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Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill after polarising debate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSupporters and opponents of the bill to expand abortion rights clashed in Buenos Aires Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy....
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Presidential regalia stolen from car in Bolivia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The gold medal is encrusted with emeralds and dates back to the country’s foundation in 1825 Bolivia’s historic presidential medal and sash have been stolen from a car parked in a red light district in...
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Venezuela cracks down on opposition in wake of ‘attack’

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Maduro said opposition politicians Julio Borges and Juan Requesens were behind an attack on his life Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens has been arrested after President Nicolás Maduro accused him of invo...
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Venezuela crisis: Brazil briefly shuts border to migrants

Image copyright Reuters Brazil has re-opened its northern border with Venezuela to those fleeing economic and political turmoil there, after briefly closing it. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier order to shut the frontier until Brazil could put in place....
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Nicaraguan human rights group closes offices after threats

Image copyright EPA Image caption Álvaro Leiva of ANPDH said the group’s staff had been threatened The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) says it has closed its offices in the Central American country after its staff received “alarmin...
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Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage showed dozens of soldiers running away before the transmission was cut off Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Madur...
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Chile bans plastic bags for businesses

Image copyright AFP Image caption Only 10% of the 3.4 million bags Chileans use per year are recycled Chile has become the first South American country to legally ban the widespread commercial use of plastic bags. The new legislation, approved...
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Mexico crash survivor: ‘Flames and smoke engulfed the aircraft’

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Mexico plane crash: Investigators find ‘black box’ flight recorders

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLorenzo Nunez described a “strong explosion” moments after take off Investigators have found the flight recorders from an Aeroméxico flight, which crashed in Mexico’s northern Durango...
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Mexico plane crash: All 103 people on board survive

Image copyright AFP Image caption People on board said they “thanked God” they came away from the crash alive A passenger plane has crashed in the capital of Mexico’s Durango state, just moments after take-off. All 103 passengers and crew...
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