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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# South America

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# Colombia
Eleven people killed by lightning in freak accident
Fifteen others were injured at the remote mountainous area.
# Michael Dwyer
Mother of Michael Dwyer: 'We were followed and intimidated in Bolivia'
Caroline Dwyer also described finally seeing the room where her son died.
# Michael Dwyer
Family of Irishman shot dead by police travel to Bolivia to seek justice
Michael Dwyer died from a single gunshot wound inflicted at a Santa Cruz hotel.
# weather extremes
There's a 60 - 88% chance weather phenomenon 'El Niño' will strike this year
El Nino is a flow of unusually warm waters from the Pacific Ocean that shakes up climate patterns worldwide.
# South America
47 One Direction fans treated for asphyxia at Peru concert
The band are on a huge tour of South America.
# Valparaiso
Sixteen people have died in a huge fire consuming the outskirts of a Chilean port city
The military has taken over security in the city of Valparaiso.
# Violence
Students hit with water cannons and tear gas in Venezuela protests
Foreign journalists were among 41 arrested as clashes intensified in the capital Caracas.
# Brazil
Pictures: Tear gas fired & running battles with police, in protest at transport hikes in Rio
“We want FIFA-standard trains,” demonstrators chanted. It’s the latest example of social tensions in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup.
# best and brightest
Venezuela's youth are abandoning their homeland, Ireland is their destination
Sometimes the lines outside the Irish consulate in Caracas are 200 people deep, forcing a rotating cadre of self-appointed leaders to maintain a 24-hour vigil to stop queue jumpers.
Column: Women in Colombia are fighting back against the use of rape as a weapon of war
Sexual violence is perpetrated by security forces, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries in Colombia – with journalists and human rights defenders targeted alongside civilians. But despite considerable personal risks, women are fighting back.
# Michaella McCollum Connolly
Peru pair face sentences of six years and 8 months
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid entered guilty pleas at a court hearing last night.
# life lessons
18 things you know if you've been travelling
The bottom bunk is always best, people.
# john o'reilly
Irish-born priest detained in Chile as part of child abuse investigation
Father John O’Reilly, a senior figure with the Legion of Christ, has been relieved of priestly duties while authorities investigate the “credibility of allegations”.
# Snappy
Ecuadorian footballer tries to bite opponent's nose
Yep, that’s a red.
# Sao Paulo
Brazilian police officers sentenced to life over 1992 prison massacre
111 prisoners died as police used deadly force to halt a riot in Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison. 25 officers were sentenced today.
# Mexico
Mexico confirms 22 killed in coordinated attack on police
Attackers equipped with high-powered rifles and grenades carried out a carefully-planned attack against federal police in western Mexcio.
# First Visit
Pope refuses to use his armoured Popemobile in Brazil
The pontiff wanted to “pass through its great heart”.
# Wikileaks
Edward Snowden to follow Julian Assange to Ecuadoran shelter?
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister says it has received a formal request for asylum.
# Take a Bow
Want to see an absolute wonder goal from the halfway line?
You won’t see a more audacious strike than this one for a long time.
# Presidential Election
Venezuela confirms Nicolas Maduro as president
It’s finally official after demands for recount: The acting president will succeed the late Hugo Chavez, beating his opponent by just over 1 per cent.
# Election
Chavez heir wins Venezuela vote - but opposition refuses to concede
Nicolas Maduro, who had been acting president since the death of Hugo Chavez, won 50.66 per cent of the vote last night.
# delicacy
Americans are consuming more guinea pig than ever before
Peruvian importers say the demand has never been higher – possibly from the ex-pat South American community in the USA.
# South America
Irish teenager charged with threatening Guyana leader
The 17-year-old’s lawyer said he had been drinking alcohol when he told bodyguards he would shoot and kill the president.
# Venezuela
Plan to put Chavez's body on display 'may be impossible'
The acting president of Venezuela said preparatory steps to put Hugo Chavez’s body on display should have been taken much earlier.
# El Presidente
Chavez uses Twitter to announce his surprise return to Venezuela
Hugo Chavez has spent more than two months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment.
# Colombia
Colombian farmers learn how to remove landmines
The country has the world’s second highest number of landmine victims after Afghanistan.
# Chavez
Chavez suffering from 'respiratory insufficiency'
Hugo Chavez’s top aides say the opposition and the media have used the Venezuelan president’s poor health to wage a “psychological war” to destabilise the country.
# South America
South America: volcano alert raised in Chile, Argentina
A top-level red alert has been issued for Chile’s Copahue volcano, which is located at the country’s Andean border with Argentina.
# Seized
UN court orders release of Argentine ship in Ghana
The ARA Libertad training ship was seized in October in the port of Tema as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina’s economic crisis a decade ago.
# Gay Marriage
Uruguay congress considers same-sex marriage law
The Latin American country is considering a new law to give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.
# Argentina
Argentina lowers its voting age to 16
The move will likely strengthen President Cristina Kirchner’s hopes of retaining control of the legislature and potentially change the constitution to allow her to run for a third term.
# green jersey approach
Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey
Michael D Higgins arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday and headed straight for a meeting with the popular former president.
# El Presidente
PHOTOS: Day four of Michael D's visit to Chile
El Presidente visited the grave of former Chilean leader Salvador Allende as part of his two-week trip today.
# El Presidente
Poll open in Venezuela in tough election for Chavez
Hugo Chavez has been in power for almost 14 years – but his opponent in the presidential election is in a statistical dead heat with the president in opinion polls.
# El Presidente
President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile
President Michael D Higgins has a busy schedule on the day two of his South American trip.
# El Presidente
Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile
The President met with his Chilean counterpart on a busy day of public engagements.
# El Presidente
Higgins to meet Chilean president on first full day of South America trip
After arriving in Chile yesterday morning, President Higgins kicks off his two weeks trip to South American with a day of public engagements in Santiago.
# El Presidente
¡Hola! President Higgins begins official visit to South America today
The President will meet with the presidents of Chile, Brazil and Argentina during the two-week visit.
# spoilt for choice
Surplus: No room for Tevez in Argentina squad
With only home-based players to be added to his 18 strong squad, Alejandro Sabella has no use for Carlos Tevez in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
# Colombia
Colombia says last top drug lord arrested
Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, alleged to be the country’s last major drug lord, has been arrested in an international sting.