Archaeologists believe they have solved one ancient mystery surrounding the famous Easter Island statues. At 2,500 miles off the coast of Chile, the island is one of the world's most remote places inhabited by people.
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The war on drugs has failed and should make way for a global shift towards de-criminalising cannabis use and promoting harm reduction, says the former president of Brazil, writing in Sundays’ edition of The Observer. Fernando Henrique Cardoso argues that the hard-line approach has brought disastrous consequences for Latin America, which has been the frontline in the war on drug cultivation for decades, while failing to change the continent's position as the largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana.
The new H1N1 virus appears to out-compete seasonal flu, making it less likely to mix with other circulating flu viruses into a super-bug as some had feared United States researchers said this week.
The Chilean government will subsidize the purchase of more fuel-efficient trucks for citizens through a program set to start later this year. The program, called “Cambia tu Camión,” or “Change your Truck,” will offer a bonus of 4, 8 or 12 million pesos (7.200, 14.500 or 21.700 US dollars respectively), toward the purchase of a new, more fuel efficient car, with the trade-in of a truck over 25 years old.
At least eight members of HMS Clyde's 38-strong crew have been struck down by the bug.
Listeriosis, a food-borne bacterial disease, has claimed nine lives and infected 45 in Chile so far in 2009, health authorities confirmed this week. The disease, which stems from the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is often borne from contaminated water and foods and usually infects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with auto-immune diseases.
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has the H1N1 virus, according to official sources. The Presidency's Information and Press Secretary of Colombia, César Mauricio Velásquez, read an official release Sunday saying that Uribe has the virus, while National Health Institute sources from Bogotá confirmed the diagnosis. Social Welfare Minister Diego Palacio said Uribe is responding well to treatment.
The detection of an H1N1 virus in turkeys in Chile raises concern that poultry farms elsewhere in the world could also become infected with the pandemic flu virus currently circulating in humans, FAO said Thursday.
Argentina's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it is unconstitutional to punish an adult for private use of marihuana as long as it doesn't harm anyone else. The unanimous ruling makes Argentina the second Latinamerican country in the past four days to allow personal use of a formerly illegal drug.
South Korea has launched its first space rocket, though a scientific satellite it was carrying failed to enter into its proper orbit. South Korean officials described the launch as a partial success.