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The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise over 1,000ft from the ground

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A giant observation tower is under construction in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected...

The Mexican authorities have declared a maximum alert for Baja California as Hurricane Odile will hit the region in the coming hours

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Hurricane Odile will hit the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula in the coming hours, the US National Hurricane Center says. Officials described the...

A small meteorite hit Managua on September 6

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A small meteorite hit the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on September 6, government officials say. Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which...

The commemoration of late Hugo Chavez with a rewriting of the Christian Lord's Prayer is causing controversy in Venezuela

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The commemoration of late Hugo Chavez with a rewriting of the Christian Lord's Prayer is causing controversy in Venezuela. Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church is denouncing...

Hundreds of thousands of fish have been washed up on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in Jalisco over the past week

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Mexican authorities have issued an environmental alert after hundreds of thousands of fish have been washed up on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in...

Brazil's presidential candidates have taken part in the first TV debate of the campaign

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Brazil's presidential candidates have taken part in the first TV debate of the campaign. Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff faced her main rivals Marina Silva of...

Rioters in a Brazilian jail in the southern city of Cascavel have killed four fellow inmates and injured several others

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Rioters in a Brazilian jail in the southern city of Cascavel have killed four fellow inmates and injured several others, police say. At least 700...

Peru quake occurred about 13 hours after a 6-magnitude temblor shook Northern California

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A 7-magnitude earthquake has struck near Puquio, central Peru, on August 24, the US Geological Survey has said. There were no immediate reports of damage...

A mandatory fingerprinting system will placed in Venezuela’s supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling

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A mandatory fingerprinting system will placed in Venezuela’s supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling, President Nicolas Maduro has announced. Nicolas Maduro said the system...

Marina Silva has been formally named as the Brazilian Socialist Party’s new presidential candidate

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Marina Silva has been formally named as the Brazilian Socialist Party’s new presidential candidate. Environmental campaigner Marina Silva, 56, replaces the late Eduardo Campos, who...

Three relatives of Pope Francis have been killed in a car crash in Argentina

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Three relatives of Pope Francis have been killed when their car slammed into the back of a truck on a highway in central Argentina,...

Pope Francis has lifted a ban the Catholic Church put on the beatification of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero over his suspected Marxist ideas

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Pope Francis has lifted a ban the Catholic Church put on the beatification of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero over his suspected Marxist ideas. An...

Lieutenant-General Ricardo Izurieta took over from General Augusto Pinochet as commander-in-chief of the Army in March 1998

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Ricardo Izurieta, Chile’s ex-army commander, has passed away at his home aged 71. Gen. Ricardo Izurieta succeeded Augusto Pinochet as army commander in 1998, during...

Marina Silva is expected to replace late Eduardo Campos to run for Brazil’s president in October

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Marina Silva, Brazil’s ex-environment minister, would replace former presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on August 13. Marina Silva is...

The Brazilian Air Force says the black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Eduardo Campos did not record his flight

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According to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo...

The plane carrying Eduardo Campos came down in bad weather in a residential area of the port city of Santos

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Brazil’s presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has died in a plane crash, party members and local officials say. The Brazilian Air Force reported the plane was...

Argentina is blaming the US for its debt default

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Argentina is blaming the US for its debt default, calling the mediator in failed talks "incompetent". Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said Argentina was considering opening...

The US government is imposing travel restrictions on a number of Venezuelan officials

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The US government is imposing travel restrictions on a number of Venezuelan officials. Officials did not specify how many people would be affected, but said...

Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders ended in failure

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Ratings agency S & P declared Argentina in default after the government missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds. Argentina...

Argentina can't afford to pay the so-called hold-out creditors and risks a new bond default

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Economy Minister Axel Kicillof has returned to the negotiating table in a last-ditch attempt to prevent Argentina defaulting on its bonds. Axel Kicillof's talks with...

A 6.3- magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Mexico, with no immediate reports of damage or injury

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A 6.3- magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Mexico, with no immediate reports of damage or injury. A 6.3- magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Mexico,...

Venezuela’s PSUV is holding its first congress since Hugo Chavez died

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Venezuela's key party - United Socialist Party (PSUV) - has begun its first congress since President Hugo Chavez died in March 2013. Party leaders have...

Bolivia has passed a law allowing children to work from the age of 10

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Bolivia has passed a law allowing children to work from the age of 10 as long as they also attend school and are self-employed. The...

Ladies in White members were detained during a protest march in Cuba

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Cuban opposition activist group "Ladies in White" says dozens of its members were detained during a protest march. The women, who were freed after several...

Vladimir Putin has been holding bilateral talks with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during his visit to Argentina

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Vladimir Putin is visiting Argentina as part of his Latin American tour in an apparent bid to seek allies to counter US and Western...