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    With attention on virus, Amazon deforestation surges

    Agence France-Presse . Rio de Janeiro | Updated at 10:19pm on May 09, 2020

    It has not gotten much attention with the world focused on coronavirus, but deforestation has surged in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of...

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    47 killed, 75 wounded in Venezuela prison riot

    Agence France-Presse . Caracas | Updated at 10:51am on May 03, 2020

    A prison riot has left at least 47 dead and 75 wounded in western Venezuela, a country where NGOs and inmates’ families regularly denounce unsanitary...

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    17 dead in Venezuela prison riot

    Agence France-Presse . Caracas | Updated at 12:02am on May 03, 2020

    At least 17 inmates were killed Friday in a Venezuelan prison riot, military authorities said. Detainees at Guanare city’s Los Llanos prison staged ‘a disturbance...

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    Back from COVID dead in Ecuador, after hospital mixup

    Agence France-Presse . Quito, Ecuador | Updated at 10:42pm on April 26, 2020

    An Ecuadoran woman who was pronounced dead of COVID-19 suddenly woke up in the hospital, to the delight and relief of relatives who had identified...

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    Argentine prison riot over coronavirus ends with promise of talks

    Agence France-Presse . Buenos Aires | Updated at 10:22pm on April 25, 2020

    A prison riot in Argentina over fears of the coronavirus spreading in the facility ended Friday after inmates agreed to hold talks with officials, local...

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    Brazil sacks health minister amid COVID-19 crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Brasilia | Updated at 12:51pm on April 17, 2020

    Brazil’s health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said on Thursday that he had been sacked by president Jair Bolsonaro, after weeks of clashes between the two...

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    99-year-old WWII veteran beats coronavirus in Brazil

    Agence France-Presse . Brasilia | Updated at 12:17pm on April 15, 2020

    A 99-year-old World War II veteran in Brazil was released from hospital with military honors Tuesday after recovering from the coronavirus. Second Lieutenant Ermando Piveta,...

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    Police collect 800 bodies from Ecuador’s coronavirus epicentre

    Agence France-Presse . Guayaquil, Ecuador | Updated at 12:50am on April 14, 2020

    Ecuador said police have removed almost 800 bodies in recent weeks from homes in Guayaquil, the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, after the disease...

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    Cuba hits out at ‘cruel’ US sanctions during virus pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Havana | Updated at 10:17pm on April 11, 2020

    Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as ‘even more cruel’...

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    Ecuador VP apologises after virus corpses left on streets

    Agence France-Presse . Quito, Ecuador | Updated at 10:14pm on April 06, 2020

    Ecuador’s vice-president Otto Sonnenholzner has apologized after scores of bodies were left on the streets of Guayaquil as the coronavirus ravages the horror-struck port city...