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Argentina in big rate rise as peso slumps

Argentina's central bank has raised interest rates for the second time in a week as the country's currency, the peso, continues to fall sharply. On Thursday, the bank hiked rates by three percentage points to 33.25%, following another three-point rise six days previously. However, it failed to stem the fall in the peso, which has lost a quarter of its value
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Brazil tower blaze: Victim was trying to help others

A man who died when a burning tower block collapsed in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, was only seconds away from being rescued, firefighters say. Ricardo Oliveira Galvão Pinheiro, 39, had gone back into the building to alert others when he was trapped by the flames. Firefighters threw him a rope and a harness from a neighbouring building. But before he could tie
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Brazil tower collapse victim was about to be rescued

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man who died when a burning tower block collapsed in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, was only seconds away from being rescued, firefighters say. Ricardo, whose last name is not yet known, had gone back into the building to alert others of the fire when he was trapped by the flames. Firefighters threw him a rope and a
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Brazil gymnasts accuse ex-coach Lopes of sexual abuse

Dozens of Brazilian gymnasts have alleged that the former coach of Brazil's national team, Fernando de Carvalho Lopes, sexually abused them. They told TV Globo's Fantástico programme that they had experienced sexual abuse, ranging from touching to being told to shower in front of him. He was removed from the national team just before the 2016 Olympics after the
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Migrant caravan: Eight cross the US-Mexico border

Media playback is unsupported on your device Eight women and children travelling in a controversial caravan to seek asylum in the US have been allowed to cross the border. Some 150 Central American migrants arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego on Sunday but were told the crossing was full. Eleven others believed to be members of the group have been
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Tiger cub abandoned in duffel bag at US-Mexico border

US border patrol agents found a tiger cub in a bag abandoned by individuals trying to illegally enter the country at the Texas border, officials say. The male tiger cub was unconscious inside a black duffel bag, according to a statement from the US Customs and Border Protection. When the individuals realised agents were nearby, they fled back to Mexico, leaving the cub
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New home secretary Sajid Javid’s Windrush vow

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sajid Javid is vowing to "do right" by the people affected by the Windrush scandal as he starts his new job as home secretary. He has rejected the controversial "hostile environment" tag attached to the government's immigration policy. Theresa May will meet her ministers at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday for the first time