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How Mexico’s cartel crackdown smashed its iron industry
A government offensive against the Knights Templar cartel has had the side effect of leaving thousands of miners out of work.
How Europe's counter-Putin policy could go terribly pear-shaped
After the little green men, Putin's new weapons against the West: little yellow fruit.
With its green cred under fire, Peru is hosting UN climate talks
The South American country warmed up for the mega-conference in Lima to negotiate a new Earth-saving climate treaty by rolling back its own environmental safeguards.
Costa Rica deports a German caught smuggling over 400 frogs and reptiles in takeout containers
The (mostly) living bounty included 184 frogs, 42 lizards, nine snakes and 203 tadpoles in plastic to-go containers headed for Europe.
Venezuela’s president is bullying a Harvard professor
Nicolas Maduro is fuming over a Kennedy School economist’s suggestion that his policies favor Wall Street over his own country.
#IndyRef: ‘Scotland will never, ever be the same’
Scotland finally has its chance to seize independence. Will it take it? Nobody here feckin knows.
Scotland’s other big vote: Letting women into one of pro golf’s oldest boys’ clubs
The storied Royal & Ancient Golf Club voted Thursday to accept women into their ranks. But the decision's about money, not equality.
Why deflation is so terrifying for Europe
Fear of a downward price spiral is reviving the specter of Europe's dark times.
Brazil's environmentalist presidential candidate is now courting big agriculture
Longtime green activist Marina Silva has even come out in favor of genetically modified crops, sending a message that conservation and agribusiness can thrive together.
Oddly enough, Moscow is becoming ‘European’
Even with that whole ‘new Cold War’ thing, the former Soviet capital is undergoing a European-style facelift.
5 interesting things we learned from the man in charge of Uruguay’s weed
Interview: Drug czar Julio Calzada tries to set the record straight on the little South American country's bold but mysterious marijuana experiment.
This is how companies should commemorate the anniversary of 9/11
Don’t do it.
In South Korea, real business gets done in brothels and karaoke joints
Now, the country’s tax office is cracking down on this sleazy billion-dollar corporate write-off.
These charts show you just how bad Ebola has gotten in West Africa
The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has so far killed more than 4,500 people.
Will Indonesia’s new president end one of Asia’s oldest conflicts?
Jokowi has promised a softer approach, but the country’s powerful generals may have other ideas.
France is a mess, and Europe is worried
If economic troubles overwhelm Hollande's government and buoy the far right, the whole euro zone could feel the impact.
Mexico's Peña Nieto hopes for a galactic legacy with this Norman Foster airport
Plans for a six-runway airport with a space-age design could leave Mexico’s president with a major legacy — or a major headache.
Global warming is so much worse than we thought. Here's the chart that proves it
This is the one chart that you need to show to your climate denying friends.
Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in Peru
And they may be boosting their cocaine trade with Europe in the process.
These new Indian apps target bribery, child trafficking and male creepiness
Can crowdourcing solve the country's most entrenched social ills?
A spate of high profile violence torments China
The grisly incidents shatter the illusion of security promoted by the official press.
Spain is Africa's animal-trafficking gateway to Europe
One of the largest global illegal trades is 'less risky than smuggling drugs or women.'
In Europe’s oil capital, a tale of two cities
As Scotland prepares to vote on leaving the UK, some argue that independence is the best way to address growing inequality.
Watch this badass mongoose fight off 4 hungry lions in a Kenyan national park
Mongoose is seriously not having this right now.
Vietnam jails bloggers so much it rivals China ...
… and yet they keep speaking out.
Outraged by rape and inequality, Indian women seek justice through entrepreneurship
Women-led startups are on the rise, but getting a loan means posting a man’s assets as collateral.
60 Seconds on Earth: The butchers of Timbuktu (VIDEO)
Drought in Mali means meat sellers have to kill animals before they die.
Brazil’s newfound recession: 4 numbers that explain what’s happening
Families are doing fine, but industries aren't. What will that mean for the country's political future?
Tourists are pouring back to Mexican beaches after a security image facelift
Mexico is receiving record foreign visitors. It must be safe again, right?
Do Zara's Holocaust PJs mean what we think they mean?
Here's how Brazil's new presidential candidate could help save the planet
Marina Silva has a chance at becoming the first environmentalist to lead a major world economy. Here is what that might look like.