Dengue Fever is one of the biggest killers in tropical countries. It's carried by mosquitoes that have proven tough to eradicate, so now officials in Brazil are trying a new approach: mosquitoes that have been genetically modified.
Expeditions to climb Mount Everest were put on hold this year, after an accident killed 16 Sherpas. But a Chinese woman reached the summit, and officials suspect she may have inappropriately used a helicopter. Meanwhile, in China, officials are using public trials to send a message to Uighur separatists, and Norway's touted prostitution reform is under attack. All that in today's Global Scan.
For years, national leaders have failed to create sustainable climate change solutions, and poorer nations and communities have borne the brunt of inaction. Now human rights issues are getting much more attention.
Ex-Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is sitting in a minimum security prison in Panama these days. A US military invasion toppled the dictator in 1989 and he's been tucked away in prison cells in Miami and France ever since.
if you've ever thought about climbing Mount Everest, you better pack an extra trash bag. A new rule requires all climbers to bring down eight kilograms of garbage over and above their own trash. Odds are they won't be bringing down banana peals, at least if you believe new research that bananas could be under threat. That and more, in today's Global Scan.
In Panama, scientists are racing to find and save frogs before they succumb to a virulent fungus that's been killing amphibians around the world. Sabri Ben-Achour reports on the effort to get frogs into what they're calling 'amphibian arks.'
For our Geo Quiz today we were looking for a Central American country that's a popular stopover for migrating hawks. Panama is the answer, and reporter Murray Carpenter takes us to a hawk watch in Panama City.
The Darién Gap is an impassable tangle of jungle and swamp between Panama and Colombia that forces journeys along the Pan-American Highway to come to full stop. Only a few hundred travelers annually make this trip.