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Brazil profile

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16 September 2014 Last updated at 14:03 Brazil is South America’s most influential country, an economic giant and one of the world’s biggest democracies.It is one of the rising economic powers – otherwise known as BRICS nations – together with Russia, India, China and South Africa. Over the past few years it has made major […]

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Guatemala country profile

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14 October 2014 Last updated at 11:46 A country of striking features and a strong indigenous culture, Guatemala’s natural beauty and powerful identity stand in stark contrast to its bloody past and troubled present.Mountainous, heavily forested and dotted with Mayan ruins, lakes, volcanoes, orchids and exotic birds, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries […]

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Chile country profile

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26 November 2014 Last updated at 16:43 Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. It has been relatively free of the coups and arbitrary governments that have blighted the continent.The exception was the 17-year rule of General Augusto Pinochet, whose 1973 coup was one of the bloodiest in 20th-century Latin America […]

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Honduras profile

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26 November 2014 Last updated at 15:41 Military rule, corruption, a huge wealth gap, crime and natural disasters have rendered Honduras one of the least developed and least secure countries in Central America.Until the mid-1980s Honduras was dominated by the military, which enthusiastically supported US efforts to stem revolutionary movements in the region. Since then, […]

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Haiti profile

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4 October 2014 Last updated at 18:07 Haiti became the world’s first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state when it threw off French colonial control and slavery in the early 19th century.But chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters have left it as the poorest nation in the Americas. UN peacekeepers were deployed in […]

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Venezuelans in US sanction protest

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15 December 2014 Last updated at 23:53 The constitution was approved in the first year of President Hugo Chavez’s term Thousands of government supporters in Venezuela have marched through the streets of Caracas to denounce the recent approval of sanctions by the US.Wearing predominantly red, the protesters called on the United States to respect Venezuela.President […]

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Paraguay profile

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27 September 2014 Last updated at 12:53 Paraguay experienced more than three decades of dictatorship under Alfredo Stroessner, who was ousted in 1989, but the end of his iron-fisted rule did not bring political stability. Factional splits led to the assassination of a vice-president, the resignation of a president and an attempted coup. Stroessner’s party, […]

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Aruba profile

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26 August 2014 Last updated at 14:31 A tourist magnet and a fuel exporter, Aruba is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It lies off South America’s Caribbean coast.Away from the beaches, hotels and casinos, much of the island is desert-like. A strong indigenous heritage, colonisation and Latin America’s influence have given […]

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Brazil killer alleges 42 victims

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11 December 2014 Last updated at 19:11 Ben Bland reports on the arrest of Sailson Jose das GracasBrazilian police have arrested a man who has confessed to the killing of 42 people over the last decade in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Police say they arrested Sailson Jose das Gracas on Wednesday, shortly after […]

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Mexico students ‘not in mass grave’

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15 October 2014 Last updated at 01:55 The disappearance of the 43 students has shocked Mexicans and led to violent demonstrations Mexico’s attorney general says DNA tests have shown that 28 bodies found in a mass grave are not those of a missing group of students. Jesus Murillo Karam said further tests were being carried […]

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