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The rise and fall of 'El Chapo,' Mexico's most wanted gangster

The rise and fall of 'El Chapo,' Mexico's most wanted gangsterThe audacious exploits of “El Chapo,” or “Shorty,” captured the world’s imagination and turned him into a folk hero for some in Mexico, despite the thousands of people killed by his brutal Sinaloa cartel. Beyond putting Guzman’s personal life and drug dealings on public display, the case has also highlighted Mexico’s longtime fight to bring down its chief adversary in the bloody war on drug trafficking. Six months earlier, he had humiliated Mexico’s then-president, Enrique Pena Nieto, by escaping from prison through a mile-long (1.6-km-long) tunnel dug straight into his cell and equipped with a motorbike – his second time escaping a Mexican penitentiary.



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The rise and fall of 'El Chapo,' Mexico's most wanted kingpin

The rise and fall of 'El Chapo,' Mexico's most wanted kingpinThe audacious exploits of El Chapo, or Shorty, captured the world’s imagination and turned him into a folk hero for some in Mexico, despite the thousands of people killed by his brutal Sinaloa cartel. Beyond putting Guzman’s personal life and drug dealings on public display, the case has also highlighted Mexico’s long-time fight to bring down its chief adversary in the bloody war on drug trafficking. Six months earlier, he had humiliated Mexico’s then-president, Enrique Pena Nieto, by escaping from prison through a mile-long tunnel dug straight into his cell – his second time escaping a Mexican jail.



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Gramercy Loads Up on Venezuela Bonds in Bet Maduro to Fall

Gramercy Loads Up on Venezuela Bonds in Bet Maduro to FallThe 53-year-old distressed debt veteran says he made a “substantial investment” in its defaulted bonds, mostly in November, betting authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro would finally be forced out of office. Now as the opposition leader strengthens his claim as rightful head of state, Koenigsberger is optimistic the economically ravaged country can tap its vast oil reserves to quickly get back on its feet — and, crucially, resume payments to creditors. Granted, Koenigsberger concedes bondholders like him must be mindful of pounding the table for money from a country where starvation is commonplace.



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Steve King’s Fall Offers Three Lessons for Conservatives

Steve King’s Fall Offers Three Lessons for ConservativesAll of his fellow Republicans supported the action – he even voted for it himself, to show his remorse – and earlier this week, the party’s leaders stripped King of his committee assignments. Several GOP members are telling him to resign. In a statement a week following the original Times report, King denied that he meant this.



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China's passenger car sales fall for first time in years

China's passenger car sales fall for first time in yearsChina’s annual passenger car sales fell last year for the first time in more than 20 years as the trade war with the US rocked consumer confidence and Beijing reined in car financing channels. Passenger car sales fell to 22.4 million vehicles in 2018, down 5.8 percent from a year earlier, data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Wednesday. In December sales plummeted 19.2 percent from a year earlier, the CPCA said.



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The Latest: Flooding rains fall in Louisiana, Mississippi

The Latest: Flooding rains fall in Louisiana, MississippiJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on storms and flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi (all times local):



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14-Year-Old California Girl Dies After Fall From Arizona's Horseshoe Bend Overlook

14-Year-Old California Girl Dies After Fall From Arizona's Horseshoe Bend OverlookA teenage girl from California has died after falling from an overlook in Arizona, authorities say.



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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court Justice ‘up and working’ day after breaking three ribs in fall

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court Justice ‘up and working’ day after breaking three ribs in fallUS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is apparently “up and working” despite a heavy fall on Wednesday which left her with three broken ribs. The liberal judge, who at 85 is the oldest US Supreme Court justice, was treated in hospital after falling in her office, a court spokesperson said. Justice Ginsburg went home after the accident but later felt uncomfortable and went to George Washington University hospital the following morning, Kathy Arberg said.



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Best Bites: Fall brussel sprouts, squash and quinoa salad

Best Bites: Fall brussel sprouts, squash and quinoa saladWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your



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Global wildlife populations fall 60 per cent as WWF declares state of emergency for natural world

Global wildlife populations fall 60 per cent as WWF declares state of emergency for natural worldConservationists have issued a demand for urgent international action after a major report uncovered an unprecedented crisis in nature that threatens to devastate the world economy and imperil humanity itself. Only a global pact on the scale of the Paris Agreement on climate change will save the natural world from irreversible collapse, the World Wide Fund for Nature said after publishing a report showing a cataclysmic decline in global wildlife populations. Global vertebrate populations have fallen by 60 per cent since 1970 as human activity destroys their natural habitats in grasslands, forests, waterways and oceans, the organisation said. Until the turn of the 20th century, humanity’s consumption of the world’s natural resources was smaller than Earth’s ability to replenish itself. But over the past 50 years expanding agricultural activity and the over-exploitation of natural resources to feed a growing world population, particularly its booming middle class, has pushed many ecosystems to the brink of collapse. The Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil, is being cleared for soy monoculture Credit:  Adriano Gambarni/ PA “Humans are living beyond the planet’s means and wiping out life on earth in the process,” the report warns. From the savannahs of Africa to the rain forests of South America and oceans across the world, few  wildlife populations have been spared. While great attention has been given to the impact of poaching on elephants and rhinos in Africa, the story has been more dismal in Latin America and the Caribbean, where 89 percent of indigenous mammals like the jaguar and anteater have been wiped out. Statistics are just as grim in the world’s rivers, lakes and seas. More than 80 per cent of freshwater populations has vanished, with freshwater fish accounting for a higher rate of extinction than any other vertebrate. Since 1950 nearly 6bn tonnes of fish and other seafood have been removed from the world’s oceans. Employees move freshly caught fish at a factory in the Angolan coastal city of Benguela Credit: AFP For surviving populations the impact of human activity is also stark: some 90 per cent of the world’s seabirds have plastic in their stomach, compared to just 5 per cent in 1960. Plastic pollution now stretches across the seas of the earth, even reaching the bottom of the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific, the deepest natural point in the world. With just a quarter of the planet’s land now free from human impact, the space bird, reptile and mammal populations' need to recover is growing ever more limited. “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last that can do anything about it,” said Tanya Steele, chief executive of the WWF. “The collapse of global wildlife populations is a warning sign that nature is dying." As tragic as the collapse of wildlife populations is, the impact of habitat loss will have a profound impact on human wellbeing, conservationists say. Man’s encroachment on nature threatens agriculture itself, because crops pollinated by animals account for 35 per cent of global food production, while habitat loss means that the soil for crops to grow is not being replenished with nutrients. Under threat | The 19 species on the World Wildlife Fund's critically endangered list The loss of South American rainforests has reduced rainfall thousands of miles away, also imperilling crop production. As many as 70,000 species of plants are used commercially or in medicine, posing a danger to efforts to fight disease and protect industry. Yet the issue, conservationists say, is not being taken as seriously as climate change — even though protecting nature can help mitigate the impact of global warming — which is why it is essential for big business and government to come together to find a solution to the crisis. “The statistics are scary, but all hope is not lost,” said Ken Norris, director of science at the Zoological Society of London, which collaborated on the report. “We have an opportunity to design a new way forward that allows us to coexist sustainably with the wildlife we depend on.”



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