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  • Brazil swings to right

    Brazil entered a new era yesterday after electing its next president, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who vowed a fundamental change in direction for the giant Latin American country.

  • Brazilians vote to elect president

    Brazil began voting yesterday in a divisive presidential run-off election whose front-runner, far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, is vowing to rescue the country from crisis with a firm grip. Bolsonaro faces leftist Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor, who is trailing Bolsonaro by at least 10 points margin. The results are expected around 2300 GMT.

  • WhatsApp dirty tricks alleged in Brazil polls

    Allegations of a dirty tricks campaign on WhatsApp dominated Brazil's presidential election race on Thursday, turning attention to social media manipulation following abuses uncovered in the US election and Britain's Brexit referendum two years ago.

  • Colombia recognises Palestine as a state

    Colombia recognized Palestine as a sovereign state in the days before new President Ivan Duque took office, according to a letter from the foreign ministry made public on Wednesday.

  • Immunity lifted of opposition MPs

    A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding a drone "assassination" bid on the leader.

  • Venezuela arrests six over drone explosions

    Six "terrorists and hired killers" have been arrested in Venezuela accused of trying to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro in an alleged

  • PM swears to die if vote numbers inflated

    Cambodia's strongman Premier Hun Sen yesterday rejected claims the results from last month's widely criticised election had been falsified, saying he would stake his life on their accuracy.

  • Ballet to cure the Mexico City traffic blues

    Remedios Rosas was walking down a Mexico City street Saturday when she saw seven tutu-clad dancers tiptoe to the sidewalk, their chins held high, and join pedestrians waiting to cross the road. When the light changed, music started and the dancers leaped into the street, twirling and twisting in front of surprised drivers.

  • Bolivia to build world’s first underwater museum

    Bolivia is to build an underwater museum in its sacred Lake Titicaca, the culture minister says.

  • Leftist 'AMLO' sweeps to Mexican presidency

    Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sweeps to victory in Mexico's presidential election, in a political sea change driven by voters' anger over endemic corruption and brutal violence.