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27 November 2014 Last updated at 02:24

Colombia rebels release two soldiers

Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.

A fire burns trees adjacent to grazing land in the Amazon basin on November 22, 2014 in Maranhao state, Brazil. Brazil sees fall in Amazon tree loss

Brazil says deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year, but campaigners dispute the figures.

HipposColombia hippo sterilisations begin

Vets in Colombia begin to sterilise hippos descended from animals shipped to a private zoo which belonged to the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

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Brazil drought: Sao Paulo sleepwalking into water crisis

Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo has been struggling with a severe drought for months. BBC correspondent Wyre Davies reports.

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