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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# South America

All time
# Latin trip
President Higgins to travel to Latin America in October
The President is expected to make an official visit to Chile, Brazil and Argentina next month.
# Julian Assange
Ecuador's president says Assange allegations 'not crimes' in most places
Correa said the alleged actions against the WikiLeaks founder were ‘not crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the world’ but they had played no part in Quito’s decision to grant Assange asylum.
# El Presidente
¿Lo entiendes? Michael D enrols in Spanish language course
The Irish President has spent the past three weeks learning Spanish with his wife Sabina.
# Diplomacy
Wikileaks, Ecuador condemn 'UK threat to storm' embassy for Assange
The Wikileaks founder continues in his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.
# Mexico
Mexico: Mayor-elect shot dead
Edgar Morales Perez was elected as mayor-elect of the city of Matehuala on 1 July.
# Ecuador
WikiLeaks founder Assange seeks Ecuador asylum
Julian Assange yesterday walked into Ecuador’s embassy in London and applied for political asylum in a sensational bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
# Capybara Friday
It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of capybaras from around the world
What do you mean you’ve never heard of them?
# Bolivia
Family of Michael Dwyer pressures EU to find answers over killing
The family of an Irish man killed by Bolivian state police in 2009 is travelling to the European Parliament today, seeking to secure information about his death.
Farc rebels release ten hostages held for at least 12 years
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos praised the release of captives, but called the move “insufficient” to merit a peace dialogue.
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Neymar does his best Lionel Messi impression
The striker has been up to his old tricks again, as he looks to outdo his Argentinian counterpart.
# Anonymous
Interpol website hacked after arrest of 25 suspected Anonymous members
Those arrested – aged between 17 and 25 – are suspected of planning cyber-attacks against several South American and European institutions. Interpol’s website went down following news of the arrests.
# World in motion
International friendly wrap: wins for Brazil, Serbia
The Samba Boys left it late to see off Bosnia in St Gallen.
# Well read
The Sunday Papers: some of the week's best sportswriting
Do yourself a favour and check this lot out.
# itsybitsy teenyweeny
Brazilian bikinis get bigger to fit expanding waistlines
A growing number of designers are making bigger bikinis to accommodate Brazil’s thickening waistline.
# Rio de Janeiro
Six bodies pulled from Rio rubble after building collapse
Six people have been confirmed dead and 16 remain missing following the collapse of three high-rise buildings in Rio de Janeiro earlier today.
# Brazil
Police investigate allegations of sexual assault on Big Brother Brazil
A contestant on Brazilian Big Brother is being questioned by police after concerns were raised that he raped a fellow contestant as she slept.
# Argentina
Argentine president recovering after cancer surgery
Cristina Fernandez is recovering after having surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid gland, and is cautiously expected to make a full recovery.
# Chile
38 years on, Chile closes Allende case after confirming suicide
The Chilean leader was found dead while defending the presidential palace in the 1973 coup in Chile, in which General Augusto Pinochet seized power.
# Argentina
Argentine President diagnosed with thyroid cancer
Cristina Fernadez is not the first South American leader to be be diagnosed cancer in recent months – Presidents Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil all have undergone treatments recently.
# Chile
Conjoined baby girls separated in Chile
The Chilean twins presented a particularly difficult challenge because they were born sharing many of the same internal organs and urinary system.
# Blood Diamonds
Global Witness leaves anti-Blood Diamond group in protest
The NGO said the diamond certification scheme has failed to prevent the processing of conflict diamonds in Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
# Brazil
Brazil: Rio's most-wanted trafficker caught
Notorious gang-Antonio Bonfim Lopes, known as “Nem,” is wanted on drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges.
# Lord of War
Man behind Nicholas Cage weapons dealer role convicted of attempting to arm FARC
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, aka the Merchant of Death, was convicted after US agents posing as Colombian terrorists staged a $20m arms deal.
# Race for the Casa
We're not the only country with a seven-way presidential election, you know
Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez – the wife of her late predecessor – is set to be re-elected, boosted by a booming economy.
# Mexico
Mexico: Bodies hung from bridge as warning to social media users
Mexico’s notoriously vicious drug cartels are trying to crack down on members of the public who denounce their activities online.
# Car Ban
Bolivia bans cars for a day to help reduce pollution
Bolivia’s President even left the car behind and jogged to work yesterday.
# Argentina
6.4 quake shakes northern Argentina
The earthquake prompted evacuations in Buenos Aires and was felt in other populous areas – however those living at the epicentre didn’t even notice it.
# Mexico
Five detained over casino attack that killed 52 in Mexico
Five people suspected of being members of the notorious Zetas drug cartel in Mexico have been arrested over an arson attack on a casino killed 52 people earlier this week.
# Due South
Juego Bonito: watch Uruguay book their place in the final thanks to Suarez brace
WATCH: Liverpoool striker on the double as Uruguay eye record 15th title.
# venezuala
Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela after Cuban cancer treatment
The Venezuelan president arrives home after four weeks in Cuba, where he underwent emergency surgery.
# hugo chavez
Chavez reveals cancer battle
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez made a statement on television last night explaining his recent absence.
# Venezuela
Where is Hugo Chavez?
The Venezuelan president reappeared on Twitter on Friday, but he hasn’t been seen in public for two weeks after undergoing surgery in Cuba.
# Pacific Tsunami
Tsunami may 'totally engulf' low lying Pacific islands: Red Cross
The low lying Pacific islands may be swept over as a powerful tsunami hits the region – meanwhile Indonesia is bracing itself, as warnings indicate it will be the first area to be hit after Japan.
# Tsumani Warning
Tsunami centre widens warning to western US coast
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean have been issued with tsunami alerts.
# Che
Artist launches bid for legal rights on iconic Che Guevara image
Renowned artist Irish Jim Fitzpatrick is attempting to secure royalties on the world-famous work for the first time.
# Rio Carnival
Rio Carnival costumes and floats destroyed by huge blaze
A fire has torn through some of the city’s most prominent dance schools, destroying parade costumes and floats – and causing €3 million worth of damage.
# Drugs
Drug trafficking suspect to appear in court
One of two women arrested in a €1 million cocaine raid at Dublin Airport will appear in court today on drug trafficking charges.