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Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest election

Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest electionPresidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials, AMLO, leads in the polls. The election comes amid a U.S. border crisis as thousands travel through Mexico to the United States.



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Inside the country’s largest immigration processing center as family separation outrage grows

Inside the country’s largest immigration processing center as family separation outrage growsNBC News’ Jacob Soboroff went inside the country’s largest immigration processing center where more than a thousand kids have been separated from their parents since the policy began.



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Officials warn largest Hawaii volcano eruption is ‘imminent’

Officials warn largest Hawaii volcano eruption is ‘imminent’When the lava lake inside Kilauea drops, a catastrophic explosion could launch ballistic boulders the size of cars into the air and plumes of ash could rise 20,000 feet.



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China to deliver world's largest amphibious aircraft by 2022: Xinhua

China to deliver world's largest amphibious aircraft by 2022: XinhuaChina expects to deliver its domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, to customers by 2022, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday citing the plane’s manufacturer. “We are endeavoring to get the airworthiness certification from the civil aviation authorities by 2021, and deliver it to the customers by 2022,” Xinhua quoted Huang Lingcai, the plane’s chief designer at state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) [SASADY.UL], as saying. China developed the AG600 as part of a drive to modernize its military, amid a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places like the South China Sea that has rattled nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.



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Unusual eruptions at world's largest active geyser in Yellowstone

Unusual eruptions at world's largest active geyser in YellowstoneThe world’s largest active geyser has erupted three times in the past six weeks at Yellowstone National Park, including once this week, in a pattern that is unusual but not at all indicative of a more destructive volcanic eruption brewing beneath Wyoming, geologists said on Saturday. Steamboat Geyser, which can shoot water as high as 300 feet (91 meters) into the air, erupted on March 15, April 19 and on Friday. The last time it erupted three times in a year was in 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory said.



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Mass child sacrifice site in Peru may be largest in history

Mass child sacrifice site in Peru may be largest in historyArchaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world’s largest single case of child sacrifice. The pre-Columbian burial site, known as Las Llamas, contains the skeletons of 140 children who were between the ages of five and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago, experts who led the excavation told The Associated Press on Friday. The site, located near the modern day city of Trujillo, also contained the remains of 200 young llamas apparently sacrificed on the same day. The burial site was apparently built by the ancient Chimu empire. It is thought the children were sacrificed as floods caused by the El Nino weather pattern ravaged the Peruvian coastline. "They were possibly offering the gods the most important thing they had as a society, and the most important thing is children because they represent the future," said Gabriel Prieto, an archaeology professor at Peru’s National University of Trujillo, who has led the excavation, along with John Verano of Tulane University. "Llamas were also very important because these people had no other beasts of burden, they were a fundamental part of the economy," Prieto said, adding the children were buried facing the sea, while the llamas faced the Andes Mountains to the east. More than a dozen bodies were preserved in dry sand for more than 500 years Credit: AP Excavation work at the burial site started in 2011, but news of the findings was first published on Thursday by National Geographic, which helped finance the investigation. Prieto said that besides the bones, researchers also found footprints that have survived rain and erosion. The small footprints indicate the children were marched to their deaths from Chan Chan, an ancient city a mile away from Las Llamas, he said. Verano said the children’s skeletons contained lesions on their breastbones, which were probably made by a ceremonial knife. Dislocated ribcages suggest that whoever was performing the sacrifices may have been trying to extract the children’s hearts. Jeffrey Quilter, the director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University, described it as a "remarkable discovery." In an email, Quilter said the site provides "concrete evidence" that large scale sacrifices of children occurred in ancient Peru. "Reports of very large sacrifices are known from other parts of the world, but it is difficult to know if the numbers are exaggerated or not," Quilter wrote. Quilter is heading a team of scientists who will analyse DNA samples from the children’s remains to see if they were related and figure out from which areas of the Chimu empire the sacrificed youth came. Several ancient cultures in the Americas practised human sacrifices including the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Incas, who conquered the Chimu empire in the late 15th century. But the mass sacrifice of children is something that has rarely been documented. The Las Llamas site is located in a shantytown, and has been fenced off to stop illegal developers from building homes on it. Prieto says the site shows how in Peru history can be just around the corner. "This site surrounded by houses in a working class neighbourhood can tell us a lot about a macabre event that is perhaps one of the darkest moments in our history," Prieto said. "But this is also part of our cultural heritage."  



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Archaeologists May Have Found the World's Largest Known Child Sacrifice Site in Peru

Archaeologists May Have Found the World's Largest Known Child Sacrifice Site in PeruArchaeologists in Peru have uncovered what could be the site of the largest known instance of child sacrifice in the Americas



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Ancient child sacrifice site discovered in Peru could be largest in world history

Ancient child sacrifice site discovered in Peru could be largest in world historyThe largest ancient child sacrifice site in the Americas, if not the world, has been located in Peru, it has been reported. The remains of 140 children and 200 juvenile llamas that appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event which is estimated to have taken place 550 years ago were unearthed by archaeologists. The site was found just over 300 metres from the Pacific Ocean, amid a block of residential compounds in La Libertad outside Trujillo, Peru’s third-largest city.



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Syria: The Largest (and Most Important) Conflict of the 21st Century

Syria: The Largest (and Most Important) Conflict of the 21st CenturyThe Syrian conflict, which appears that it will drag on for a decade, has been a source of regional instability and chaos. Justifying airstrikes against Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump harkened back one hundred years to World War I. “Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare,” he said on April 14. The Syrian war conjures up many past conflicts with commonalities to saber-rattling of the Cold War and the fragmentation of the Thirty Years War.



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Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its history

Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its historyBahrain on Sunday announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich. “The new resource is forecast to contain highly significant quantities of tight (light crude) oil and deep gas, dwarfing Bahrain’s current reserves,” said the country’s Higher Committee for Natural Resources, which is chaired by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad. The find in the Khaleej al-Bahrain, off the west coast, was “the largest discovery of oil in the country’s history”, it said in a statement.



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