Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

Birdwatchers report sick finches to combat avian flu

Volunteer birdwatchers, dubbed “citizen-scientists,” are helping researchers monitor a novel pathogen in the common house finch which may provide insights into avian influenza...

Jump in Latinas seeking cosmetic surgery

Latinas accounted for 920,000 cosmetic procedures last year in the US, the most of any ethnic minority. Are they trying to become more beautiful, or erase their heritage?

Shortnose sturgeon makes a comeback

More than a century ago, the shortnose sturgeon was fished to near extinction by fishermen who sought it for caviar. But the future of this ancient fish now appears to be looking up...

Daniel Negreanu: A poker legend

He’s one of the all-time poker greats with over $10 million in earnings and two WPT titles to his name, here are some words from the man himself...

Are house prices in the US falling?

Interest rates are going back up, so what will it mean for people who have bought property or are looking to get their first foot on the ladder?

New Orleans: A Mardis Gras Diary

A British student who became a correspondent as New Orleans was ravaged by floods finds Mardis Gras in the jazz capital is on form...

No Energy in American Energy 'Plan'

Dr. Hermann Scheer spoke these prophetic words at the Renewables Expo in Denver, Colorado in August of 2004: “It’s time for a general shift to renewable energies,” Sheer emphasized.

Peruvian ex-leader pledges come-back despite ban

Ex-President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, vows to make a comeback in the country’s elections in April, despite an election tribunal banning him from holding office until 2011...

Michael Jackson cleared on all charges

Entertainer Michel Jackson has been told all charges against him, alleging he had abused a child and given alcohol to minors, have been dropped…

Justice at last for Brazilian drug war hero

The execution of a TV reporter by a drug trafficker sent shockwaves through Brazil. Now, nearly three years on, the killer has been jailed…

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