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Belmopan, Belize’s Capital, Is a City of Brutalist Calm

Mention Belmopan, Belize’s capital that sits deep in the country’s interior, and many Belizeans will belittle the city as a bastion of pencil-pushing bureaucrats that’s not just dull, but also devoid of nightlife. “I was warned, ‘Belmopan is for the newlyweds or the nearly deads,’” said Raquel Rodriguez, 45, owner of an art school, about the reactions when she moved …

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Ghana’s Parliament Passes Anti-Gay Bill With Jail Terms

Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill that further clamps down on L.G.B.T.Q. rights by imposing jail terms on those who identify as gay or form L.G.B.T.Q. groups, measures that Amnesty International called among the most stringent legislation on the African continent. The legislation, if signed into law by President Nana Akufo-Addo, would mean that people convicted of identifying as …

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Somalia Faces Potential Conflict With Ethiopia in a ‘Pivotal Year’

A 10-year defense and economic deal with Turkey to protect its seacoast and bolster its naval force. An agreement with the United States to construct five military bases for over $100 million. An enhanced defense cooperation accord with Uganda to boost the fight against the terrorist group Al Shabab. The three security pacts signed by Somalia in recent days underscore …

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Unopened Box of More Than 10,000 Hockey Cards Sells for $3.7 Million

A sealed case filled with unopened boxes of Canadian hockey trading cards sold for $3.72 million on Sunday after a father and son found them while cleaning the father’s house in Saskatchewan. The high price takes into account the mystery inside: The case could contain as many as 30 of the holy grail of collectible hockey cards, a Wayne Gretzky …

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‘Peetah’ Morgan of Reggae Band Morgan Heritage Dies at 46

Peter Anthony Morgan, the lead singer of the Jamaican reggae band Morgan Heritage, a Grammy Award-winning group that was formed by children of the singer Denroy Morgan, died on Sunday. He was 46, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Morgan’s family confirmed his death in a statement on the band’s social media platforms. It did not give a cause of death …

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American Couple Goes Missing While Sailing Off Grenada

Two experienced American sailors who had departed from Virginia and were spending the winter cruising in the Caribbean went missing this month while sailing off Grenada, and their boat turned up empty in the neighboring St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Their disappearance came around the same time three men escaped from a prison in Grenada and made their getaway by …

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A Fern’s ‘Zombie’ Leaves Sprout Unusual Roots

In the rainforests of western Panama, the plant biologist Jim Dalling stumbled upon some tree ferns with six-foot-long leaves that bent to the ground as they were dying, encircling the plant like a skirt. “I was trying to move these things out of the way and then in the process, I realized these were rooted into the ground,” Dr. Dalling …

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Professional Softball in Mexico: A New Frontier for Women in Latin America

In many parts of Latin America, baseball is a popular and well-established sport with men’s professional leagues in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, among others. But women wanting to play baseball’s cousin — softball — professionally had only one option: to leave. They had to go to the United States or Japan. Until now. In what is believed to …

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Human Rights Atrocities Mount in Sudan as War Spirals, U.N. Says

Bombs that struck houses, markets, and bus stations across Sudan, often killing dozens of civilians at once. Ethnic rampages, accompanied by rape and looting, that killed thousands in the western region of Darfur. And a video clip, verified by United Nations officials, that shows Sudanese soldiers parading through the streets of a major city, triumphantly brandishing the decapitated heads of …

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Henry Rono, Record-Breaking Distance Runner From Kenya, Dies at 72

Henry Rono, a Kenyan distance runner who was unable to walk until he was 6 after a gruesome injury to his right leg when he was a toddler but went on to break four world records in just 81 days in 1978, died on Thursday in Nairobi. He was 72. His death was announced by Athletics Kenya, an amateur athletic …

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