‘We call it survival’: Venezuelans improvise solutions as blackout continues

With the crisis in its sixth day, neighbors are sharing generators, contraband supplies and skills for survival At a street corner in eastern Caracas, Rosa Elena stepped from her car and started picking handfuls of leaves from a modest tree growing at the roadside. This is neem, she said. Its high in sugar and great in a tea. Her interest was more than academic: Rosa Elena is diabetic, and when the lights went out in #sin luz she is collecting neem plants, high in sugar. pic.twitter.com/eJW65J2TAk petrol is practically free in Venezuela, due to government subsidies. But power cuts have put many pumps out of action, and fuel is hard to come by. It is illegal to fill jerry cans …

Her son was shot dead in front of her. And she says a policeman did it

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Tires were burning in nearby streets. Tear gas was in the air. Crowds were gathering. So Pricil Journal told her son Roberto to hide the wheelbarrow they used as a cookie stall outside the general hospital. “When he was done killing my son…That cop then swapped guns with another nearby cop – and he then went to hide inside the hospital,” she said in an interview with CNN. She alleged that the riot policeman who killed her son covered his face and pulled down a visor on his helmet. She said that there were numerous witnesses to the alleged killing by a policeman on the scene. She said that she’s not reported the crime, because she fears retribution …

Why Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has environmentalists worried for the Amazon

(CNN)The Amazon rainforest is an ecological wonder. Its waterways and canopy provide a rich ecosystem for a 10th of all the world’s species and help regulate the temperature of the entire planet. But the election of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president has many worried about the forest’s future. Existing threats The forest is being cut down to make way for activities like cattle ranching, soy bean farming, mining, hydropower dams and new highways. Deforestation fell dramatically between 2004 and 2012, but in recent years it has been increasing, and the powerful agricultural lobby in the Brazilian congress is pushing for more development of the forest. It endorsed Bolsonaro during his election campaign. Indigenous lands Brazil’s Ministry of …