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How a Uruguayan town revolutionised the way we eat
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Located on the banks of the Uruguay River and named after a 17th-Century hermit, the sleepy town of Fray Bentos produced one of the most influential food brands of the 20th Century. “The company claimed it used every part of the cow except for the moo,” said Diana Cerilla, guiding me into the he [...]
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US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan media magnate
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Raul Gorrin allegedly led a currency exchange network, which the Treasury says stole $2.4bn. The United States has imposed sanctions on a Venezuelan media magnate close to President Nicolas Maduro's government for allegedly running a currency exchange network it said siphoned $2.4bn to corrupt gove [...]
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Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW
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New report says detainees were strangled, deprived of food and had the soles of their feet cut with razor blades. Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested and tortured military personnel, accused of plotting against the government, according to an international rights group. In a new report, Hum [...]
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Guatemala on the edge of the abyss
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Guatemala is about to witness a major standoff between the presidency and the courts, which could hurt its democracy. On Monday, the Guatemalan government announced its withdrawal from a treaty with the United Nations which created an International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). A [...]
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Bolsonaro threatens to withdraw Brazil from UN migration pact
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Brazilian president slams freshly-minted global accord, saying rules will be made 'without external influence'. Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday blasted the UN's global migration pact, a deal he has promised to pull out of, saying decisions about who was able to come into [...]
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Bolsonaro and the Israeli-Iranian rivalry in South America
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The new right-wing presidency in Brazil will likely hurt Iranian interests in South America. Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies since 1979, when Iranian revolutionaries toppled the Pahlavi regime and established the Islamic Republic in its stead. The hostility has since spilled over into regio [...]
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Brazil’s environmental chief resigns after Bolsonaro criticism
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Head of agency in charge of protecting the Amazon rainforest quits after Brazilian president questions spending. The head of Brazil's environmental protection agency has resigned following criticism from the country's newly inaugurated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. A spokesperson for the Brazi [...]
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Latin America in 2019: Stories to watch
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As controversial new leaders find their feet and crises continue, here are the stories to look out for this year. In the last 12 months, Latin America has seen a series of high-stakes elections, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deliver its biggest-ever bailout package and Venezuela's economic c [...]
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Allying with Bolsonaro will harm Venezuela’s opposition
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If the Venezuelan opposition is truly fighting for democracy, it would not seek an alliance with an undemocratic leader. Venezuela, without a doubt, has experienced the most dramatic democratic erosion in Latin America (PDF) since the region's third wave of democratization began. Free and fair elect [...]
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Wildfires tear through Chile
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More than 100 people have been displaced by the blazes to the west of the capital, Santiago. Dozens of wildfires tore through central Chile destroying scores of homes. It is the start of the fire season and the blazes on Thursday and Friday point towards a difficult time ahead for the South American [...]
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How revolutionary-minded is Mexico’s new president really?
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Mexico's incoming 'leftist' president wants to be both a man of the people and a friend to big business. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who will assume the presidency of Mexico on December 1, has promised to deliver a "radical revolution," comparable in its transformational impact to the country's ind [...]
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Brazil deploys 300 troops to stop criminal attacks in Fortaleza
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Curbing violent attacks is the first test of newly-elected President Jair Bolsonaro's strict law-and-order platform. A special deployment of Brazilian troops have begun fanning out in the northern city of Fortaleza with orders to stop a spike in violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses [...]
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‘Venezuela will be respected’: Maduro defends rule as legitimate
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Nicolas Maduro defends 'legitimacy' ahead of his controversial inauguration for a second-six year term. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has defended his government's legitimacy amid growing opposition and international condemnation of his bid for a second six-year term. In a Tweet on Sunday, Mad [...]
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Bolivian football team hire Pablo Escobar as coach
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La Paz - Bolivian football team The Strongest have hired Pablo Escobar as their coach, the new boss revealed on Thursday. Despite sharing a name with the infamous Colombian drug kingpin gunned down by a special operations police unit in 1993, Escobar's appointment is unlikely to raise any eyebrows a [...]
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Bolivia’s bees threatened by coca farmers’ pesticides | Africanews
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In addition to coca plantations, pesticides are also used on coffee or tropical fruits Exalto Mamani, a coca leaf grower, sprays his fields in the Nor Yungas region of Bolivia with pesticides. The practice threatens the environment, primarily bees. Mamani, whose plots are scattered in terraces on th [...]
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