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Galápagos Islands volcanic eruption could threaten pink iguana species

The Wolf volcano, located at the highest point of the islands that inspired Charles Darwin, has erupted for the first time in more than 30 years

A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

The roughly 1.7km (1.1 mile) high Wolf volcano is located on Isabela Island, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna typical of the archipelago that helped inspire Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution following his 1835 visit.

Más fotos de erupción de volcán #Wolf en #Galápagos gracias al guía Diego Paredes pic.twitter.com/UmyDOFanje

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Mexico tornado kills 13 people in Ciudad Acuna on US border

President to visit city where twister touched left seven-block area ‘devastated’, with three infants among those killed

A tornado raged through a city on the US-Mexico border on Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars and ripping an infant from its mother’s arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

The twister hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas. Rescue workers were afterwards digging through the rubble of damaged homes in a race to find victims.

Related: Texas governor: flooding had ‘tsunami-type power’ as 12 remain missing

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Mexico authorities insist killing of 42 ‘criminals’ was gun battle not massacre

  • Federal police chief: ‘There was not a single execution’
  • Lopsided death toll, with one police officer killed, raised suspicions

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Peace in Colombia relies on tackling systemic violence against women

Colombia’s first National Day for the Dignity of Women Victims of Sexual Violence is a welcome step in the fight against gender abuse

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Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez goes on hunger strike

The politician, jailed for more than a year, also calls for a protest march next weekend against Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government

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El Salvador celebrates beatification of martyred archbishop Óscar Romero

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Mexican officials: 43 killed in major offensive against drug cartel

Biggest official death toll yet from a confrontation involving Mexican security forces in the country’s near decade-long drug wars

A fierce three-hour confrontation between federal forces and drug cartel gunmen hauled up inside a ranch in western Mexico killed at least 42 “presumed criminals” and one police officer, according to the government.

This is the biggest official death toll yet from a confrontation involving Mexican security forces in the country’s near decade-long drug wars.

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The rest of the criminals inside the ranch started to attack the federal forces with intensity

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Guatemala president fires ministers amid corruption scandal

  • President Otto Pérez dismisses interior, energy and environment ministers
  • Central bank chief and 14 others arrested over multimillion-dollar scam

Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez has fired several ministers amid a growing political crisis over corruption allegations.

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Police officer gives dog mouth-to-mouth after rescuing it from river in Colombia – video

Police officers in Colombia pluck a dog out of the Liboriana river and carried it to safety on Wednesday after it fell into the dangerous currents following heavy rain. Two police officers on patrol in Salgar spotted the animal flailing in the water. T…
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Baby survives Colombia landslide that killed his mother and 11 relatives

Colombians celebrating rescue of baby who was found face-down after a mudslide killed at least 78 people in mountain town of Salgar

Colombians are celebrating the rescue of an 11-month-old baby who survived a mudslide that killed at least 78 people — including the child’s mother and 11 other relatives.

Jhosep Díaz was found buried face-down in the mud on Monday, more than half a mile from where he had been sleeping when a flash flood swept away dozens of homes before dawn in the mountain town of Salgar.

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