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#Colombia grants gay couples adoption rights

Colombia has taken a major step in recognising the rights of same-sex couples, after the country's leading court granted limited adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples.

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Record amount of cocaine captured in #Peru

Peruvian police have seized a record 6.5 tonnes of cocaine in a quiet coastal town this week, arresting seven Peruvians and two Mexicans suspected of trying to smuggle the load to Europe as coal, President Ollanta Humala has said.

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Argentines stage strike over ailing economy

Argentine workers have launched a general strike to protest rising unemployment and runaway inflation, adding to President Cristina Kirchner's problems as her government deals with a new debt default.

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#Blackwater four 'made corpses of innocents'

Four Blackwater guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians turned "innocent people ... into bullet-riddled corpses" for no reason, the prosecution has told their US trial as it neared its conclusion.

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US police shoot suspect and TV crew member

A robbery suspect carrying a plastic-pellet gun and a crew member with the TV show "Cops'' were shot dead by police during a response to a restaurant hold-up in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Colombian drug hitman 'Popeye' released

One of Colombia’s most notorious hired killers, John Jairo Velasquez, has been released from prison after serving 22 years of his 30-year sentence for murder, police and judicial sources have said.

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Deal reached to end deadly #Brazil jail riot

Brazilian authorities have reached a deal with rioting prisoners who killed four fellow inmates, beheading two of them, and held two guards hostage.

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Prisoners beheaded in #Brazil jail riot

Inmates rioting for better facilities in a Brazilian jail have killed four fellow prisoners, decapitating two of them, and have taken two guards hostage, officials have said.

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#Ferguson mourners gather to bury teenager

Michael Brown's familyThe funeral of the black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson is under way in calm atmosphere after weeks of unrest.

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Shooter at US army base injures herself

Fort LeeA female soldier has shot and wounded herself at Fort Lee, a US army base in Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the facility, the army said.

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