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2 March 2015 Last updated at 09:29 ET

Argentine leader hails lower debt Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner waves at supporters outside Congress (01 March 2015)

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December.

Newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez (left) and his Vice-President Raul Sendic wave atop a Fordson 1951 after leaving the Congress on his way to Plaza Independencia in Montevideo on 1 March, 2015. Uruguay leaders' love of old cars

Newly inaugurated Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez continues his predecessor Jose Mujica's tradition of using vintage cars for official engagements.

Minister Daniel Urresti talks with the press during the presentation of seized drugs at a police base in Lima, Peru.  file photo Sept 21 2014Murder charge for Peru ex-minister

An ex-minister in Peru is charged with involvement in the killing of a journalist during the Shining Path rebel insurgency in the 1980s.

Wyre Davies Article written by Wyre Davies Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

Uruguay bids farewell to Jose Mujica, its pauper president

Uruguay's departing leader, Jose Mujica, has acquired almost celebrity status, not just for his political achievements, but also for his humble lifestyle, writes the BBC's Wyre Davies.

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