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"I saw my daughter dead in my arms," says Severina Carla da Silva, 32, describing the moment that her six-month-old baby Nivea Heloisa passed out after being breastfed. "She became purple, stopped breathing and passed out. Then I remembered how to do cardiac massage and did it. That's how she came back to life." Nivea is one of the...

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The mayor of Buenos Aires has announced that his administration has taken over the running of the city's zoo after a series of scandals about the condition of its animals and buildings. It will now become an eco-park promoting environmental conservation. Its 2,500 animals will be moved to sanctuaries in other parts of Argentina and abroad where...

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A Chinese container ship has become the first vessel to sail into the newly expanded Panama Canal. Thousands gathered as the ship, called Cosco Shipping Panama, entered from the Atlantic en route to the Pacific. Construction on the new lane for the canal, which runs for 77km (48 miles), began in 2007 and was due to finish in 2014....

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Preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been full of controversies and hurdles along the way. A severe recession in Brazil, a nationwide Zika outbreak and the governor of Rio declaring a state of financial emergency added strain to the difficult task of building venues and infrastructure. When Rio were awarded the Games back in...

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The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics. Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles says the "serious economic crisis" threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the Games. Most public funding for the Olympics has come from Rio's city government, but the state is responsible for areas such...

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Celebrated Brazilian plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy has died at the age of 93, a day after passing the Olympic torch for the Rio Games. He died of a heart attack at home in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, a spokeswoman said. On Friday, he had held the torch in the Rio neighbourhood of Gavea, on the final leg...

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The Cuban economy minister has been removed from his post following President Raul Castro's warning last week that people would have to tighten their belts amid the continuing economic crisis in Venezuela. The government says Marino Murillo will now have responsibility for spearheading market reforms. Cuba's economy is closely tied to that of its socialist ally, Venezuela. But Venezuela...

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Brazilian prosecutors have made a formal allegation of tax evasion and money laundering against former tourism minister Henrique Alves. Mr Alves resigned on Thursday after being linked to a corruption scheme. Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot presented evidence to the Supreme Court saying that Mr Alves had a secret bank account in Switzerland. He became the third cabinet minister...

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A judge in Brazil has blocked nationwide access to WhatsApp indefinitely, blocking the messaging app for the third time in two years. The move comes after Whatsapp failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation. WhatsApp also faces fines of 50,000 reais (£11,700; $15,300) per day until it complies with the judicial order. A company spokesperson said:...

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The Swiss anti-corruption expert, Mark Pieth, has told the BBC he resigned from the Panama Papers commission because of government interference. Mr Pieth said officials told him that they would have final say on whether to publish the panel's findings on the offshore tax evasion scandal. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, also resigned. The seven-person panel was...

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