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Powerful earthquake off coast of El Salvador

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck off the coast of El Salvador, prompting an alert of a possible tsunami threatening the shores of the country, as well as Nicaragua and Honduras, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has said.

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Protesters torch #Mexico government buildings

Protesters have torched part of the government headquarters of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero amid demonstrations demanding the return of 43 students missing since an attack by gang-linked police.

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Guards taken hostage at #Brazil jail uprising

At least 12 guards and several inmates are being held hostage after a prisoner uprising in southern Brazil, during which some of those incarcerated were tossed from the roof of the correctional facility.

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US official calls for #Ebola control 'rethink'

Medical experts need to rethink how highly infectious diseases are handled in the US, according to a US health official, after a Dallas health worker contracted Ebola despite wearing protective gear while caring for a dying Liberian patient.

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Bolivia's Morales declares election victory

Evo Morales has won a third term as Bolivia's president with a landslide win, according to an unofficial quick count of the vote.

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First US #Ebola infection adds to concern

A Texas health-care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities say, causing concern that safety precautions taken by medical staff could be insufficient.

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Morales poised to win as #Bolivia votes

Polls have opened in Bolivia, where around six million legible voters are to cast their ballots in presidential and congressional elections largely expected to end with a sweeping victory for President Evo Morales.

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'Some bodies' not of missing #Mexico students

Some of the bodies found in clandestine graves in southern Mexico do not correspond to any of the 43 students who went missing after an attack by gang-linked police, according to an official.

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US demonstrators condemn #Ferguson shooting

Thousands of protesters have marched through St Louis, Missouri, as part of a weekend of demonstrations against police violence organised after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer last summer.

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Divided #Haiti bids farewell to Duvalier

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of former president Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier on Saturday, honouring a man widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power.

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