AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.
Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President...
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Devyn Lyons wields the controller as if she grasps a wand, twirling it in the air and imagining sparks flying from it, as if she were a character in a Harry Potter...
NY museum won’t host event honoring Brazilian president
NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History in New York will not be hosting a scheduled gala dinner honoring the president of Brazil.
British religious activist found dead in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A British religious activist who faced expulsion from Peru a decade ago for his work on behalf of indigenous communities was found dead Tuesday at a youth hostel he ran in the...
Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico
EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and...
Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive.
Brazil authorities rule out homicide of indigenous leader
SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities say the leader of an Indian tribe in northeastern Brazil drowned to death, but was not murdered.
Mauro Wagner, a spokesman for the Maranhao state public security department, said Friday that forensic experts determined that Jorginho Guajajara drowned in the Zutiwa River.
He said the circumstances of the drowning are unclear.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes new baby mandrill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney's Animal Kingdom in central Florida has a new addition: a baby mandrill.
Citing a post on the official Disney Parks Blog, the Orlando Sentinel reports the baby monkey was born Wednesday. The blog post says the baby's gender and weight are unknown as Disney is giving it time to bond with its mom, Scarlett.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of a Canadian man who traveled to the Amazon rain forest to study hallucinogenic medicine, officials said Monday.
Authorities said over the weekend that a mob dragged Sebastian Woodroffe by the neck to his death shortly after people accused him of killing Olivia Arevalo, an octogenarian plant healer from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of northeastern Peru.
Greenpeace says felling of ipe tree is damaging Amazon
SAO PAULO (AP) — Greenpeace says the illegal logging of a Brazilian tree is causing "irreversible damage" to the Amazon rain forest.
The environmental group said Tuesday that flaws in the licensing system for loggers are leading to the "indiscriminate" felling of the ipe tree.
When Jim Stairhime arrived in the Caguas district of Puerto Rico at the end of January, it wasn't long before he realized why many residents still did not have electricity, even months after Hurricane Maria hit.
The district lies along the mountain ridge that stretches into the eastern interior of the island like a spiny green backbone. The terrain is rugged, and rain came nearly every day. Roads tended to be rocky, narrow and "terrible," he said.
Cindy Bahe, executive director of the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, was zip lining in the rain forest in Hawaii on Saturday morning with her boyfriend, Terry Campbell when she learned emergency officials alerted the islands that a ballistic missile was headed their way. For 40 minutes, she and Campbell and 1.4 million others in Hawaii contemplated being gone in the wink of a nuclear blast.
The accidental alert has galvanized world news since.
Foley the sloth born Saturday at Topeka Zoo rainforest
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo says the birth of a sloth means "Christmas came early."
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the new arrival is named Foley. The Hoffman's two-toed sloth was born Saturday.
The city said in a news release that the 27-year-old mother, named Jacque, and the newborn appeared to be "bright and alert and doing great" in the zoo's Tropical Rain Forest.
Make positive impact this season, give gifts from Arbor Day Foundation
NEBRASKA CITY, NE — Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.
• Returning for the eighth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations.
And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text.
Brunch fundraiser scheduled
Michael Kelly is serving as the honorary chairman of the Deutsch Institute’s Rain Forest Champagne Celebrity Brunch.
The founder of Senior Health Care Solutions LLC, Kelly, MBA, NHA, has served on the institute’s board for the past 12 years.
Kelly is excited for the event “which is enjoyed by so many who turn out for this most worthy cause.”
The 2017 brunch marks the 18th year for the event. Proceeds help fund activities and programs for people with disabilities.
Greenpeace plane crashes in northern Brazil killing 1
SAO PAULO (AP) — A small plane used by Greenpeace crashed in Brazil's Amazon rain forest Tuesday, killing one of the five people on board, the environmental group said.
Greenpeace said the single engine turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan crashed near the city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets — a signal it is stepping back from its global leadership on climate change just as the United States is also retreating.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's lower house of Congress has approved a measure significantly reducing the size of a fully protected national park in the Amazon rain forest and opening up a big chunk of land for agriculture and other activities.
A Flathead Valley Community College graduate has gained national attention for his research around how heavy-metal toxicity affects rain forests.
Nicolas Glynos recently won a Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America.
Glynos earned an associate of science degree at FVCC in 2016 and transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York last fall.
Botany Professor Mirabai McCarthy worked closely with Glynos during his time in Kalispell.
QUINAULT, Wash. — It didn’t take long for the other-worldliness of Olympic National Park’s rainforests to change Sadie’s view of people who are given to believe in mythical creatures.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An international human rights award from the University of Dayton will be presented to the Brazilian organization for which Ohio-born nun and rain forest defender Dorothy Stang worked before she was fatally shot in 2005.
The school says representatives from the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops' Pastoral Land Commission will be recognized during a ceremony March 28 at the Ohio campus.
Venezuela searches for missing helicopter in Amazon jungle
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan teams are searching in the Amazon rain forest for a military helicopter that went missing with as many as 13 people on board.
Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas says the Russian-built aircraft was supposed to have landed in the tiny settlement of La Esmeralda on Friday.
He didn't say how many people were on board, but local media reported the army helicopter was carrying 13 people, including five civilians.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington botany enthusiasts are salivating over the possibility that an exotic plant is about to finally bloom and produce a huge and memorable stink.
The U.S. Botanic Garden wrote on its Facebook page Monday that botanists are waiting with "bated breath" to see if the garden's 6-year-old "corpse flower" will open for its first time.
The plant, also known as the titan arum, is native to Sumatra's equatorial rain forests and emits an odor...
NEW YORK (AP) — A foul smelling plant known as the "corpse flower" is finally blooming at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City.
Visitors were waiting in line more than an hour to see the rare bloom. It started emerging Thursday afternoon after more than 10 years of growth.
It's native to Sumatra's equatorial rain forests and emits an odor like rotting flesh while it's briefly in bloom.
It's one of the largest flowers on earth and can reach 6 feet...