Smoke from the Australian fires arrives in Chile and Argentina | AFP

Smoke from the Austrialian fires was seen in Chile and Argentina with a faint cloud that traveled more than 12,000 kilometers to the heights of South America, without generating harmful effects on the health of its inhabitants, says the Meteorological Directorate in Santiago.

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Changing Mercosur bloc meets in Brazil after US tariffs blow | AFP

South America’s four-nation trade bloc Mercosur begins a summit meeting in Brazil reeling from US steel and aluminum tariffs and a spat between its two biggest members, Brazil and Argentina. IMAGES

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Today in History for November 18th

Highlights of this day in history: Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of followers die in mass murder-suicide in South America; Massachusetts high court rules gay couples can marry; Disney’s ‘Steamboat Willie’ premieres in New York. (Nov. 18)

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The Amazon Reef – unchartered territory already under threat | AFP

Off the coast of Guiana, a French overseas department perched on the north coast of South America, Greenpeace’s research ship Esperanza has been exploring the Amazon Reef, which was only discovered in 2016 despite being one of the largest in the world. A team of French scientists and experts from Greenpeace are on board, working in this unchartered region to identify the diverse marine life thriving on the reef as well as making a case for keeping the area off-limits to fossil fuel foragers. AFPTV accompanied the team as they carried out their work.

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Scorpion Hunt!

Associated Press News Director Peter Prengaman, newly relocated from South America to Phoenix, grabs his flashlight, black light and salad tongs — and indulges a longtime fascination with scorpions on a hunt in an Arizona state park.

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Africans flee to South America on journey to US

Hundreds of Africans are joining Central American migrants on the long, dangerous journey for seeking asylum in the US. One family shares their experience after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo through South America. (July 16)

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Chile prepares for a spectacular total solar eclipse | AFP

Day will briefly turn to night over large parts of Chile and Argentina as a total eclipse of the Sun plunges a vast swath of the southern Pacific and the cone of South America into darkness.

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Why The US Border Facilities Are ‘Concentration Camps,’ According To History

There is a system of detention centers at our southern border, housing thousands of asylum seekers from Central and South America. When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called these facilities “concentration camps”, she sparked outrage and a huge debate.

People on the both sides of the political aisle spoke out against her comments, arguing that under no circumstances should we invoke the memory of the Holocaust to describe what’s happening at our border. However, historians argue that there’s value in describing the detention centers as such. So, what is the definition of a “concentration camp” and is it accurate to use the term in reference to the situation at our border?

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, June 16th: Pompeo pushing for diplomacy with Iran; Tens of millions in the dark in South America; Hong Kong’s chief executive apologizes; OJ Simpson gets on Twitter.

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Blackout affects tens of millions in South America

A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries’ interconnected power grid. (June 16)

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Uruguay plunges into darkness as electricity fails in various parts of South America | AFP

Residents in Montevideo wake up to no electricity after a massive electricity cut leaves Argentina, Uruguay and some parts of neighbouring countries in the dark, according to Uruguayan and Argentine electricity companies. IMAGES

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Scientists find new type of killer whale off Chile

Scientists have found a new type of killer whale in the waters off South America. The type D or subantarctic killer whale has a more rounded head, a narrow dorsal fin and a small white eye patch. (March 6)

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Venezuelans across South America protest against Maduro

Venezuelans living in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Ecuador gather to protest against Nicolas Maduro’s government and to cheer opposition politician Juan Guaido after he proclaimed himself interim leader amid a deepening political drama.

Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

(21 Jan 2019) On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create an eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. It was also the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter. (Jan. 21)

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Paraguay to inaugurate first “green route” of South America

Paraguay will inaugurate in January the first “green route” of South America, providing electric vehicles with fast charging stations, along 1,000 kilometers of roads linking the country’s main cities: Asuncion, Ciudad del Este (border with Brazil) and Encarnacion (border with Argentina).

Why Young People Helped Elect A Far-Right Authoritarian In Brazil (HBO)

On Sunday, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, putting an ultra-right wing authoritarian in charge of the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

His campaign was fueled by a growing movement of right-wing youth, who promoted him relentlessly on WhatsApp and other social media. They grew up under the center-left government of the Worker’s Party, which ruled Brazil from 2003 until 2016, until it effectively collapsed under the weight of economic crisis and political scandal — all of which was successfully exploited by the right.

That means they’re are also too young to remember the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985. Supporting military rule has been the centerpiece of Bolsonaro’s three-decade career in politics, and his young supporters subscribe to his version of history.

“I was born in 1997, so I didn’t live through it,” said Juan Gabriel Rodrigues Silva, a student and activist in Nova Iguaçu, a city north of Rio de Janeiro. “But when you ask normal people who lived their lives and worked, and weren’t out doing bullshit on the streets, all those people say it was the best period of their lives.”

Brazil’s military regime, with help from the United States, made a systematic effort to exterminate the left. It tightly censored the press and the arts, and it tortured, murdered, and exiled thousands. It also helped install and manage even bloodier dictatorships in Chile, Uruguay, and elsewhere in South America. Bolsonaro’s words echo the military regime to this day: One week before the election, he delivered a speech promising a “cleansing” of the left.

“I’m afraid. It makes me very apprehensive that the population doesn’t know it’s history,” said Lucio Bellentani, an autoworker who was arrested in 1972 for belonging to a union at a Volkswagen plant in São Paulo. Bellentani was imprisoned for two years and tortured repeatedly with electric shocks and beatings.

“I think this is worse than the coup in ’64,” Bellentani said. “Why? Because they are taking power through democratic means. They’re using the system they never wanted — using the instruments we fought for — to gain power.”

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Divided Brazilians react to Bolsonaro election win

Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro share their thoughts the day after the election of far right congressman Jair Bolsonaro as leader of South America’s biggest country; some welcome the much needed “change,” whilst others share their “sadness” over with the victory of the former army captain.

‘US disregarded Latin America, so it looked to China for partners’ – Colombian lawyer

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Pope Francis meets with Chile’s Bachelet

Pope Francis was welcomed by Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet at the Santiago International Airport Monday, after arriving for a 7-day visit to Chile and Peru, his sixth to South America since becoming the pontiff. IMAGES. //COMPLETES VID1128630_EN//