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Road accidents biggest killer of young people – WHO

Road injuries are now the biggest killer of children and young adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organisation published figures that also reveal Africa has the worst rate of road traffic deaths in the world. Its report says many African and South American countries still do not have sufficient speed limit laws. But it also
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Magna LatAm Releases Regional Ad Spending Forecasts for 2019

What: MAGNA LatAm has released its ad spending forecasts for 2019 in the different Latin American markets. Why it matters: MAGNA's predictions show an overall optimism that has to do with the new stability of economies, the presidential elections in five countries, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However, political uncertainty could bring unpredictable effects in
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Hostages die in foiled Brazil bank robberies

At least five hostages, including a child, have died as armed police battled robbers who had tried to raid two banks in north-east Brazil. Six robbers also died when police engaged them in a gun battle in the city of Milagres, reports say. The mayor of Milagres, in Ceara state, said the hostages were killed by their captors as police moved in. Two suspected robbers
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Lula: Judge Sergio Moro had a political agenda

Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, says he was jailed to prevent him from winning the 2018 presidential election which saw far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro elected. In an exclusive interview with the BBC via letters from his cell, Lula said Judge Sergio Moro "did politics and not justice" when he sentenced him. Mr Moro says the verdict was
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Acid attack on Nicaragua priest during confession

A 59-year-old priest has been injured in an acid attack in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Miguel Guevara had just finished hearing confession in the Metropolitan Cathedral when a woman threw acid at him. Fr Guevara is being treated in hospital for serious burns to his face, arms and shoulders. Worshippers detained the woman and locked her in a room until police
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Cuba offers 3G mobile internet access to citizens

Cuba's population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week. Telecom provider Etecsa said citizens would be able to start subscribing to the service from Thursday. Until now, locals have mostly relied on wi-fi hotspots and internet cafes and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses