Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mexico to Build Seaweed Barriers to Protect Beaches (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mexico to Build Seaweed Barriers to Protect Beaches (Copy)

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Statehood decision surprises Israel

Israel's Foreign Ministry says it is "surprised" by Colombia's decision to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Colombia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the outgoing government of President Juan Manuel Santos made the decision last week, shortly before leaving office. The new government of President Ivan Duque, who was sworn in Tuesday, said it would study his predecessor's decision but acknowledged it was legal.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it was waiting for an explanation from the new administration.

Venezuela opposition protests lawmaker's arrest - Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress is leaving a seat empty for a member they say has been kidnapped by President Nicolas Maduro's ruling party.

The National Assembly on Thursday marked Juan Requesens' seat with a sign saying he's missing or kidnapped. Officials arrested Requesens on Tuesday. He and fellow lawmaker Julio Borges are charged with the attempted assassination of Maduro using drones loaded with explosives.

Rafaela Requesens says her brother was arrested for being a critic of Maduro's repressive regime -- not a criminal.

Mexican agency building seaweed barriers - A Mexican environmental agency said Thursday that is constructing barriers at sea just beyond its famed Riviera Maya beaches to decrease the huge amounts of seaweed washing up onshore.

Since June 19, dump trucks have hauled off more than 4 million cubic feet of sargassum from Quintana Roo's beaches, including at the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Similar waves of floating seaweed have coated beaches throughout the Caribbean.

Costa Rica court makes gay marriage legal - Costa Rica's supreme court has given the country's legislature 18 months to change the law to allow gay marriage.

The court voted Wednesday night to make gay marriage legal, declaring that existing laws banning it were unconstitutional. …

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