Kenyan snake farm owner battles to secure more anti-venom

Kenya boasts some of the world’s deadliest snakes, key among them green and black mambas and spitting cobras. As in other poor, rural areas of Africa, Latin America and Asia, venomous snakes pose a public health risk that experts, such as Royjan Taylor, Director of the Bio-Ken venomous snake centre, say has been neglected for far too long.

Chile builds Latin America’s first thermosolar plant in Atacama

In northern Chile, the first thermosolar plant in Latin America is springing up in the middle of the Atacama Desert. The plant, with technology which allows it to produce electricity all day long unlike other forms of renewable energy, consists of a 250-meter tower surrounded by thousands of giant mirrors.

‘Roma’ casts spotlight on Latin America’s domestic workers

Just like Cleo, the live-in nanny in Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-nominated film ‘Roma’, millions of women are working in domestic service across Latin America for want of a better opportunity.

Lima Group meeting over Venezuela starts in Peru

Foreign ministers from Latin America and Canada meet in the Peruvian capital on ways to step up pressure on Venezuela’s socialist regime to coincide with the second-term inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro next week. IMAGES

New Brazil leader Bolsonaro targets crime, leftwing ‘ideology’

Just sworn in as president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro salutes troops and the public outside the presidential palace in Brasilia, before declaring a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he takes office for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America’s biggest nation.

New Brazil leader Bolsonaro targets crime, leftwing ‘ideology’

Just sworn in as president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro salutes troops and the public outside the presidential palace in Brasilia, before declaring a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he takes office for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America’s biggest nation.

A roundup of images illustrating 2018’s main stories from LATAM

A look back at some of the most important events and best images from Latin America over 2018. IMAGES

China’s Xi makes historic visit to Panama

China’s President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela sign a string of cooperation agreements as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

China Built A Space Base In Argentina To Explore The Dark Side Of The Moon (HBO)

LAS LAJAS, Neuquen Province, Argentina — In the middle of the Patagonian desert, more than 40 miles from the nearest town, the Chinese have invested $50 billion in a space base they say will be used to send a rocket to the dark side of the moon.

On the base, an enormous white satellite slowly rotates next to living quarters for the Chinese scientists that man the facility, surrounded by fencing topped with barbed wire. Without an invitation, the curious can’t get closer than the gates, about a hundred yards away from the structure.

But the base also serves China’s more earth-bound ambitions, as well: To expand its reach into regions that other world powers — including the United States — have taken for granted.

“China has a general geopolitical strategy, namely the Belt and Road Initiative. This is basically an international geopolitical strategy focused on reaching trade regions, with better opportunities, as well as logistics infrastructure for positioning and importing goods they need as commodities, such as steel and copper. Everything China needs|to have a sustained growth level as well as consumption goods, such as food and soy.,” Pablo Ava, a public policy researcher with the Argentinian Council for International Relations, said in an interview.

The base is just a portion of the tens of billions China has invested in Argentina over the past decade, as part of a broader push to gain a foothold in Latin America. During the recession, at a time when other nations avoided the corruption-plagued country and Argentina was hitting the deadline to pay back billions in government debt, China swooped in with a loan that helped stabilize the Peso. China has since invested in Argentinian infrastructure and energy projects, and increased its trade with the country.

But China also took advantage of Argentina’s economic struggles to negotiate favorable terms on many of those deals. The base came at a steal: China gets access to 494 acres of land, rent and tax-free, for 50 years. The Argentine government gets access to the base just 10 percent of the time.

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