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    Peru president eyes blow to opposition in congressional polls

    Agence France-Presse . Lima | Updated at 11:39pm on January 26, 2020

    President Martin Vizcarra looks set to break the opposition stranglehold on Peru’s Congress as legislative elections get underway on Sunday, the first time they have...

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    First Chilean police officer in court as protest flare anew

    Agence France-Presse . Santiago | Updated at 12:20am on January 26, 2020

    A Chilean police officer appeared in court Friday in the first instance of prosecutors bringing charges over eye injuries blamed on security forces during Chile’s...

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    Maduro celebrates Guaido failure

    Agence France-Presse . Caracas | Updated at 10:22pm on January 24, 2020

    Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro goaded opposition leader Juan Guaido during a rally in Caracas on Thursday, taunting his rival for failing to unseat him.A year...

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    76 ‘highly dangerous’ criminals escape Paraguay jail

    Agence France-Presse . Asuncion | Updated at 02:43pm on January 20, 2020

    Nearly 80 prisoners, many of them members of a big Brazilian drug and arms-trafficking gang and described as ‘highly dangerous,’ escaped Sunday from a Paraguayan...

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    Mexico ramps up border security to block migrant caravan

    Agence France-Presse . Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico | Updated at 10:24pm on January 18, 2020

    Mexico deployed around 200 National Guard officers to the Guatemalan border on Friday in an effort to block a huge migrant caravan traversing Central America...

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    Amazon indigenous leaders accuse Brazil of ‘genocide’ policy

    Agence France-Presse . Piaracu, Brazil | Updated at 10:03pm on January 18, 2020

    Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s pledge to open up the Amazon to mining companies was tantamount to ‘genocide’, indigenous leaders said Friday at a meeting to...

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    5.3 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico

    Agence France-Presse . Mexico City | Updated at 01:21pm on January 17, 2020

    A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Thursday, causing some damage, according to local authorities. The quake struck south of...

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    Amazon experiences 85pc deforestation in 2019

    Agence France-Presse . Brasilia | Updated at 04:00pm on January 15, 2020

    Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85 per cent in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday...

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    US sanctions Venezuelan officials involved in assembly takeover

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:59pm on January 14, 2020

    The US government slapped sanctions Monday on Venezuelan officials who tried to take over the National Assembly in a bid to block opposition leader Juan...

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    At least 29 bodies recovered from Mexican mass grave

    Agence France-Presse . Guadalajara | Updated at 01:35pm on January 14, 2020

    The bodies of at least 29 people have been unearthed from a mass grave on a property outside Mexico’s western city of Guadalajara, local authorities...