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El Salvador: Evelyn Hernández cleared over baby’s death

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 21-year-old woman in El Salvador whose baby was found dead in the toilet where she gave birth has been cleared during a retrial. Evelyn Hernández had always maintained she was innocent, saying that she did not know she was pregnant and lost consciousness during the birth. Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 40
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Argentina’s economy minister resigns as peso sheds value

Argentina's economy minister Nicolas Dujovne has resigned amid a financial crisis exacerbated by the president's defeat in a primary poll. The country's peso shed 20% of its value against the US dollar after President Mauricio Macri suffered the resounding loss last Sunday. In a letter to the president, Mr Dujovne said he had given his all. Mr Macri
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Blank-page book on Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro goes viral

A 190-page book on why Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro "should be respected and trusted" has gone viral on social media after it emerged 188 of its pages are blank. The author said it was a "protest" to force people to "come up with their own answers" on the controversial leader. In a few hours more than 200 reviews were posted on the book's Amazon
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Brazil torture victim’s testimony triggers landmark case

Details provided by the sole survivor of a torture centre in Brazil could lead to the imprisonment of a man accused of raping her during her captivity. The accused has so far been shielded by a 1979 amnesty law which prevents military officials from being prosecuted for crimes committed under military rule. But now a court has ruled that he should stand trial for the
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Emiliano Sala ‘exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide prior to a fatal plane crash in the English Channel, a report has revealed. Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, crashed on 21 January while travelling from Nantes in France to Cardiff. Toxicology tests on Sala's body showed CO levels in his blood
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Brazil’s indigenous women protest against Bolsonaro policies

Hundreds of indigenous women occupied a building of Brazil's health ministry in the capital, Brasília, on Monday to protest against the policies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The group of some 300 protesters demanded better healthcare for indigenous people, especially women, and condemned proposed changes to how these services are delivered. The Bolsonaro