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Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s far-right leader to take office

A far-right former army captain will be sworn in as Brazil's new president later on Tuesday. Jair Bolsonaro, 63, won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers' Party on 28 October. Mr Bolsonaro was propelled to victory by his campaign promises to curb Brazil's rampant corruption and crime. But he has
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Brazil gun laws: Bolsonaro vows to loosen ownership rules

Brazil's incoming far-right president has said he will seek to issue a decree loosening the country's gun laws. Jair Bolsonaro, who takes over on 1 January, had made the pledge a key part of his presidential campaign. Brazil currently has strict gun ownership laws, requiring any prospective owners to undergo psychological tests. But Mr Bolsonaro has said more
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Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wildlife

The authorities in the Galapagos islands have banned the sale and use of fireworks in the archipelago to protect its unique fauna. Fireworks that produce light but no sound have been excluded from the ban. Conservationists say that animals suffered from elevated heart rates, trembling and anxiety after pyrotechnic events. Thousands of people visit the islands every
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Guatemalan boy detained at border dies in US custody

An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, officials say, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month. The border agency says the boy died on Monday night hours after showing signs of illness. A Texas congressman named him as Felipe Alónzo-Gomez. The child was detained with his father on 18 December after illegally crossing the
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Fishermen rescued by cruise ship in ‘Christmas miracle’

Two fishermen have been rescued by a cruise ship after being stranded for 20 days at sea. Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas found them after a "miracle" chance encounter en route to Jamaica. The fishermen were pulled off course by strong winds, while a storm had also diverted the cruise ship from its planned route, Royal Caribbean Chief Meteorologist James Van