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How Mexicans help satisfy British demand for blood plasma

A growing source of the UKs blood plasma is from Mexicans crossing the border into the US and donating at high frequencies, which some experts fear could risk their health The first time I went, I wanted to cry, said Luca, a mother of three, describing how her economic situation would compel her to do the journey from her home in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Jurez to line up outside a blood plasma donation center in El Paso, Texas. There are more than 800 such facilities in the…

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Scientists in Canada discover that an ancient continent was larger than we thought

(CNN)Geologists in Canada have found that an ancient continent was 10% larger than previously estimated after analyzing rock samples dug up during diamond exploration work. Maya Kopylova, a geologist at UBC and the lead author of the research, said in a statement: “The mineral composition of other portions of the North Atlantic craton is so unique there was no mistaking it.” She added that neighboring ancient cratons in Northern Canada showed different mineralogies and that her team’s discovery was “like finding a missing piece of a puzzle.” The samples of…

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Utah cuts healthcare costs by flying employees to Mexico for prescriptions

Utahs plan lets people collect medications at a fraction of the US cost, while other states are looking to import drugs from Canada A health insurer in Utah is seeking to reduce prescription drug costs by flying state employees to Mexico, where they can collect medications at a fraction of the US cost. The year-old programme involves about 10 state employees. The cost savings are so large that the insurance program can pay for each patients flight, give them a $500-per-trip bonus and still save tens of thousands of dollars.…

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Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala A large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. Oh well, shrugs Vivian Suter. Theyre part of the work now. I dont think anyone will mind. I realise Bonzo one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home has just put the finishing touches to an artwork…

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US begins sending asylum seekers in Arizona back to Mexico

In expansion of Remain in Mexico program, authorities are moving some migrants to Nogales, Mexico, 350 miles from court hearings The US government has started sending asylum seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Ciudad Jurez. Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that one of several Trump administration policies that have all but ended asylum in the U Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/02/us-asylum-seekers-mexico-arizona-remain

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Legendary Canadian bartender’s dying wish was for toes to garnish cocktails

Captain Dick Stevenson requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the sour toe whiskey cocktail he invented The final wish of a Canadian man that all of his toes be donated to be used in a a spate of toe thefts. The hotel now slaps a fine of C$2,500 ($1,900) on any patron attempting to swipe a toe. The hotel currently has six toes, including three Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/sour-toe-cocktail-canadian-bartender-captain-dick-dying-wish

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What the coup against Evo Morales means to indigenous people like me | Nick Estes

The indigenous-socialist project accomplished what neoliberalism has repeatedly failed to do: redistribute wealth to societys poorest sectors Evo Morales is more than Bolivias first indigenous president he is our president, too. The rise of a humble Aymara coca farmer to the nations highest office in 2006 marked the arrival of indigenous people as vanguards of history. Within the social movements that brought him to power emerged indigenous visions of socialism and the values of Pachamama (the Andean Earth Mother). Evo represents five centuries of indigenous deprivation and struggle in the…

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Brazil’s former president Lula walks free from prison after supreme court ruling

Workers party leader had been held for 580 days for corruption but court rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhausted Brazils former president said. Brazil did not improve, Brazil got worse. The people are going hungry. The people are unemployed. The people do not have formal jobs. People are working for Uber theyre riding bikes to deliver pizzas. Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 after a after all appeals to higher courts had been exhausted, paving the way for Lula and another 5,000 prisoners to be freed. The decision followed revelations…

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Chilean police officer arrested after shooting students at protest

Other officers have been accused of a beating and sexual abuse as unrest enters third week, with 2,000 injured A Chilean police major who shot two students during a school protest has been arrested as a wave of political unrest enters a third week and the number of injured in street violence topped 2,000. Maj Humberto Tapia was arrested by detectives on Thursday and charged with illegally discharging his shotgun inside a public school that had been occupied by students on Tuesday. A call by the beleaguered principal led to…

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US effort to curb fentanyl behind brief arrest of El Chapos son, says minister

Ovidio Guzmn was wanted on allegations of smuggling drug as Sinaloa cartel appears to have moved into production of fentanyl US efforts to curb the opioid fentanyl were behind the brief arrest of a son of imprisoned kingpin reed by outnumbered officials who feared a bloody confrontation with cartel henchmen. Mexicos security minister, Alfonso Durazo, said Guzmn was wanted on allegations of smuggling fentanyl, the potent fentanyl production and smuggling across the US-Mexico border. The Sinaloa cartel is probably one of Mexicos top fentanyl traffickers to the US, according to…

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive…

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Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Diplomats had reported falling ill after what was thought to be acoustic attack Brain scans of US embassy staff who became ill in mysterious circumstances while serving in Cuba have found potential abnormalities that may be related to their symptoms. The scans taken from 40 US government workers who suffered strange concussion-like symptoms during their deployment to Havana revealed that particular brain features looked different to those in healthy volunteers. Images of the diplomats brains found that on average they had lower volumes of white matter, the tissue made from…

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Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, when it was embargoed by Brazils government environment agency Ibama…

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One year on from pivotal win for Mexico’s left, Amlo is still campaigning

Lpez Obrador remains broadly popular, likely due to success at upending a political system most voters perceived as riddled with corruption His government has just Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has long showed a crushing lack of interest in foreign affairs. So instead of hobnobbing with other G20 leaders in Japan, the president known popularly as Amlo was in Mexico City, preparing to address thousands of supporters in the citys central square on Monday. During last years election campaign, Lpez Obrador drew comparisons with Donald Trump for his appeal to ordinary…

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