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New species discovered in Suriname's mountain rainforests
2 October 2013 - An expedition of 16 scientists to the remote and uninhabited region of South America catalogued 1,378 plants, ants, fish, insects, birds, mammals, and amphibians. The biologists believe they have identified 60 species that are potentially new to science, including six frogs, one snake, and eleven fish. (more)

Suriname team find 46 new species in tropical forests
24 January 2012 - An expedition to a tiny South American country has revealed more than 40 species that scientists believe to be new to science. The expedition to the pristine tropical forests of Suriname was led by the charity Conservation International. The collaboration between scientists, indigenous people, and students recorded 1,300 species in total. (more)

Two Suriname men win global environmental prize
21 April 2009 - When Hugo Jabini saw his people's territory in Suriname being devastated by logging in the mid-1990s, he and a tribal leader of the forest-dwelling Saramaka decided to devote their days to halting the buzz of chain saws. Their efforts toward halting the clearcutting of vast stands of tropical trees was rewarded Monday with the Goldman Environmental Prize, given annually by the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Foundation to six winners, one on each inhabited continent. (more)

Suriname President wins re-election
4 August 2005 - Suriname's President Ronals Venetiaan easily won re-election yesterday in a vote by an assembly of regional councils, ending a heated battle that had left the South American country's leadership in limbo for more than two months. 'We will put together a strong Cabinet to work together with everyone, from coalition as well as opposition parties who are willing to cooperate,' Venetiaan said. (more)


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Suriname violence leaves seven dead, hundreds homeless
28 December 2009 - At least seven foreign migrants are dead and hundreds more homeless after rioting and attacks against migrant workers in Suriname left a border town in ashes, a Brazilian priest aiding victims said Sunday. The Rev. Jose Vergilio said the riots in the town of Albina, which began late Thursday, have made the area uninhabitable for an estimated 300 people who fled. Father Vergilio said the unrest is only the latest violence between people in Suriname and a growing community of Brazilian workers who cross the country's southern border to work for companies prospecting for gold. Photos show large areas of the town burnt to the ground. The torched husks of cars, vans, and trucks lined a parking lot; buildings displayed charred and blasted-out walls; and heaps of concrete blocks, garbage, and roofing materials were piled on the ground. (more)

Suriname deadlocked over new president
19 July 2005 - Suriname's parliament was deadlocked Monday over choosing a new president, with no candidate securing the two-thirds majority needed to become the leader of the divided South American nation. If lawmakers don't reach a decision this week, the election will be passed to the regional assemblies, where the ruling coalition is considered likely to prevail. (more)

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