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Venezuela limits access to dollars at official rate
Venezuela limits access to dollars at official rate

Venezuela said Wednesday it would allow only importers of high priority goods like food to buy dollars at the official rate, forcing others to pay nearly twice that.

Venezuela limits access to dollars at official rate
Lighting costs Rio's iconic Christ statue tip of thumb
Lighting costs Rio's iconic Christ statue tip of thumb

The iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks, has lost a thumb tip to lightening, a report said Friday.

Lighting costs Rio's iconic Christ statue tip of thumb
Two Argentine reporters die in crash while covering Dakar Rally
Two Argentine reporters die in crash while covering Dakar Rally

Two members of an Argentine news team covering the Dakar Rally died Thursday when the car they were driving in fell into a ravine, the Super Rally magazine said.

Two Argentine reporters die in crash while covering Dakar Rally
Former Miss Venezuela shot dead in front of daughter
Former Miss Venezuela shot dead in front of daughter

Gunmen shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her British-born partner in front of their five-year-old daughter, who was wounded in an attack that dismayed the crime-plagued nation, authorities said Tuesday.

Former Miss Venezuela shot dead in front of daughter
'Exceptionally rare' conjoined whales found in Mexico
'Exceptionally rare' conjoined whales found in Mexico

Fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as "exceptionally rare."

'Exceptionally rare' conjoined whales found in Mexico
Photo a courtesy of Astana Motorsports
4 Kazakhstan crews start Dakar Rally 2014

Four Astana Motorsports crews from Astana Presidential Sports Club have started the Dakar Rally 2014, the annual off-road race.

4 Kazakhstan crews start Dakar Rally 2014
©Reuters/Nazim Serhat Firat
Sparkling Sydney to kick off glitzy global 2014 party

Sydney promised an unprecedented fireworks spectacular to kick off global new year celebrations Tuesday, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai.

Sparkling Sydney to kick off glitzy global 2014 party
©Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom
Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a judge's earlier decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure.

Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim
Brazilian President Dilma Roussef. ©Reuters/Paulo Whitaker
Some 92 farms expropriated in Brazil for land reform

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed a decree expropriating 92 farms which will be handed over to small farmers as part of the country's land reform.

Some 92 farms expropriated in Brazil for land reform
Uruguay economy minister resigns over airline scandal
Uruguay economy minister resigns over airline scandal

Uruguay's economy minister has resigned as he faces a probe over the 2012 collapse of national airline Pluna -- a scandal that has tainted President Jose Mujica's administration.

Uruguay economy minister resigns over airline scandal
Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup
Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup

Foreign and Brazilian tourists are expected to spend $10.4 billion during next year's World Cup, more than the public funds invested for staging the event, the Brazilian tourism board said Friday.

Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup
Racing: Astana Dakar team vehicles off to South America
Racing: Astana Dakar team vehicles off to South America

A caravan of Astana Dakar team vehicles has been shipped off from the port of Havre, France, to South America after a technical check.

Racing: Astana Dakar team vehicles off to South America
Socialist Bachelet tipped to win easily in Chilean runoff
Socialist Bachelet tipped to win easily in Chilean runoff

Former Chilean president and socialist champion Michelle Bachelet, who has proposed tax reforms and a new constitution for her country, is expected to unseat conservatives Sunday in a runoff election.

Socialist Bachelet tipped to win easily in Chilean runoff
Glovo Television, logo. Photo Courtesy of blog.viajespacifico.com.pe
Brazil's TV dream machine fueled by 7,000 people

In a Rio suburb, wealthy and beautiful heiresses, orphans and assassins lunch together in a mini-city where Globo television creates the soap operas that captivate more than 50 million Brazilians.

Brazil's TV dream machine fueled by 7,000 people
©Reuters/Jim Urquhart
Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.

Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves
Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices
Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices

Eyeing a massive boost to tourism and prestige, Brazil hoped it had won the jackpot in earning the right to host the next World Cup and summer Olympics.

Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices
Maduro says gov't in Venezuela will set car prices
Maduro says gov't in Venezuela will set car prices

President Nicolas Maduro said Monday his leftist government will set car prices in a bid to lower their cost.

Maduro says gov't in Venezuela will set car prices
The prices of gasoline, ethanol and diesel fuel are shown at a gas station at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro November 29, 2013.©Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Despite rising demand, Brazil ethanol sector struggles

Hobbled by rising production costs and low prices, Brazil's ethanol sector is in crisis, with many sugar mills closing despite rising demand.

Despite rising demand, Brazil ethanol sector struggles
©Reuters/Mike Segar
Smartphone app to give earthquake warning

A smartphone app designed to give early warning of earthquakes could be ready as early as next year, according to scientists at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro.

Smartphone app to give earthquake warning
Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins
Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins

Argentina moved a step closer Thursday to issuing commemorative coins to honor its native son after its lower chamber of Congress backed the move, Pope Francis.

Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins