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Nicaragua expels UN team after critical report

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has ordered a team from the United Nations Commission for Human Rights to leave. The expulsion comes days after a critical report into human rights in Nicaragua during months of anti-government protests. The chief of the UN mission, Guillermo Fernandez, said his team would continue to monitor the situation from abroad.
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Joe Tilley ‘asked for shaman’ before falling to his death

An inquest heard how a reality TV star became disorientated and fell to his death after asking "to find a shaman" and wandering off. Joe Tilley was travelling in Colombia at the time and his body was found submerged in the lower part of the towering Fin del Mundo waterfall, known as The End of the World. The 24-year-old, from Leicester, was last seen alive heading
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Argentina raises rates as peso plummets

Argentina's central bank has raised interest rates to 60% as the value of the peso continues to plummet. The currency plunged by more than 15% in morning trade on Thursday, after falling 7% a day earlier. It comes after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to speed up its $50bn bailout to the country, citing "more adverse" market conditions. The move
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Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens

Argentina's government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50bn (£37.2bn) loan from the IMF amid a growing economic crisis. President Mauricio Macri said the move was designed to restore confidence in the Argentine economy. The Argentine peso has lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar this year and inflation is rampant. The IMF
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UN condemns Nicaragua government ‘repression and torture’

The United Nations Human Rights Office has published a scathing report into alleged human rights violations committed in Nicaragua in the wake of a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured since April. "Repression and retaliation against demonstrators continue as the world looks away," UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al