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29 August 2014 Last updated at 08:54

Argentina general strike 'success'A young man plays a drum during a protest march in Buenos Aires on 27  August, 2014

Labour groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stage a second general strike this year and claim success.

Brazilian police arrest one of gang of deforesters Brazil Amazon loggers arrested

Brazilian police arrest eight members of a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest, committing crimes worth millions of dollars.

Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay in Santiago, Chile, 27 August, 2014.Chile navy sees first openly gay sailor

A sailor in Chile, Mauricio Ruiz, becomes the first serving member of the Chilean armed forces to announce he is gay, and gets full backing of the Chilean Navy.

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Tim Vickery column

  • Argentina forward Angel Di MariaDi Maria can thrive as star man

    After Manchester United sign Angel Di Maria for £59.7m, Tim Vickery says the Argentine will thrive on being the main attraction.

Wyre Davies Article written by Wyre Davies Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

Brazil candidates engage in verbal sparring in TV debate

The first of Brazil's televised presidential debates is the first chance many Brazilians have to compare the main contenders, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports from Rio de Janeiro.

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Special Reports

ship on Panama Canal Panama Direct

A century at the centre of one of the world's most important trade routes

Features & Analysis

  • El Arrayan wind farm in Chile in August 2014Tapping its potential

    Energy-hungry Chile inaugurates its biggest wind farm

  • Nelida Serpico holds a picture of her son (photo courtesy of Clarin)Never give up

    Mother who spent seven years tracking down her son's killer

  • Pablo MarroquinRighteous rehab

    Guatemala's religious centres that hunt and lock up drug addicts

  • Police officers who are part of Bogota's anti-groping squad pose for pictures in August 2014Hands off

    The police squad fighting groping on Bogota's public transport

  • Chris Stewart of the Buffalo Sabres is Canada-born but of Jamaican descentIcy trials

    Jamaica holds first ever try-outs for a national ice hockey team

  • close up of man's bare legs and feet in brown water, digging the mineFools' gold?

    Venezuela's illegal mines, where malaria is on the rise

  •  Marina Silva speaks during a press conference in Brasilia on 4 October, 2013. Humble origins

    Marina Silva's rise from rubber tapper to presidential candidate

  • Carnival dancerCarnival Cure

    How West Indians brought the Caribbean to Leeds

  • Aftermath of a bomb attack on a bank in Santiago de ChileGrowing fear

    Series of bomb attacks rattles Santiago residents

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