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2 September 2014 Last updated at 19:46

'Cartel links' mayors to be chargedA federal police officer crosses a river on the outskirts of Arteaga during a search for Knights Templar leader Servando Gomez (26 April 2014)

Police in Mexico are holding two serving mayors and one ex-mayor over allegations they have links to the Knights Templar drug cartel.

Rescued miner in Nicaragua, 30 Aug 14Nicaragua suspends search for miners

Rescue teams in Nicaragua suspend efforts to locate seven men trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in a remote region in the north of the country.

Picture f the Tungurahua volcano spewing smoke and flames taken on 31 August, 2014, from Banos, Ecuador volcano increases activity

A massive ash cloud is rising from the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador as it shows increased activity with a series of explosions on Monday.

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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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Features & Analysis

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    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

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

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    Marina Silva's rise from rubber tapper to presidential candidate

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    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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