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A continent in the Western Hemisphere, and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere

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South America: A continent in the Western Hemisphere, and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere
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. The reference to South America instead of other regions has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics.


Bolivia votes on extending Evo's rule as rival hints he could dispute result

Bolivians went to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades or oust the great survivor of South America's "pink tide" of leftist leaders,..
Reuters - Published

Bolivians vote on extending Evo's rule to nearly two decades

Bolivians will vote in an election on Sunday to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades or oust the great survivor of South America's "pink tide" of leftist..
Reuters - Published

▶ Videos for South America

Poverty collides with policy in Argentine race [Video]Poverty collides with policy in Argentine race

Rising poverty is becoming a touchstone issue in Argentina's upcoming presidential election, in which incumbent Mauricio Macri's IMF-led austerity programme will be challenged by left-leaning rival..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:50Published

Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa [Video]Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa

Hundreds of people gathered in Iowa City on Friday to watch Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg speak at a rally to demand that political leaders and institutions take urgent action to combat..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan [Video]Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan

A monkey in a zoo in Oita predicts winners at the Rugby World Cup.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:35Published

Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales [Video]Unsafe sex: Argentina's crisis deflates condom sales

Amid a biting recession, a sharp currency devaluation and soaring inflation, sales of condoms and birth control pills have tumbled in Argentina, pharmacists and manufacturers said. Freddie Joyner has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Seven South American leaders sign forest agreement in Amazon town [Video]Seven South American leaders sign forest agreement in Amazon town

The leaders of seven South American countries have met in the Amazon town of Leticia in Colombia to sign an agreement to better protect what is the world’s largest tropical forest.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:15Published

Timberland parent to stop buying Brazil's leather [Video]Timberland parent to stop buying Brazil's leather

The parent company of Timerberland, Vans and the NorthFace, said it will stop buying Brazilian leather for its products over concerns the South American country isn't doing enough to grapple with fires..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Brazil's Amazon fires could cause disastrous climate change impact [Video]Brazil's Amazon fires could cause disastrous climate change impact

About 77,000 fires have been recorded across Brazil over the last 12 months. A map from NASA shows those fires across South America.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:36Published

Soldiers join in Amazon firefighting effort [Video]Soldiers join in Amazon firefighting effort

Brazilian troops have been deployed in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. Some 44,000 troops will be..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting [Video]Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Oxfam held a climate change protest on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, as world leaders put pressure on Brazil to do more to save the amazon rainforest from wildfires. Joe Davies reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published


Evo or not, Bolivia faces uncharted waters ahead

Bolivian President Evo Morales has steered South America's poorest country through an unprecedented period of political stability and economic prosperity since sweeping to power in 2006. Things might..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Bolivia's 'Evo' - socialist icon or would-be dictator?

Bolivia will go to the polls on Sunday in an era-defining vote either to cement Evo Morales in power for a controversial fourth term or to dislodge the iconic left-wing leader, who has ruled the..
Reuters - Published

Brazil aims to forge more trade accords as Bolsonaro heads to Asia

Brazil aims to conclude free trade agreements between the South American free trade bloc Mercosur and Singapore and South Korea by next year, as it also eyes deals with several other Asian countries, a..
Reuters - Published

Mercosur bloc and other South American countries condemn unrest in Ecuador

The South American trade bloc, Mercosur, along with other countries in the region on Sunday, condemned the unrest in Ecuador, saying mass demonstrations against cuts to fuel subsidies were an attempt..
Reuters - Published

Rains help douse Bolivian forest fires after two-month inferno

Heavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4 million hectares..
Reuters - Published

Pope urges respect for indigenous Amazon peoples at start of three-week gathering

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its rules on indigenous people but respect their culture..
Reuters - Published

Peru's Vizcarra unveils new Cabinet as leadership challenge fizzles out

Peru's centrist President Martin Vizcarra swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday as a challenge to his leadership by dismissed lawmakers fizzled out, potentially ushering in a rare period of political calm..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Rebellion in Congress - How Peru tipped into political crisis

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra's drive to clean up the ruling class after a series of graft scandals has left the South American country with an open rebellion in a dissolved Congress as its..
Reuters - Published

Mexico busts human smuggling ring operating in Cancun, Mexico City airports

Mexican authorities on Saturday said they detained two suspected leaders of a human smuggling ring that brought migrants from South America and Asia to Mexico before transporting them toward the..
Reuters - Published

Unsafe sex: Argentina crisis deflates condom sales as costs rise

In South America's capital of romance, Argentine lovers are cutting back on one important cost: contraception.
Reuters - Published

Austria blocks EU-Mercosur trade deal with South America

MPs in Vienna deal a blow to a landmark agreement which cannot pass without all EU states backing it.
BBC News - Published

As Ivanka Trump visits, U.S. OKs $400 million Argentina highway investment

The United States has approved a $400 million highway investment in Argentina as President Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump visits the South American nation on a wider tour of the region.
Reuters - Published

Argentine markets hold steady as anti-Macri protesters decry austerity, rising poverty

Argentine markets held steady on Wednesday, even as thousands of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the government of President Mauricio Macri and a darkening economic outlook in the..
Reuters - Published

Diplomat says U.S. does not want military intervention in Venezuela: report

The United States is not seeking a military intervention as a solution to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. envoy to the troubled South American nation said in an interview..
Reuters - Published

Colombia's FARC dissident leader issues new call to arms, three years after peace deal

A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that it will launch a new offensive, threatening to resume their five decades of armed..
Reuters - Published

Slovenia to resettle Venezuelans with Slovenian ancestry

At least 47 Venezuelans with Slovenian ancestry will be resettled in Slovenia to escape the economic meltdown that has given rise to "unbearable conditions" in the South American country, a cabinet..
Reuters - Published

Colombia's FARC dissidents set to launch new offensive

A group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that they will launch a new offensive, threatening to resume their five decades of armed..
Reuters - Published

Cuba asks Canada to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela in their third meeting since May on the South American country's..
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Brazil looks to neighbors for Amazon support, defends record

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday he would meet with other South American countries to set common policy for defending the Amazon rain forest, while his foreign minister told Reuters..
Reuters - Published

Fish farmer Mowi could halt Brazil soy imports over Amazon fires

Mowi ASA , the world's largest salmon producer, could stop buying Brazilian soy for its fish farms unless the South American country curbs Amazon deforestation, the Norwegian company said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Brazil announces South American meeting on Amazon, takes Chile's help

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defense of the Amazon rainforest, and took another swipe at France for an..
Reuters - Published

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting the growing international dismay and anger with Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest..
Reuters - Published

Ireland could try to block Mercosur trade deal on Amazon concerns: Varadkar

As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless..
Reuters - Published

MLB suspends involvement in Venezuelan baseball following sanctions

Major League Baseball said on Thursday it was suspending involvement in the upcoming Venezuelan professional baseball season pending instructions from the U.S. government, which has repeatedly..
Reuters - Published

FBI seeking to question alleged Al Qaeda operative in Brazil

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to question an alleged Egyptian Al Qaeda operative believed to be living in Brazil, and the South American country has pledged to cooperate with the..
Reuters - Published

Maduro says he 'repudiates' Trump statement on possible Venezuela blockade

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's statement about a possible blockade of the South American country, adding that its seas would remain "free..
Reuters - Published

Paraguay foreign minister resigns after Brazil energy deal outcry

Paraguay's foreign minister and three other officials resigned on Monday amid a growing scandal over the signing of an energy deal with Brazil, a blow to President Mario Abdo who has forged close ties..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Marines 'likely' to enter Venezuela, says socialist party No. 2

Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday said U.S. Marines will "likely" enter the South American country, a week after a confrontation between aircraft belonging to the..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Lavrov says Venezuela dialogue should have 'no preconditions'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday a dialogue to resolve Venezuela's political crisis should have "no preconditions," as he visited the small South American country of Suriname at..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's courtship of U.S. need not worry China: foreign minister

Brazil's efforts to build better ties with the United States need not worry China, the South American country's top trade partner, because it had never had a problem with China, the Brazilian foreign..
Reuters - Published

Maduro asks Colombia's military to 'disobey' orders against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday called on Colombia's military to "disobey orders to disrupt Venezuela's peace," in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the neighboring..
Reuters - Published

Armed men steal $40 million of gold, metals from Brazil airport

Armed men stole $40 million of gold and other precious metals on Thursday from a Sao Paulo cargo terminal at South America's busiest airport, taking two hostages, police said.
Reuters - Published

Colombia could spend $1 billion on new air force planes: sources

Colombia is examining proposals from the United States, Spain and Sweden as it look to replace its aging military aircraft, the South American country's air force said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Peru's 'fugitive' ex-president Toledo arrested in U.S., faces extradition

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States on Tuesday and faces extradition back to Peru, the South American country's justice minister said, as part of a sweeping..
Reuters - Published

Venezuelan opposition returning to Barbados to continue talks with government

Venezuela's opposition said on Sunday it will return to Barbados to continue talks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro as part of efforts to resolve the South American nation's political..
Reuters - Published

Italy court sentences 24 behind dictators' murder pact

The South American officials were found guilty of killing left-wing activists, including Italians.
BBC News - Published

Total solar eclipse 2019: South America awaits sky show

Skywatchers in parts of Chile and Argentina will shortly see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun.
BBC News - Published

Uruguay opposition posts big win in presidential primaries

Uruguay's conservative opposition has posted a big win in presidential primaries, firing a warning at the ruling coalition ahead of national elections in October as the South American nation grapples..
Reuters - Published

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