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Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Tourists enjoying a sunny Christmas holiday on the Parana River near Rosario experienced a horrible surprise when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked 70 swimmers, including a young child who had part of her finger amputated. The palometas fish, a relative of the piranha, sometimes bites swimmers but an event of this magnitude is extremely [read more]

Venezuela: U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Nov. 22 highlighting security concerns for tourists. In addition to high rates of murder and kidnapping around the country, the State Department reported that there is also a growing rate of cross-border violence, kidnappings, drug trafficking and smuggling along the western border. U.S. government personnel in Venezuela [read more]

Brazil: Tourist Murdered Near Marica

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

A Russian tourist was found murdered near the resort city of Marica Sept. 28, the morning after he headed out to a bar alone. Officials reported that the 17-year-old student was shot at least three times and though his personal items were found with his body, robbery has not been ruled out as a motive. [read more]

Argentina: Airline Strikes Disrupt Domestic, International Flights

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Airline unions confirmed plans to strike Aug. 29 against the pending eviction of LAN Argentina from Buenos Aires’ domestic Aeroparque airport at the end of August. LAN was asked to vacate its maintenance hangar in the Buenos Aires airport because of an ongoing dispute with the government. The eviction would result in the loss of [read more]

Peru: Embassy Revises Travel Warning for Cuzco, Machu Picchu

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Lima has lifted its travel restriction for Cuzco and the region of Machu Picchu after a thorough review of information regarding a potential kidnapping threat to U.S. citizens. The Embassy continues to recommend that its citizens proceed with caution if traveling in or around the Peruvian “VRAEM” Emergency Zone, which includes [read more]

Argentina: National Police Strike Sparks Violence

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

A nationwide police strike spurred waves of looting in at least 17 of the country’s 23 provinces Dec. 8. At least five people were killed in separate incidents, with hundreds more injured. The violence began after demands for higher pay led to a police walkout in Cordoba province. The Cordoba strike was settled after the [read more]

Brazil: Violent Protests in Sao Paulo

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

The shooting death of a teenager by local police Oct. 27 spurred a new surge of violent protests in Sao Paulo. The demonstrations originally targeted increased transit fees announced Oct. 25, but after the shooting, protesters set several buses on fire and temporarily blocked a major highway leading out of the city Oct. 28. Police [read more]

Colombia: Protests Turn Violent

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

A march in support of farmers turned violent in Bogotá Aug. 30, leaving two dead. The demonstrators threw bricks and blocked highways, prompting Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos to deploy 50,000 troops to counter further violence and to keep roadways clear. Nearly 30,000 were involved in the initial action and farmers plan to continue roadside [read more]

Brazil: Rio’s Main Lagoon Overflows With Dead Fish

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Heavy rains and rotting algae depleted the water-oxygen levels in Rio de Janeiro’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, filling the 2016 Olympic rowing venue—and site of countless postcard pictures—with thousands of dead, decomposing fish. During a two-day emergency cleanup process, workers hauled more than 71 tons of dead fish out of the lagoon, which is located [read more]

Brazil: Rio Bus Drivers’ Strike Strands Tens of Thousands

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A 24-hour bus drivers’ strike in Rio de Janeiro stranded tens of thousands of people March 1, and disrupted many businesses and services since employees could not get to work. Commuters spent long hours waiting at bus stops and terminals for the few city buses that were still running—less than 10 percent of the usual [read more]

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