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How Prehistoric Terror Birds Killed Their Prey

The term mid-size terror bird sounds kind of bizarre at first, as though terror birds, whatever they might be, come in a range of sizes, all of them a bit scary...

Why Venezuela's Chavez Dug Up Bolivar's Bones

Shortly before he died in 1830, Simon Bolivar asked his doctor, "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?" Bolivar was South America's most celebrated...

Morales' Big Win: Voters Ratify His Remaking of Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales isn't South America's first indigenous head of state — that honor belongs to Alejandro Toledo, a Quechua Indian who was President...

Rio's Olympics Quest: Can It Handle the 2016 Games?

If life is fair, then the International Olympic Committee will next week declare that Brazil has been chosen to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and thus become the...

South America's Most Troubled Border

Wisps of evaporating water rise from the dark green Amazon rainforest as an Ecuadorian military helicopter swerves along the San Miguel River. Each day, slim...

A South American Arms Race?

First it was Venezuela, spending $4 billion on Russian fighter planes, Kalashnikovs and perhaps even submarines. Then it was Brazil, in August announcing a 53%...

AIDS Drugs: Doubling as Prevention?

They are the mice that roared — five furry warriors in the battle against AIDS whose role in a Texas-based study has strengthened the possibility that common...

Frogs of South America Can't Take the Heat

There aren't a whole lot of global warming skeptics left, but those who still need some convincing should take a look at the frogs of Central and South America...

South America: Chavez's Gold Bind

Thousands of miners staged a violent two-week demonstration last September in Las Claritas, Venezuela, close to the Brazilian border. They blocked the border...

South America: Flair, Firmness And Ideas

The noontime sun beat down on a weather-beaten throng of 20,000 assembled in the dusty market town of Casa Grande. Normally toiling in nearby sugarcane fields,...

FOREIGN TRADE: Capital for South America

Six months ago, at the Inter-American Investment Conference in New Orleans, Shipping Tycoon Rudolf Hecht suggested the formation of a U.S.-sponsored company to...

South America: Two Queens to the Rescue

At the end of the 19th century, so vast was the empire of Queen Victoria and so prestigious her name that statesmen of lesser lands around the world often...

World: FRANCE'S PAD IN SOUTH AMERICA

TO Paris, French Guiana has always been a very special colony. Other outposts provided lucrative markets and natural resources, but Guiana depended on France for...

South America: The Russians Have Come

Not since Czarist days has Russia bothered to foster relations with faraway Peru, or has Peru cared about Russia. Now the two are becoming the best of...

SOUTH AMERICA: Uruguay's Choice

In one of the most important elections in their country's history, 860,000 Uruguayans went to the polls this week to decide between democracy and...

World: SOUTH AMERICA: ARMIES IN COMMAND

SOUTH AMERICA'S present political plight can be summed up in one stark statistic: three out of every four of the continent's citizens now live under military...

Foreign News: Suffering South America

Having twiddled thumbs since President Roosevelt's plans for booming Soviet-U. S. trade went awry (TIME, Feb. n et seq.), the U. S. Embassy staff in Moscow...

AERONAUTICS: In South America

Up from the south came word, last week, of further solidification of Pan American Airways' position as leader of South American air transport routes. Its...

SOUTH AMERICA: On the River of Silver

At his magnificent estancia on the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata, across the river from Buenos Aires, Don Aaron de Anchorena held a hunting party last...