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#South America

# south-america - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Brazilian police officers sentenced to life over 1992 prison massacre

111 prisoners died as police used deadly force to halt a riot in Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison. 25 officers were sentenced today.

# south-america - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Mexico confirms 22 killed in coordinated attack on police

Attackers equipped with high-powered rifles and grenades carried out a carefully-planned attack against federal police in western Mexcio.

# south-america - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Pope refuses to use his armoured Popemobile in Brazil

The pontiff wanted to “pass through its great heart”.

# south-america - Sunday 23 June, 2013

Edward Snowden to follow Julian Assange to Ecuadoran shelter?

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister says it has received a formal request for asylum.

# south-america - Friday 10 May, 2013

From The42 Want to see an absolute wonder goal from the halfway line? Take A Bow This post contains videos

Want to see an absolute wonder goal from the halfway line?

You won’t see a more audacious strike than this one for a long time.

# south-america - Monday 15 April, 2013

Venezuela confirms Nicolas Maduro as president

It’s finally official after demands for recount: The acting president will succeed the late Hugo Chavez, beating his opponent by just over 1 per cent.

Chavez heir wins Venezuela vote - but opposition refuses to concede

Nicolas Maduro, who had been acting president since the death of Hugo Chavez, won 50.66 per cent of the vote last night.

# south-america - Sunday 7 April, 2013

Americans are consuming more guinea pig than ever before

Peruvian importers say the demand has never been higher – possibly from the ex-pat South American community in the USA.

# south-america - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Irish teenager charged with threatening Guyana leader

The 17-year-old’s lawyer said he had been drinking alcohol when he told bodyguards he would shoot and kill the president.

# south-america - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Plan to put Chavez's body on display 'may be impossible'

The acting president of Venezuela said preparatory steps to put Hugo Chavez’s body on display should have been taken much earlier.

# south-america - Monday 18 February, 2013

Chavez uses Twitter to announce his surprise return to Venezuela

Hugo Chavez has spent more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment.

# south-america - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Colombian farmers learn how to remove landmines

The country has the world’s second highest number of landmine victims after Afghanistan.

# south-america - Friday 4 January, 2013

Chavez suffering from 'respiratory insufficiency'

Hugo Chavez’s top aides say the opposition and the media have used the Venezuelan president’s poor health to wage a “psychological war” to destabilise the country.

# south-america - Monday 24 December, 2012

South America: volcano alert raised in Chile, Argentina

A top-level red alert has been issued for Chile’s Copahue volcano, which is located at the country’s Andean border with Argentina.

# south-america - Saturday 15 December, 2012

UN court orders release of Argentine ship in Ghana

The ARA Libertad training ship was seized in October in the port of Tema as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina’s economic crisis a decade ago.

# south-america - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Uruguay congress considers same-sex marriage law

The Latin American country is considering a new law to give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.

# south-america - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Argentina lowers its voting age to 16

The move will likely strengthen President Cristina Kirchner’s hopes of retaining control of the legislature and potentially change the constitution to allow her to run for a third term.

# south-america - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey Green Jersey Approach This post contains images

Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey

Michael D Higgins arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday and headed straight for a meeting with the popular former president.

# south-america - Sunday 7 October, 2012

PHOTOS: Day four of Michael D's visit to Chile El Presidente This post contains images

PHOTOS: Day four of Michael D's visit to Chile

El Presidente visited the grave of former Chilean leader Salvador Allende as part of his two-week trip today.

Poll open in Venezuela in tough election for Chavez

Hugo Chavez has been in power for almost 14 years – but his opponent in the presidential election is in a statistical dead heat with the president in opinion polls.

# south-america - Friday 5 October, 2012

President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile

President Michael D Higgins has a busy schedule on the day two of his South American trip.

# south-america - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile El Presidente This post contains images

Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile

The President met with his Chilean counterpart on a busy day of public engagements.

Higgins to meet Chilean president on first full day of South America trip

After arriving in Chile yesterday morning, President Higgins kicks off his two weeks trip to South American with a day of public engagements in Santiago.

# south-america - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

¡Hola! President Higgins begins official visit to South America today

The President will meet with the presidents of Chile, Brazil and Argentina during the two-week visit.

# south-america - Friday 28 September, 2012

From The42 Surplus: No room for Tevez in Argentina squad Spoilt For Choice

Surplus: No room for Tevez in Argentina squad

With only home-based players to be added to his 18 strong squad, Alejandro Sabella has no use for Carlos Tevez in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

# south-america - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Colombia says last top drug lord arrested

Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, alleged to be the country’s last major drug lord, has been arrested in an international sting.

# south-america - Tuesday 4 September, 2012

President Higgins to travel to Latin America in October

The President is expected to make an official visit to Chile, Brazil and Argentina next month.

# south-america - Monday 27 August, 2012

Ecuador's president says Assange allegations 'not crimes' in most places

Correa said the alleged actions against the WikiLeaks founder were ‘not crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the world’ but they had played no part in Quito’s decision to grant Assange asylum.

¿Lo entiendes? Michael D enrols in Spanish language course

The Irish President has spent the past three weeks learning Spanish with his wife Sabina.

# south-america - Thursday 16 August, 2012

Wikileaks, Ecuador condemn 'UK threat to storm' embassy for Assange

The Wikileaks founder continues in his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

# south-america - Monday 13 August, 2012

Mexico: Mayor-elect shot dead

Edgar Morales Perez was elected as mayor-elect of the city of Matehuala on 1 July.

# south-america - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

WikiLeaks founder Assange seeks Ecuador asylum

Julian Assange yesterday walked into Ecuador’s embassy in London and applied for political asylum in a sensational bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

# south-america - Friday 20 April, 2012

From The Daily Edge It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of capybaras from around the world Capybara Friday This post contains images

It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of capybaras from around the world

What do you mean you’ve never heard of them?

# south-america - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Family of Michael Dwyer pressures EU to find answers over killing

The family of an Irish man killed by Bolivian state police in 2009 is travelling to the European Parliament today, seeking to secure information about his death.

# south-america - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Farc rebels release ten hostages held for at least 12 years

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos praised the release of captives, but called the move “insufficient” to merit a peace dialogue.

# south-america - Friday 9 March, 2012

From The42 WATCH: Neymar does his best Lionel Messi impression Take A Bow This post contains videos

WATCH: Neymar does his best Lionel Messi impression

The striker has been up to his old tricks again, as he looks to outdo his Argentinian counterpart.

# south-america - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Interpol website hacked after arrest of 25 suspected Anonymous members

Those arrested – aged between 17 and 25 – are suspected of planning cyber-attacks against several South American and European institutions. Interpol’s website went down following news of the arrests.

# south-america - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

From The42 International friendly wrap: wins for Brazil, Serbia World In Motion

International friendly wrap: wins for Brazil, Serbia

The Samba Boys left it late to see off Bosnia in St Gallen.

# south-america - Sunday 26 February, 2012

From The42 The Sunday Papers: some of the week's best sportswriting Well Read

The Sunday Papers: some of the week's best sportswriting

Do yourself a favour and check this lot out.

# south-america - Sunday 29 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Brazilian bikinis get bigger to fit expanding waistlines Itsybitsy Teenyweeny

Brazilian bikinis get bigger to fit expanding waistlines

A growing number of designers are making bigger bikinis to accommodate Brazil’s thickening waistline.