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Honduras - Child Marriage Ban - According to The World Bank, 15 million girls marry before the age of 18 globally. It's a phenomenon that's common in many poor nations around the world. One of the countries with the highest rates of underage marriage has been Honduras. But in 2017 lawmakers passed a landmark ruling which raised the marital age from 16 to 18. The new law is a big adjustment for Honduras where marrying very young has always been part of the culture. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck takes a look at how difficult banning a practice can be when it's so steeped in tradition. A conversation with President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela - In June of 2017 Panama and China made history by establishing diplomatic relations. Fast forward a year and a lot has happened. President Varela made an official state visit to Beijing to sign a series of agreements. During this time, the two nations implemented more than 20 deals and a free trade agreement is also a part of the political sphere. "Americas Now" anchor Elaine Reyes had the opportunity to sit down with President Varela. They discussed Panama-China relations and Latin America's current political and economic situation. Urban Voices - Argentina Artisan Knife Maker (Joel Richards) - Damascus steel is made by an ancient technique of welding patterns onto swords and knives. It is a craft -- only a handful of artisans still use. One of them is a man from Argentina. He works alone in his workshop on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and sells his creations around the world. Our "Urban Voice" is knife master and bladesmith ... Guillermo Mendoza. Musical - Magic Tree - South America is home to a highly-coveted tree that used to be plentiful -- but almost became extinct from deforestation. It's being nurtured back to life on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Nicknamed "The Magic Tree"...its nutritious fruit has many uses. And its sap possesses medicinal qualities. We leave you with these images of the Guaimaro tree.

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Peru - Amazon Reforestation (Dan Collyns) - Peru's Amazon most bio-diverse ecosystem is in the Madre de Dios region. It's also one of the most under threat from deforestation. The primary culprits are illegal logging, gold mining and livestock farming. The past decade has been especially devastating for the region. Correspondent Dan Collyns visited the area to survey the damage. He also spoke to some scientists who are finding innovative ways to fight back. Mexico - Firework Town (Alasdair Baverstock) - Fireworks have been dazzling spectators at celebrations across the world for centuries.

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Mexico - The other Migration (Mike Kirsch) - In the last 30 years more than a million Mexican scientists, researchers and intellectuals have left Mexico to find work in other countries. That's according to the Mexican government. The exodus has been referred to as an epic "brain drain." Another 160 thousand college graduate students have also left the country with very few of them planning to return. The government is now trying to lure them back. Correspondent Mike Kirsch reports.

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Argentina - Argentine Peso Crisis (Harris Whitbeck) - A year ago the future looked bright for Argentina. President Mauricio Macri had helped the country dodge a recession and the stock market was booming. But this year, as deep reforms were being implemented into the economy, fiscal disaster struck. And the nation has plunged into an economic crisis. At the center of this financial storm is the beleaguered Argentine peso, and its relationship to the US dollar.

  • 2020-10-30T05:00:00-07:00
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Brazil - Housing Crisis (Maria Valls) - Sao Paulo is Brazil's financial capital and one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in Latin America. The city of 12 million suffers from vast economic inequality, which drives poor families to occupy and squat in empty abandoned buildings throughout the municipality. The issue drew international attention in 2018 when a 24-story building occupied by squatters collapsed. Correspondent Maria Valls reports from Sao Paulo.

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