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EXPLAINER: Crime, impunity surge in Amazon's Javari Valley

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) — The Amazon region’s Javari Valley, where a British journalist and an Indigenous affairs official are missing, is Brazil’s second-largest Indigenous territory and sits i...

Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazil...

Why some young Swedes remain uneasy about joining NATO

"The best thing for the security of Sweden and the Swedish people is to join NATO," said Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, as she formally confirmed Stockholm’s intent...

Indigenous village protests man digging for gold in east Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man digging for “hidden gold” in Zhiben, Taitung, has caused controversy by excavating despite protests from an Indigenous village. The 69-year-old man, s...

Amazon tribes turn the tables on intruders with social media

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was dusk on April 14 when Francisco Kuruaya heard a boat approaching along the river near his village in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. He assumed it was the regular delivery boa...

Sweden sparks ire of environmentalists with mining decision

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish government decided Tuesday to grant the exploitation of the Scandinavian country’s largest unexploited iron ore deposits to a Sweden-based company, sparking the ire of env...

Indigenous rights activist killed in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed assailants killed Mexican lawyer and Indigenous rights activist Patricia Rivera Reyes, authorities announced Monday. The prosecutors' office in the northern...

Politicians, friends fondly recall late Alaska congressman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Here is a sample of reactions after U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, died Friday at the age of 88: ...

Indigenous rights activist killed in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indigenous rights activist who campaigned against illegal logging has been killed in northern Mexico, prosecutors say, five years after his activist brother also was slain. ...

Ex-student protest leader becomes Chile's youngest president

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Left-leaning former student leader Gabriel Boric vowed to improve the lives of all Chileans and attack deep inequality that has sparked massive protests, hours after being inaug...

In Brazil, artists and activists protest against mining bill

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians gathered outside Congress on Wednesday to protest a set of bills they say threaten the Amazon rainforest by encouraging deforestation and industrial activ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro issues decrees to boost mining of Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has issued two decrees to drive gold prospecting with a focus on the Amazon rainforest, according to the texts published Monday in the official ...

Tarnished Gold: Aircraft, fuel key to illegal Amazon mining

BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — The scorching Amazon sun beats down as agents inspect the body of a black helicopter. Nearby, in the backyard of the federal police headquarters in the city of Boa Vista, sit ...

Tarnished Gold: Aircraft, fuel key to illegal Amazon mining

BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — The scorching Amazon sun beats down as a group of agents inspect the body of a black helicopter. Nearby, in the backyard of the federal police headquarters in the city of Boa ...

Indigenous Lenca leader shot dead in Honduras, police say

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A local leader of Honduras’ indigenous Lenca group was shot to death Sunday, police said. Pablo Isabel Hernández was killed on a dirt road near the town ...