Gold or water: the dilemma of indigenous people in Ecuador | AFP

Yaku Pérez, an Ecuadorian environmental activist, leads the fight against mining in Quimsacocha, in the Andes of Ecuador, to preserve the area’s water resources.

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Egan Bernal, young Colombian cyclist chasing Tour de France glory | AFP

Unlike most Colombian cyclists, 22-year-old Egan Bernal did not grow up training on roadbikes in the foothills of the Andes. Instead, young Bernal road mountain bikes on wooded trails where he perfected his balance, a training regimen he hopes will set him apart this year in the Tour de France 2019. ATTN CLIENTS: SHOTS 1-15 ARE MUTE

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Why Japanese Melons Are So Expensive | So Expensive

From the Yubari King, to the Andes, the Higo Green Melon and many more. Melons are grown up and down Japan and they’re serious business. In May 2019, two melons from Hokkaido sold at auction for 5 million yen, that’s just over $45,000. So what is it that makes this fruit so expensive?

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Cleanup underway after deadly mudslides in Peru

In the Peruvian town of Aplao, Arequipa, southern Peru, cleanup is underway after a landslide caused by heavy rains with President Martin Vizcarra visiting to inspect the site. At least five people died and dozens of family homes and stores were affected by mudslides in the municipality of Rio Grande, in Arequipa region due to seasonal rains in the Andes.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 12, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Liberia’s motorbike taxis could be fostering ebola’s deadly grip, hundreds of thousands in Spain’s Catalonia region demand independence vote, Mexican authorities find and destroy country’s first known coca plants, and new rules regulate British defense staff’s contact with the media.

Motorcycle Taxis May Be Facilitating Ebola Transmission
World Health Organization warns bikes are rarely disinfected between rides and could spread the virus further.
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Catalans Demonstrate in Support of Independence Vote
A government poll found that more than half in the enclave would vote to secede.

Authorities Destroy Country’s First Ever Coca Plants
Coca is native to South America’s Andes region, but experts say it is a resilient plant and can survive any place climate conditions are right.

New Ministry of Defense Rules Regulate Outside Contact
​Members of armed forces and civilian staff must keep the department informed on all conversations with press, academics, unionists and others.​
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