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Mexico president-elect’s party fined over campaign finance

Mexico's electoral authority has fined the party of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador $10m (£7.7m) for breaking campaign finance laws. The National Electoral Institute (INE) imposed the fine on the Morena party over a trust it had created for victims of September's devastating earthquake. INE said it had found "profound irregularities" in the way the
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Dr Bumbum: Brazil plastic surgeon on run after patient dies

A celebrity Brazilian plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has gone on the run after a woman died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Investigators say Dr Denis Furtado carried out the procedure on Lilian Calixto at his home in Rio de Janeiro but she fell ill during the procedure. Dr Furtado took her to a hospital where her condition worsened and she
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Nicaragua forces ‘regain control’ of protest city Masaya

The Nicaraguan city of Masaya, which has been at the centre of anti-government protests, is back under state control, the government says. The announcement comes after forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega violently clashed with activists in the Monimbó neighbourhood on Tuesday. Residents described coming "under siege" from police and paramilitaries. Human rights
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Ecuador’s colonial past ‘written in soil’

The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country's population and environment. This is according to new findings from The Open University. Researchers studying soil cores from the Quijos valley found that they revealed a detailed story of the area's history after Spanish settlers arrived in the 1500s. The subsequent decimation
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Peru arrests 50 in Colombia border drugs bust

Security forces in Peru have arrested more than 50 people in the isolated jungle region of Putumayo in the first week of a 60-day state of emergency. President Martin Vizcarra said on a visit to the region, on the border with Colombia and Ecuador, that four drug production facilities had been found. He said most of those detained were from Colombia. Peru has said it
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Cuba plane crash: Leasing company blames Mexican crew

A plane crash in Cuba which killed 112 people was caused by "human error", the Mexican charter company which owns the plane says. Damojh Airlines said a study of the data recorders showed the Boeing 737 had taken off too steeply. Mexican pilots' union ASPA said Damojh's statement, which was released before the official investigation has concluded, was