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A continent in the Western Hemisphere, and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere

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South America: A continent in the Western Hemisphere, and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere
South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas, which is how it is viewed in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas. The reference to South America instead of other regions has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics.


Brazil aims to forge more trade accords as Bolsonaro heads to Asia

Brazil aims to conclude free trade agreements between the South American free trade bloc Mercosur and Singapore and South Korea by next year, as it also eyes deals with several other Asian countries, a..
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Mercosur bloc and other South American countries condemn unrest in Ecuador

The South American trade bloc, Mercosur, along with other countries in the region on Sunday, condemned the unrest in Ecuador, saying mass demonstrations against cuts to fuel subsidies were an attempt..
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▶ Videos for South America

Poverty collides with policy in Argentine race [Video]Poverty collides with policy in Argentine race

Rising poverty is becoming a touchstone issue in Argentina's upcoming presidential election, in which incumbent Mauricio Macri's IMF-led austerity programme will be challenged by left-leaning rival..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:50Published

Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa [Video]Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa

Hundreds of people gathered in Iowa City on Friday to watch Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg speak at a rally to demand that political leaders and institutions take urgent action to combat..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan [Video]Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan

A monkey in a zoo in Oita predicts winners at the Rugby World Cup.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:35Published

Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales [Video]Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales

Amid a biting recession, a sharp currency devaluation and soaring inflation, sales of condoms and birth control pills have tumbled in Argentina, pharmacists and manufacturers said. Freddie Joyner has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Seven South American leaders sign forest agreement in Amazon town [Video]Seven South American leaders sign forest agreement in Amazon town

The leaders of seven South American countries have met in the Amazon town of Leticia in Colombia to sign an agreement to better protect what is the world’s largest tropical forest.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:15Published

Timberland parent to stop buying Brazil's leather [Video]Timberland parent to stop buying Brazil's leather

The parent company of Timerberland, Vans and the NorthFace, said it will stop buying Brazilian leather for its products over concerns the South American country isn't doing enough to grapple with fires..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Brazil's Amazon fires could cause disastrous climate change impact [Video]Brazil's Amazon fires could cause disastrous climate change impact

About 77,000 fires have been recorded across Brazil over the last 12 months. A map from NASA shows those fires across South America.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:36Published

Soldiers join in Amazon firefighting effort [Video]Soldiers join in Amazon firefighting effort

Brazilian troops have been deployed in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. Some 44,000 troops will be..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting [Video]Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Oxfam held a climate change protest on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, as world leaders put pressure on Brazil to do more to save the amazon rainforest from wildfires. Joe Davies reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel arrested in Dominica in trafficking sting [Video]Former Major League Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel arrested in Dominica in trafficking sting

Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel arrested as part of drug trafficking operation

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:55Published


Rains help douse Bolivian forest fires after two-month inferno

Heavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4 million hectares..
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Pope urges respect for indigenous Amazon peoples at start of three-week gathering

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its rules on indigenous people but respect their culture..
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Peru's Vizcarra unveils new Cabinet as leadership challenge fizzles out

Peru's centrist President Martin Vizcarra swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday as a challenge to his leadership by dismissed lawmakers fizzled out, potentially ushering in a rare period of political calm..
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Explainer: Rebellion in Congress - How Peru tipped into political crisis

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra's drive to clean up the ruling class after a series of graft scandals has left the South American country with an open rebellion in a dissolved Congress as its..
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Mexico busts human smuggling ring operating in Cancun, Mexico City airports

Mexican authorities on Saturday said they detained two suspected leaders of a human smuggling ring that brought migrants from South America and Asia to Mexico before transporting them toward the..
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As Ivanka Trump visits, U.S. OKs $400 million Argentina highway investment

The United States has approved a $400 million highway investment in Argentina as President Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump visits the South American nation on a wider tour of the region.
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Argentine markets hold steady as anti-Macri protesters decry austerity, rising poverty

Argentine markets held steady on Wednesday, even as thousands of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the government of President Mauricio Macri and a darkening economic outlook in the..
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Diplomat says U.S. does not want military intervention in Venezuela: report

The United States is not seeking a military intervention as a solution to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. envoy to the troubled South American nation said in an interview..
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Colombia's FARC dissident leader issues new call to arms, three years after peace deal

A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that it will launch a new offensive, threatening to resume their five decades of armed..
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Slovenia to resettle Venezuelans with Slovenian ancestry

At least 47 Venezuelans with Slovenian ancestry will be resettled in Slovenia to escape the economic meltdown that has given rise to "unbearable conditions" in the South American country, a cabinet..
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Colombia's FARC dissidents set to launch new offensive

A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that they will launch a new offensive, threatening to resume their five decades of armed..
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Cuba asks Canada to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela in their third meeting since May on the South American country's..
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Brazil looks to neighbors for Amazon support, defends record

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday he would meet with other South American countries to set common policy for defending the Amazon rain forest, while his foreign minister told Reuters..
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Fish farmer Mowi could halt Brazil soy imports over Amazon fires

Mowi ASA , the world's largest salmon producer, could stop buying Brazilian soy for its fish farms unless the South American country curbs Amazon deforestation, the Norwegian company said on Wednesday.
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Brazil announces South American meeting on Amazon, takes Chile's help

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defense of the Amazon rainforest, and took another swipe at France for an..
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As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting the growing international dismay and anger with Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest..
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Ireland could try to block Mercosur trade deal on Amazon concerns: Varadkar

As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless..
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FBI seeking to question alleged Al Qaeda operative in Brazil

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to question an alleged Egyptian Al Qaeda operative believed to be living in Brazil, and the South American country has pledged to cooperate with the..
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Maduro says he 'repudiates' Trump statement on possible Venezuela blockade

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's statement about a possible blockade of the South American country, adding that its seas would remain "free..
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Paraguay foreign minister resigns after Brazil energy deal outcry

Paraguay's foreign minister and three other officials resigned on Monday amid a growing scandal over the signing of an energy deal with Brazil, a blow to President Mario Abdo who has forged close ties..
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U.S. Marines 'likely' to enter Venezuela, says socialist party No. 2

Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday said U.S. Marines will "likely" enter the South American country, a week after a confrontation between aircraft belonging to the..
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Russia's Lavrov says Venezuela dialogue should have 'no preconditions'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday a dialogue to resolve Venezuela's political crisis should have "no preconditions," as he visited the small South American country of Suriname at..
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Brazil's courtship of U.S. need not worry China: foreign minister

Brazil's efforts to build better ties with the United States need not worry China, the South American country's top trade partner, because it had never had a problem with China, the Brazilian foreign..
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Maduro asks Colombia's military to 'disobey' orders against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday called on Colombia's military to "disobey orders to disrupt Venezuela's peace," in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the neighboring..
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Armed men steal $40 million of gold, metals from Brazil airport

Armed men stole $40 million of gold and other precious metals on Thursday from a Sao Paulo cargo terminal at South America's busiest airport, taking two hostages, police said.
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Colombia could spend $1 billion on new air force planes: sources

Colombia is examining proposals from the United States, Spain and Sweden as it look to replace its aging military aircraft, the South American country's air force said on Tuesday.
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Peru's 'fugitive' ex-president Toledo arrested in U.S., faces extradition

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States on Tuesday and faces extradition back to Peru, the South American country's justice minister said, as part of a sweeping..
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Venezuelan opposition returning to Barbados to continue talks with government

Venezuela's opposition said on Sunday it will return to Barbados to continue talks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro as part of efforts to resolve the South American nation's political..
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Uruguay opposition posts big win in presidential primaries

Uruguay's conservative opposition has posted a big win in presidential primaries, firing a warning at the ruling coalition ahead of national elections in October as the South American nation grapples..
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Uruguay ex-Mayor, senator likely winners in presidential primaries: exit polls

Uruguayan primary elections look set to pit a former mayor against a senator in the presidential vote in October, according to early exit polls on Sunday evening in the South American country.
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Italian 'cocaine king' makes midnight escape from jail in Uruguay

An Italian mob boss, who had been imprisoned in Uruguay since 2017, escaped from jail overnight as he was waiting to be extradited back to Italy, the South American country's interior ministry said on..
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Court ruling sends Guyana to new elections, as first oil output looms

A regional court on Tuesday upheld the Guyanese Parliament's December no-confidence vote in the government, meaning the South American country will face new elections just as its nascent oil industry..
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Argentine president promises investigation following massive blackout

Argentine President Mauricio Macri called the massive blackout that left tens of millions in South America without power on Sunday "unprecedented", and promised a thorough investigation.
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Massive blackout hobbles South America, one-third of power back in Argentina

Power had been restored to one-third of Argentina by early afternoon, hours after a massive blackout hit South America on Sunday morning, leaving tens of millions without power, the country's Energy..
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Venezuelans rush to Peru border ahead of migration crackdown

Thousands of Venezuelans rushed to Peru's northern border on Friday in hopes of entering the Andean country before it imposes tough immigration requirements at midnight, as one of the hitherto most..
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Angelina Jolie urges international support for Venezuelan children

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Saturday urged the international community to provide more support to three South American countries with the most migrants from crisis-hit Venezuela, saying 20,000..
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Venezuela's Guaido vows protests as Oslo talks produce no deal

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed to press ahead with street protests after talks with government officials hosted by Norway ended on Wednesday without progress towards resolving the South..
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Venezuelan government, opposition envoys end Oslo meeting without a deal

A meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition has ended without agreement as Norway holds talks aimed at resolving the South American country's long-running conflict, opposition leader Juan..
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Venezuela's Maduro says Norway talks sought 'peaceful agenda' with opposition

Talks in Norway this week with representatives of Venezuela's government and the opposition sought to "build a peaceful agenda" for the crisis-stricken South American country, President Nicolas Maduro..
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Angry Venezuelans wait hours for fuel as shortages worsen

Angry drivers queued for hours in towns across Venezuela on Friday as fuel shortages worsened in the South American nation following a plunge in gasoline imports and a stoppage at the nation's..
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U.S. orders suspension of flights between the U.S. and Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence..
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Venezuela's top court accuses more lawmakers of treason; congress building closed

Venezuela's top court accused four opposition lawmakers of treason on Tuesday, following similar accusations against 10 legislators this month, escalating a deep political crisis in the South American..
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Venezuela security forces block opposition lawmakers from entering parliament

Venezuelan security forces prevented opposition lawmakers from entering the parliament building for a session on Tuesday, a week after the top court stripped several lawmakers of their immunity amid a..
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Venezuela's Guaido seeks U.S. Pentagon cooperation to solve political crisis

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday he has asked his envoy to the United States to meet with Pentagon officials to "cooperate" on a solution to the South American country's..
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U.S. lifts sanctions on Venezuelan general who broke with Maduro: Pence

Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the United States has lifted sanctions on Venezuelan General Manuel Cristopher Figuera, the former chief of the South American country's intelligence..
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