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Brazil ex-leader Lula’s supporters camp outside jail

Hundreds of supporters of the former Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, have set up camp outside the cell where he is being held. Lula has been sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison for corruption and money laundering. He handed himself in to federal police on Saturday in São Paulo and was flown to the southern city of Curitiba. The former leader
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Lula: Former Brazilian president surrenders to police

Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has surrendered to police to begin serving a 12-year sentence for corruption. It follows a two-day stand-off that saw him take refuge in a steelworkers' union building after missing a court deadline to hand himself in. The 72-year-old walked out of the office in his hometown, near Sao Paolo, and was taken
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Brazil’s Lula misses deadline for surrender to police

Brazil's ex-President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva is holed up in a union building in his hometown, outside Sao Paulo, after missing a deadline to hand himself over to the authorities. The 72-year-old had been ordered to hand himself in to start a 12-year prison term for corruption. His lawyers are said to be negotiating his surrender with police. Some reports
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Bolivia ex-leader ‘responsible for protesters’ deaths’

A jury in the United States has found Bolivian ex-President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada responsible for the deaths of dozens of protesters in 2003. His the Defence Minister, Carlos Sánchez, was also found responsible in the civil lawsuit. Their lawyers said they would appeal against the decision. The plaintiffs accused the two men of ordering the Bolivian military to use
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Alvarado v Alvarado: Costa Rica’s election explained

Costa Ricans have two choices in the presidential elections on Sunday: Alvarado or Alvarado. Conservative evangelical Fabricio Alvarado is running against centre-left Carlos Alvarado, who is no relation. The candidates have been neck and neck throughout the campaign, which has been dominated by debate over legalising same-sex marriage. Here is what you need to know
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Barefoot Briton found after Brazilian walkabout

A British woman who went missing from a meditation retreat in Brazil has been found safe and well. Katherine Brewster, 27, from Seaford, in East Sussex, was last seen on Sunday, reportedly walking barefoot into a dense forest. Her mother, Dr Diane Brewster, told BBC South East that she had called home after returning from "time alone" in a rural part of Santa
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Colombian church donates 250,000 communion wafers to Venezuela

A Colombian church has donated 250,000 wafers to Venezuela's Catholic Church, which has struggled to buy its own because a shortage of flour. The diocese of the city of Cucuta, which is on the border between the two countries, donated the wafers ahead of Easter celebrations. The wafer is used to celebrate Holy Communion during Roman Catholic Mass. In a statement,