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Brazil sends federal troops to prisons after wave of deadly revolts

Brazil's government sent dozens of federal security forces to secure prisons in the country's north on Tuesday after gang-linked massacres left 100 inmates dead in the first week of the year,...

At least 33 reported dead in second Brazil prison riot this week

At least 33 people are dead after the second prison riot in Brazil this week, local media reported Friday, citing justice officials.

Olympics boosted Brazil to tourism record in 2016

Hosting the Olympic Games in 2016 boosted tourist numbers to a new record for Brazil, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.

Fifty reported dead in Brazil jail riot

At least 50 inmates have died in a prison riot in Brazil, security authorities in the north-western state of Amazonas say.

12 killed as man opens fire at New Year's party in Brazil

Twelve people died when a man opened fire at a New Year's Eve party in Brazil and then turned the gun on himself, the country's state news agency, Agencia Brasil, reported Sunday.

Brazil police: wife, lover plotted murder of Greek ambassador

The wife of Greece's ambassador to Brazil and her presumed lover were arrested Friday for murdering the diplomat in what authorities called a planned "crime of passion," Rio de Janeiro's Policia...

Brazilian police confirm murder of Greek ambassador

Police in Brazil on Friday confirmed that the Greek ambassador to the country was murdered, the G1 news portal reported.

Bolivia's president to seek office again despite term limit

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday said he would run for re-election in defiance of a term limit set by the country's constitution.

Airline in footballer crash dismissed air authorities' warnings

The dispatcher for a charter flight that crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, had clashed with Bolivian aviation officials who warned the flight was too long to make without a refuelling stop,...

Investigation points to fuel shortage in Colombia plane crash

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a charter jet that crashed in Colombia while carrying 77 people, including a Brazilian football team, may have run out of fuel, authorities said...

Four killed as police helicopter crashes in Rio de Janeiro

Four military policemen were killed in Rio de Janeiro Saturday when a police helicopter crashed following clashes in one of the city's most notorious slums, the news website Globo reported.

Latin America's Mercosur trade bloc to push for EU free trade deal

Members of Latin America's Mercosur bloc have agreed to strengthen trade with the European Union and to push for a free trade agreement.

Paralympic opening ceremony marred by jeering of Brazil's president

Thousands of athletes from around the world took part Wednesday in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium.

Permanent ceasefire in Colombia ends decades of bloodshed

Five decades of war in Colombia came to an end early Monday as a permanent and definitive ceasefire took hold shortly after midnight (0500 GMT) between the government and the Revolutionary Armed...

US Olympic swimmer Lochte charged by Brazil authorities: media

Brazilian police have charged US swimming star Ryan Lochte with making a false statement after he claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, media reported on...