Posted in Europe

They have all the vaccines they need, yet these EU nations are still miles behind their neighbors

Some countries, including Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Denmark, have achieved near universal vaccination, boasting coverage rates of around 90%, according to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). On the other side of the bloc, Romania and Bulgaria have fully vaccinated only 33% and 22% of their adults, respectively. The problem isn’t down to vaccine shortages. All EU countries have access to all of the shots approved by the EU…
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Posted in Colombia South America

EXCLUSIVE Some 1,900 Colombian guerrillas operating from Venezuela, says Colombia military chief

BOGOTA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – About 1,900 fighters belonging to Colombian rebel and crime groups are operating from Venezuela, where they plan attacks and participate in drug trafficking, the commander of Colombia’s armed forces said. The Colombian government has long said Venezuela’s leadership grants safe harbor to Colombian armed groups, allowing trafficking of cocaine in exchange for a cut of the profits. But it is the first time the military…
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Posted in Middle East

Straight-talking rappers tackle Middle East conflict

An Arab citizen of Israel and an Israeli academic have taken on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in an unconventional way. In their rap song, Let’s talk straight, Uriya Rosenman and Sameh Zakout don’t seek to celebrate common grounds, but rather expose hidden prejudices from both sides. Their aim with the song is to encourage change among younger generations.…
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Posted in Ecuador South America

Ecuador’s prisons are becoming battlegrounds for gangs and Mexican drug cartels – The Washington Post

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Posted in South America Uruguay

Eagles Eye World Cup Spot Ahead of Pivotal Uruguay Clash – FloRugby

The USA Men’s Eagles continue their journey toward RWC 2023 with a two-leg faceoff against Uruguay. The winner will qualify as Americas 1, earning a spot in Pool A along with hosts France, World #1 New Zealand, Italy, and Africa 1. While meeting two of the favorites to win the tournament might not sound like much of a reward, the Eagles will be licking their beaks at the prospect of…
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Posted in Colombia South America

How to Avoid a Caudillo in Colombia (and Elsewhere)

Listen to a conversation with the author on the Americas Quarterly Podcast BOGOTÁ – With campaigns set to begin in earnest for Colombia’s elections for Congress and president, in March and May respectively, the atmosphere here is one of profound, perhaps unrivaled pessimism. A September poll by Ipsos showed that 89% of Colombians believed our country was “on the wrong track,” the highest percentage among 28 countries surveyed, and well…
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Posted in Central America

Beyond the Border: The Realities of Migration from Central America // Pulte Institute for Global Development // University of Notre Dame

Migration from Central America to the U.S. continues to make headlines and drive policy discussions. This series will use research-based evidence to go beyond this narrative and discuss the issues behind the typical “root causes” of migration from the region. Join us for a unique conversation with researchers, practitioners and policymakers from the U.S. and Central America as we explore how we can promote safe paths to prosperity and dignity,…
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Posted in Peru South America

Peru Ex-President Toledo to Be Extradited by U.S., Judge Rules

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, arrested two years ago in connection with Latin America’s biggest bribery scandal, lost his bid to block his extradition from the U.S. to Peru. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson on Tuesday granted Peru’s request to send Toledo back to his home country to face trial. …
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Posted in Ecuador South America

Over 100 killed in bloody Ecuador prison massacre

The death toll represents a significant uptick from earlier estimates after Tuesday’s bloody clashes at the Litoral Penitentiary, located on the outskirts of the coastal city of Guayaquil. In a speech televised Wednesday, Lasso indicated the prison was not yet entirely secured, and urged inmates’ relatives and families to stay away from the area. “I wish I was able right now to say that yes, we have completely secured the…
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Posted in South America Suriname Venezuela

Interpol, bribery claims, Suriname’s ‘Robin Hood’ and the incredible story that has shaken CONCACAF

The nation’s 60-year-old vice-president made a shock cameo against Olimpia, but the scandal comes at a time when the game is on the up in Suriname Introduced in 2016 as a second-tier club competition for North and Central America behind the Champions League, the CONCACAF League rarely makes the headlines outside its competing nations. Last week, though, news of Inter Moengotapoe’s home last-16 clash against Olimpia in Suriname’s capital Paramaribo…
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