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Man dies after doctor leaves scissors inside stomach during successful surgery

A Venezuelan man died after surgeons left a pair of scissors inside his stomach during an operation. 59-year-old Ivan Chavez had gone to the University Hospital of Maracaibo for an inflamed diverticula surgery. Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system. His operation was hailed a success. But […]

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Brazil: Death toll from flash floods and landslides rises to 186

The death toll from flash floods and landslides that hit the Brazilian city of Petropolis has risen to 186, authorities said, one week after torrential rains lashed the tourist town. Since the storm, rescue workers have searched for victims, digging through the mud and wreckage left by devastating landslides that mainly hit poor hillside communities. […]

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At least 94 people killed in landslides and flash floods in Brazil’s Petrópolis city, authorities say

At least 94 people have died in landslides and flash flooding in the Brazilian city of Petrópolis, officials say. The city, which is located in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro, was hit by torrential rainfall. Houses in hillside neighbourhoods were destroyed and cars swept away as floodwaters raced through the city’s streets. The […]

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Record number of trees cut down in Brazilian Amazon in January

The number of trees cut down in the Brazilian Amazon in January far exceeded deforestation for the same month last year, according to government satellite data. The area destroyed was five times larger than 2021, the highest January total since records began in 2015. Environmentalists accuse Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro of allowing deforestation to accelerate. […]

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Landslide triggered by heavy rains kill at least 14 people in central Colombia

A landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 14 people in central Colombia, officials say. Another 35 people were now in hospital after several homes were engulfed in the Dosquebradas municipality, Risaralda province, on Tuesday. Pictures showing a gash in the lush foliage covering a mountain overlooking the area. Residents living close to […]

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At least 14 killed in landslide and flooding in Ecuador’s capital Quito

Massive flooding in Ecuador’s capital and a resulting landslide have killed at least 14 people, according to authorities in Quito. The floods on Monday were caused by heavy rains on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, which overlooks the city. Local authorities said in a statement that 75 litres of rain per square metre fell […]

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Thousands of truckers stranded at Chile-Argentina border due to slow Covid-19 testing

Thousands of truck drivers from Argentina were stuck at the Chilean border on Saturday due to slow Covid-19 testing, as Chile faced its second transport delay crisis. Since January 21, more than 3,000 trucks have been stranded at the customs checkpoint of Cristo Redentor in Mendoza, according to the Argentinean Federation of Business Entities for […]

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Brazil: At least 7 dead, 32 injured after part of canyon collapses onto leisure boats on lake

At least seven people have been killed after part of a cliff collapsed onto leisure boats on a Brazilian lake. Another three are missing and 32 injured following the accident in the south-east of the country. Video circulating online shows the moment the rock detaches from the cliff face as onlookers try to yell warnings […]

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Swarm of 10,000 bees sting police officers at beekeepers protest in Chile

Four beekeepers have been detained in Chile following a protest calling for government support for their industry. The beekeepers held a demonstration outside the presidential palace in the capital, Santiago. Seven police officers were stung as they tried to remove beehives placed by the protesters to block a main thoroughfare. A prolonged drought has been […]

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Jair Bolsonaro: Brazilian president hospitalised for intestinal obstruction

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was taken to a Sao Paulo hospital for tests early Monday after experiencing abdominal discomfort, the government said in a statement. The hospital where he was admitted, Vila Nova Star, said in a statement the president had an intestinal obstruction and was in stable condition. Bolsonaro is “doing well” and further […]

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Italian police finds pure cocaine worth €1 billion hidden in boxes of bananas, peanuts and pepper

Italian police on Friday discovered over 3 tons of pure cocaine in a container shipment from South America. Police and customs officials raided the port of Gioia Tauro, in Calabria, southern Italy, and found almost 2.3 tons of the drug hidden in boxes of bananas, peanuts and pepper. Another 850 kilograms of cocaine were found […]

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Heavy rains swell rivers, burst two dams in northeastern Brazil; thousands affected by flooding

Two dams gave way in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia after weeks of heavy rains, swamping already swollen local rivers as flooding hit towns across the region, authorities said on Sunday. The Igua dam, on the Verruga river near the city of Vitoria da Conquista in southern Bahia, collapsed on Saturday night, forcing authorities […]