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$108 Million Worth Of Cocaine Has Been Seized In Sri Lanka

Authorities in Sri Lanka have seized and destroyed the largest Asian cocaine shipment to date.

The 928kg of drugs, valued at $108 million, were seized in a timber container back in December at the Port of Colombo, before police destroyed it in a cement factory this week.

Reuters reports the shipment came from Colombia and was bound for India.

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15,568 Feet. 120 Kilometers. A Long Trek Into the Mountains of Northern Colombia Written by Steven John

Author’s note: Without the permission and the assistance of the Kogi, a tribe that has maintained its culture and way of life for centuries even as the world around their isolated mountain range has changed dramatically over the past few centuries, the trek herein discussed would have been impossible. However, as the Kogi wish to remain largely untouched by, and uninvolved with the outside world, to respect their privacy, I will largely omit their mention from this piece and will give no specifics on the locations of their villages, their sacred sites, nor even on the starting point of this multiple day hike. Instead, I will focus on the actual trek and its varied challenges and moments of celebration. My heartfelt thanks go to the Kogi, to the unnamed guides and handlers who helped this journey become a reality, and to Columbia Sportswear, who financed the trek and provided much of the gear upon which I and the other members of the team relied.

The first day was going well, overall, despite the heat and humidity that are to be expected when one is hiking through a rain forest located a few dozen miles from the Caribbean coast of South America. There was one consistent cause for frustration, though: the steep, rutted, dirt trail spent as much time going down as it did up, and as any mountaineer knows, every step you take down now means a step up farther along the path.

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Bucket List Travel: 3 Once-in-a-lifetime Adventure Trips in South America

South America doesn’t get the love it deserves.

Europe and Asia feature defined backpacker “trails” that have been well-worn thanks to decades of Lonely Planet-inspired travelers. While South America sees its fair share of visitors too, much of it remains pristine and ripe for exploration. Here are three of the continent’s most bucket list-worthy trips.

Get Lost on the Amazon River (Peru to Brazil)

Untamed Path Adventures

Exploring the Amazon River may be the most audacious journey an adventure traveler can undertake. Some rustic lodging and other services exist along its 4,300-mile route but, for the most part, travelers are completely on their own. It’s remote, wild, and rugged. Malaria, piranhas, river pirates, and whirlpools are very real dangers. All of which means it’s best to go with a guide who knows the area and how to get out alive. Untamed Path Adventures provides a bespoke guided expedition that’s like a highlight reel of everything the Amazon River has to offer. The 12-day journey includes riding downriver in a dugout canoe, beach camping under the rainforest canopy, fishing the Amazon River, and landing a tiny Cessna prop plane on a dirt runway in the middle of the jungle. It’s a bit like an episode of Narcos but with a lot less cocaine.

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5 Unkillable Houseplants for Guys without a Green-Thumb

If you find yourself in that transitional period where dog-eared beer cozies seem passé, yet the idea of spending $300 on bed sheets is laughable, investing in a houseplant might be just the ticket.

Guaranteed to spruce up your home and improve the quality of air you breathe, while simultaneously sending out clear eligible signals to any ladies passing through, houseplants are enjoying something of a comeback right now. The Manual suggests getting all up in it, with our pick of the (kill-proof) bunch.

1. Echeveria Nodulos

This distinct species is part of the succulent family – low-growing, low-maintenance fleshy plants to you and me. Able to store water within its leaves, this little fella will grow steadily if left on a sunny windowsill or–if you’re feeling adventurous–in a terrarium. When watering, the trick is to keep the soil cool and damp, so a splash of water every couple of days should be plenty.

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‘Cocaine king of Milan’ arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run

Rocco Morabito, of the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta, was one of Italy’s most-wanted mafia bosses

One of Italy’s most-wanted mob bosses has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from convictions for mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes, the Italian interior ministry has said.

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Sunken British warship with £1 BILLION in gold to be raised from the ocean 250 years after battle

A sunken British warship wrecked off the coast of South America is due to see the light of day once again – along with £1billion in gold coins .

The Lord Clive was blasted by cannon fire in 1763 after an attempt to reclaim Uruguay’s Colonia del Sacramento, a former British colony which had been seized by the Spanish.

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Top Gear Team Driven Out Of Argentina

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The stars abandon their cars at the roadside and are pelted with stones by people accusing them of joking about the Falklands War.

The BBC has dismissed accusations that Top Gear deliberately chose a car with a number plate appearing to refer to the Falklands War to cause controversy while filming in Argentina.

The programme’s cast and crew are flying out of the country after facing protests from politicians and army veterans.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond were reportedly among those who had to abandon their cars at the roadside and flee after being pelted with stones by an angry crowd.

The team used a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could be seen to refer to the conflict which took place in 1982.

A group of war veterans protested outside their hotel and one local politician said they were escorted to the airport.

Juan Manuel Romano, secretary of social development for Ushuaia in southern Tierra del Fuego province, said: “They have taken the decision to leave.”

The BBC confirmed they were leaving the country, although show bosses have said the number plate was merely a coincidence.

The programme has already run into problems this year, with one episode found to be in breach of Ofcom’s broadcasting code for the use of a racially offensive term during a two-part special filmed in Burma, following a complaint from a couple of viewers.

And Clarkson apologised after unbroadcast footage emerged in which he appeared to use the N-word, although he denied actually saying it.

The team from the show are in South America filming a special on a remote highway passing through Chile and Argentina.

Executive producer Andy Wilman said: “Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme; to suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original is completely untrue.”

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