how 500 years of human exploitation has created a dangerous ‘extinction vortex’ in one of the world’s most important f...

New research shows mammal populations in Brazil's Atlantic Forest have been cut in half after centuries of human exploitation. The forest has been reduced from 1.1 million square kilometers to just 0.143 square kilometers since colonization in the 16th century.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at an event in Caracas, February 7, 2018.

Officials keep talking about intervening in Venezuela, and it’s drawing an ominous comparison

Since Trump's unexpected declaration that military action was an option in Venezuela, the US government has kept the pressure up, but the region is widely resistant to military intervention.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to the Monument to the Dead of World War II in Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2018.

Mattis gave a blunt warning against generals becoming politicians, and in neighboring country where this is happening

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling through South America to boost US ties, and while in Brazil, he was about the military's role in politics — a touchy subject in Latin America's biggest country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abruptly cut his speech short on August 4, 2018. His wife can be seen on the left, ducking from the loud noise.

Confusion still abounds about what caused the explosion in Venezuela, but experts warn Maduro will use it as an excuse to consolidate power either way...

After an explosion went off Saturday while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech, he accused the opposition of attempting to assassinate him. Whatever happened, experts say the incident made Maduro look vulnerable, and will probably lead to him concentrating power even further.
This is a real photo I took in real life standing at Machu Picchu in late March 2017.

What it’s like visiting one of the world’s greatest treasures: Machu Picchu

You don't need to be rich to visit the world's most incredible places. You do, however, need to be tremendously determined.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a military parade in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump keeps suggesting an invasion of Venezuela, and the government there keeps taking advantage of it

Venezuela's rapid deterioration and the spillover of its many crises were, in Trump's mind, reasons to consider military action against the country that has the world's largest oil reserves. The president reportedly cited what he considered successful past invasions of Panama and Grenada as justification.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks during a ceremony to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas, Venezuela February 14, 2018.

Venezuela’s inflation hits more than 40,000% as investors dump its currency ‘like a hot potato’

Venezuela's inflation rate has hit a new high, according to university research, with consumer prices in the crisis-ridden country rising by more than 40,000% annually for the first time on record.
People wait in line to buy bus tickets at station in Caracas, Venezuela, May 21, 2018.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their homes, and it’s affecting the entire region — here’s where they’re going

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in neighboring countries in recent months, and the communities receiving them have struggled to deal with the influx.
An officer salutes during a reenactment of the battle of Canchas Blancas during the 1879 Pacific War, in Potosi, Bolivia March 28, 2018.

Bolivia is taking Chile to court over a war it lost 134 years ago — and it reenacted a pivotal battle on the final day of the case

Bolivia is landlocked because of a war it lost 134 years ago. But it's fighting in court to regain its territory — and its pride.