Ricardo Arias

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The Racket In Brazil: Gangs Are Blowing Up Banks For Cash

Not long ago, a sudden boom echoed across the rooftops of southern Rio de Janeiro, bouncing off the granite hills and jolting people out of their slumbers in the wee small hours.<p>It came from a relatively tranquil neighborhood, and it was loud enough to be heard more than a mile away, within the …

Brazil

Turning tides: Chinese cash flows into Latin America

In January 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a lofty declaration: China would trade $500 billion in goods with Latin America over the next five …

China

Philippine leader changes his tune with praise for U.S. 'allies'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced rare praise for the United States on Thursday, calling it an important security ally, and dismissing historic grievances and his slew of past tirades against Washington as “water under the bridge”.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte …

Asia

Here's why so many nations want to control the South China Sea — and what China wants to do

Philippine army suspends offensive in war-torn city for end of Ramadan

The Philippine military has held a ceasefire in its fight against Islamists in Marawi to allow Muslims to celebrate Eid. But gunfire is reported to …

Middle East

Bloodied and broken: Rising toll of Philippines' war with ISIS

<b>Iligan, Philippines (CNN) —</b> During the rainy season on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, storms are foreshadowed by flashes of lightning in the distance, visible above the treetops.<p>When the rain finally comes, it is a vicious, torrential downpour, which ends as abruptly as it …

Islam

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer says he has built warm ties with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.<p>Temer, speaking in an interview with Tass news agency that was also broadcast by Russian state television Thursday, said he has "developed friendly personal ties" with the Russian …

Russia

Norway Has Threatened to Cut Funds to Brazil Unless Deforestation Slows

Brazil stands to lose out on some financial assistance from Norway if it does not reverse a rise in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.<p>Oslo has …

Brazil

Brazil emerges from recession

Brazil’s economy has emerged from its worst recession on record.<p>The fastest growth rate in nearly four years was announced by the national statistics agency IBGE, with GDP growing 1.0 percent in the first quarter.<p>But Latin America’s largest economy is not out of the woods yet. It had previously …

Brazil seizes 60 assault rifles hidden in pool heaters

<b>Police in Brazil have seized 60 assault rifles that had been smuggled from the US city of Miami in a shipment of swimming pool heaters.</b><p>The weapons, which included 45 AK-47 guns, were found at the cargo terminal at Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International Airport.<p>Four people have been arrested, police …

Brazil

Philippines: Troops killed militant blamed for beheadings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops battling militants in a central province killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage and was apparently attempting another kidnapping mission, the military chief said Wednesday.<p>Military …

Extremism

The Latest: Clashes with Abu Sayyaf raise tourism concerns

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on clashes between Philippine forces and suspected militants (all times local):<p>3:30 p.m.<p>Clashes between Philippine troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have raised concerns about tourism in the central province where the fighting is occurring.<p>Jaypee …

Extremism

Newly declassified films show US nuclear tests

The US government recently declassified films showing some of the 210 atmospheric nuclear tests it conducted between 1945 and 1962.

Turner Broadcasting

Duterte's Philippines Is Getting More Corrupt

President Rodrigo Duterte’s death squads didn’t kill corruption in the Philippines last year. But they killed freedom and democracy, and will kill the country’s economic growth and equity market.<p>The Philippines dropped six notches in the 2016 Corruption Index country ranking published recently by …

Asia

Brazil's 'Car Wash' prosecutor says corruption probe to grow

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — The lead federal prosecutor in a massive corruption investigation roiling Brazil says that recent developments could double the size of the case, a staggering possibility given that the probe has ensnared many of the country's elite, threatens to bring down President Michel …

Brazil

7 Apps to Download to Learn a New Hobby

Starting a new hobby often requires time and money—but if you don’t have much of either, you can skip the expensive in-person classes or tutorials, …

14 Cool Miami Hotels That Are The Hottest In Town

Known for their iconic designs and elaborate parties, the cool Miami hotels offer visitors an experience like no other. By packing up the flip flops …

Military police gain precarious control after Brazil prison chaos

Security forces have managed to separate rival drug gangs at Alacuz prison near Natal. The facility has seen a week of violent rioting that has …

Brazil

Scaling OpenStreetMap with Wikidata knowledge

We’re helping to bring two of the largest open data projects closer together - OpenStreetMap and Wikidata. Wikidata is the free knowledge base that …

OpenStreetMap

Free World Map for PowerPoint

Free editable (vector) world map with outline continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia) for your PowerPoint …

Five GIS Trends Changing the World according to Jack Dangermond, President of Esri

Maps are a simple and efficient way to understand and communicate rapidly. Looking at a spreadsheet, we see rows and columns of data. Using charts …

What is Location Intelligence?

According to Forbes, 80% of the data in a given organization has a location component. Layered on a map this data can be analysed visually. This is …

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line Review

<i>A propaganda poster published in Germany in 1919</i><p>If you’re in London at some point before 1 March 2017, you need to head over to the British Library …

A discovery about the movement of tectonic plates will have scientists rewriting textbooks

Plate tectonics is the widely accepted theory that the Earth's crust is divided into several sections that float around on the mantle — the mostly solid layer between the core and the crust. But how they move around has been a subject of much debate among scientists since the theory was first …

Earth Science

Why Brazil’s Greatest Writer Stopped Writing

In 1984, at the height of his literary fame, Raduan Nassar announced his retirement, to become a farmer.<p>In 1973, the Brazilian writer Raduan Nassar quit his job. After six years as editor-in-chief at the <i>Jornal do Bairro</i>, an influential left-wing newspaper that opposed Brazil’s military regime, he …

Literature

Scientists reveal the 17 biggest relationship deal breakers for men and women

Typically, research has delved into what men and women consider deal <i>makers</i> in relationships—the traits they find most desirable in a partner—rather …

Brazil's downturn fails to put off foreign investors

<b>Optimism over the Brazilian economy has been in short supply recently, so when someone bucks that trend it tends to attract attention.</b><p>The reasons for gloom are obvious - market analysts expect the country to grow less than 0.3% this year and many critics accuse President Dilma Rousseff of …

Dilma Rousseff

4 Big Data Courses That Will Turn You Into a Numbers Ninja

Slice and dice numbers like a pro.<p>The age of big data is here, and the world's most reputable companies are clamoring for competent data scientists to steer their long term strategy. Answer their call (and reap the financial benefits) with these four indispensable course bundles—all over 90% off …