Mexico: ‘worst governor in history’ sentenced to nine years for corruption

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Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal association and money laundering A former Mexican state governor has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal association and money laundering, after presiding over an administration whose thuggery and excesses outraged the public and eventually proved too embarrassing for his political allies. Javier Duarte, […]

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Colombias ayahuasca ceremonies in spotlight after tourist’s drug death

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Western backpackers travelling in increasing numbers into the jungle to take traditional drug administered by shamans A group of backpackers have gathered around the bar in a hostel in Bogot to discuss their next adventure. Some are heading to the Caribbean coast to soak up the sun. Others are drawn to the idyllic villages in […]

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Amazon Removes Nazi-Themed Items After Complaints

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(AP) — Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups. An Amazon executive said the company blocked the accounts of some retailers and might suspend them. Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota complained to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last month. The company's […]

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Zika epidemic sheds light on Brazil’s ‘invisible children’

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Exclusive: families of thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders may get help for first time Brazils invisible children, the thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders, have been brought out of the shadows by the Zika virus epidemic and their families may get help for the first time. Almost 4,000 babies were born in […]

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When It Comes to Tipping, Millennials Are Cheapest

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U.S. millennials are quick to whip out their wallets for pricey avocado toast and craft beer. But when it comes to rewarding the waiters and bartenders who serve them, those wallets often stay closed. Ten percent of millennials don’t tip at all when dining out compared with only three percent among the older generations, according to a […]

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Years Top-Selling Singer Isnt Kanye — Its Jackman

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Halfway through a year filled with new work from some of the most popular artists alive, the best-selling album is the soundtrack to a movie musical with Hugh Jackman that never led the box office. “The Greatest Showman’’ has sold almost 4 million copies for Atlantic Records, outpacing works from Kanye West, Taylor Swift and […]

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Separation at the border: children wait in cages at south Texas warehouse

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US Border Patrol allows reporters to visit but does not allow pictures or interviews at holding facility housing children as young as four Inside an old warehouse in south Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about […]

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All eyes on Canada as first G7 nation prepares to make marijuana legal

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From crime to health to business, Canadas decision to legalize marijuana is a grand progressive experiment that promises to answer a host of questions When Canopy Growth opened its first cannabis factory in an old chocolate plant near Ottawa four years ago, it did so predicting a bright future. Canada had already legalized medical marijuana, […]

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The Defeat of Reason and Muellers `Person A

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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Seattle’s Best coffee, grab a seat by the pool and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: Inside the chaos of Donald Trump’s trade wars (Stat) Merkel on EU reform: a decryption (Boston Review) Charles Kushner, unfiltered: The Kushner Cos. boss gets candid about 666 Fifth, federal investigations, tenant-harassment allegations and […]

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