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Deadly fires in Chile destroy over 500 homes, leave 3000 people homeless

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A wildfire in Chile has destroyed over 500 homes in six hours and continues to sweep the area, with strong winds fanning the flames. A state of emergency has been declared by the country’s president in an effort to help the army battle the fires. At least two people have been killed in the fire that swept more than 2.5 million square meters (660 acres), according... 

Argentina braces for strike over inflation, crime

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Argentina is bracing for a major strike over high inflation and crime levels in the Latin American country. Three of the country’s five major unions are expected to take part in Thursday’s labor action in protest against the government’s attempt to cap salary increases. The 24-hour walkout is expected to severely disrupt the country’s public transportation. The... 

Brazilian army cleans slum in Rio for FIFA & Olympics

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Thousands of Brazilian soldiers have fanned out in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slums to provide security less than three months before the FIFA World Cup. The security push on Saturday is considered the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the infamous Mare slum, which is located near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport and is... 

How US created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to take down Castro

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The United States engineered a text messaging network in Cuba to try and spread unrest in the communist country. More than 40,000 people have shared news and opinions using the service. The documents obtained by the Associated Press state the project was led by Joe McSpedon, a US government official, who attracted a team of high-tech wizards from around the... 

900,000 evacuated as 8.2 earthquake rattles Chile

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A massive 8.2 magnitude quake has struck off the coast of northern Chile, killing 6 people and sending a 2-meter tsunami wave. Over 900,000 people and 11 hospitals were evacuated along the coastline, government officials said. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from low lying coastal regions after a tsunami warning returned to their homes Wednesday morning... 

Death toll from Venezuela unrest rises to 39

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Anti-government protesters clash with police in Caracas, Venezuela. Two more people have died during demonstrations in Venezuela, pushing the death toll from several weeks of protests to 39. The men died on Saturday in separate incidents, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said on VTV public television. A 44-year-old man died in the western city of San Cristobal... 

Anti-government protests continue in Venezuela

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Anti-government demonstrators clash with the National Guard in Caracas on March 28, 2014. Violent protests continue against the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, despite him having agreed to hold talks with the opposition. Anti-government demonstrators clashed with the National Guard in the capital Caracas on Friday. Maduro has agreed to... 

​Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

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Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide. The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active... 

Brazil to pass anti-spy bill in victory for net neutrality

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Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a groundbreaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices. The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure success, President Dilma Rousseff had to let it through at the cost of allowing companies such as Google and... 

Argentineans slam US meddling in Venezuela

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Argentinean people have staged a protest rally in the capital, Buenos Aires, to condemn the United States’ interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs. The demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in the Argentinean capital, criticizing Washington for plotting a coup d’état against the Venezuelan government. The protesters also demanded an end... 

Chileans demand constitution reform

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Chileans have held a demonstration in the capital, Santiago, to demand constitutional reform. Protesters marched through Santiago streets on Saturday to urge the administration of President Michelle Bachelet to follow pledges to address constitutional reform in issues such as social inequality through an overhaul of education and healthcare systems. The “march... 

Protesters clash with police in Venezuelan capital

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Protesters demonstrating against the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have clashed with police in the capital, Caracas. Demonstrators, many of them hooded, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police officers and clogged up streets in busy areas of the city with makeshift barricades on Saturday. In response, police used tear gas and riot... 

Thousands of Argentines rally for pay rise

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Thousands of teachers and government workers have taken to the streets of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, calling for a pay rise. Members of the Argentine Workers Federation, the South American country’s largest trade union, marched on Wednesday outside the Casa Rosada Government House at Plaza de Mayo square in central Buenos Aires. The protesters... 

Venezuela breaks diplomatic relations with Panama, citing conspiracy

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The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that it was breaking diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama on Wednesday, citing the Central American country’s complicity in a “conspiracy.” In strongly worded comments during a commemoration event on the anniversary of the death of the country’s late president, Hugo Chavez,... 

70 dead in Bolivia carnival festivities

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Performers during Bolivian Carnival The Bolivian government says 70 people have died, most of them in road accidents, during carnival festivities in the Andean country. Interior Minister Carlos Romero said on Wednesday that police reported 70 deaths, including 37 in traffic accidents, AFP reported. That toll did not include another five people killed in an incident... 
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