Shakira and Carlos Vives Cleared of Plagiarism by Spanish Court for “La Bicicleta”

A Spanish court has cleared Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives of a plagiarism claim after rejecting a lawsuit brought against them by a Cuban-born singer and producer. The court in Madrid issued its ruling in favor of Shakira and Vives on Thursday (May 16). Livan Rafael Castellanos had accused Shakira and Vives of plagiarizing … Continue reading Shakira and Carlos Vives Cleared of Plagiarism by Spanish Court for “La Bicicleta”

Demi Lovato Hires Scooter Braun as Her New Manager

Demi Lovato has announced that Scooter Braun will be her manager moving forward. "GUYS!!!!!!! Dreams came true today for me," Lovato wrote on Instagram Saturday evening (May 11). "I officially have a NEW MANAGER!!! And not just any new manager but the one and only @scooterbraun!!!! Couldn’t be happier, inspired and excited to begin this … Continue reading Demi Lovato Hires Scooter Braun as Her New Manager

Selena Gomez on Why She Thinks Social Media Has Been ‘Really Terrible’ for Her Generation

She’s one of the most-followed people on Instagram with more than 150 million followers, but Selena Gomez has a tricky relationship with social media. While promoting her new film The Dead Don’t Die at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the singer and actress, 26, opened up about her fears about the impact social media has … Continue reading Selena Gomez on Why She Thinks Social Media Has Been ‘Really Terrible’ for Her Generation

Several Tourists Injured After Roadside Bomb Explodes Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids

An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said. A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and … Continue reading Several Tourists Injured After Roadside Bomb Explodes Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids

Louisiana Governor Publicly Breaks With Democratic Party on Abortion, Shares Story of How He and His Wife Chose to Keep Their Daughter After Doctor Discovered She Had Spina Bifida Before Birth

Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Now, daughter Samantha is married and working as a school counselor, and Edwards finds himself an outlier in polarized abortion … Continue reading Louisiana Governor Publicly Breaks With Democratic Party on Abortion, Shares Story of How He and His Wife Chose to Keep Their Daughter After Doctor Discovered She Had Spina Bifida Before Birth

Dialysis Patients in Venezuela Face Uncertainty After Power Outages

Seconds before William Lopez was set to be connected to a dialysis machine at a state-run clinic in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo in April, the power went out. Missing dialysis treatment, which removes toxins that build up in the blood of people who suffer from kidney failure, leaves Lopez feeling dizzy and nauseated. … Continue reading Dialysis Patients in Venezuela Face Uncertainty After Power Outages

Survivor of 1999 Columbine School Shooting Found Dead in His Home at 37

A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg said Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home. There were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine the cause of … Continue reading Survivor of 1999 Columbine School Shooting Found Dead in His Home at 37

Pope Francis Urges Foreign Journalists to Use Their Power to Search for Truth and Give a Voice to the Voiceless

Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Francis also urged journalists to … Continue reading Pope Francis Urges Foreign Journalists to Use Their Power to Search for Truth and Give a Voice to the Voiceless

How Nicaraguan Opposition Journalists Are Struggling in Exile

It's just past 6 pm in a small apartment in the mountains south of Costa Rica's capital San Jose, and presenters Leticia Gaitan and Hector Rosales are announcing the start of the news. But they're not reporting on Costa Rica. The two are in exile, working for Nicaragua Actual, which is broadcast from the apartment … Continue reading How Nicaraguan Opposition Journalists Are Struggling in Exile

Panama Sees Rise in Migrants Passing Through the Darien Gap

Venise Felizor lay on a mattress in a warehouse-turned-shelter on a hot, sticky afternoon with her 20-month-old son, Wesly, in her arms, the boy coughing and wailing after suffering from diarrhea for days. Originally from Haiti, they recently appeared in this tiny Panamanian village after a six-day hike through the jungle along the Colombian border, … Continue reading Panama Sees Rise in Migrants Passing Through the Darien Gap

Two Argentine Pilots Survive Plane Crash in Costa Rica’s San Jose

Two Argentine pilots survived when their light aircraft crash landed Friday in a heavily populated area of the capital of Costa Rica, officials said. The pilots climbed out of the wreckage of the plane after it came down in the Pavas neighborhood of San Jose, in an area full of homes and schools, witnesses and … Continue reading Two Argentine Pilots Survive Plane Crash in Costa Rica’s San Jose

How Costa Rica Became One of the Most Technological and Innovative Countries in Latin America

This country has a little less than 5 million inhabitants. But that has not prevented Costa Rica from being at the forefront of innovation in Latin America. Aside from being known as exporters of coffee and bananas, “Ticos” evolved towards the manufacture of microchips in the 1990s; then towards the export of services and advanced … Continue reading How Costa Rica Became One of the Most Technological and Innovative Countries in Latin America

Costa Rica Tree Frog Found in Box of Bananas at British Grocery Store

That's a very long journey. A tree frog from Costa Rica was discovered more than 5,300 miles away inside a box of bananas at a Lidl grocery store in Nottingham, England. According to the BBC, workers found it as they were unloading boxes of bananas on to the store's shelves. They named it Lloyd. Hayley … Continue reading Costa Rica Tree Frog Found in Box of Bananas at British Grocery Store

‘Narco Submarines’ Are Becoming More Common Among Costa Rica’s Cartels

On May 14, three people fled – or were chased – away from a narco submarine in Playa Llorona in Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica’s Corcovado Park. They left behind their ominous-looking gray homemade boat. The Fuerza Publica, Border Police and Coast Guard seized more than two tons of cocaine neatly stored aboard the … Continue reading ‘Narco Submarines’ Are Becoming More Common Among Costa Rica’s Cartels