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Puerto Rico Prepares for Luxury Shopping Amid Recession

Puerto Rico Luxury Shopping

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  • A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday. (USGS)

    Chile Earthquake Today: 6.2 Temblor Hits Off Coast of Talcahuano

    A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday. The quake hit near Talcahuano, Tome, and Penco. It also had a depth... Read more

  • Venezuela Smuggling Boom

    Despite Crackdown, With Smuggling in Venezuela, Anything Goes

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela—In a warehouse at the edge of this city near Venezuela’s western border, the load of valuable contraband sits in boxes ready to... Read more

  • Commuters walk past graffiti that reads in Spanish: "Be strong Cristina," referring to Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Fernandez has denied his allegations that she and top government officials orchestrated a secret deal with Iran to shield Iranian officials allegedly responsible for the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital. However, her administration has struggled to confront the growing political crisis. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Argentina Opposition Urges Caution in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Several opposition lawmakers in Argentina have written a letter urging countries negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program to consider two terrorist attacks... Read more

  • In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, an opium grower shows how he "milks" a poppy flower bulb to obtain opium paste in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico. Violence continues in Iguala because the town's most lucrative business still thrives: the opium trade. The city sits halfway between Mexico City and Acapulco in the state of Guerrero, surrounded by steep mountains where farmers milk fields of poppies for opium paste. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    Mexico Army Seizes Quarter-Ton of Opium Paste

    MEXICO CITY—The Mexican army says soldiers have seized 229 kilograms (505 pounds) of opium paste hidden in buried containers in the mountains of southern Guerrero... Read more

  • In this April 8, 2011 photo, Bishop Juan Barros arrives to the Episcopal Conference of Chile in El Quisco, Chile. (AP Photo/La Tercera)

    Pope’s Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile—Juan Carlos Cruz recalls that he and another teen boy would lie down on the priest’s bed, one resting his head at the man’s... Read more

  • Fire rages in the forest around Valparaiso, in Chile, on March 13, 2015 as the fire threatens to reach the city's port. Authorities have declared a red alert in the area.   AFP PHOTO / FRANCESCO DEGASPERI        (Photo credit should read FRANCESCO DEGASPERI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Massive Forest Fire is Raging Near Picturesque Chilean City. See Photos Here

    Chilean firefighters reportedly contained a huge blaze that was threatening the city of Valparaiso, said officials on Sunday. At least one person died and thousands... Read more

  • Demonstrators march to demand the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Brazilians are demonstrating amid an inquiry into a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption case yet uncovered in Brazil. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    2 Million Brazilians Call for Impeachment of Leftist Leader

    Mass anti-government protests erupted throughout Brazil on Sunday with estimates of at least 2 million people joining protests in over 50 cities across the country. The... Read more

  • Firefighters get ready to attack a forest fire in Valparaiso,Chile, Saturday, March 14, 2015. A serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile's coast Friday and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Chile Firefighters Contain Coastal Wildfire, Winds Persist

    SANTIAGO, Chile— Firefighters in Chile gained the upper hand Sunday on a coastal blaze that had gotten close to the neighboring cities of Valparaiso and... Read more

  • A shell of a car is seen with a text that reads in Portuguese: "Welcome to the desert of Cantareira" on the banks of the Atibainha reservoir, part of the Cantareira System that provides water to the city of Sao Paulo, Nazare Paulista, Brazil. (Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

    Water Hoarding Begins in Brazil as One of the World’s Largest Cities Runs Out of Water

    By  J. D. Heyes, contributing writer to Natural News The historic drought gripping South America’s largest nation is deepening, leading to rationing and forcing residents in... Read more

  • Thousands of demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the Brazilian National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Protests have been called for across Brazil to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has never been lower as she faces a sputtering economy and a massive corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Tens of Thousands March Demanding Brazil President’s Ouster

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Tens of thousands of Brazilians are marching in cities demanding President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and blasting what they say is deep government... Read more

  • Rescue personnel work at the site where a tourist bus crashed killing at least 49 people, according to the the Santa Catarina State security secretary, near the city of Joinville, southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Salmo Duarte, Agence RBS)

    Brazil Raises Death Toll of Bus Accident To 49

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Police renewed their search Sunday for more victims in a bus accident in southern Brazil that killed at least 49 people. The dead... Read more

  • Honduran alleged drug trafficker Jose Miguel 'Chepe' Handal is taken into custody upon his arrival at a military base in Tegucigalpa on March 13, 2015 after he was arrested in Pedro Sula on the eve. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Honduras Arrests Businessman Accused of Drug Trafficking

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Honduran authorities have captured a prominent businessman wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges. Jose Miguel Handal, 42, was arrested Thursday outside a... Read more

  • :Ash spewed from the Turrialba volcano heads towards San Jose and its surroundings on March 13, 2015. The volcano showered nearby towns with ash forcing evacuations from areas in its vicinity about 80 km from the crater. (AFP PHOTO / EZEQUIEL BECERRA)

    See Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Exploding, Spewing Ash

    The Turrialba in Costa Rica erupted this week, forcing the country to close down the airport in San Jose on Friday. The airport was later... Read more

  • People stand in front of a center run by famed artist Kcho, to use the free Wi-Fi network, in Havana, Cuba, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    Cuba Allows Rare Free Public Wi-fi at Havana Cultural Center

    HAVANA—Cuba has allowed the launch of the island’s first known free, public Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 photo, a grey whale calf expels air through it's blowhole as a boat filled with visitors watches in the San Ignacio lagoon, on the Pacific Ocean near the town of Guerrero Negro, in Mexico's Baja peninsula. Mexican authorities said Thursday, March 12, 2015, that a 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured near the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas, when a surfacing grey whale crashed onto their boat as they came back from a snorkel tour. The Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection said that two other tourists suffered "considerable" injuries. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    Whale Kills Canadian Tourist, Injures 2 Near Mexico Resort

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico—A 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured when a surfacing gray whale crashed onto their boat, Mexican... Read more

  • People inspect the burning wreckage of two helicopters which collided mid-air near Villa Castelli, in the Argentine province of La Rioja, on March 9, 2015. Eight French nationals, including sports stars, filming a reality TV show were killed Monday along with two Argentine pilots when their helicopters collided in mid-air in northwestern Argentina, officials said. AFP PHOTO / ALDO PORTUGAL --- ALTERNATIVE CROP - BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE (Photo credit should read ALDO PORTUGAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bodies of French Olympians Recovered in Argentina Air Crash

    VILLA CASTELLI, Argentina—Investigators on Tuesday recovered all 10 bodies from a remote site in Argentina where helicopters serving a reality TV show collided, killing prominent... Read more


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