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Brazil's government says it will deploy 220,000 soldiers in its fight against mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus. The soldiers will go from home to home handing out leaflets on how to avoid the spread of Zika, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The announcement came after Health Minister Marcelo Castro said...

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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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Brazil has the highest rate of Caesarean sections in the world. Eighty-five per cent of all births in private hospitals are Caesareans, while in public hospitals the figure stands at 45%. The World Health Organization says Caesareans should only be carried out when medically necessary and puts the "ideal rate" at between 10% and 15% of births. The reasons...

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Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep on Sunday when their clocks moved forward to save power, as the country grapples with a deep economic crisis. The time change was ordered by President Nicolas Maduro as part of a package of measures to cope with a severe electricity shortage. The government already ordered rolling blackouts and...

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The story could well be the plot of a Latin American soap opera - a Colombian one, to be more precise. Two pairs of identical twins who were mixed up soon after they were born in 1998 and grew up apart, find each other almost 25 years later through a combination of chance events. It made headlines in...

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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 speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress has opened impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. The process is based on allegations Ms Rousseff broke the law in managing last year's budget, Eduardo Cunha said. Despite re-election last year, her popularity has slumped amid a corruption scandal involving the state-owned oil giant, Petrobras. "I was outraged by the decision,"...

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The US clothing billionaire Douglas Tompkins has died in a kayaking accident in southern Chile, aged 72. The North Face and Esprit co-founder died of hypothermia after the kayaks he and five others were in capsized in strong waves, authorities said. He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Coyhaique but had stopped breathing when he arrived, doctors said....

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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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A partner at Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the centre of a huge leak of confidential financial data, says it was the victim of a hack. Ramon Fonseca said the leak was not an "inside job" - the company had been hacked by servers based abroad. It had filed a complaint with the Panamanian attorney general's office....

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