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By Emily Cooke Worldwide, more than 80 million people live at least 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level, mainly in South America, Central Asia and East Africa. Some of the highest permanent settlements include Wenquan in China’s Qinghai province, at a staggering 15,980 feet (4,870 m) above sea level, and Korzok in India, around 15,000 feet (4,572 m) above...
Lunes, 27/5/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De El Mercurio del domingo, 26/5 (2 articles): Exposición en el CIDAP (Exhibition at CIDAP) – The Salón Ardis de Artesanía Contemporánea at CIDAP will be open until el 11 de junio. Hours are from 8-17:00 from lunes a viernes, and from 8-16:30 los sábados. Free. Taller de...
By Bianca Bujan From the adrenaline rush of snorkeling nose-to-nose with white-tipped reef sharks to the wonder of watching up-close as blue-footed boobies perform mating dances on the sand, visitors can experience firsthand how locals coexist in harmony with the creatures of the Galápagos Islands – home to the rarest and most diverse species found...
Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes seven gender identities, including transgenderism, as “mental illnesses.” Protesters also gathered outside the Peruvian Embassy in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Ecuador’s government recognized gender diversity in 2019. The demonstrations coincided with the...
By Maria Abi-Habib First the cartel cut its teeth with drug trafficking. Then avocados, real estate and construction companies. Now, a Mexican criminal group known for its brutality is moving in on seniors and their timeshares. The operation is relatively simple. Cartel employees posing as sales representatives call up timeshare owners, offering to buy their...
Hours before they were scheduled to begin, Energy Minister Roberto Luque said electric blackouts in six provinces are suspended. The National Electricity Corporation (CNEL) announced Saturday that power cuts would be carried out in six provinces to conduct “scheduled work to electrical infrastructure.” “The suspensions announced for tomorrow (Monday) by CNEL have not been fully...
The National Police are stepping up efforts to catch thieves and con artists who prey on tourists and expats in Cuenca’s historic district. To be successful, however, they say they need help from those who have victimized. “We need foreigners to be vigilant for the common scams used by the thieves and to protect their...
By Jacob G. Hornberger In the final debate between Mexico’s two leading presidential candidates, Claudia Sheinbaum and Xochitl Galvez, before the June 2 election, both candidates vied with each other as to which one would be a stronger drug warrior. Both of them vowed to smash the violent drug cartels that dominate Mexican society. It...
By Bruce Lee The continuing spread of anti-science sentiment and misinformation and disinformation about science has become a very dark matter, so to speak. So it would make sense to hear what astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson has to say about it. After all, Tyson has been in the science communications space...
In the annual Report to the Nation, President Daniel Noboa claimed Friday that his government has made “great gains in restoring institutionality of the country.” He praised the work of the National Police and armed forces in the fight against criminal gangs, saying they “are the true heroes of Ecuador.” For the first time in...
Viernes, 24/5/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Agenda de actividades para el fin de semana (Weekend activities agenda) – You can enjoy live music in the ex- Escuela Central el sábado, 25/5 a las 18:00. It will be part of the launch for the ‘Ecos Aborígenes: sonidos de Cuenca y del viento’ project (Aboriginal Echoes:...
By Kat Barandy Along the volcanic crater of Quilotoa Lagoon in Ecuador, the indigenous town of Shalalá is working to promote sustainable tourism. Here, nature is celebrated, a philosophy shown through the community’s commitment to living in symbiosis with the environment — this extends to its architectural endeavors. A new project for the town, known...

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By Maria Abi-Habib First the cartel cut its teeth with drug trafficking. Then avocados, real estate and construction companies. Now,...
The National Police are stepping up efforts to catch thieves and con artists who prey on tourists and expats in...
By Bruce Lee The continuing spread of anti-science sentiment and misinformation and disinformation about science has become a very dark...
By Jim Smith Upon entering Solano Bistro, I was greeted warmly by Debby Degamo, the owner who immediately made me...

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By Cecilia Nowell Candy lines every inch of the mercado de dulces in Mexico City’s historic center. Tantalizing strawberry-flavored chocolates and Tajín-covered mango gummies...
By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Staff We are all aware of the dangers of pollution to our air, water, and Earth. In...

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By Jacob G. Hornberger In the final debate between Mexico’s two leading presidential candidates, Claudia Sheinbaum and Xochitl Galvez, before...
By Juan Gabriel Tokatlian The anti-Soviet and anti-communist hysteria that typified the Cold War period is to a certain extent...
By Katie Surma Natalia Greene ducks her head underneath the fronds of a giant fern. It is pitch black in the...

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