Americas

Oxfam Faces New Investigation Over Haiti Prostitutes Scandal

LONDON —  Britain’s Charity Commission must conduct a “full and urgent investigation” into Oxfam following an alleged cover-up of its staff hiring prostitutes in Haiti during a 2011 relief effort on the earthquake-hit island, the prime minister’s office said Saturday. “The reports of what is unacceptable behavior by senior aid …

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Social Media Surveillance Unfairly Targeted Muslims

BOSTON —  A social media monitoring tool used by the Boston Police Department to identify potential threats swept up the posts of people using the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter and a lawmaker’s Facebook update about racial inequality, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The …

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While Praising Colombia’s Anti-Drug Efforts, Tillerson said ‘Results are What Matter’

STATE DEPARTMENT —  The United States is rallying countries in the western hemisphere to escalate the fight against a problem that’s detrimental to the region: drug trafficking. While encouraged by the progress made by Colombia in the reduction of coca growth, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cautioned Tuesday that …

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Cuban Independent Media Say No Thanks to Trump Free Press Initiative

HAVANA —  Leading Cuban independent media said they want nothing to do with a Trump administration initiative to foster more such outlets on the communist-run isle, contending it interferes in Cuba’s politics and creates the impression they are U.S. mouthpieces. The U.S. State Department last month announced the creation of …

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Make Latin America’s Farmers More Tech-Savvy to Stop Urban Drift 

TEPIC, MEXICO —  Latin American agriculture needs to become more technologically savvy and be rebranded as a source of jobs, in a bid to improve the lives of small-scale farmers and stop the drift toward cities, a senior agricultural official said. Combining smart technology with ancient methods may also help …

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Conservative Candidate Holds the Lead in Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

An anti-gay marriage candidate holds the lead in Costa Rica’s presidential election, but he is falling short of the threshold to avoid the runoff. With about 70 percent of the ballots counted, Christian singer and television anchor Fabricio Alvarado of the right-wing National Restoration Party had received 25 percent of …

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Luxe Event Aims to Change Haiti’s Image Through Fashion

WASHINGTON/PETIONVILLE —  Dozens of designers from Haiti and around the world showcased their spring-summer collections against a lush tropical background during the recent Haiti Fashion Week. The January 28-31 event in Petionville focused on the theme “Innovation” and “haute couture” this year. Event founder Maguy Durce said her main goal …

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