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US budget shutdown: I won’t compromise on wall, says Trump

President Donald Trump has refused to compromise on his demand for a wall to be built on the Mexican border, the cause of a partial government shutdown. He said he did not think he would have to reduce the $5.6bn (£4.4bn) in funds he was demanding and repeated a threat to declare a national emergency. His new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said earlier he expected the
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Brazil deploys troops to stop violence in Fortaleza

About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment after dozens of attacks this week. The attacks are a protest against
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Maradona out of hospital after internal bleeding

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been released from hospital after being admitted with internal bleeding in his stomach, his daughter said. The 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his home country when doctors discovered the problem. However, his family said the diagnosis was not serious. "For those who were really worried about my dad I can tell you that he
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Colombia coca production: US ‘deeply concerned’ by rise

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is "deeply concerned" about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia. At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Mr Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% by 2023. Colombia has already vowed to step up its coca eradication programme. A recent UN
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Pre-Aztec ‘Flayed god’ temple uncovered in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico say they have made an important discovery, uncovering a temple to Xipe Totec – the pre-Hispanic "Flayed lord". Historically, throughout the region, priests paid tribute to the deity by wearing the skin of human sacrifices. Items relating to the deity were discovered at a site in Puebla state, and believed to date from 900-1150 AD. Mexican
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Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s new far-right president urges unity

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has used his inaugural speech to promise to build a "society without discrimination or division". The former army captain told Congress he wanted a "national pact" to free Brazil of corruption, crime and economic mismanagement. In a swipe at the left, he vowed to free Brazil of