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27 August 2014 Last updated at 11:30

Colombia frees hired killer 'Popeye'John Jairo Velasquez, nicknamed Popeye, at Combita prison on 22 Nov 2009

One of Colombia's most notorious killers, known as Popeye, who admitted to 300 murders for drug lord Pablo Escobar is freed from prison.

Presidential candidates in TV debate. 26 Aug 2014Brazil holds TV election debate

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff takes part in the first televised candidates' debate of the election campaign, defending her social programmes.

An elderly Bolivian indigenous woman begs for money in El Alto, Bolivia on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006. UN: Poverty down in Latin America

More than 56 million people were lifted out of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean between 2000 and 2012, according to a UN report.

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Tim Vickery column

  • Argentina forward Angel Di MariaDi Maria can thrive as star man

    After Manchester United sign Angel Di Maria for £59.7m, Tim Vickery says the Argentine will thrive on being the main attraction.

Wyre Davies Article written by Wyre Davies Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

Brazil candidates engage in verbal sparring in TV debate

The first of Brazil's televised presidential debates is the first chance many Brazilians have to compare the main contenders, the BBC's Wyre Davies reports from Rio de Janeiro.

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Special Reports

ship on Panama Canal Panama Direct

A century at the centre of one of the world's most important trade routes

Features & Analysis

  • El Arrayan wind farm in Chile in August 2014Tapping its potential

    Energy-hungry Chile inaugurates its biggest wind farm

  • A man behind barsRighteous rehab

    Guatemala's religious centres that hunt and lock up drug addicts

  • Police officers who are part of Bogota's anti-groping squad pose for pictures in August 2014Hands off

    The police squad fighting groping on Bogota's public transport

  • Chris Stewart of the Buffalo Sabres is Canada-born but of Jamaican descentIcy trials

    Jamaica holds first ever try-outs for a national ice hockey team

  • close up of man's bare legs and feet in brown water, digging the mineFools' gold?

    Venezuela's illegal mines, where malaria is on the rise

  •  Marina Silva speaks during a press conference in Brasilia on 4 October, 2013. Humble origins

    Marina Silva's rise from rubber tapper to presidential candidate

  • Carnival dancerCarnival Cure

    How West Indians brought the Caribbean to Leeds

  • Aftermath of a bomb attack on a bank in Santiago de ChileGrowing fear

    Series of bomb attacks rattles Santiago residents

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