Oct 21, 2020

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Authorities at Jujuy national park call for probe as fire ravages protected area

Sugar giant Ledesma is facing a legal challenge over fires which have ravaged a protected area in Jujuy Province.  Authorities at the Calilegua National Park have filed a writ seeking an investigation into the causes of a fire thought to have started on neighbouring land owned by the Blaquier family firm. The company says it is cooperating with efforts to tackle the blaze. So far fires near Route 34 north of Libertador San Martín in Jujuy Province have burnt a total of 11,184 hectares, including 3,220 hectares of national park, home to jaguars, capuchin monkeys and more than 370 species of birds. The first broke out more than […]Read full article >
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US Justice Dept files landmark antitrust case against Google

The United States Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising — the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. And it could just be an opening salvo. Other major tech companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook are under investigation at both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. “Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth,” US Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters. “It has maintained its monopoly power […]Read full article >
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Exposed: US pundit latest to fall foul of nude Zoom mishap

A top US commentator and author who exposed himself on a Zoom call isn’t the first case of unwitting nudity while video conferencing, but is arguably the most shocking. Jeffrey Toobin, 60, apologised on Monday after he was suspended by the New Yorker magazine for showing his penis during a conference call with colleagues about the upcoming presidential election. Toobin – a legal analyst for CNN – was seen masturbating, according to unnamed sources on the call spoken to by Vice News, which broke the story of last week’s incident. It happened during an election simulation between New Yorker staff and WNYC […]Read full article >
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Two Uruguayan ex-presidents quit politics on same day

Two former Uruguayan presidents – including the country’s much-loved ex-leader José Mujica – resigned from frontline politics on Tuesday. Mujica, 85 — a former left-wing guerrilla — said the coronavirus pandemic was behind his decision as he suffers from a weakened immune system. Julio María Sanguinetti, who was Uruguay’s first president following the end of the dictatorship, said his decision was taken before last year’s election. Mujica became a cult figure during his 2010-15 presidency for giving away most of his salary and an austere lifestyle that included driving […]Read full article >
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Murders surge in Brazil despite pandemic

The number of murders and other violent deaths in Brazil increased 7.1 percent in the first half of the year, despite lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a report said Monday. “There were 25,712 violent deaths in the first half of 2020, equivalent to one person murdered every 10 minutes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the stay-at-home measures implemented during this period,” said the report from the Brazilian Public Security Forum. “The figures broke a downward trend in violent crime that began in 2018,” it said in its annual report on public security in the South American country, which has […]Read full article >
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Riots escalate in Chile as crunch referendum draws closer

President Sebastián Piñera on Monday strongly condemned the burning of two churches and other violence that marred anti-government demonstrations as Chile prepares to hold a landmark constitutional referendum. Police said they had arrested nearly 600 people as a peaceful demonstration on Sunday to mark the anniversary of social protests descended into rioting and looting, including the burning of two Catholic churches in Santiago. Piñera said tens of thousands of people had demonstrated peacefully, blaming “a minority of criminals who unleashed a wave of violence, looting and vandalism, including the burning of two […]Read full article >