Today in Latin America
Top Story – Peru’s oceanographic agency says that it will investigate a mass die-off of pelicans in a zone where 900 dead dolphins were recently discovered washed up on the northern Peruvian coast. Fisherman in Puerto Eten, Peru said that they have discovered approximately 1,200 dead birds washed up on the beach along 105 miles of coast, while Peru’s Institute of the Sea said it had also discovered about 600 dead birds. The regional chief of the Institute of the Sea said that a similar die-off occurred in 1997 and was blamed on the El Niño, a meteorological effect in which ocean surface temperatures are unusually warm and impact global weather patterns.
Read more from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Mexican journalist Regina Martínez, a reporter who covered the drug war for Mexican news magazine El Proceso, was found dead in her home Saturday. Evidence suggests she was murdered.
- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim could be fined $1 billion when regulators decide Monday whether he charged too much for competitors to connect to Telcel’s network.
- Three people are dead and one remains missing after a yacht crashed at high speed into a larger vessel of the Mexican coast.
- Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodriguez hosted a videoconference with Cuban exiles in Washington D.C. to discuss expected migration reforms and normalizing relations with the Cuban diaspora.
- A letter written by William Morgan, a U.S. citizen executed by Fidel Castro’s government in 1961, was delivered to his widow 51 years later.
- The planned construction of a number of high rise hotels in or surrounding Port-au-Prince add up to over $100 million in new investment in Haiti.
- Former U.S. Marine Brian Brimager was named as a person of interest by Panamanian police in the disappearance of a 42 year-old California woman last seen in Bocas del Toro.
- Several hundred people demonstrated outside Chelles restaurant in San José, Costa Rica after employees of the 102 year-old restaurant threw out a lesbian couple for kissing.
- Four men were killed and French journalist Romeo Langlois remains missing after a confrontation between FARC rebels and the members of Colombia’s security forces Saturday in Caqueta province.
- Sex workers in El Alto, Bolivia have gone on a hunger strike to protest the closure of public hospitals for more than a month due to a doctors’ strike.
- 100 Brazilian oil well workers were forced to evacuate an oil platform in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay after the platform began to visibly tilt.
- Chilean scientists published a letter in Nature magazine asking for additional funding for scientific research in Chile to give higher priority to national investment in science an technology.
- An Argentine teenager who entered the U.S. at age three opted to remain in New Jersey with an aunt after her mother was deported back to Argentina on Sunday.
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