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A Cup of Coffee with Joe Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet in Washington Wednesday with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to work on the Alliance for Prosperity that supports the three coffee-producing Central American nations in crisis. I hope the presidents brought their own roasted coffee to Washington.

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

The alarming spread of the Zika virus is looking more like a public health catastrophe. But it's also something else: The latest example of how human alterations to their environments can empower disease-carrying organisms and the viruses they bring with them.

Comedian Jimmy Morales takes office as Guatemala’s new president

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comic elected Guatemala's new president on a wave of public revulsion against widespread graft, took office Thursday in a ceremony attended by leaders from the Americas.

Haiti on the outside looking in at ‘Star Wars’ delirium

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Without a single functioning movie theatre in their country, Haitians have been feeling left out in recent days, while much of the rest of the world swoons over the latest "Star Wars" movie.

President Solís carries little clout with legislature, says official report

President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration has been the least effective at getting new legislation passed of any administration in the past 25 years, according to the annual State of the Nation report.

Earth in ‘uncharted territory’ on climate change

Earth has heated up by 1 degree Celsius (1.6 F), Britain's weather office said Monday, as greenhouse gases hit record levels just weeks before a crucial climate summit in Paris.

Costa Rica poverty hits young people the hardest, says new survey

President Luis Guillermo Solís said a new poverty index, created by Oxford University, puts people over statistics. The index reported that 21.8 percent of Costa Rican households are considered poor, totaling 1.26 million people.

More than 1.1 million Costa Ricans live in poverty

Poverty in Costa Rica dropped slightly over the past year, but extreme poverty continues to rise -- to 7.2 percent in 2015, according to the latest census institute survey.

Scandal-plagued Honduras needs dramatic overhaul, say analysts

Today, 62 percent of Hondurans live in poverty and 42 percent live in “extreme poverty.” To make matters worse, violence and organized crime is fueling emigration, while the country’s weakened institutions are encouraging a process of remilitarization.

World Bank: Extreme poverty to fall below 10 percent

Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still "great concern" for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said Sunday.

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