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South America: Continent
South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas, which is how it is viewed in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas where Dutch and English are spoken officially. The reference to South America instead of other regions has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics.


PDVSA slams U.S. sanctions on Rosneft over Venezuela activity

Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA said on Tuesday it rejected U.S. sanctions on Russian state oil company Rosneft over its continued trading of oil from the South American country.
Reuters - Published

Peruvian LGBTQ couples call for marriage equality in symbolic wedding

LGBTQ couples in Peru took part in a symbolic wedding ceremony on Friday in an annual event aimed at calling for marriage equality in the conservative South American nation.
Reuters - Published

Videos for South America

Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge [Video]Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge

Kristina Madsen holds an eight minute lead going into the seventh marathon in seven days on seven continents.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:36Published

Japan soccer star Honda gets roaring welcome to Brazil's Botafogo [Video]Japan soccer star Honda gets roaring welcome to Brazil's Botafogo

Botafogo fans give massive welcome to Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda as club looks for past glories.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:30Published

Venezuela has 'world's highest murder rate' [Video]Venezuela has 'world's highest murder rate'

A non-government organisation says many of the murders in the South American country are extrajudicial killings by police.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:38Published


Venezuelan's Maduro calls his decision allowing dollar transactions 'correct'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday his decision to allow transactions in dollars in the crisis-torn South American country was "correct" and taken "in the midst of a war."
Reuters - Published

Deaths from dengue fever in Paraguay spike to 16 under strained health system

Paraguay health officials said on Friday that deaths from dengue fever increased to 16 in the South American country's worst outbreak of the disease in the last decade, severely straining its health..
Reuters - Published

Car-sized turtle fossils unearthed

The turtle is believed to have lived in northern South America between 13 and seven million years ago.
BBC News - Published

Exclusive: Germany's Volkswagen and Daimler push for more 'sustainable' Chile lithium

German automakers Volkswagen and Daimler have launched a study to push for more "sustainable" lithium mining in Chile, according to lobbyist filings reviewed by Reuters, a sign of growing supply chain..
Reuters - Published

Russia foreign minister slams U.S. sanctions during visit to Venezuela

Russia's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. sanctions against Venezuela during a visit to Caracas, providing a public show of support for President Nicolas Maduro as Washington mulls ramping up..
Reuters - Published

Russia foreign minister visits Venezuela as U.S. warns of sanctions reprisal

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds talks with Russia's foreign minister on Friday as Moscow continues to support the isolated South American nation's socialist government despite Washington's..
Reuters - Published

Venezuela seizes Citgo executives who were under house arrest

Venezuelan police have seized executives of U.S. refiner Citgo who were under house arrest in the South American nation, two family members of the men said, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump met..
Reuters - Published

South American criminals 'targeting wealthy homes' in Surrey

Forty-eight South Americans have been arrested over burglaries in south-east England since 2017.
BBC News - Published

Peruvians to vote for new Congress as country seeks to turn page on crisis

Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new Congress that will be in place for just over a year, as the copper-rich South American nation seeks to overcome a political crisis that led to..
Reuters - Published

Juan Roman Riquelme: Youth tournament in South America features 11 players named after Argentina legend

In this year's Sao Paulo Junior Football Cup - a competition for Brazilian under-20 football teams - there are 11 players named after Argentina legend Juan Roman Riquelme.
BBC News - Published

Venezuela Guaido calls for halt to 'blood gold' flow

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Wednesday that the government needed to halt the illegal flow of gold out of the South American country and sanctions might be needed.
Reuters - Published

Bolivia Congress rubber stamps November resignation of Evo Morales

Bolivia's Congress on Tuesday formally accepted the November resignation of leftist leader Evo Morales and his deputy Álvaro García Linera, rubber stamping the end of his 14-year socialist..
Reuters - Published

Chicken from UK supermarkets and fast-food chains 'fuelling mass forest loss in South America'

Greenpeace calls for meat-reduction targets by big stores that 'fail to monitor suppliers' but run promotions
Independent - Published

Guyana opposition candidate pledges to keep Exxon contract intact

Exxon Mobil's oil contract with Guyana would be exempt from a review of the South American nation's deals if the opposition wins the March 2 election, the party's top candidate said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. official accuses ex-leader Morales of fostering violence in Bolivia

Former Bolivian leader Evo Morales is fostering instability and violence from inside Argentina and the United States had warned the South American nation that he would be a "headache," a senior U.S...
Reuters - Published

Morales' party names election runners for Bolivia vote

A former foreign minister and a coca farmer are the front-runners to be on the ticket for exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales' political party in the May elections in the South American country,..
Reuters - Published

Morales' party names candidates for upcoming Bolivia elections

A former foreign minister and a coca farmer will be the candidates for president and vice president for exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales' political party in the May elections in the South American..
Reuters - Published

Coca eradication best way to fight violence in Colombia, Duque says

The eradication of Colombia's plantations of coca, the raw material for cocaine, is the best way to protect peace efforts and fight the drug trafficking that fuels violence in the South American..
Reuters - Published

What is artisanal gold and why is it booming?

A rapid rise in the price of gold since 2000 has driven millions of people to deposits in Africa, South America and elsewhere where they dig for gold using basic technology.
Reuters - Published

Peru to deport tourists for allegedly damaging, defecating at Machu Picchu

Peruvian police said on Tuesday they would deport five tourists and prosecute another after they allegedly damaged stonework and defecated among the ruins at Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel that is one..
Reuters - Published

Australia's bushfires make massive clouds of pollution

Smoke from Australia's bushfires has blanketed its major cities over the past month, turned the sky over New Zealand bright orange and left sooty deposits on its glaciers and drifted across the Pacific..
Reuters - Published

Bolivia prosecutor seeks Spain response over embassy spat

Bolivia's attorney general has pushed forward a probe into Spanish officials the South American country's government alleges were seeking to help allies of ousted leftist leader Evo Morales who are..
Reuters - Published

Don't be put off by fires, Australia tells tourists

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly wildfires that have razed large swathes and sent smoke as far as South America, even as authorities fretted..
Reuters - Published

Australian leader urges tourists not be deterred by bushfires crisis

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly wildfires that have razed large swathes of the country and sent smoke palls as far as South America, even as..
Reuters - Published

Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO

Smoke from wildfires in Australia has drifted across the Pacific and affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Argentina boosts security at airports, U.S. embassy over Iran tensions

Argentina's government boosted security at its airports, borders and the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires as tensions simmer between the United States and Iran, the South American country's defense..
Reuters - Published

Mexico president says right of asylum must be respected in Bolivia spat

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday his country's right to grant asylum must be respected, when asked about an ongoing spat with Bolivia over the South American country's..
Reuters - Published

Mexico appeals to international court as diplomatic row with Bolivia intensifies

Mexico on Thursday turned to the International Court of Justice to ensure its diplomatic facilities were respected in Bolivia as it ramped up pressure on the South American country's interim government..
Reuters - Published

Peruvian prosecutor investigating deaths of two McDonald's employees

A Peruvian prosecutor's office said it was investigating the death of two teenaged employees in a McDonald's-branded restaurant in Lima, in an incident that has spurred protests against the fast-food..
Reuters - Published

Chile's police to reform as allegations of abuses mount

Chile's top law enforcement official on Thursday detailed deep reforms to a police force dogged by allegations of human rights abuses ranging from torture to rape during nearly two months of protests..
Reuters - Published

Chilean Air Force finds debris believed to be from missing plane

The Chilean Air Force said on Wednesday it had located debris believed to be from a cargo plane that crashed this week with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America..
Reuters - Published

Chile expands search over frigid sea near Antarctica for crashed plane

The Chilean military sent fighter jets early on Wednesday in an expansion of its search for an airforce cargo plane that crashed with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South..
Reuters - Published

Chile Air Force says cargo plane crashed with 38 on board, search operation underway

Chile's Air Force on Tuesday said one of its cargo planes had crashed with 38 people on board after going missing in an isolated area between South America and the Antarctic, and a rescue team was..
Reuters - Published

Bolivian minister seeks Israel help in fighting alleged leftist 'terrorism'

Bolivia's interim government wants Israel to help local authorities fight "terrorism" in the South American country, the interior minister told Reuters on Friday, alleging plots by Venezuelan President..
Reuters - Published

Peru and U.S. close to signing deal to counter Chinese influence in region: diplomat

Peru and Washington are in the final stages of talks on a deal to promote American investments in the South American country as part of a U.S. initiative to counter Chinese influence in the region, a..
Reuters - Published

Argentine steel industry chamber says U.S. tariffs would hit production, employment

Argentina's steel industry chamber said on Monday it was seriously concerned about U.S. plans to re-impose tariffs on the South American country's exports of the metal, which it said would harm local..
Reuters - Published

Trump's metals tariff tweet roils Brazil, Argentina

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he would restore tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina, surprising officials in the two South American countries and prompting..
Reuters - Published

How BBC's Katy Watson pumped breast milk through polls and protests

Katy Watson covered a turbulent time in South America while still producing a food supply for baby Isadora.
BBC News - Published

Suriname court convicts President Bouterse of murder for 1982 executions

A court in Suriname on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 during an earlier term as military ruler of the South American country after he and..
Reuters - Published

Chile's peso hits new low as violence, protests resurge

Chile's peso plummeted to a new low at the market close on Wednesday as violence resurged in the South American nation following weeks of protests over inequality and inadequate social services.
Reuters - Published

Bolivia reforges U.S. ties as political alliances redrawn

Bolivia's interim government has named an ambassador to the United States for the first time in over a decade, amid a redrawing of the South American nation's international ties that has seen..
Reuters - Published

'Massive' human rights violations in Bolivia merit outside probe: regional commission head

Bolivia may need outside help to probe a "massive" amount of human rights violations and post-election violence to ensure findings are seen as credible in the deeply divided South American nation, the..
Reuters - Published

Uruguay heads to the polls in run-off vote; tilt to the right likely

Uruguayans headed to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president in a second round run-off vote likely to shift the South American nation back toward the right after around 15 years of liberal rule.
Reuters - Published

Supporters of Bolivia's Morales march with coffins of dead protesters

Supporters of ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales marched into the capital La Paz on Thursday carrying coffins of people killed in clashes with the military and police, drawing attention to the human..
Reuters - Published

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