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E. 05-14 Two die during Chile student protest in Valparaiso Valparaiso, Chile
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  FARC suspends truce after Colombia army attack   Colombia's leftist rebel group has suspended a unilateral ceasefire after 26 of its fighters were killed in a government air and ground offensive Colombia landslide kills dozens  Heavy rains in northwest Colombia caused a landslide that killed at least 52 people Monday as mud rushed into homes and bridges Ex-general David Granger wins Guyana election  David Granger, is expected to become Guyana's new president, the election board says Two die during Chile student protest in Valparaiso  Exequiel Borbaran, 18, and Diego Guzman, 24, had been spraying graffiti on a wall and were shot by the son of the owner of the property Rescue workers search for 15 gold miners missing after mine floods  Authorities say the flood was likely triggered by a power outage or an explosion deep inside the mine, which is in the northwest province of Caldas Case of pregnant 10-year-old divides Paraguay  The argument over the girl has drawn unusually strong attention to the issues of child abuse and abortion Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate  Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine Calbuco Volcano erupts for third time in 8 days  The explosion produced an extensive plume, but it was also described as smaller than the eruptions on April 22 and April 23 Volcano Calbuco quietens but remains unstable  The Chilean authorities have warned of further eruptions at the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, which erupted twice last week Petrobras scandal: Workers Party treasurer Vaccari arrested  The treasurer of Brazil's ruling party, Joao Vaccari, has been arrested in connection with a massive corruption scandal at oil giant, Petrobras Big rallies against Brazil president  More than a million have joined demonstrations against Rousseff, with many asking for her impeachment over a corruption scandal at Petrobras Bus plunges down into deep mountain ravine, killing 49  Police say a bus carrying about 50 passengers plunged down into a deep ravine in the mountains of the country's southeast Forest fire rages near Valparaiso, thousands evacuated  A serious forest fire in Chile is spreading quickly and threatening to reach the nearby port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar Colombia suspends bombing of Farc  Colombia is to halt bombing raids against Farc rebels for a month, President Santos says, in a further sign of progress in the country's peace process French Olympic medalists filming reality show among 10 dead  Two Olympic athletes who competed and won medals for France were among ten people killed Monday when two helicopters crashed in a remote area

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 8 of the victims were French citizens, including swimmer Camille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine

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2015 Jan.19     Prosecutor in Jewish center bombing found dead Map of Puerto Madero Buenos Aires Argentina
  Alberto Nisman became a controversial figure when he accused Argentina's President and foreign minister of covering up Iran's involvement

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2014 Dec.17   Farc rebels declare indefinite unilateral truce  Colombia's Farc rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period, starting from Saturday 2014 Dec.14   Deal reached at UN climate talks  United Nations members have have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year 2014 Dec.11   Brazil killer alleges 42 victims  Brazilian police have arrested Sailson Jose das Gracas who has confessed to the killing of 42 people over the last decade in the city of Rio de Janeiro

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2014 Nov.30   Leftist leader wins Uruguay's presidency  Tabaré Vazquez of the left-wing Broad Front coalition led the charge to legalize marijuana and same-sex marriage   Colombian rebels free captured general  Colombia's largest rebel group has freed Gen. Ruben Alzate and two others whose capture led President Juan Manuel Santos to break off peace talks

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2014 Oct.26       Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president
  Left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil, after securing 51.45% of votes in a closely-fought election
 Her rival, centrist candidate Aecio Neves, taking 48.55% of the vote
2014 Oct.12   Morales claims Bolivia election win  President Evo Morales has claimed victory and a third term in office after presidential elections. This win is a triumph for anti-imperialists, he said 2014 Oct.6     Lightning strike kills 11 members of indigenous tribe   Along Caribbean coast a lightning bolt struck a thatch-roofed hut where members of the Wiwa tribe were gathered 2014 Oct.5   Rousseff set to face Brazil run-off  Brazilian incumbent Dilma Rousseff has won most votes in the country's presidential election, but has fallen short of outright victory

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2014 Aug.13     Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash   Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported

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2014 Jul.13       Germany wins World Cup over Argentina
Map of Maracana Brazil
  Germany won the match 1-0 after extra time, with a goal from Mario Götze. The result marked Germany's fourth World Cup title and their first since reunification
 Germany's victory meant that three consecutive World Cups have been won by teams from the same continent, following Italy and Spain in 2006 and 2010 respectively, the first time this has happened in World Cup history. Italian Nicola Rizzoli was named as the referee of the final. Among these invited leaders was Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, the next World Cup hosts, and Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa, the previous host. Rousseff delivered the trophy to the champion in the awards ceremony. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were present for the final
2014 Jul.9   Argentina defeats Netherlands to reach final  Never before had a World Cup semifinal finished scoreless after 120 minutes. Sergio Romero save two penalties in the shootout 2014 Jul.8       Brazil humiliated by rampant Germany Map of Belo Horizonte Brazil
  Brazil suffer one of the most humiliating World Cup defeats as Germany score five first-half goals in reaching the final, 1-7
 Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd
2014 Jul.3   Brazil overpass, World Cup project, collapses  The overpass in Cup host city Belo Horizonte collapsed onto vehicles. At least one person has died

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2014 Jun.24   Luis Suarez embroiled in new 'biting' storm  Already banned twice in his career for biting an opponent, the Uruguay striker was seemingly at it again in his country's key World Cup victory over Italy
 Uruguay defeats Italy 1-0 to book place in knockout phase
2014 Jun.10   Blatter still has burning desire to be FIFA's president  Sepp Blatter told CONCACAF football leaders on Tuesday that his desire to be FIFA president ''burns stronger than ever'

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2014 Apr.17   Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies  Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says 2014 Apr.1   Tsunami warning after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile  An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude has struck off Chile's coast near Iquique, triggering a tsunami warning for all of Latin America's Pacific coast
 The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 86km (52 miles) north-west of the mining area. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in affected areas. Waves of up to 2.1m have hit some areas in Chile, and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides

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2014 Feb.18   Venezuelan opposition leader in custody  Protesters were still in the streets after opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's arrest, demanding better security, an end to scarcities and freedom of speech

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2014 Jan.8     Venezuelan beauty queen slain   Monica Spear and her ex-husbandy, were driving when their car broke down, officials said. Armed robbers opened fire, killing both of them

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2013 Dec.15   Huge poll win for Chilean left  Left-wing candidate Michelle Bachelet has been elected Chilean president for a second time, defeating her run-off rival by a wide margin

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2013 Nov.27   Two dead at Brazilian World Cup stadium  A construction accident at the site of the Brazilian stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup killed two workers

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2013 Jul.27   Pope Francis draws 3M to Rio vigil  Pope Francis drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day 2013 Jul.2   'Snowden suspicion' diverts flight  Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane has been diverted to Austria amid suspicion that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is on board

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2013 Jun.17     Protests spread throughout Brazil
  Tens of thousands of people marched through Sao Paulo, as protests spread over rising transport prices and the cost of staging the World Cup

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2013 Apr.15   Venezuela challenger demands recount  Defeated presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has demanded a recount of votes, rejecting the election of Hugo Chavez's successor as 'illegitimate' 2013 Apr.14     Maduro wins Venezuela election
  Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro, who was chosen by Chavez as his successor, has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll
 Maduro won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. Capriles said he refused to accept the result without a recount

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2013 Mar.13       Church picks first South American pope
  Jorge Bergoglio made history as the first non-European pope of the modern era , the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis
 The election of a new Pope was signalled by white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney. Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church's new Pope Francis
2013 Mar.8   Venezuela swears in acting president  Venezuela's former vice-president Nicolas Maduro has been sworn in as acting president hours after the state funeral of Hugo Chavez 2013 Mar.5       Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies
  A deeply divided Venezuela is mourning its late leader and preparing to pick a new president to replace him
 Venezuelan officials called for peace and unity after the death, emphasizing in state TV broadcasts that all branches of the government and the military were standing together

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2013 Feb.18   Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home  President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment 2013 Feb.17   Ecuador's Correa is re-elected  President Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote. His main challenger has admitted defeat 2013 Feb.3   Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed  Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo has died in a helicopter crash. Oviedo, 69, was running for Paraguay's third largest party in presidential election

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2013 Jan.27     Brazil night club fire kills 230 in Santa Maria
Map of Santa Maria Brazil  At least 230 people have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in a university city in southern Brazil, police and officials say
 The fire began when a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Rio Grande do Sul. Many victims inhaled toxic fumes or were crushed as panicking clubbers tried to escape. President Dilma Rousseff has been visiting survivors at the city's Caridade hospital
2013 Jan.5   Chavez ally elected by assembly  National Assembly has met to choose its leader Diosdado Cabello, a possible stand-in for President Chavez who is in Cuba following cancer surgery

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2012 Oct.7   Chavez wins Venezuela election  President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office, after opposition leader Henrique Capriles admitted defeat
 Chavez won 54% of the vote with turnout at about 81%. He said Venezuela would continue its march towards socialism

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2012 Aug.25   Blast halts Venezuela refinery  A huge explosion at the Amuay plant, Venezuela's biggest oil refinery, has killed at least 24 people and halted production for two days

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2012 Jun.23   No warm welcome for Paraguay's new president  The impeachment have been carried out in accordance with the Constitution, but some Latin American presidents are calling it a coup d'etat

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2012 Feb.22   Argentina train crash 'kills 49'  A train crash at a station in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, has killed 49 people with hundreds more injured
 The train slammed into the barrier at the end of the platform at the Once station during the morning rush hour. Dozens of people remain trapped.

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2012 Jan.25   High-rise collapses with reports of 11 dead  Two buildings -- one a 20-story building and the other 10 stories -- collapsed in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro

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2011 Nov.4   FARC leader Alfonso Cano killed  The leader of Colombia's left-wing guerrilla group has been killed in an army operation in mountains in the south-west of the country

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2011 Jun.20   Ash cloud grounds Australian flights  An ash cloud is drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago
 All scheduled international flights in and out of Sydney and Melbourne were cancelled. Virgin Australia's New Zealand flights were cancelled indefinitely

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2011 Jan.13   Thousands in peril in Brazil flooding  Thousands of families living on mountain slopes face risk of being washed away in the heavy rains and flooding that have killed nearly 500 people
 Rescuers are trying to find survivors in cut-off areas of south-eastern Brazil. Heavy rain has brought massive mudslides down on several towns

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2010 Dec.17   Chavez gets power to govern by decree  Lame-duck National Assembly has granted President Hugo Chavez the power to pass laws by decree for the next 18 months

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2010 Nov.28   Brazil forces take over Rio slum  Authorities launched a massive sweep of the Alemao favela complex, searching for drug gang leaders and illegal drugs

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2010 Oct.31   Brazil elects first female president  Dilma Rousseff, 62, -- President Luiz Inacio da Silva's right-hand woman -- has served as his chief of staff and pPreviously, as energy minister
 Rousseff has promised to continue policies that have fostered years of strong economic growth
2010 Oct.13       Last trapped Chile miner rescued
Map of Copiapo Chile  The last of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile for more than two months has been rescued
 They were greeted by families and President Sebastian Pinera. The rescued miners have been taken to hospital with severe dental infections and some eye problems. The six rescuers sent down to assist the miners are now being winched up

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2010 Sep.30   Ecuador troops rescue president  President Rafael Correa has made a triumphant return to his offices after being rescued by soldiers amid a pitched battle with mutinous police 2010 Sep.17   Bore hole reaches trapped Chilean miners  A bore hole reached 33 miners, but it must be widened before the miners can squeeze through -- a process that should take a few weeks

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2010 Aug.31   Drilling to reach miners begins  Drilling has begun as part of an effort to reach the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks 2010 Aug.22       33 trapped miners alive after 17 days   Miners are alive and in a shelter, President Pinera said, raising hopes for the first time in the nearly 3 weeks since the mine collapsed
 Rescuers retrieved a note from the mine that said all of the miners are alive
2010 Aug.16   737 breaks apart on island landing  One passenger was killed after an airplane crashed in bad weather and broke apart while attempting to land on the island of San Andres
 124 people were injured, many of them scattered on the darkened runway when emergency personnel arrived in the predawn hours
2010 Aug.6   33 workers trapped in mine  130 people were working to rescue the miners after the main ramp into the mine was blocked

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2010 Jul.15   Argentina legalises gay marriage  Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour

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2010 Jun.20   Santos wins election  Governing party candidate Juan Manuel Santos has won the final round of elections. He was ahead of Antanas Mockus by more than 40 points 2010 Jun.3   Van der Sloot arrested in Chile  He's the suspect in a young woman's slaying in Peru and previously considered a suspect in the disappearance of U.S. Natalee Holloway in Aruba

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2010 May.30   Ex-Minister Santos leads in vote  Partial results from presidential poll are giving a clear lead to former Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos
 Santos - who is supported by incumbent Alvaro Uribe - is credited with about 47% of the vote

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2010 Apr.6   Rains, flooding kill 200 in Brazil  About 287 people have been rescued, and others were trapped under mudslides caused by the rain
 At least 33 people died in Rio de Janeiro city after 28cm of rain fell in 24 hours. 33 were killed in the neighbouring city of Niteroi

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2010 Feb.27     Massive 8.8 quake hits Chile   An earthquake is killing at least 147 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin. The quake struck at 3:34 a.m. off the coast
 A large wave killed three people and 10 were missing on the island of Juan Fernandez

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2010 Jan.17   Billionaire Pinera wins presidential election  Conservative Sebastian Pinera has won presidential run-off, ending two decades of centre-left rule
 Social Democrat Eduardo Frei conceded defeat after results showed Pinera with 52% of the vote to Mr Frei's 48%

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2009 Oct.2   Rio to stage 2016 Olympic Games  Brazil will become the first South American country to host the Olympics, after Rio de Janeiro was chosen to stage the 2016 Games
 Rio won a majority of the 95 votes, eliminating Madrid in the final round. Tokyo and Chicago had already been knocked out

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2009 Aug.11   TV host 'ordered killings'  Police have accused Wallace Souza, of being involved in organised drug trafficking and ordering killings to get rid of rivals and boost ratings

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2009 Jun.1     Air France plane crashed
Map of Northeastern Brazil  The Airbus A330-200 with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact
 The plane sent an automatic message signaling an electric circuit failure as it hit turbulence

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2009 May.28   Dam bursts after more rain  A dam burst in the northeastern village of Cocal left a girl dead and three people missing. 800 to 2,000 homes near the dam were inundated

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2008 Dec.9   Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years  Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007

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2008 Nov.27   Death toll climbs in flooding  The toll from flooding in southern Brazil climbed to 97. 19 people remain missing. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva flew over the flooded areas
 Lula da Silva is releasing $854 million in aid to the afflicted areas. About 1.5 million people have been affected; nearly 79,000 residents have been left homeless. Two municipalities remain isolated
2008 Nov.22   Apec leaders make free-trade vow  Leaders from Asia-Pacific countries have pledged not to respond to the global financial crisis by raising trade barriers over 2009
 In a statement the leaders said protectionism would only worsen a difficult situation. It endorses the declaration made at a summit of G20 in Washington. The meeting is Bush's last foreign trip as US president

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2008 Jul.2       Betancourt rescued from FARC   In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages
 Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing healthy after being held for 6 years in the jungle, Betancourt walked down from a military jet in Bogota and hugged her mother and husband

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2008 May.24   FARC leader dead  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack
 He is thought to be 78 years old. A national news magazine had earlier reported the death on 26 March, citing the defence minister, Juan Manuel Santos. Marulanda has led the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia since its foundation in 1964
2008 May.18   Rebel leader surrenders  Nelly Avila Moreno, also known as 'Karina' surrendered, the latest major blow for insurgents who have waged war against the state for 40 years

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2008 Mar.1   Top FARC leader killed by Colombians  Raul Reyes, the top commander of left-wing guerrillas was killed in an air raid followed by a ground operation
 Ecuador has protested to Colombia over the incursion. Raul Reyes died along with at least 16 other rebels and one Colombian soldier

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2008 Feb.21   Jetliner crashes in mountains  A plane that was reported missing with 46 people aboard has crashed in the Andes. Emergency crews have launched rescue attempts
 Harsh weather and rough terrain will make rescue job difficult. The Santa Barbara Airline plane was flying from Merida to the international airport near Caracas

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2007 Dec.11   Fujimori gets 6 years in prison  A Peruvian Supreme Court judge convicted former President of abuse of authority. Fujimori faces human rights and corruption charges
 Alberto Fujimori fined $92,000
2007 Dec.2   Voters reject Chavez's referendum  The voters narrowly rejected a referendum that would have bolstered Chavez's embrace of socialism and granted him an indefinite extension
 Voters rejected the sweeping reforms by a margin of 51% to 49%. Chavez described the defeat as a 'photo finish'

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2007 Nov.14   Thousands homeless after quake  Thousands may have to sleep in the streets after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the north part of the country, killing at least 2 people
 There are 1,200 houses, at least, that were totally flattened

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2007 Oct.28   Fernandez claims victory  First lady claimed victory in presidential election, with early results and exit polls suggesting she had avoided a runoff
 Cristina Fernandez become the first woman elected to the post. Her husband, President Nestor Kirchner, is credited with rebound from a 2001 economic collapse. As her husband stood at her side, she said she would build on his work
2007 Oct.4   Pinochet family arrested  The widow and 5 children of former military ruler have been arrested on charges of embezzlement

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2007 Aug.16     337 killed in earthquake   All but one of the deaths were in the coastal province of Ica, about 165 miles south of Lima
 The earthquake struck at 18.4 and lasted for several minutes. In Lima, buildings shook violently, prompting residents to take to the streets

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2007 Jul.17   About 200 dead from plane crash  TAM Airlines Airbus 320 skidded across a road and crashed into a building, carrying 176 people crashed while attempting to land in heavy rain
 Heavy black smoke poured into the air and bright orange flames lit the night sky. Some on the ground were dead at the scene.

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2007 May.27   TV station off the air  Radio Caracas Television, Venezuela's most-watched television station and outlet for the political opposition, went off the air
 The government refused to renew RCTV broadcast license, which has been broadcasting for 53 years. It was replaced by a state-run station -- Tves. Police used water cannons and tear gas to break up thousands of demonstrators protesting the government's decision

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2007 Jan.13   Rescue mission in collapse  Rescue crews are searching for several people feared missing after a hole being dug for a subway station collapsed
  Dogs seek missing in construction-site crater

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2006 Dec.10       General Pinochet dead   Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital
 Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporters saw Pinochet as a Cold War hero for overthrowing President Allende. The dictatorship brought South America's most stable economy
2006 Dec.3   Chavez wins by wide margin  Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term
 Turnout was 62%. Hundreds of Chavez supporters set off fireworks and cruised downtown Caracas in caravans, honking horns. The president told a crowd that the poll had been a triumph for his 'Bolivarian' revolution. Manuel Rosales has admitted defeat

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2006 Nov.26   Correa claims victory  Presidential candidate has claimed victory in run-off election. He gained around 57% of the vote while Noboa about 43%
 The 43-year-old leftist nationalist who is friendly with Venezuela's president, handily defeated a Bible-toting banana tycoon. Rafael Correa is a U.S.-trained economist who has threated to reduce foreign debt payments and oppose free trade efforts.

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2006 Oct.29   President Lula re-elected  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a landslide victory in the 2nd round of presidential elections
 Voters gave another term for Lula's efforts to ease poverty while improving the economy. Lula had won 60% against Geraldo Alckmin. He was written off by many just over a year ago

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2006 Sep.29   Plane lost over Amazon  A search is underway for a passenger plane with at least 150 people on board that has gone missing
 Boeing 737 had struck the plane, which was then able to land. Brazil's airline, Gol was trying to locate executive jet after it went missing from its radar screens

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2006 Jun.4   Peruvians elect Garcia president  Former President appeared to be staging a political comeback after his previous administration ended in economic ruin
 For weeks, Garcia portraid Humala as a dangerous threat to democracy and peace and referred to the former army officer's involvement in an armed uprising. Garcia said that 'we thank the people of Peru'. Humala described his opponent's victory claim as 'arrogance'.

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2006 May.14   Gang attacks leave 52 dead  A powerful criminal gang launched a wave of attacks against police stations and uprisings in jails across the state
 The attacks began on 6 p.m. Friday. By Sunday there were at least 73 separate attacks with machine guns and grenades continued to dawn, staged in 22 detention centers The dead include 35 police and prison guards, 3 civilians, and 14 gang members. State Public Safety Department blamed the Primeiro Comando da Capital, or the First Capital Command.
2006 May.1   Gas under state control  President Morales has signed a decree placing country's energy industry under state control
 Morales said foreign energy firms must agree to channel their sales through the state, or else leave the country. The President set the 6-month deadline. Officials have already started taking control of the oil fields. Spain and Brazil have both expressed concern

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2006 Jan.15   Bachelet wins presidency  Socialist Michelle Bachelet appeared to have won a solid victory to become the country's first woman president

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2005 Dec.18   Leftist Morales poised to lead  Exit polls from presidential election suggest a clear victory for Aymara Indian candidate, ahead of Jorge Quiroga

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2005 Nov.24   Pinochet charged over dissidents  Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest 2005 Nov.5   Americas summit ends without consensus  There is no agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile

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2005 Aug.23   Airliner crashes in jungle  A passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed a few kilometers short of its planned destination. 37 killed 2005 Aug.16   160 believed dead in jet crash  The Colombian MD-82 aircraft carrying 160 people crashed in a remote area of western Venezuela

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2005 May.20   Missing 41 troops feared dead  Chile's army chief: At least 41 Chilean soldiers who went missing in a snowstorm are almost certainly dead

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2004 Dec.30   175 dead in Buenos Aires club fire  The fire began about 11 p.m. during a rock concert in the Republica Cro Magnon disco, in the Once section

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2004 Aug.16   Recall vote: Chavez claims victory  Initial results showed about 58% voted to keep the president in office while 42% favored ousting him 2004 Aug.1   Supermarket fire death toll tops 300  The fire broke out at the Ycua Bolanos supermarket while it was crowded with Sunday shoppers. Dozens were injured

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2002 Oct.27   Leftist Lula wins presidency by landslide  Former union boss Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had 61.5% to ruling party candidate Serra's 38.5%

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2002 Jun.30   Brazil wins World Cup  Brazil 2-0 Germany. Ronaldo scored both goals and gets Golden Boot award Jul. 24, 1783       Simon Bolivar born   Played an instrumental role in the establishment of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states independent of Spain Jan. 22, 1709     Rescue of Alexander of Selkirk (Robinson Crusoe)   Duke, a privateering ship piloted by William Dampier, and its sailing companion, the Duchess. Thomas Dover led the landing party that met Selkirk May. 5, 1541     Francisco Pizzaro assassinated in Peru   Francisco Pizarro González, c. 1471 or 1476 – 26 June 1541) was a Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incan Empire