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World – Tonnes of fish die in lake

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fish continued to die by the ton today in a Rio de Janeiro lake that’s slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the...

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World – Baby found alive in landslide

BOGOTA — Colombians are celebrating as a miracle the rescue of an 11-month-old baby who survived a massive mudslide that killed at least 78 people — including the child’s mother and 11 other relatives....

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Deadly Mexico tornado

At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across...

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PARAGUAY – 11-year-old gives birth to baby girl

ASUNCION –– An 11-year-old girl, who according to authorities was raped by her stepfather, gave birth to a healthy baby girl this morning in Asunción, Paraguay. Asunción Red Cross director Mario...

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CHILE – Picking up the pieces

TONGOY –– Residents sifted through rubble today and saved what they could from homes destroyed by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in central Chile that killed 11 people, forced one million from their homes...

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Mexico braces

PUERTO VALLARTA — Hurricane Patricia barrelled towards south-western Mexico today as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere. Residents and tourists were hunkering down...

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Comedian wins Guatemala election

GUATEMALA CITY –– Comedian-turned-politician Jimmy Morales is poised to become Guatemala’s next president, according to preliminary election returns. Morales, 46, won more than 69 per cent of votes...

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Uruguay’s cannabis plans

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise the personal cultivation, consumption and sale of cannabis. Now its government is moving a step closer to a full commercial market for it, by...

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BRAZIL – Dam break kills two

MARIANA –– At least two people were killed and 30 others injured after two dams collapsed at a Brazilian iron ore mine, officials said today, as rescuers searched for the missing under mud and debris...

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Anger over dam burst at Brazilian mine

MARIANA –– As despair turns to anger over a deadly dam burst at a Brazilian mine, lawmakers pushed today for tougher regulations in a new mining code, and iron ore giant Vale SA came under pressure to...

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VENEZUELA –– Landslide victory

CARACAS — Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, stunning the ruling party and altering the balance of power 17 years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off the...

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Argentine president vows unity

BUENOS AIRES –– Mauricio Macri has been sworn in as Argentina’s president, vowing to unite the nation and revive the economy. The centre-right Macri took the oath of office in Congress but his...

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MEXICO – El Chapo captured

MEXICO CITY — Fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison, Mexica’s President Enrique Pena Nieto announced today. A federal...

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BRAZIL – Rousseff impeachment process begins

BRASILIA –– Pro-impeachment lawmakers chanted “Dilma Out” in the lower house of Brazil Congress on Friday, as it opened a raucous three-day debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on...

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ECUADOR – Three rescued

MANTA — Rescuers in Ecuador pulled three people out alive after being trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center that was flattened by this weekend’s powerful earthquake....

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BRAZIL – Cabinet in crisis

BRASILIA –– Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York in a bid to rally international support against her impeachment, leaving behind a Cabinet paralyzed by political crisis...

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Huge drugs tunnel found in San Diego

One of the longest cross-border drugs-smuggling tunnels between Mexico and the US has been found by authorities in San Diego, American officials say. They say the 800m (874 yards) tunnel was used to...

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MEXICO – 13 die in oil plant blast

MEXICO CITY –– The death toll in an explosion that struck a Mexican oil plant on Wednesday has reached 13 and could rise further. The head of Mexico’s emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, said ten...

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Venezuela cutting power supplies

CARACAS –– Venezuela will begin cutting electricity supplies amid a prolonged drought that has limited power generation, the electricity minister said on Thursday, an unpopular measure for a population...

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VENEZUELA – Power crisis

CARACAS –– About the only thing that can be counted on around the clock at Gustavo Diaz’s home these days is the gas stove. The food in the fridge is spoiling. The microwave oven sits unused. The...

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