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30 August 2014 Last updated at 20:47

El Salvador gangs re-launch truceOne of two hundred members of "Mara 18" arrested in Soyapango, El Salvador July 12 2006

Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago.


Men from a Jewish community load furniture onto a lorry in San Juan La LagunaJews 'forced' from Guatemala village

Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.

A rescued miner, center, is greeted by another miner while being helped by a rescue worker as he leaves the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29Rescuers free Nicaraguan miners

Most of 24 gold miners trapped underground in northern Nicaragua since Thursday have been rescued, officials say.

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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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Features & Analysis

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

    Energy-hungry Chile inaugurates its biggest wind farm

  • Nelida Serpico holds a picture of her son (photo courtesy of Clarin)Never give up

    Mother who spent seven years tracking down her son's killer


  • Pablo MarroquinRighteous 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


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    Marina Silva's rise from rubber tapper to presidential candidate


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