News and reports from North, Central and South America.

Michael Jackson cleared on all charges

Entertainer Michel Jackson has been told all charges against him, alleging he had abused a child and given alcohol to minors, have been dropped…

Justice at last for Brazilian drug war hero

The execution of a TV reporter by a drug trafficker sent shockwaves through Brazil. Now, nearly three years on, the killer has been jailed…

Deforestation reaches record high in Brazil

Deforestation in Brazil's rainforests is running at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, according to newly released data…

Rio's desperate street kids fear annihilation

Thousands of homeless children in Rio de Janeiro face beatings and execution by gangs of vigilantes. Here, they explain why they can't go to the authorities…

Brazil: Soccer families seized in kidnapping wave

Brazilian football clubs are setting up security of record levels for the families of their players in the wake of the fifth high-profile kidnapping in six months…

Brazil's 'samba spokesman' dies in Rio

Bezerra da Silva, the sambista dubbed the godfather of gangsta rap and unofficial spokesman of Rio de Janeiro’s slums, has died aged 77.

Argentina mourns revellers killed in club fire

At least 175 people died and 700 were injured when a flare thrown from the audience started a fire at a concert in a Buenos Aires nightclub.

Brazil: Kidnapped footballer's mother freed

Forty-one days after her dramatic abduction, Marina Lima de Souza, the mother of Brazil’s brightest footballing star, has been freed.

Rio carnival organiser 'executed' by drugs gang

Preparations for Rio de Janeiro's dazzling carnival have been tainted by the murder of one of its organisers over his choice of parade queen.

Rio protesters oppose tax-funded 'cure' for gays

Protesters have descended on Rio's legislative assembly opposing state proposals offering to bankroll the psychological "conversion" of homosexuals.


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